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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),

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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
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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), 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.

Saturday, 5 November 2011
10:21 PM

I had an old TV set with a Freeview box, but replaced it with a new TV which had a built-in Freeview tuner. The box had behaved perfectly attached to my old set. My son recently returned from a work stint in Singapore and brought his large, flat-screen TV with him. It (naturally) didn't have a freeview tuner, so I gave him my old box. It now tunes in perfectly to Freeview, but every time the box is switched off it has to be rescanned. Is this problem (a) the box, (b) the TV set, or (c) some strange quirk of the Oxford transmitter from which he receives signals which was not apparent with the Hannington transmitter from which I receive signals?

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Norman's 10 posts GB flag

11:24 PM

Briantist: A few sites slipped through the net, notably for BBC: Kirk o'Shotts, Ashkirk, Peterborough and Les Platons (plus a number of low power relays). For ITV there were transmitters at St. Hilary, Membury and Mendlesham. All the above sites are now in use for DAB and with the exception of Kirk o'Shotts, FM radio.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Sunday, 6 November 2011

11:01 AM

Norman: If should inform your son to carry out a factory re-set (or default setting) on the box, as the problem could possibly be caused by the memory having more channels stored than its capable of, hence when switched off they vanish.

However there is another possible reason for the problem concerning the transmission mode used by Oxford over that of Hannington, so maybe you could give an update on the exact model of box you are referring to, this enabling a check to be made.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
3:06 PM

I used to regularly get Crystal Palace (Ch.23?) in OX13. I had a dedicated Group A aerial up for it. It was slightly 'grainy' at times but a good solid picture. I no longer have the London aerial up there now, but my guess would be it might still be possible once Crystal Palace goes to full power in April next year. You'd need to have a good take off in a south easterly direction with no immediate hills in the way...

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Spartan's 12 posts GB flag
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4:59 PM

Spartan: Well if you managed that result on ITV (Ch23) from CP's 1000Kw analogue transmitter at your previous OX13 location (@ 57 mls) then in theory its possible that a reasonable signal could possibly be obtained when Crystal Palace goes up from 20Kw to 200Kw at DSO.

Of course, glitches etc in the signal which are very likely to happen over these distances are never really noticed so much on analogue reception, whereas they certainly will be with digital an its "cliff effect", so this always has to be taken into account.

The other aspect being, that although you achieved that from OX13, Omar may not dependant on his location, this not having been given at any time.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
6:55 PM

Hi guys,
Thanks for all the info.I live in central oxford OX1, I have 2 outdoor high gain ariels, 48 element. One is facing the oxford transmitter and the other facing hunnington transmitter. I'm using the hunnington transmitter so i can still get ceefax on my analogue tv and using oxford transmitter for the digital tv's.. Digital ceefax/teletext is just not the same as analogue ceefax.
What do you guys think..??

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omar's 8 posts GB flag
Steve P

7:01 PM

omar - entirely agree about ceefax analogue being better - mainly because you can still see the full picture, whereas afaik that is never possible with the digital one.

But the interweb thingy has largely supplanted ceefax anyway. And isn't it mostly closed down?

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Steve P's 1,173 posts GB flag
7:18 PM

Thanks steve p
When hunnington transmitter goes digial i'm gonna be sad :(

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omar's 8 posts GB flag
Steve P

7:43 PM

The loss of in-picture sports scores is annoying - and for fans of Question Time, that of comments as footnotes.

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Steve P's 1,173 posts GB flag
Monday, 7 November 2011

3:17 PM


I was on another page on here discussing problems with the Oxford signal since the switchover, but I can't find that page any more. So the short story is that I live in Buckingham and have a Sharp TU-160H which is a Vestel T810 clone.

Since the switchover I have lost C59- which someone kindly pointed out is probably due to a problem with the type of Vestel I have and the negative offset of C59.

I have now upgraded my software to V5.9 which has helped a bit. Now when I manually tune C59 I get a sporadic reception showing 'poor' to 'medium' but it doesn't last long enough to actually store any stations. It seems the new software for the box has fixed the negative offset but the signal from the transmitter is too weak.

I used to have a signal booster in the circuit but was advised to remove it as the signals were strong enough already and could be blocking other signals if boosted. It's a big hassle to reintroduce the booster in the circuit as part if it is in the attic and I don't have a ladder, but I could do it if the experts on here definitely believe it will solve it.

Just before that is the recommended procedure, it's worth noting that C55 receives a perfectly good signal whilst being at the same output as C59.

I welcome your thoughts,

Many thanks,

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Simon's 21 posts GB flag
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