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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-100,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

LOX
 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
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C2BBCtvwaves
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C37com8com8
C41BBCA
C44D3+4
C46_local
C47BBCB
C49tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C50tv_off SDNSDN
C51tv_offLOXLOX
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

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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.

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Monday, 20 November 2023
Transmitter engineering
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10:47 AM

Oxford transmitter - Oxford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 20/11/2023 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 27 November 2023
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Oxford transmitter - Oxford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Oxford transmitter - Oxford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 4 December 2023
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Oxford transmitter - Oxford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Oxford transmitter - Oxford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 11 December 2023
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Oxford transmitter - Oxford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 11/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Sunday, 24 December 2023
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Adrian Crafer
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9:33 AM

Oxford appears to have been off since 16.40 yesterday Saturday 23rd December.

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Chris.SE
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5:45 PM

Adrian Crafer :

It's highly improbable that Oxford has been off-air at all. I can't find any reports of faults or any Planned Engineering in the last 5 days, apart from which the place would be littered with posts if it were off-air.

Are you still in the same location as in 2015. If so, check your aerial is still pointing at compass bearing 56 degrees, that's 11 degrees E of NE.
If not, a full postcode is needed to check predicted reception.

Do check all obvious things such as your coax downlead not flapping in the wind, that all accessible coax connections are free of corrosion and water and are connected properly.
If you have an amp/splitter to feed more than one TV, check it's still powered etc.

There's always a possibility you could be suffering interference from a new/upgraded mobile phone mast. Check if you should have had a postcard from Restore TV, we know some should have but haven't!
https://restoretv.uk/post…ure/

If it says yes, you need to contact them for a free filter. If you have an external mast-head amp, you need to tell them that, as they need to send an engineer to fit an outdoor weatherproof one free of charge.


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Monday, 25 December 2023
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Adrian Crafer
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11:43 PM

Chris.SE: I had already done all the checks in so far as I can. Could be a failed masthead amplifier. However an enquiry on the next door app had a number of people confirming no reception. The Web site istheservicedown.co.uk has been red flagged Oxford most of the Christmas weekend, indicating a fault on the transmitter.

That website relies on people logging a fault, and when there are enough complaints it seems to automatically represents that as a fault.

Arqiva don't appear to have a status page. There switchboard does not have a clue and put me through to the office that arranges access to transmitter sites, so no help there.

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Tuesday, 26 December 2023
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Steve Donaldson
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1:02 AM

Adrian Crafer : If you are still in Walcot then you and your neighbours using Oxford may benefit by switching to Seagry Court. As a relay of Mendip, Seagry Court's regions are BBC West and ITV West, so unless you prefer Oxford's, then change transmitter. I can see on Street View that some houses on what may still be your road have made the switch.

In February 2018, TV reception in Swindon was improved. Seagry Court got a 10x power boost and became a full-service transmitter, with the COMs added. At the same time, the Wroughton transmitter opened, also a full-service transmitter, this to serve an area not reached by Seagry Court.

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