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OXFORD  - Beckley
Power e.r.p.
BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4
BBC Radio Oxford
INR Classic FM
ILR Fox FM (click here)
INR Virgin Radio
DAB - Digital One
UHF Analogue TV (UHF Ch No)
UHF Analogue TV
(UHF Ch No)
UHF Digital Terrestrial TV
99.1  89.5  91.7  93.9 MHz
95.2 MHz
101.3 MHz
102.6 MHz
1197 kHz MF (sloping wire aerial)
225.64 MHz (Block 12D)
222.06 MHz (Block 11D)
BBC1/2 (57/63), ITV  (60), Ch 4 (53)
Channel 5 (49)*, Six TV(47)**
Freeview (34/68/51/52/48/29)
46.0 kW
5.8 kW
46.0 kW
9.0 kW
0.25 kW
10.0 kW
7.75 kW
500 kW
40kW* / 10kW**
10 / 8 / 6 kW


All Photos By Martin Watkins

An overview of the rather pleasant site near Ot Moor, Beckley, Oxfordshire
The tall guyed mast in the centre of the photograph carries all the broadcasting aerials.  When originally opened in 1962 the Oxford station was a low power relay for the BBC 405 line monochrome televison service using VHF Band I on Channel 2. 

The tall guyed mast was bulit for the UHF television service which opened in 1968 and also carried the horizontally polarised aerials for BBC VHF/FM radio.  The horizontally polarised aerials were replaced with the current mixed polarised panels in 1988 when the station was upgraded,  the black and white 405 line service on Channel 2 having ceased by 1986.

The shorter tower was originally used by the BBC and is now also home to various other services.

In case you didn't know where you were

Starting at the top of the mast:

The UHF panels for DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television - Freeview)
The main UHF cylinder, concealing the high power analogue TV aerials within - used for BBC1/2, ITV & Channel Four;
The stack of VHF mixed polarised aerials used for FM radio;
Hidden within the main VHF/FM radio stack are the DAB aerials;
Towards the bottom of this photo (prodruding from the left hand side) are the white UHF panel aerials used by the analogue lower power community television station SIX-TV;
Right at the bottom of the picture (slightly cut off) are the UHF panel aerials used by the medium power analogue service of Channel Five television.

A close up of the UHF DTT aerials at the very top and the UHF cylinder for four of the main analogue television channels

The main VHF stack for analogue FM radio stations,
hidden amongst these large mixed polarised aerials are the vertical polarised aerials used for DAB digital radio.

A close up of the panel aerials used by analogue TV stations.  The Channel Five aerial is at the bottom of this photo, while the community television station, Six-TV, has its aerial a little higher up and is seen top left of this photo.

Thanks to Martin Watkins for sending in these photographs.

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