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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)295mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LOX
 H -10dB
C46 (674.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 7 Thats Oxford,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C2BBCtvwaves
C29SDN
C31com7com7
C37com8com8
C41BBCA
C44D3+4
C46_local
C47BBCB
C49tv_offC5wavesC5waves
C50tv_off SDNSDN
C51tv_offLOXLOX
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCA+BBCA+BBCA
C55tv_offArqBArqBArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C59tv_off-ArqA-ArqA-ArqA
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C62SDN
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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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.

Comments
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
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Simon J Bolton
1:01 PM
Aylesbury

Thanks for that jb38. There is no booster connected, but here's a quick update: last night, having sat through 90 minutes of heavily pixellated picture and intermittent sound, an audible 'pop' was heard from the TV (similar to the sound heard from an earthing spark when connecting car battery booster cables) after which the picture and sound quality was excellent. We then threw caution to the wind and did another first-time installation and the tuner returned 171 channels, including some we didn't even know existed, like Argos TV and God TV.
Then, this morning, we had the BBC channels but no sound or picture on ITV channels ... then BBC News 24 on Ch 80 started playing up again...
Frankly, we're fed up with all this and we are going to return the TV. We KNOW there is nothing wrong with the transmitter, the aerial, the co-ax cable or anything else and the TV sometimes picks up channels and sometimes doesn't without us doing anything more than turning it on. It has also developed a high-pitched whisling sound on power-up which wasn't there last week.
What I find most frustrating is with all the technology available it still comes down to having to haul the TV to a neighbour's to try their aerial and scouring the interwebnet to try and find a website for information. I cannot find a phone number to call for help and to be honest if we rang a TV repair company they'd just say we need a new aerial at some ridiculously exorbitant price and we'd be expected to believe them. Bring back valves! At least you could se when they weren't working...

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:13 PM

Simon J Bolton: Well, although fault symptoms such as you have described can in many cases indicate an intermittent connection fault on the aerial where the coax is joined into it, however when this coupled to the peculiar noise you hear on power up and something which is most likely coming from high frequency transformer in the power supply and usually when some partial short circuit is overloading it, then this does indicate that your set is defective.

If you only purchased it in May then obviously its still well inside the statutory guarantee period, and therefore I would not hesitate about returning it to wherever it was purchased and mentioning what you have in your posting regarding the noise, I would "not" advise mentioning anything about bad reception as that will immediately trigger suspicion about your installation being at fault.

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Thursday, 11 October 2012
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Paul
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:21 AM

A professional aerial installer could test your aerial. They might charge for this service. Testing the TV at a neighbour's house is free.

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Monday, 19 November 2012
Dave
4:45 PM

Me too. Just North of Banbury and I lost signal on Sunday afternoon; it's still not back.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012
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Paul
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:30 AM

Dave, are you sure you're using the Oxford transmitter ( BBC South Oxford, ITV Meridian )?
As far as I can tell, the Oxford transmitter is working OK.

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Dave
5:00 PM

Well, I thought I was. I'll ask my neighbours, they're pointed in the same direction. Of course, I haven't actually checked to make sure no one has nicked the aerial. 8)

Hmm, I wonder if it is an aerial thing? Both my Media Centers (I don't have a FreeviewTV) get no signal. I'll check the loft box and the aerial in the morning.

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Dave
6:04 PM

Hmm, it gets weirder. Both machines have a signal, of sorts, but neither can tune into any station, citing a weak signal. I've adjustable attenuators inline (bought when the power went up) but with or without them it's the same.

I'll continue investigating.

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Dave's 4 posts GB
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Dave
12:05 PM

Paul - in case you were curious, it's the aerial splitter in the loft. A passive one, but still it failed. I've a new one ordered.

The signal to the splitter is fine (checked with TV from next door), but too strong without the splitter and/or attenuators.

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Thursday, 22 November 2012
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Paul
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:08 AM

Hello, Dave.
Thanks for telling us.
I'm please that you've nearly fixed it.
Paul.

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Friday, 30 November 2012
N
Nick
8:08 AM

Anyone having trouble in the Edlesborough/Eaton Bray area? About a month ago we started getting bad reception on BBC channels through our Humax Freeview box. At the same time, BBC through the freeview TV was fine. Then suddenly yesterday it seems all channels both through the Humax Freeview box and the TV freeview are really bad. Unwatchable. Ariel seems ok. Just reinstalled channels on the Humax, but no real improvement. (51.8650,-0.5834) 

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