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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 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.

Sunday, 20 May 2012
Matt Crowther
9:06 PM

Only problem, Stephen, I might have channel wise is that all my Channel 4 lot are missing from my EPG for a week from now -C4, +1, More4, E4 etc.

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Friday, 25 May 2012
Chris James
12:41 PM

The reception on BCA/PSB1(Ch1,2,7,9,70,71,80,81 etc)has deteriorated significantly over the past three or four weeks with frame freezing and sometimes disappearing completely yet had been working very well before that.All other stations come through perfectly.I have tried a different set-top box and the problem persists.
I know that the aerial position is not ideal (too low) but, as I said earlier, everything has been working perfectly until recently. Any suggestions?

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Mark Fletcher

5:45 PM

Chris James.As you did not leave a full postcode or nearby location as such,my only suggestion is to look up Single Frequency Interference,that is one possible cause.

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Sunday, 27 May 2012
11:36 AM
St. Albans

@Chris James

BBCA is by far the strongest signal from Oxford, so you are either picking up the mux from somewhere else or getting signal overload

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Ryan D
5:17 PM

My freeview plays through my PS3, but the channels were freezing and jittery, so I put the aerial connection in to my TV and all was fine, then after 2 days, I have the same problem, virtually no picture on all channels. This has been like it for about 2 weeks now and I have no idea how to fix this, it would appear the signal in the spare room is fine, yet both TV's have run from the same connection for years.

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Monday, 11 June 2012
7:50 PM

I've had Freeview for several years with no trouble, using a Humax PVR9150. I've now lost all the BBC channels and have tried resets and rescans etc with manual tuning on Ch53 but no channels are found. I also have a Freeview HD tuner in my TV and when I connect the aerial directly to this, I still don't get the BBC channels but I get perfect BBC and ITV HD reception. So the conclusion is that it's not the aerial or the PVR that's at fault. Can anyone enlighten me please? I'm on the Oxford transmitter at MK18 2QP.

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9:11 PM

Martyn: Go into your TV or boxes tuning menu / manual tune and enter Oxfords BBC on Ch53, you do not really require to scan it because on most equipment as soon as the channel number is entered the signal strength / quality that its being received at will immediately be indicated, although if the indications are about 50% or so then try a scan, the main point about this test being that it will give you an idea if the signal is there but is just sitting just under the reception threshold of your TV.

If though still nothing is shown, and although this might not work as the rear of your aerial is approximately 40 degrees off track, but just for a test try a manual tune on Sandy's BBC on Ch27, giving an update on both tests.

And by the way if you could also give the model number of your TV.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
11:42 PM

The TV is an LG 37" with Freeview HD, its about 18 months old. On Ch53 I get a signal strength in the 30% ish region with 0% quality and the manual scan gives "no channels found". It can drop to a signal strength of around 18% too. On Ch 27 I get a signal strength of 16% and again, a manual scan finds no channels. On the other hand, ITV on Oxon & Bucks transmitter (Ch60)gives a signal strength of around 60% and quality of 100%. I would be very grateful for any suggestions you might have, thanks

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

8:22 AM

Martyn: Yes, 30% isn't really high enough to resolve a picture although zero quality guarantees that you wont, but as a second test I would like you to try that same manual signal check but this time on Oxfords Ch55 as that transmits on half the power of the BBC, and should it indicate around 50% or so strength with a reasonably high quality, should you by any chance be using any form of booster in-line with the aerial lead try by passing it then try BBC1 again.

If though you are not using any form of booster, then unfortunately that strongly suggests a problem out with your control, and about the only thing you can then do is to confirm this one way or another by making an enquiry with a not too far away neighbour.

By the way, your test on Sandy's Ch27 was about what was expected, as although signals can be picked up on the rear of most aerials at sometimes far higher levels than would be expected, your aerial would be receiving Sandy at not that far off half way towards the aerials (any horizontal aerial) dead spot of 90 degrees from the signal.

Give an update on the Ch55 test though.

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9:26 AM

Thanks JB, I'll give that a try tonight. I don't use a booster. I have the aerial in from the roof going into the Humax and then another lead going to the TV. There is also a scart connection from box to TV. On separate inputs I have a DVD player connected via HDMI as well as a Humax HD Freesat box (non PVR) connected to another HDMI. Finally, there is a Wii which is connected via a 5 way lead to the component plugs. I'll report back tonight.

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