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Farthinghoe Northamptonshire
NGR: SP532387 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 157m Structure Height:
Digital TV:
BBC Radio:
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio: Banbury Sound: 107.6  Heart FM (Thames Valley): 97.4 
Digital Radio: BBC National: 12B        Oxfordshire: 10B       
Comments: Used to provide analogue programme feed for Channel 4 TV to Oxford via off-air reception of Sutton Coldfield - now discontinued

At first glance Farthinghoe may look like an ordinary mobile phone mast, but look more closely and you'll see, installed on an extended mast section above the mobile phone antennas, four slanted VHF folded dipoles (just below the mast light) that transmit ILR Oxford and Banbury programmes. Rather than simply being an off-air transposer station of 102.6 MHz from  Beckley, Oxford, the Farthinghoe relay station is fed separately and carries separate news and advertising on 97.4 MHz for North Oxfordshire and  South-West Northamptonshire including Banbury and Brackley.

There are two sets of UHF log periodics on this tower, but I have no record of it being a UHF tv relay. I understand the site forms part of the RBL link between Suftton Coldfield and Oxford.


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