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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

 H max
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),

 H max
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
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 RealityXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's 60s, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 80s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 Great! Movies Christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies +1, 63 Great! Movies Christmas 1, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

6:32 PM

What a mess this new itv retune has been.
Around lunch time yesterday my Humax digi box was forced into a retune. The original CH 60 was replaced with CH 54 which gives local news from Bristol instead of Oxford etc and the HD equivalent is now the same presenters but presenting news from Kent and Surrey! The retune is on CH 57 . The signal strength suggest this being broadcast from Oxford .

The good news is that I can retune to the original multiplexes to get the correct local programmes.

I should add that I am not picking up the Mendip transmission on the back of the beam as the front to back ratio is quite good.

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Pikpilot's 23 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 12:09 on 02 Feb to 12:51 on 02 Feb. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 144,308 posts xx flag
Friday, 6 February 2015
2:26 AM

Anybody know who to report a problem with the Freeview guide data to?

For some reason ITV2+1 is showing data for 25 hours ahead!!!

Just to explain a programme showing in the guide for ITV2 at 13:00 on Saturday is shown as being broadcast on Friday at 12:00 on ITV2+1.

The programmes are being correctly broadcast one hour later.

I've verified this on two separate sources.


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Stephen's 7 posts GB flag
4:47 PM

Don't worry, ITV have finally noticed after three days that the guide was wrong.

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Stephen's 7 posts GB flag
Monday, 9 February 2015
Transmitter engineering

12:09 PM

OXFORD transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 144,308 posts xx flag

8:10 PM

I heard a rumor about UHF channels 50-60 is being sold off to mobile broadband. I found this info on UK vintage radio repair website... Of-com have already approved the sale... happening in 5 years time... whats does that mean for Oxford transmitter? does it mean moving channels to group B or A.... or is it closing down?

its only a rumor..... like to know if this is true?


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rob's 171 posts GB flag

10:14 PM


Thought is has yet to be officially confirmed, I understand that the 700-800 MHz range is set to be 'sold off' so the spectrum could, perhaps, be used for 4G or 5G mobile usage.

Transmitters, like Oxford, that currently broadcast at least some of their signals will be adjusted so that they transmit at lower frequencies. That is why we have oftem suggested people have either a Group K aerial, which covers all of the Group A channels as well as most of those in Group B so will be capable of receiving all the channels after the adjustments, or else have a log-periodic aerial which covers the UHF TV spectrum so is suitable for the current frequencies as well as all those envisaged in the foreseeable future - subject to Ofcom's confirmation of course.

That is likely to be the situation for next 5-10 years but after that there could be more major changes but that is open to speculation at present with no firm 'hints' coming from Ofcom.

So, do not worry about loosing your Oxford signals for a while yet.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Jon Dennington
8:47 AM

OX29 4JZ

I have an unusual problem. I have a Humax Freeview HD PVR downstairs and a TVonics Freeview HD PVR upstairs, off the SAME professionally installed roof aerial.

The Humax now tunes to the Oxford Test Transmission on Channel 8.

However, the TVonics box does not. It has BBC3 on 7 and BBC4 on 9 but manually selecting channel 8 reverts to BBC3 on ch 7?

I have updated all software for the TVonics box and factory resets as well as multiple clearing of channels and retuning. Nothing will bring the Ch 8 Oxford Test transmission up.

Any explanation would be welcomed, please

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Adrian Crafer
11:24 AM

Jon Dennington: l have TVonics PVR, I had to do a manual tune. Remember the LOX multiplex is on channel 29, not 51 as stated on this web site. Despite low signal level it works ok here in Swindon.

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Adrian Crafer's 16 posts GB flag
Jon Dennington
12:04 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. All other devices off this aerial pick up ch8 on 29. My Tvonics is a DTR-Z500HD and even after a channel clean and reset, on manual tune 29 (or 51!) still shows no signal and no channels.

This reminds me of the necessary Vestel chip upgrades via serial cable on the Digihome type boxes I helped with a few years ago when certain muxes could not be seen after a transmission change!?

If I take the aerial out of the PVR and put it directly in the attached HD Freeview TV then 29 picks up ch8 so not a signal strength issue?

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