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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......                                                                

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Sun shining through the Oxford television transmitter, one of my favourite pictures.


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Oxford`s channels in relation to the UHF TV band and the gain curves of the aerials we recommend for it.   DM Log    Log36     Yagi 18E    DY14WB*     XB16E


* Particularly if you want to go wideband.


Also see other relevant C/D group curves.

External links


Oxford transmitter page on MB21

Oxford transmitter page on Wikipedia

Oxford transmitter at MDS975


Digital UK Oxford transmitter

Digital UK details of Central transmitters

Ofcom details of Central transmitters

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.


Switchover occurred at Oxford in Sept 2011.

Oxford is quite a powerful transmitter (joint 13th most powerful in the UK). Note the huge increase in power after the switchover.


Oxford transmitter is horizontally polarised and it`s an E group, though for the 6 main digital MUXES it`s still its original C/D group (see Oxford`s graph)


Oxford transmitter has five (smaller repeaters to improve its coverage in hilly areas (it only used to have two, but three were swapped from Sutton Coldfield at switchover).

We are more than willing to give advice to those actually purchasing from us. Could those only seeking information please just find the answer somewhere on this site, or ring an aerial installer local to them, or call the reception advice phone numbers.

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Subjects are listed on this page in the following order :


History and general info of Oxford (Beckley) Transmitter


Oxford transmitter coverage (area & population)


Digital power output, aerial group and polarisation of Oxford transmitter


Possible extra (future) channels from Oxford


Our TV aerial recommendations for Oxford


Oxford external links


Pictures of Oxford transmitter


Oxford`s graph (its transmissions v our aerial recommendations)


Oxford`s channels/frequencies (including alternative transmitters)

There is one interleaved spectrum channel allocated to Oxford on CH51 (this is within the C/D group) for a possible Oxford local TV station. In addition two low power HD MUXES are planned (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.

Oxford transmitter`s TV Frequencies/Channels

The guide below also shows the output for the main co-receivable transmitters within Oxford`s coverage area, namely Sutton Coldfield, Waltham, Sandy, Hemel Hempstead, Crystal Palace, Hannington, Mendip, Ridge Hill and Lark Stoke. This information can be most useful for identifying alternative transmitter options or potential causes of co-channel interference plus it can also be invaluable if you are trying to find a spare channel for a modulated output (e.g. for a Sky box or CCTV system) to be added to your TV setup/distribution system.  


The frequencies given are for (most) digital MUXES, for analogue channels deduct 3MHz.

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For Oxford we recommend the DM log for strong signal areas, the Log36 for medium signal areas, the Yagi 18E or the DY14WB for poor signal areas, and the XB16E for those with the most marginal signals. The dimensions and test performance of the aerials can be found on the relevant tables. If requiring a “high gain aerial” in the loft we recommend the DY14WB over the XB16 because of the former aerial`s smaller size.

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The dotted lines are the 2 planned lower power HD MUXES