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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South (Oxford), 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Meridian/Central (Thames Valley micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LOX
 H -10dB
C51 (714.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 Thats Oxford,

com7
 H -7.9dB
C55 (746.0MHz)295mDTG-616,400W
Channel icons
64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 89 Together TV +1, 92 Pick +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 209 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -7.7dB
C56 (754.0MHz)295mDTG-617,100W
Channel icons


DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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 (183°)
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
VHFC/D EC/D EWC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C2BBCtvwaves
C29DSDN
C31com7com7
C341
C37com8com8
C41BBCA
C44D3+4
C46_local
C47BBCB
C48C
C49tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C50tv_off SDNSDN
C51tv_off-ALOXLOX
C52tv_off-B
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCA+BBCA+BBCA
C55tv_offArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C59tv_off-ArqA-ArqA-ArqA
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C62SDN
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C682

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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.

Comments
Monday, 22 December 2014
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Derrick Leigh
6:45 PM

Oxford is now transmitting Pop and QVC Extra on C29. No sign of That's Oxford yet.

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Derrick Leigh's 2 posts GB
Monday, 5 January 2015
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Adrian Crafer
1:38 PM
Swindon

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 16 posts GB
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nickwilcock
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

3:29 PM
Witney

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
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
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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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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

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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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

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 3,055 posts GB
Monday, 19 January 2015
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Stephen
4:34 PM
Brackley

Hi

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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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

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
Friday, 23 January 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

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
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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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