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Full Freeview on the Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) transmitter

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sa_streetviewGoogle Streetviewsa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps51.790,-1.179 or 51°47'25"N 1°10'46"Wsa_postcodeOX3 9SS

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?

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.

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, 70 CBBC, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 12 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
73 CBBC HD, 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, 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 4 +1, 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, 66 CBS Reality, 72 CITV, plus 20 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, 82 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), 83 Al Jazeera English, 85 RT English , plus 20 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, 75 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
74 CBeebies HD, 84 Al Jazeera Arabic, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 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

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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.



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M
mst
Tuesday 28 February 2012 8:18AM

@Jack - Hannington has just gone through DSO - maybe you were getting some channels from there? Suggest you do the full reset and channel scan and check Mux frequencies as above

F
fiona hilsdon
Tuesday 28 February 2012 12:10PM

We have john lewis digital tvs that will not tune into BBC channels on the Oxford transmitter. Have you come across this before

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David Pinfold
Friday 2 March 2012 12:17PM Banbury

Hi Briantist - Just noticed that in the channel list for the SDN mux, ITV3 (Channel 10) seems to be missing from the list. Just a small point I know. Just wondering if there was a reason for this.

R
Richard
Monday 5 March 2012 3:02PM Bicester

Jim: Since switchover, i've been getting good Freeview reception on all channels from the Oxford TX. Recently, however, D3+4 channels are continously subject to picture and sound breakup while there's no problem with the rest. I can't find any fault reports on this - can you advice, please? My postcode is OX25 6JQ.

M
mst
Monday 5 March 2012 9:26PM

The Oxford COM power up and mode change to SDN mux that is planned for 18 Apr 12 will not affect the already high power D3+4 on C60- so check you are actually receiving Oxford and not Sutton Coldfield off the back of your aerial - its almost exactly 180 degrees off and C46 passed first in most box auto-tuning!

P
Paul
Tuesday 6 March 2012 7:49AM

Could Richard have accidentally tuned to Hannnington? From Bicester, Hannington is roughly the same direction as Bicester.

R
Ralph
Wednesday 7 March 2012 10:24PM

Please advise whether the main switchover work is complete or not. Since this work started I have gradually lost all channels except for the BBC ones (1, 2, 3 & 4) despite multiple retunes (aerial pointing Oxford). Aerial installers confirm there is virtually no signal at this location (Swindon SN5) despite the high gain aerial. This is a sad sate of affairs when considering ITV and some others were receivable back in the analogue days.

Thank you.

P
Paul
Thursday 8 March 2012 7:56AM

"...From Bicester, Hannington is roughly the same direction as Bicester."
Why did I write that?
I meant to say that, from Bicester, Hannington and Oxford are roughly the same direction.

M
mst
Thursday 8 March 2012 10:18AM

@Ralph: see above MUX info, the COM muxes are currently on low power 12.5kW ERP, and using a less robust broadcast config, but work on the MUX with ITV1 is allegedly complete - so do check you are tuned to the Oxford C60- MUX. I'm much closer to the TX than you but it seems the BBC MUX comes through with much higher apparent power, it may be my aerial system, the higher frequencies or the fact that C60- is very close to C59- and both are 'negative offsets'. Might also be interference from the low power Hemel Hempstead analogue TX is broadly the same direction.

Once London Crystal Palace and all its dependent transmitters have gone through DSO (18th April 2012) the COM channels will be increased to 50kW ERP - the 6dB increase might be able to take your signal above the digital cliff-edge, but don't expect miracles - bad weather, atmospherics, leaves on trees are all potential disturbances to which you will not have much safety margin.

And then you will only have a few years till 4g mobiles start using C61-C69 - have you considered Freesat?




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