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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-100,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C37- (601.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 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 (183°)
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.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011
4:33 PM

Yesterday I was getting 12 muxes (22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 32, 48, 51, 52, 53, 67, 68), but on rescanning at 6.30 this morning got only 6 muxes: 48, 53, 55, 59, 60, 62. Tried again at 8.00, and now get 15 muxes (22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 32, 34, 48, 53, 55, 59, 60, 62, 67) and 244 channels! Strangely though, my box has put ITV (Oxford) in the 900 series, and put ITV (Sandy) in the normal position instead; BBC Oxford is in the correct allocation.

Given that the signal from Oxford is the strongest, and that I'm getting Oxford, Sandy, and London on just the one aerial, is any way I can get it to put Oxford ITV in the correct allocation, and Sandy back with London in the 800 and 900 series? With 244 channels, I've filled the 800 series and am up to 965!

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Nicholas's 15 posts GB

4:45 PM

Have looked at recommended page : "Too much of a good thing is bad". Can my problem re ArqA & ArqB mux really be due to too much signal - thought that these were transmitting on lower power than other mux channels which are all fine?

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mhaffy's 25 posts GB
4:54 PM

are there problems with certian makes of tvs as our son has a panasonic tv no problems, we have 2 technika tvs have problems with both our neighbour has same make same problems fine before switch over now will only work with booster

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chris's 4 posts GB
Mike Dimmick

5:17 PM

David: There is no mention of DVB-T2 and only the Freeview logo is shown, not Freeview HD. I'm sorry, it looks like it isn't compatible. You would need an additional Freeview HD box, but it's unlikely you'd be able to record from it.

I'd get in touch with them, see if you can return it.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Howie B

5:44 PM

Thanks for clarifying what's on channels 50,51 etc locally, Brian. I guess if I want to see the lovely Gerry Peers (BBC Oxford) and Jo Kent, Lexi and Reham (South Today) I'll have to settle for seeing them in SD at 576i only.
Freeview HD is so amazing I'm reluctant to switch over. I hope everyone is happy with the new power levels in these parts. It's been a long wait for many of you. Howie "B"

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Howie B's 22 posts GB
5:59 PM

@Chris - some Tesco Technika boxes have Vestel internals which don't handle the "negative offsets" well, is it the muxes with C59- and C60- that are a problem? There were firmware upgrades for this issue for some boxes a while ago.

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mst's 18 posts EU
6:06 PM

I'm sure there's a write up on this site but this doc refers to the Vestel n egative offset issue….pdf

but doesn't say what you can do if upgrade missed!

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mst's 18 posts EU

7:13 PM

I have to say in fairness after retuning all our sets (first install) they are all working fine with strong signals.

One odd thing though we are still showing between 1 and 9 analogue signals on each TV, although no idea what they are.

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Robert's 75 posts EU
8:03 PM

Switching on the TV this evening at 19:00 and retuning the Freeview box produced a big fat ZERO, no stations, nada. Reset to manufacturer's defaults, but still nothing from Beckley, which is my local transmitter. Gave up and switched aerials to Hannington and watched analogue for half an hour. Despite generally getting a weaker signal from Hannington I managed to successfully reset the Freeview box to receive digital signals. Said it found 182 stations! Some while later I switched aerials back and tried Beckley again. Found it this time but with only 102 stations. What is going on, and why does Hannington offer more stations?

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Spartan's 12 posts GB
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