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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! action, 57 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 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 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.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

10:48 AM

K Burder:

Your signal strength was too low before the problem appeared. Retuning has made matters worse as the TV was tuned before but now isn't. Retuning when you have weak signals is a bad idea.

As you are only about 28km from the Oxford transmitter you should be getting a much better signal than you report, so you almost certainly have a problem with your aerial system. The usual course of action is to check all the connections between the TV and the aerial, including checking the cables themselves for any damage or signs of water ingress. Having done all those checks, including unplugging and re-inserting all aerial plugs, you would normally check what signal strengths you now get. But as you have retuned and found nothing you will have to retune again and hope it finds some signals. Then you can check the strengths reported. The ideal is between 50% and 85% for SD multiplexes and between 60% and 85% for HD multiplexes. Your original 35% was way too low before.

If you you don't find any problems with the cables and connections, you need to call in a professional aerial installer. Be warned to avoid falling for the scam of a 'digital' aerial as there is no such thing. If the aerial needs replacing, it is wise to go for a log-periodic type that will be suitable for all current TV transmissions and those for the foreseeable future.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 7 July 2017
Chris Billingham
9:29 AM

I am not receiving channel 60 stations on my 2 tvs all of a sudden. I have carried out the freeview reset as above and none of these channels are listed on the new channel list. Is there a problem with the Oxford transmitter , my pos code is OX10

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Nick Haydon
9:38 AM
Princes Risborough

Lost audio and video onPSB2 channels this morning (745ish) from Oxford transmitter. TV guide still shows when a channel selected, but no programmes. Other multiplexes / channels seem to be behaving normally. HP27 9DB

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10:05 AM

Chris Billingham
Exact same problem at OX2.
It's a crisis! We're missing Jeremy Kyle!

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PaulHazell's 4 posts GB flag
Chris Billingham
10:09 AM


I suppose there are some plus points !

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Chris Billingham's 2 posts GB flag
10:11 AM

It's Alive!
Back to normal.

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PaulHazell's 4 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 8 August 2017

8:49 PM

Just doing a manual re-tune on my Humax box here in Swindon (has to be manual to avoid confusion with Mendip Tx) and surprised I could not find the That's Oxford programme on LOX CH51.
Checked on my TV which was auto re-tuned and found that LOX is on CH29 (538Mhz)
Then I remembered that this change was done probably over a year ago.
This site needs to be updated.

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Pikpilot's 23 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
Adrian Crafer

11:14 AM

Pikpilot: LOX as far as I am aware actually launched on CH29 it was never on CH51, there are currently five TV services and two data streams/links on this multiplex. Not shown on the detailed multiplex listing listing. The launch date also seems to be unneccessary any more.
I had hoped that a number of errors might have been corrected when the listing was updated with the recent channel shuffle, for example ITV Meridian is no longer part of the Central Licence area hasn't been part since the last Licence Review over a year ago. All versions of ITV should therefore refer to Meridian with the correct sub region. ITV1 being Thames Valley, ITV+1 when I last checked was East, not checked HD.

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Adrian Crafer's 21 posts GB flag
Saturday, 12 August 2017
Transmitter engineering

8:32 PM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 18:01 today to 18:09 today. [BBC]

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Sunday, 13 August 2017
Transmitter engineering

5:32 AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 18:01 yesterday to 18:09 yesterday. [BBC]

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