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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.

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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

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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

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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
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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?

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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
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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
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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.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

9:23 PM

Stephen & Adrian Crafter: The first frequency change at Oxford took place this morning, which COM5 moving to UHF channel 31 and COM7 moving to 55 (they were previously the other way around).

Adrian Crafter: You appear to have entered an Edinburgh postcode into this website at some point (going by the links which have appeared under your post).

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StevensOnln1's 3,647 posts GB flag
9:59 PM

I have also lost COM7 from Oxford. Just retuned and no COM7 channels are found.

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Richard's 3 posts GB flag

10:52 PM

Richard: Try manual tuning on UHF channel 55. If that doesn't restore COM7 channels, please provide a full postcode so that we can see your predicted coverage following today's frequency changes.

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StevensOnln1's 3,647 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
10:45 AM

Retuned this morning and now have COM7 back although with a very weak and unwatchable signal. It's odd if just swapped with another MUX because all channels works fine before. I assume it has lower power than the one it swapped with.

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Richard's 3 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Simon George
1:48 PM

Having real problems with weak signals or no signals at all on COM 7 and COM 8. Never had a problem before until this last week. In post code OX39. Has something changed? Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

5:57 PM

Simon George:

You should be getting really strongf signals on all channels as you are just 3 km away from the transmitter! Check all the aerial connections you can safely reach. Do this by unplugging each plug/socket and then refitting. Then recheck your channels. If that doesn't resolve it, check what the reported signal strengths are for each multiplex, usually shown on the manual tuning page - but DO NOT perform a retune. The ideal strengths are betwee 60% and 85% for all channels. Anything less or more will cause reception problems.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Simon George
10:46 AM

Thank you Mike for the response. I must admit my outside aerial was fitted about 10 years ago but installed by a professional installer. I have had no problems whatsoever with reception since then until the past two weeks. COM 7 & COM 8 show 0% signal strength, where it was 85%-100% always before. All other multiplexs seem fine.

The TV is no more than 1 metre from the aerial wall socket in the lounge. I tried putting a signal booster between the TV and the wall socket and valour I am back to full strength on both COM 7 and COM 8. I don't think we have had any strong winds and the outside aerial seems very secure and not have moved. So i can only conclude that transmitted signal strength has been reduced? Is that a fair conclusion.

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11:07 AM

Simon George: COM8 hasn't changed frequency at Oxford yet (it moves on 23rd May). Digital UK are reporting the same power levels for COM7&8 so they don't appear to have been reduced. Giving that they are the lowest powered muxes broadcast from Oxford (excluding the local mux) it would suggest that you are starting to see signs of a problem with your aerial system which may require attention at some point.

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StevensOnln1's 3,647 posts GB flag
9:39 PM

For the last few days COM6 ARQ-B (Ch.55) from Beckley Oxford has presented no signals. Other viewers locally also have similar problems. A reset and rescan found all other mux's but nothing under COM6 ARQ-B. All other mux's present 99% solid signals. Is this a transmitter fault?

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RDP's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 18 March 2018

11:22 AM


Without a full post code we cannot tell what the reception conditions are like at your location.

However, a signal strength of 99% is far too strong. The ideal is between 60% and 85% and an attenuator could help by reducing the excessive signal strength.

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