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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?

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, 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

 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 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

 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), 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

 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, 31 October 2011

9:51 AM

Bill: They are different systems, rain is a problem for satellite reception because the signals come from a satellite over central Africa and a very weak indeed and at a higher frequency.

Indeed, it is not normally the rain that is falling on you at the time that effects satellite reception, but that at some distance away.

As I said, rain cannot effect Freeview reception directly, the issue is the rain water getting into the cables causing a short.

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D White
4:14 PM

I have a Philips DTR200/05 Freeview Box using Oxford Channels 53, 55, 59, 60 and 62. After swich over in October 2011 it would not hold all the channels after auto search when I switched the box off. However I have now only used manual tune on each channel in sequence, deleting stations I do not watch. So far the stations have all stayed tuned after switching off. So will not use auto search again.
Not sure why this works but perhaps it may work for others.

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D White's 2 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
8:35 PM
Milton Keynes

hi i can not get 6 of my freeview channels i have done the reset procedure many times but still cant get channels 11,12,15,19,21,24,46, please help. my postcode is .mk11 1df.

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shirley's 1 post GB flag
shirley's: ...
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
12:31 AM

Like Shirley, I get unwatchable reception on ArqB (C55), but I'm in Oxford using a communal aerial system with a pretty good direct line of sight to the transmitter.

My Thompson DTR-2300 didn't have any indication of signal strength, but my new Vestel T8300 clone HD box does and shows None for signal quality and around 65% on the signal strength for ArqB. All other muxes are Good or Very Good signal quality and only SDN (C62) is below 97% strength (it is 83%).

Before the digital switchover, Mux D (C29) was fine, so we must have a wideband aerial system, but Mux2 (C68) was always very poor. On my Pace DTR730 Mux2 showed satisfactory signal quality and 1/4 signal strength. All of the other muxes were good signal quality and 2-2.5 signal strength and mostly.

My suspicion is that we now have some single frequency interference at C55 which is causing our trouble.

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8:45 PM

Mark: If you have a communal aerial system, then it quite possible that it contains an separate amplifier for each frequency used, and as C55 was not used before switchover then there will be no amplifier tuned to it.

Whoever manages the system should be able to get the equipment recalibrated to match the new broadcast parameters.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Friday, 4 November 2011
8:29 PM

Hi brian,
I was just wondering, Before the oxford transmitter was build, Which transmitter did people in oxford use..??

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omar's 8 posts GB flag

9:47 PM

ATV Oxford Transmitter 1970
- YouTube
... They would have use the VHF service from Sutton Coldfield/Lichfield or possibly Crystal Palace/Croydon.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Saturday, 5 November 2011
10:34 AM

Thanks brian, your a top bloke :)
Do you think it is possible to get single from crystal palace transmitter in oxford.?

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omar's 8 posts GB flag

10:52 AM

omar: It was possible on VHF (405-line analogue), but was poor and thus BBC had VHF 405-line services on Oxford. The UHF television signals (used for 625-line analogue and Freeview) will not reach Oxford from London or Birmingham.

The BBC covered the whole of the UK using transmitters at:

Abergavenny, Aldeburgh, Ayr South, Ballachulish, Ballycastle, Barnstaple, Bath, Belmont, Betws-y-Coed, BlaenPlwyf, Bressay, Brougher Mountain, Campbeltown, Churchdown Hill, Crystal Palace, Divis, Dolgellau, Douglas (IoM), Eastbourne, Ffestiniog, Folkestone, Girvan, Grantown Link, Hastings, Haverfordwest, Hereford, Isles of Scilly, Kendal, Kilkeel, Kilvey Hill, Kingussie, Kinlochleven, Larne, Llanddona, Llandrindod Wells, Llanelli, Llangollen, Llanidloes, Londonderry, Machynlleth, Madingley (Cambridge), Marlborough, Millburn Muir, Moel-Y-Parc, Newhaven, Newry South, North Hessary Tor, Oban, Okehampton, Oxford, Penifiler, Perth, Pitlochry, Pontop Pike, Port Ellen, Redruth, Rosemarkie, Rosneath, Rowridge, Rye, Sandale, Sheffield, Sidmouth, Skriaig (Skye), Sutton Coldfield, Tacolneston, Ventnor, Weardale, Wenvoe, Weymouth, Whitby, Whitehawk Hill and Winter Hill.

Te ITV companies had services on:

Abergavenny, Angus, Arfon, Aviemore, Bala, Ballycastle, Bath, Belmont, Black Hill, Black Mountain, Brecon, Burnhope, Caldbeck, Caradon Hill, Croydon, Dover, Durris, Emley Moor, Ffestiniog, Fremont Point, Huntshaw Cross, Lethanhill, Lichfield, Llandrindod Wells, Moel-Y-Parc, Mounteagle, Newhaven, Preseli, Ridge Hill, Rosneath, Rothesay, Rumster Forest, Sandy Heath, Selkirk, Sheffield, Stockland Hill, Strabane, Whitehaven, and Winter Hill.

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