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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. Click to recheck [+] 

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The symbol shows the location of the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 410,000 homes.

Other mapstxdabOxford DABtxradioOxford AM/FMtxregionOxford TV regiontx1BBC South (Oxford)
tx3Meridian/Central (Thames Valley micro region)txdabxxDAB in OxfordshiretxradioxxAM/FM in Oxfordshire

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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What do the colours on the map mean?

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.


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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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 horizontal max
C53+ (730.2MHz)295m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
100,000W
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, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 horizontal max
C60- (785.8MHz)295m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
100,000W
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
 horizontal max
C57 (762.0MHz)295m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
100,000W
Channel icons
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
 horizontal -3dB
C50 (706.0MHz)295m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
50,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 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 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal -3dB
C59- (777.8MHz)319m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
50,000W
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4+1, 32 Movie Mix, 38 Quest +1, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 11 others

COM6
ArqB
 horizontal -3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)319m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
50,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 45 Film 4 +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 90 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 21 others

LOX
 horizontal -10dB
C51 (714.0MHz)295mQSPK 8K 3/4
8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
10,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd December 2014: 8 Thats Oxford, 67 Chart Show TV, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

com7
 horizontal -12.4dB
C31 (554.0MHz)295m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
5,800W
Channel icons
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
 horizontal -12.4dB
C37 (602.0MHz)295m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
5,800W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014:



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

orange background for multiplexes names moregreen background for transmission frequencieslilac background for power levels in watts800MHz band: 4G mobile to start in 2013700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more600MHz 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.

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
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, LOX(-17dB) 10kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-18dB) 8kW
Mux A*, Mux B*(-19.2dB) 6kW
com7, com8(-19.4dB) 5.8kW

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.



Your comments: most recent posts are at the bottom

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Q
Quinnicus
Monday 14 July 2014 12:33PM Swindon

Hi all

Is there anything going on with the Oxford transmitter today - lost/broken picture across the multiplexes

Cheers

M
MikeB
Tuesday 15 July 2014 8:05PM

Quinnicus: If you had bad weather at the time, check your system, might be moisture getting in.

P
Pikpilot
Friday 18 July 2014 6:02PM Swindon

Quinnicus,
I had a small blip too on Monday but put it down the fact I am currently using a C/D aerial and trying to watch channel 31 (Com 7) programmes when it happened. What group aerial are you using?
Must buy a wideband or log periodic aerial soon as more of the lower frequencies will come into use.

L
Lori
Saturday 23 August 2014 12:04PM Luton

When I first tuned into free view when the switch over started my TV picked up the London transmitter and the local itv and bbc news was London which was great BUT for the past 8 months my TV pics up the Meridian transmitter even though I live in North Luton, which is annoying as local news and weather is the south coast!
No matter how many times I reinstall and retune it only picks up Meridian, how can I solve this problem?

MikeP
Saturday 23 August 2014 8:35PM

Lori
If you click on the "L's DigitalUK tradeview" link to the right of your name above you will see that the main transmitter for your area is Oxford, which uses a Group C/D aerial mounted with bars horizontal. That transmits ITV Meridian, which is why you are getting Meridian programmes. it is just south of west from your location at 252 degrees.

If you prefer the London services you will need a different aerial mounted with the bars horizontal and pointing in a different direction (on a bearing of 152 degrees, roughly south-east) to receive services from the Crystal Palace transmitter and to retune making sure you get the programmes from the lower frequency multiplexes only. The aerial will need to be a Group A type or alternatively a Log-Periodic type which will be suitable for correct reception in the foreseeable future.

Hope that helps?

Transmitter engineering
Tuesday 16 September 2014 10:33AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 07:45 today to 08:51 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 today to 08:51 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 today to 08:51 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 today to 08:51 today, Radio 4 FM [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Wednesday 17 September 2014 4:34AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 07:45 yesterday to 08:51 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 yesterday to 08:51 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 yesterday to 08:51 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 yesterda [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Thursday 18 September 2014 4:34AM

OXFORD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 07:45 on 16 Sep to 08:51 on 16 Sep. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 on 16 Sep to 08:51 on 16 Sep, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 on 16 Sep to 08:51 on 16 Sep, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 07:45 on 16 Se [BBC]

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