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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 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
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 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.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Friday, 2 March 2012
David Pinfold

12:17 PM

Hi Briantist - Just noticed that in the channel list for the SDN mux, ITV3 (Channel 10) seems to be missing from the list. Just a small point I know. Just wondering if there was a reason for this.

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Monday, 5 March 2012
3:02 PM

Jim: Since switchover, i've been getting good Freeview reception on all channels from the Oxford TX. Recently, however, D3+4 channels are continously subject to picture and sound breakup while there's no problem with the rest. I can't find any fault reports on this - can you advice, please? My postcode is OX25 6JQ.

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Richard's 2 posts GB flag
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9:26 PM

The Oxford COM power up and mode change to SDN mux that is planned for 18 Apr 12 will not affect the already high power D3+4 on C60- so check you are actually receiving Oxford and not Sutton Coldfield off the back of your aerial - its almost exactly 180 degrees off and C46 passed first in most box auto-tuning!

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mst's 7 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 6 March 2012

7:49 AM

Could Richard have accidentally tuned to Hannnington? From Bicester, Hannington is roughly the same direction as Bicester.

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Paul's 45 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
10:24 PM

Please advise whether the main switchover work is complete or not. Since this work started I have gradually lost all channels except for the BBC ones (1, 2, 3 & 4) despite multiple retunes (aerial pointing Oxford). Aerial installers confirm there is virtually no signal at this location (Swindon SN5) despite the high gain aerial. This is a sad sate of affairs when considering ITV and some others were receivable back in the analogue days.

Thank you.

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Ralph's 5 posts GB flag
Thursday, 8 March 2012

7:56 AM

"...From Bicester, Hannington is roughly the same direction as Bicester."
Why did I write that?
I meant to say that, from Bicester, Hannington and Oxford are roughly the same direction.

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Paul's 45 posts GB flag
10:18 AM

@Ralph: see above MUX info, the COM muxes are currently on low power 12.5kW ERP, and using a less robust broadcast config, but work on the MUX with ITV1 is allegedly complete - so do check you are tuned to the Oxford C60- MUX. I'm much closer to the TX than you but it seems the BBC MUX comes through with much higher apparent power, it may be my aerial system, the higher frequencies or the fact that C60- is very close to C59- and both are 'negative offsets'. Might also be interference from the low power Hemel Hempstead analogue TX is broadly the same direction.

Once London Crystal Palace and all its dependent transmitters have gone through DSO (18th April 2012) the COM channels will be increased to 50kW ERP - the 6dB increase might be able to take your signal above the digital cliff-edge, but don't expect miracles - bad weather, atmospherics, leaves on trees are all potential disturbances to which you will not have much safety margin.

And then you will only have a few years till 4g mobiles start using C61-C69 - have you considered Freesat?

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mst's 7 posts GB flag
11:26 AM

Thanks for the reply mst.

Only ch53 shows any signal and that is poor, manually tuning / searching all other channels shows nothing. New high-gain antenna, all cables and tuner checked and replaced. Sure there are other methods of receiving broadcasts but I think its a sad to go from 6 working channels (showing different content) before any digital work was started to 4 channels (all basically the same because they are BBC) after. Sadly More4, Film4 and ITV etc were receivable earlier this year.

What surprises me is how anybody thinks this is half acceptable and is probably why the UK lags behind most other countries when it comes to anything technical.

I like the allegedly clause and if anyone reads these posts who is actually doing the switchover work then perhaps they could present a true picture of what is actually happening and when so people don't have to go and buy their own satellite just to get basic TV reception (in the very small rural backwater that is Swindon).

I am sure everyone living in Oxford is ecstatic with their reception.

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Ralph's 5 posts GB flag
Friday, 9 March 2012
1:54 AM

@Ralph - use "change address" on this official site to real predictions - which claims plenty of choice in SN5 - but almost exactly in between Oxford and Mendip

Postcode Checker - Trade View

Also has details of dates when things change, but doesn't always make clear what/why!

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