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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

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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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), 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, 23 April 2012

8:33 AM

Stephen my question also.

jb38 I have a signal strength meter do I just plug it in the aerial input or output.

My unit is Thompson recording system. The problem also occurs on another set with a built in decoder.

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John Cook
10:19 AM

On first change over to digital from Rowridge transmitter every thing was fine and all channels had high signal strength.
For the last three days I have had low or no signal for five channels. Retuning does not pick up the channels or picks them up with low signal strength. A broken up picture appears and the the screen goes blank with a heading " Channel not tuned.
Digital UK tell me the reason is due to work being carried out on the transmitter and they only get progress reports once a week they do not know when the work will be completed. They also advise not to retune whilst the work is being carried out for fear of losing channels.
How will we know when it is safe to retune ?

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Dave Lindsay

11:47 AM

John Cook: The answer to your question is that you won't which is why they advised you not to retune!

You started off with one problem; picture break-up or no signal. Now you have two potential problems: picture break-up/no signal and the set not being tuned.

Digital UK publishes engineering works at

Rowridge digital TV is currently "liable to interruption".

If you have a manual tune option, then try using it. Refer to the Rowridge page for details of UHF channel numbers.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
4:43 PM

I have recently lost the entire C62 (802.0MHz) multiplex on the Oxford transmitter (from Friday 20th April).

That means ITV3, ITV2+1, 5*, 5USA, Quest, The Zone, Channel5+1, CITV (plus others) are all showing NO or BAD SIGNAL.

They are still down today (Monday 23rd April).

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Keith's 2 posts GB flag

7:17 PM

Join the club, mine has been coming and going at the same time of night for several months. I will have my monitor to see signal strength tonight.

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robert's 75 posts GB flag
Martyn Johnson
8:23 PM

Not receiving ITV, Ch4, nor Ch5 since 1500hrs today, 23 April. All other Freeviews are OK.

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N J Wilcock

9:16 PM

Well, I'm 11 miles due west of the Oxford transmitter and reception has been fine on all multiplexes today.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012
12:01 AM

"Well, I'm 11 miles due west of the Oxford transmitter and reception has been fine on all multiplexes today."

Yes, it is a strange situation. Although I get "NO or BAD SIGNAL" on all C62 (COM4) Channels from Oxford, my Signal Strength is shown as normal on these Channels (~85%) but Quality is zero.

Since my re-boot, I have lost my EPG on those Channels, too. Re-booting and re-tuning have not restored C62 (COM4) from Oxford.

However, I have a second digi-box, and that is OK on ALL Multiplexes.

On the basis of that, I considered my first digi-box to have developed a fault, although gawd alone know what!

It was searching here, and seeing Stephen AND Robert's reports of similar problems at similar times with this Multiplex from Oxford, made me post.

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Chris S

11:02 AM

A good signal strength with bad or no reception sounds very like the effect of an interfering signal .This could be a local radio transmitter.Not nessearily on ch62 (image interference) .Some boxes may suffer this more than others. Or a tv station on the same channel from a nearby region.

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Chris S's 137 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 25 April 2012

6:54 AM

Isn't it interesting that different people experience the same problem, but we are told not to re-tune etc. Well sorry, how do we put things right, when the problem seems beyond our control.

I was getting an absolutely excellent signal on Channel 62 at 9.10pm last night. I was watching channel 10 (ITV3) turned it to 31 (Fiver US I think, and black screen and no aerial signal. Checked Channel 30 exactly the same, so went back to Channel 10, that too then had the same problem.

I decided to use another digi box, which seemed to work fine, so tonight I will again be looking at around 9 to see what happens. I know electronic equipment can have intermittent issues but I never known it to be scheduled intermittent.

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