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. A VHF/405 line transmitter built in 1962 originally occupied the site (it is still there but now covered in microwave dishes) but this was replaced by the current 160m structure in 1968, see How High is High ? 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 original VHF structure of 1962 is on the left.
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.
* Particularly if you want to go wideband.
Also see other relevant C/D group curves.
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
Being a main transmitter Oxford is horizontally polarised and for analogue it was originally a C/D group but became a wideband for a few years when digital first started broadcasting in 1998. However, at switchover in 2011 it returned to a C/D for all its digital output.
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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, there may be two more HD MUXES transmitted (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-
Note the gaps in the table below for channels 31 to 37 and 61 to 68, they`re reserved for “other uses”........
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, the Yagi18CD / 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.
* See "covering all eventualities"