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The symbol shows the location of the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 410,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Oxford transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South (Oxford), 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian/Central (Thames Valley micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South (Oxford), 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -10dB
C46 (674.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 That's Oxford,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Oxford transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South (Oxford) Today 0.4m homes 1.6%
from Oxford OX2 7DW, 6km west-southwest (258°)
to BBC South (Oxford) region - 6 masts.
BBC South (Oxford) Today shares 50% content with Southampton service
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 102km south (182°)
to ITV Meridian/Central (Thames Valley) region - 15 masts.
Thames Valley opt-out from Meridian (South). All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian+Oxford

How will the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1723 May 2018
C50tv_off SDNSDN

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 14 Sep 11 and 28 Sep 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
Analogue 5(-11dB) 40kW
com8(-14.7dB) 17.1kW
com7(-14.8dB) 16.4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, LOX(-17dB) 10kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-18dB) 8kW
Mux A*, Mux B*(-19.2dB) 6kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Oxford transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Dec 2006Central Independent Television
Dec 2006-Feb 2009ITV Thames Valley
Feb 2009-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Oxford was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Monday, 5 January 2015
Adrian Crafer

1:38 PM

That's Oxford is now transmitting a comming soon type caption. I have not checked which channel it is on, but LOX was on channel 29 the last time I checked not 51 as projected. Reception of the caption is ok at SN3 which is presumably of course is well outside its editorial area. The rest of the stations on the MUX are of course also receivable here.

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Adrian Crafer's 21 posts GB flag
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3:29 PM

Yes, the test transmission is from the LOX multiplex on UHF Ch 29 and appears on slot 8 of the EPG.

This must be very recent as it wasn't there a couple of days ago when I last checked.

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nickwilcock's 24 posts GB flag
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Wednesday, 14 January 2015
Alex Wilde
8:25 PM

I'm getting freeview signals from two transmitters (Sutton Coldfield & Oxford) so getting the '800' channels.

I'm planning on doing the manual tune but getting conflicting advice from your site and a couple of others as to which transmitter I should 'target'.

My postcode is NN13 5PN and, geographically, Oxford is far closer and, according to a terrain check I did (can't remember which site) I have a clear path to the Oxford transmitter.

Your site recommends Oxford which is what I will plump for but just wondered why the other recommendations to target Sutton Coldfield. I have no preference in terms of regional programmes.

Is it likely that a manual tune will resolve a recentish problem where programmes set to record (on a Humax 9300) don't actually record unless I happen to start watching the programme which is supposed to be recording ?

Thanks in advance for an interesting site on which I've been 'lurking' for a number of years !

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Alex Wilde's 3 posts GB flag
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8:56 PM

Alex Wilde: As you are using a Humax 9300 then the best policy to to carry out an auto tune but exit it before it picks up any channels, as that action will wipe everything stored in the tuner.

The next stage is to carry out a manual tune on Oxfords SD channels as listed below, remembering to press "save" after scanning each Mux, the station being @ 18 miles /174 degrees.

BBC/ C53 - ITV / C60 - SDN / C50 - ArqA/ C59 - ArqB C55

However, the reception predictor does indicate that Sutton Coldfield (46 miles / 326 degrees) can provide a better signal, this stations SD channels being as follows.

BBC / C43 - ITV/C46 - SDN/C42 - ArqA / C45 - ArqB/C39

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

9:11 PM

Alex Wilde

Note that the localisation of some services, particularly the news bulletins, will be for the West Midlands areas from Sutton Coldfield transmitter and from the Central South services (unless they have migrated that to a more southerly provider). The choice is yours by selecting the channels you tuine to as suggested by jb38.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Monday, 19 January 2015
4:34 PM


I have two Freeview HD tuners, one is a stb connected to the TV and the other is a USB stick attached to a computer. I recently retuned the stb and was surprised that it did not find BBC4 HD on channel 31, I've tried a manual tune for the channel and it reports finding BBC1 HD, etc. which are on channel 57. just to be sure I tried channel 57 and got the same results.

My PC tuner is still picking up BBC4 HD without problems, signal is reported as strong, both devices are running off the same aerial, I'm obviously loathe to do a re-tune in case I lose it.

Any ideas?

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Stephen's 7 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

4:50 PM

Stephen: Some HD receivers have issues which inhibit them from receiving two DVB-T2 (HD) multiplexes at once. Knowledge of the make and model number will allow others on here to comment on whether it is affected.

However, try the automatic tuning scan and unplug it before it gets to C57, this being to test whether it will pick up and allow you to watch COM7 on C31. If it will then it would appear that your box will only show one DVB-T2 mux.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 23 January 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:32 PM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 14:00 today. FM: Radio 2 FM Reduced Quality from 10:38 on 21 Jan to 16:29 on 21 Jan, Radio 3 FM Reduced Quality from 10:38 on 21 Jan to 16:29 on 21 Jan, Radio 4 FM Reduced Quality from 10:38 on 21 Jan to 16:29 [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

7:32 PM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 14:00 today to 19:20 today. FM: Radio 2 FM Reduced Quality from 10:38 on 21 Jan to 16:29 on 21 Jan, Radio 3 FM Reduced Quality from 10:38 on 21 Jan to 16:29 on 21 Jan, Radio 4 FM Reduced Quality from 10:38 on 2 [BBC]

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Saturday, 24 January 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 14:00 yesterday to 19:20 yesterday. FM: Radio 2 FM Reduced Quality from 10:38 on 21 Jan to 16:29 on 21 Jan, Radio 3 FM Reduced Quality from 10:38 on 21 Jan to 16:29 on 21 Jan, Radio 4 FM Reduced Quality from 10 [BBC]

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