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

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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
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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
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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
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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

9:03 PM

John: Are you referring to analogue from Oxford? as if you are all analogue channels will be getting switched off on the 28th of this month.

The only reason I ask is because of you distinguishing between BBC1 and BBC2, as on digital they are on the same multiplex and as as such have to be the same strength, whereas on analogue they are on separate transmitters.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Transmitter engineering

9:30 PM

OXFORD transmitter - Freeview - No problems - BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 01:15 on 14 Sep to 01:55 on 14 Sep Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:14 on 14 Sep to 01:43 on 14 Sep [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 140,888 posts xx
Transmitter engineering

9:30 PM

OXFORD transmitter - Freeview - No problems - BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 01:15 on 14 Sep to 01:55 on 14 Sep Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:14 on 14 Sep to 01:43 on 14 Sep [BBC]

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Sunday, 18 September 2011
Mr Angry
6:51 AM

I tried contacting the 'switchover' people who were unhelpful and just make me think it is one big con to get us to spend money on new equipment - like Watchdog, selling you things you shouldn't need.

I too can't get ITV1, C4, C5 and all the other stations I couldn't get for SIX months last year. Then I got them back, now the switchover has wiped them out again. I think they should be providing a stronger signal, not us having to change equipment that was fine ('coincidentally') up to their switchover date.

I might take my box over to my parent's house, retune there if they have a signal strong enough. If it was working fine pre-14th then WHY did they have to change anything?!?!?! They make such a big fuss about it with TV ads etc, to me it's like celebrating someone else's misfortune which is about to happen and they know it is.

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Mr Angry's 1 post GB
10:41 AM
Chipping Norton

I have asked before about my reception. For weeks we have hardly had any channels , then at the first switch over date 14th, we now have some of the channles back but itv, channel 4 channel 5 none of these will work at all. I have tried everything in the book and nothing, can you tell me if after the 2nd part of switchover 28th! will I have my missing channels please????? I live in Chipping Norton, OX7 area. Thank you Marie x

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marie's 4 posts GB
11:31 AM

I knew it wouldn't last - after having ITV1 last night this morning nothing, can anyone tell us what's going on ??

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Kathleen's 9 posts GB

11:50 AM

Kathleen: You should have excellent reception of Mux2 from Oxford on C68. Check that you have not stored the channels from Hannington on C43+ instead, as these appear first in the scan. Another possibility is interference from a Sky box is blocking reception of Mux2. C68 is used as the default frequency for the RF modulator on some Sky boxes.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB

12:00 PM

marie: You are currently predicted to have variable reception of Mux2 (ITV1, C4 etc) and MuxD (Film4, ITV4 etc) After switchover you should have excellent reception of the high power Mux D3=4 which replaces Mux2. The COM muxes will unfortunately start off at reduced power and show various changes to reception over time as switchover progresses in other areas.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
2:32 PM

Hello KMJ, thanks for the assistance but I'm not very clued up on the jargon, how do I know if I have stored the channels from Hannington C43+, Shall I just do another channel scan, I don't have a sky box just Freeview.

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Kathleen's 9 posts GB

3:43 PM

Kathleen: Pressing the "display" or "info" button on the remote will on some boxes show the transmitter channel or frequency of the mux being viewed. This should be C68 or 850.0MHz when tuned to ITV1. If the box has no facility to display this information when viewing a channel or looking at the channel list, at least when doing a rescan it will display the channel/frequency that it has reached in the scan and list any channels that it has found. As C68 is right at the end of the scan you should not have ITV1, ITV2 C4, C5, more4 etc found until the end of the scan is reached. If these are found near the beginning of the scan (Sandy Heath) or in the middle (Hannington) it would explain why reception is poor. If you are receiving interference on the signal it could be from a neighbour's Sky box as the output signal is quite strong. Are you able to do a manual tune on C68? If you are, it make sure that the correct frequency is being searched for channels and it will be possible to see the strength and quality of the available signal.

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