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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C53+ (730.2MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One South (Oxford), 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C60- (785.8MHz)295mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Meridian/Central (Thames Valley micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C57 (762.0MHz)295mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
45 Film 4 +1, 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 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C50 (706.0MHz)295mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C59- (777.8MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 16 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)319mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 25 Dave ja vu, 38 Quest +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 70 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

LOX
 H -10dB
C51 (714.0MHz)295mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 8 Thats Oxford, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

com7
 H -7.9dB
C31 (554.0MHz)295mDTG-616,400W
Channel icons
71 Motors TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 1 others

com8
 H -12.4dB
C37 (602.0MHz)295mDTG-65,800W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014/5:



DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/324.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/340.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/427.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/48.0Mb/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
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
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?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20112011-1329/5/13-2013-18
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EWC/D EC/D EW
C2BBCtv
C29D
600C31com7
C341
C37com8
C48C
700C49C5C5
C50 SDNSDN
C51-ALOX
C52-B
C53C4C4C4+BBCA+BBCA+BBCA
C55ArqBArqBArqB
C57BBC1BBC1BBC1BBCBBBCBBBCB
C59-ArqA-ArqA-ArqA
C60ITVITVITV-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
800C62SDN
C63BBC2BBC2BBC2
C682

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 14th September and 28th September 2011.
Click/touch here to read How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?Analogue 1-4 500kWBBCA, D3+4
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Comments
Thursday, 29 January 2015
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Tig Minor
11:37 PM

Is the new That's Oxford programme - broadcast via the Oxford transmitter - purely broadcast to Oxford city itself or is it intended for the whole area reached by the Oxford transmitter? I live in Faringdon and would love to be able to see this as we get very little Oxford news really - the "local" news aimed at us is mostly about Basingstoke / Portsmouth and even Sussex, with only about 10 minutes Oxford news out of half an hour at 6.30 pm (BBC).

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Friday, 30 January 2015
Dave Lindsay
10:30 AM

Tig Minor: There are a few points to make in answer to your question.

Firstly, That's Oxford broadcasts directionally from the Oxford transmitting station and in the direction of Oxford. It is also on lower power (4kW) and is on a UHF channel out of group of former analogue.

So, you are in the direction of the beam. However, there is higher ground in the way which may cause difficulty:

http://www.megalithia.com/elect/terrain.php?Make=2&Transmitters=SP567105+289&ngr=SU286955&bht=10&ngr1=SP567105&daod=289&dname=Oxford&dht=0&go=go

The possibility of "out-of-group" means that the broadcast frequency is out of the band of frequencies that your aerial (if it's C/D) works best at. And not only may your aerial be less sensitive, the signal is weaker.

See here for an explanation of aerial groups:

http://www.aerialsandtv.com/aerials.html#aerialgroups

Analogue TV from Oxford was all in Group C/D. That's Oxford is on UHF channel 29, which is Group A. Also, COM7 (and the forthcoming COM8) HD muxes are on Group A channels. So you "may" require an aerial replacement to pick them up as well.

Try going to the manual tuning function of one of your TVs/boxes and select UHF channel 29 but don't press the button to scan/add services. Rather wait and observe for a minute or so how the strength and quality fares. Some receivers are more useful than others at this so it's worth visiting them all.

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Dave Lindsay
11:17 AM

Tig Minor: I should add that overall your chances of reliable stable reception aren't great! But if you find that reception of COM7 isn't great then you might decide to replace the aerial for a wideband, and at the same time you might be able to bring in reception of That's Oxford on C29.

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Tig Minor
1:04 PM

Dave Lindsay - Many thanks for your comments. Being something of a technophobe, I will have to think about it!! In general, reception is great at present, but I note your comments that chances of reliable stable reception for That's Oxford - presuming I can get it - are not great. Might be safer top let well alone for the present with my current aerial, but maybe a change to wideband in the future is an option.

Many thanks..

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pikpilot
4:26 PM

Here near Swindon I changed from a C/D to a wideband aerial and That'd Oxford test transmission is quite strong considering the low power. Quality is good and no drops out even in different weather conditions.

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