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Full Freeview on the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter

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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?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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

 H max
C53+ (730.2MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One South (Oxford), 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

 H max
C60- (785.8MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Meridian/Central (Thames Valley micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

 H max
C57 (762.0MHz)295mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 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,

 H -3dB
C50 (706.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H -3dB
C59- (777.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 others

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

 H -7.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)295mDTG-616,400W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 5Spike 1, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD,

 H -7.7dB
C37 (602.0MHz)295mDTG-617,100W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 others

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
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
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?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20112011-1329/5/13-2013-1727th Feb 2018-
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EWC/D EC/D EWK

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 14th September and 28th September 2011.

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.

Thursday, 1 December 2016
Graham Hill
11:45 AM Oxford


I am having a problem with a Sagemcom box that appears to have started around last Monday.

All channels are ok via the TV receiver are fine, which is strange because of course the aerial loops through the Sagemcom box. However, the majority of channels are distorted when viewed via the box and it appears to be the 'signal quality' that is poor.

I have already performed factory reset on the box and also the freeview reset procedures.

Graham Hill
OX44 7YE

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Friday, 2 December 2016
2:32 AM

Graham Hill: I'm not sure where you live in the area but sometimes the boxes play up the sigs are either
too strong or weak,perhaps you can advise,i'm lucky near weston as i get a swamp signal ,reception is possible without any aerial plugged in.It could be the box or lead has developed a fault,please advise if you
want to...............nick

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nicholas's 110 posts Silver Silver GB
2:17 PM

Graham Hill:

If the reception on the TV is fine then that suggests the aerial system and cabling are fine. However, it does suggest that the box has a potential fault. Try disconnecting it completely from the signal and mains supply for at least five minutes. then reconnect and allow the box to reset itself, usually another 5 minutes is sufficient. Then check whether reception has returned to normal. If it has then your fine until a further reset becomes necessary. If it happens again that suggests that the box it developing a fault.

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MikeP's 1,970 posts Gold Gold GB
Sunday, 4 December 2016
Transmitter engineering
11:09 AM

OXFORD transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 99,366 posts Owner Owner xx
Monday, 12 December 2016
Transmitter engineering
12:09 PM

OXFORD transmitter - Main , , Possible service interruptions , , [DUK]

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Sunday, 29 January 2017
David Pinfold
7:31 PM

Have ofcom allocated the frequencies yet for the Oxford Transmitter post 700 clearance?
If so can you update the Oxford details please?

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Saturday, 11 February 2017
Ade Langford
11:46 AM Swindon

Hi All .

I am getting my freeview from the Oxford transmitter through a Humax box and a booster plugged to the mains. When i check the signal strength for HD channels it says 47% - 50% but with the booster unplugged its around 26% - 29%. The signal quality always says 100%. Do I need a bigger aerial to get my signal strength above the 50% mark or is this the norm. Can anyone advise on this predicament please. My post code is SN3 2PZ ( Swindon,Wilts ).
Cheers guys.

Ade Langford.

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12:01 PM

Ade Langford: Do you actually have a problem with signal breaking up? Which HD channels are you referring to, as different channels are broadcast at different power levels?

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StevensOnln1's 1,628 posts Gold Gold GB
Ade Langford
7:02 PM

Channel break up is intermittent and across
all HD and some SD. I have also had a 4g filter
fitted which works to a degree. I just wanted to
know if I could increase the signal strength to
over 50%.

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Ade Langford's 17 posts GB
9:34 PM

Ade Langford:

Yes you could try to amplify the signals, but be care not to overdo it. Where you live is not far from where I used to live off Coleview Road and reception from Oxford should be reasonable. You could try a log36 log-periodic aerial, such as this Online FM DAB TV Aerial sales (other suppliers and types are available).

If you have an amplifier already you may not need it with this aerial, but if your strengths are not over 60% then you might need it in the cables *after* your 4G filter (so that it does not amplify the 4G signals as well).

Ideally you should aim to have between 60% and 85% on all multiplexes, including the HD ones if at all possible but without overloading the SD signals from the more powerful multiplexes.

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