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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-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

 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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-6100,000W
Channel icons
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 MAX, 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 8 others

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

 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
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, 24 February 2021
Alan Green
9:57 PM

24 February 2021


in March last year I emailed you with a question regarding the compass bearing for the Honiton (Devon) Freeview transmitter tower, for reception from my home in Dawlish (EX7 9DY). To my horror, you printed/published my whole enquiry - every word - in full with my full name and address - which you had no right to do, on privacy grounds. I do not want my name, address and email openly available to the world !!!

Please therefore take it all down/delete it immediately and email me back to confirm it has been done. DO NOT PUBLISH THIS FURTHER NOTE TO YOU - IT IS MY COPYRIGHT !!!


A***n G***n

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Alan Green's 1 post GB

10:37 PM

Alan Green:

This is a public, free and independent helpsite. If you post information on a public message board, others will be able to read what you post. There are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of message boards on the internet and wherever you post on such message boards, the information you choose to put in a post can be read by others. Information that you may have provided to this site, like your internet email address is NOT available to others.

Those of us that post here in response to others requests for help and information (we are all volunteers in that respect), have no control whatsoever over what you put in a post, if we make errors in our own posts we are unable to edit or change them. We usually make another post to correct any information.

Whilst your previous post(s) may well still be present somewhere on the site, I, and no doubt some others, have no interest in trawling back to find it. Whilst the information will probably be there, I doubt that whatever you posted is different from the information any member of the public might find in a telephone directory or similar, or indeed on the public electoral roll. Nevertheless it is never sensible to post such information on a public message board. The only information that volunteers need to provide specific help about reception is a postcode, and there are many addresses to most postcodes, so generally it's of little significance to anyone.

You should read the UK Free Privacy Policy and then you will need to contact the site owner Brian Butterworth directly to have any such posts of yours removed should you choose to do so. It is highly unlikely that he'll see your post here (but then again he might).

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Chris.SE's 3,189 posts GB

11:51 PM

Alan Green: The text above the comments form makes it pretty clear that you are posting a public comment and not sending a private message. If you misunderstood that or posted by mistake, I can only suggest that you contact the site owner as nobody else can remove any posts.

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StevensOnln1's 3,403 posts GB
Wednesday, 7 April 2021
John J
4:55 PM

There have been problems at the Oxford Transmitter for a long time.
The channels in PSB2 are so unreliable it's not really
Worth continuing with Freeview. I think I'll switch to
Freesat which must be being run in a better way as they
Very seldom have problems.

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John J's 1 post GB

5:52 PM

John J: If there was a long running problem at a main transmitter like Oxford there would be hundreds of people complaining about it. Since there aren't, it's far more likely that there is either a fault somewhere in your aerial system or you are suffering from interference caused by something nearby. Start by checking for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV, then follow along the aerial cable as far as you can safely access. Also, try to keep the different cables separated behind your TV, as HDMI leads in particular are a common source of electrical interference.

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StevensOnln1's 3,403 posts GB

9:57 PM

John J:

It's also possible, but maybe less likely that you are in a bit of an awkward spot in relation to PSB2 reception. If you provide a full postcode (or one for a very close retail or public premises) we could check that for you. If the terrain is your locale is very variable, it'll need to be somewhere very close by or your own postcode.

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Chris.SE's 3,189 posts GB
Thursday, 17 June 2021
Transmitter engineering

3:33 PM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 17 Jun 10:19 until 17 Jun 14:46. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 16 Jun 10:06 until 16 Jun 15:24. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 15 Jun 10: [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts GB
Transmitter engineering

4:08 PM

Oxford transmitter - Oxford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 14/06/2021 Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts GB
Sunday, 20 June 2021
Transmitter engineering

5:46 PM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 17 Jun 10:19 until 17 Jun 14:46. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 16 Jun 10:06 until 16 Jun 15:24. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 17 J [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts GB
Monday, 21 June 2021
Transmitter engineering

5:46 PM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 17 Jun 10:19 until 17 Jun 14:46. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 17 Jun 10:30 until 17 Jun 14:46. . [BBC]

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