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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?

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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, 70 CBBC Channel, 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, 39 The Zone, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 72 CITV, plus 19 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal -3dB
C59- (777.8MHz)319m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
50,000W
Channel icons
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, 302 BBC Red Button 2, plus 10 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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RM
Tuesday 17 April 2012 9:47PM Bampton

I have a Samsung LE40B550A TV with built-in Freeview.
I lost BBC1, BBC2 and ITV-1 on Saturday night but they were back on Sunday. Now I have lost everything.
I'm in Carterton - OX18 and have a rooftop aeriel.
I have not changed or touched anything on or around the TV.

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Robert
Wednesday 18 April 2012 6:53AM Swindon

I have just looked at the various transmitters available to us at SN3 4ST and the two Mendip ones are just 7 kilometers away, and yet the predicted channel reception is only good on 4 Coms, whereas Oxford is green on all.

Why is this. We use Oxford but given the close proximity of Mendip one would have thought a far superior signal would be received.

P
Paul
Wednesday 18 April 2012 12:54PM

Robert, I think you are more than 7km from the "Mendip" transmitter, but you might be close to one of its relays.

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Robert
Wednesday 18 April 2012 12:58PM

That could be it. So does that mean the relay doesn't actually boost the power.

S
Steve P
Wednesday 18 April 2012 2:05PM

Relays provide a signal to places missed by the main transmitters - typically valleys across the direction of the signal.

M
Mike
Wednesday 18 April 2012 2:55PM Swindon

to Robert who said "I have just looked at the various transmitters available to us at SN3 4ST and the two Mendip ones are just 7 kilometers away, and yet the predicted channel reception is only good on 4 Coms, whereas Oxford is green on all. "

Your location in Vicarage Lane, South Marston, Swindon is much closer to Oxford than Mendip transmitter. The Mendip transmitter is more like 70 km away rather than 7km (4.3 miles).

K
ken
Wednesday 18 April 2012 10:19PM

Mike Payne.as you are in the aylesbury area,the sandy heath/east signals are sometimes picked up at the back of the oxford aerial,more some receivers can jumble these with the oxford signals such as itv4/bbc1 for example,and bbc oxford can finish in the 800s.

its signal quality your after signal strength on some receivers is at around 30% this is the maximum they will show but signal quality is at 97%,if the quality drops the strength bar rises then a loss of picture occurs.

either scan each oxford frequency individually or wait to the receiver scans just over half way and then plug in the aerial lead.this will bypass the lower sandy heath frequencies.

M
Matt Crowther
Wednesday 18 April 2012 11:30PM Aylesbury

Well before the power boost I had messed up ITV4/Yesterday/Film4 and getting home found Film4 absent from my listings so re-scanned. Film4's a bit skippy still but not as bad as before so I guess it'll be alright from now on, he says.

S
Steve P
Thursday 19 April 2012 10:50AM

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Robert - relays are to fill in for places where local geography gets in the way of the main transmitter's signal. So even within a postcode which is best may vary from house to house.

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