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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.

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
Thursday, 21 July 2016
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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:10 PM

Stephen: It would most likely be somewhere very close by, not necessarily in the direction of the transmitter.

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Friday, 22 July 2016
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nicholas mugford
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

1:29 AM

Stephen: Oxford was never on channel 3 vhf,it was on 2,swindon/rowridge were on 3,power was 200watts

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Saturday, 23 July 2016
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Richard Cooper
sentiment_satisfiedGold

8:47 AM
Norwich

nicholas Mugford: Hi, Nicholas. Indeed you are correct. The Oxford (Beckley) Band I VHF 405-line tv transmitter started transmitting tv signals on 12th November 1962 on channel 2 with horizontal polarisation and a power of 650 watts. Rowridge Band I VHF 405-line tv transmitter began transmitting tv signals on 12th November 1954 on channel 3, vertical polarisation at a power of 100 000 watts ( 100 kW). Swindon began transmitting Band I VHF 405-line tv signals a week earlier than Oxford on 5th November 1962 on channel 3, horizontal polarisation at a power of 200 watts. It is only the power output of Rowridge that you were wildly out on! See above. Richard, Norwich.

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Monday, 25 July 2016
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:09 AM

OXFORD transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016
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Pikpilot
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:58 PM

The multiplex and programme list errors have not been corrected for a while. The most obvious is that LOX is actually on channel 29 (538 MHz), not as shown on channel 51. And some programmes shown do not exist or have moved (?). Any chance the data can be corrected?

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Monday, 8 August 2016
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Pam Lindsay
1:00 PM

Why has the signal strength been reduced to about 60% and the quality to 75% since last Thursday 4th August 2016? I have the misfortune to live on the outskirts of your region, but the Oxon & Bucks transmitter service is the best I can get. Apart from the time it was affected by the big fire, the reception is normally very good, so why has it changed now, just as the Olympics start?

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016
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nicholas mugford
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

7:01 PM

Dear Richard,you might interested to know that the swindon station is part of the wartime broadcasting
network in case of nuclear war

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nicholas mugford
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

7:18 PM

Dear Pam,this is probaly due to fading where the signal field outside the primary service area,the secondary
and shallow fringe areas are affected by random cancellation of the signal level ,in VHF days fading
was a chronic problem from the wenvoe trnasmitter on ch5.Basically as the signal hits physical objects,it
will either cause a cancellation or doubling of the signal field,hence you have fading.The UHF band is
one of the worst frequency bands for tv.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016
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Richard Cooper
sentiment_satisfiedGold

8:20 AM

Nicholas Mugford: Hi, Nicholas. Yes, I believe somebody mentioned it on Mike Brown's tx-list. Richard, Norwich.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016
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Jack Owens
9:26 PM

Channel 59 has extremely poor or non existent reception (MUX 5 ?) on our TV. Other channels from the Oxford transmitter are fine ( other MUX )
Is there an explanation for this please?
Aerial is on the chimney

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