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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -10dB
C46 (674.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 Thats 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, 6 October 2011
Boa Gongrui
8:30 PM

I cant get channel 53
the signal strength is 68%
The quality 98%

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Boa Gongrui's 15 posts GB flag
Friday, 7 October 2011

7:06 AM

Boa Gongrui: If you mean EPG - LCN 53 on the HD mux then that is S4C which you only get from the Welsh transmitters as it is primarily Welsh.
If you mean UHF C53 for the PSB1 (BBCA) mux then there are several links in the yellow box below you should try -
Do the "Freeview reset procedure" first and then if you still have a problem look at "Single frequency interference"

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Chris.SE's 251 posts GB flag
Saturday, 8 October 2011

7:44 PM

Since the changeover on the Oxford transmitter we have had problems with all the channels except BBC.

Our box appears to be picking up a signal from another transmitter, meaning that channels 3,4,5, etc. have a very weak signal that means that it often impossibel to get a picture.

The channels are duplicated, from what I assume is Oxford, in the 800-899 range, with excellent signal and quality.

Is there anyway to force our box, a Humax F2 Fox T receiver, to ignore the weaker signal and pick up the correct channels.

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Stephen's 38 posts GB flag

9:03 PM

Stephen: The only satisfactory way to achieve this in some cases is to use manual tuning, that is taking it that you carried out a complete reset before the last auto-tuning.

I though you did, then carry out another factory reset, but BEFORE re-connecting the aerial start another auto tune then immediately start to watch the channels rise in the progress bar, then as soon as they get to Mux Ch50 re-connect the aerial and that will exclude anything other than Oxford from loading.

If though there is any problems with doing this, then you will have to load each Mux channel individually using manual tune.

Channels being - BBC Mux Ch53 / ITV Mux Ch60 / HD Mux Ch57 / SDN Mux Ch62 / ArqA Mux Ch59 / ArqB Mux Ch55

Note:- These latter three multiplexes being on low power.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
9:41 PM

Stephen, the Humax Fox T2 should have the ability to handle this automatically if you do a full restart

menu -> settings -> installation -> factory default

You will need your security code, but if you haven't set this it will still be the default 0000

This will do a complete scan; when it finds the signals from both transmitters it should ask you which to select as your primary transmitter, offering Oxford as the default choice.

If that fails then try manual tuning, either as jb38 suggests or using the manual tune mode on the Fox T2 where you can tell it which channels to look at.

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Jonathan's 10 posts GB flag
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Sunday, 9 October 2011

2:21 AM

Thanks guys

I ended up doing a factory reset and manually tuning each mux.

The Humax box didn't ask me for a transmitter and there no channel count on the progress bar when it's searching and after three goes without the aerial plugged in, I gave up :)

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Stephen's 38 posts GB flag
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7:47 AM

Stephen: Thanks for the update and pleased that you managed in the end.

Yes, no channel count showing in the progress bar during tuning is a right bind with some equipment, admittedly something I forgot about with the Humax or I wouldn't have mentioned the aerial out scan procedure, although the omission of channel count numbers during scanning is something I consider as a deficiency in the design of the box. (this also applying to a few others as well!)

Still, the Humax scores on some other points concerning tuner sensitivity etc so I suppose that offsets the inconvenience caused by the problem mentioned.

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David Pinfold

10:30 AM

Stephen - I too have bought the humax hd fox t2 receiver & like you I had it tuning into freeview from Crystal Palace which only transmits at 20KW until DSO. It seems that this tuner is extremely sensitive. Like you I had to resort to maunally tuning it. This then begs the question what the signal will be like after switchover next april & it goes to 200KW. However I have to say this was the only tuner this happened on. All the other boxes & TV's were fine.

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David Pinfold's 42 posts GB flag
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11:35 AM

jb38, my fox t2 does give channel numbers as it scans; possibly different software versions are different on this? It also scans the whole range twice, and picks up different channels on the two scans, which could make your method a bit tricky; I don't know what the difference between the two scans is.

Returning to my own saga, I got the 24dB attenuator, and inserting that wiped out the signal entirely. In some ways this is a bit of a relief (a big enough attenuator should eventually do this), though it doesn't fit very sensibly with the behaviour of my 0-20dB variable attenuator.

More annoyingly, on returning to my variable attenuator the signal was not as good as before. My guess is that this is because I moved the fly lead in the process and the system is still very sensitive to that position. Various people have suggested that this could be due to a poorly shielded fly lead picking up signal, either directly or rebroadcast by the down lead (the installers didn't replace the coax below the loft when they installed the new aerial, so the condition is unknown; looking at it in the loft it seems old but sound enough).

Anyway my next set of plans involves (1) getting a better fly lead, and/or (2) trying an attenuator in the loft when the new coax from the aerial joins the down lead - this has F connectors so I can't use my existing attenuator family.

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Jonathan's 10 posts GB flag
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Steve P

4:21 PM

Jonathon - can you find distinguishing characteristics between first and second scan channels? Modulation type perhaps?

I presume the pattern is repeatable.

IIRC your variable attenuator's case WAS the outer connector - apparently uninsulated. Which seems odd. Put it in a plastic box with channels cut for the wires?

Someone commented earlier about outer coax NOT being earthed. Which I suppose it is not these days when TVs no longer use 3 core flex with the neutral connected to a chassis.

Any expert comments? Are variable attenuators normally like that?

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