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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),

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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
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20 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 U&W, 27 U&Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 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, 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

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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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 21 posts GB flag

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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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Monday, 13 February 2017
Ade Langford

7:30 PM

Many thanks Mike for answering my post
I'll get on it this weekend.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Chris Packet
1:10 PM

Looks like LOX has moved from 714 to 538.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Bruce Clarke
2:04 AM

I recently started getting interference on BBC SD channels from the Oxford transmitter on my venerable (12 years old) Panasonic TH-37PE30B plasma. It was shallow diagonal repeating coloured patterns, lasted a few seconds, then it sorted itself out. I re-tuned, the same. I thought it couldn't be the signal, as BBC was fine on the Freeview and YouView box from the same aerial feed. I was convinced it was a tuner fault, and have ordered a used board for 15. Sod's Law, in the last couple of days, it's fine again! Anyone know of any transmitter work recently that could have caused it? I checked here at the time, and no reported problems. The signal strength was a good 9/10, though the TV is at the end of the aerial line. I haven't changed anything in the setup that could have caused it. I guess it could still be the tuner failing, so will probably hang on to the new board when it arrives. Interestingly, someone else on the AV Forums just had the same problem on the 42" version, which uses the same tuner I believe.

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Bruce Clarke's 10 posts GB flag
Thursday, 11 May 2017
5:49 PM

For the second day we cannot watch RT because of the very poor quality of the sound and image, retuning TV did not help. Is somebody blocking this channel?

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