Oxford transmitter is situated 4 miles NE of the City near the village of Beckley, in fact some people refer to it as Beckley transmitter. The structure was built in 1962 and is 160m high, see How High is High ? VHF/405 line TV transmissions started in 1962 with UHF following in 1968 (BBC2) and 1970 (BBC1/ITV). The transmitter can be seen on the hill from the railway between Oxford and Banbury which was opened in 1850 by the Great Western Railway as part of a route which eventually reached Chester and Birkenhead. Interestingly it was built as a broad gauge line then converted to mixed gauge in 1852 before becoming standard gauge only in 1869.
Oxford transmitter has a population coverage of around three quarters of a million. Its transmissions can be picked up in Swindon, Reading, Banbury, Bicester and Milton Keynes, plus Oxford, obviously.
Overall view of Oxford TV transmitter, the structure on the left was originally built for the receive antennas when Oxford was (effectively) a VHF repeater off Crystal Palace.
Close up of one of the massive concrete anchors for the stays, there is considerably more
of it underground......
Sun shining through the Oxford television transmitter, one of my favourite pictures.
Oxford Transmitter OS Grid Ref SP 567 105
Note, due to the new phenomenon of MUXICAL chairs you may experience problems with certain MUXES disappearing. First try rescanning your TV / set top box, do it manually if possible. If this fails to sort it check on transmitter work or call the reception advice phone numbers.
Also see basic digital fault finding.
Oxford is quite a powerful transmitter (joint 13th most powerful in the UK). Note the huge increase in power after the 2011 digital switchover.
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Subjects are listed on this page in the following order :
There is one ”Local” MUX allocated to Oxford on CH29 (this is within the C/D group) for a possible Oxford local TV station. In addition there are two low power HD MUXES (in the CH 31 to 37 gap) on CHs 31 and 37. These can by picked up be (decent) C/D group aerials but it must be admitted that an E group (or wideband) aerial would work better.
The guide below also shows the output for the main co-
The frequencies given are for (most) digital MUXES, for analogue channels deduct 3MHz.
For Oxford we recommend the DM log for strong signal areas, the Log36 for medium signal areas, and the Yagi18K or XB10K for poor signal areas, the latter aerial being particularly well suited to loft mounting. The XB16K is for those with the most marginal signals. The dimensions and test performance of the aerials are on the relevant tables.
Those in a poor signal area wanting MUXES 7 & 8 are recommended a DY14WB.
The dotted lines are MUXES 7 & 8
(Both only have a small audience and they`re due to be switched of between 2020 & 2022)