HC Deb 31 July 1924 vol 176 c2279W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that since the Oxford wave-length was changed from 8,750 metres to 12,350 metres the efficiency of the Oxford station has fallen considerably, and that the 8,750 wavelength is still used for the private message programme and the private press programme with good results, whilst news sent on the 12,350 wave-length is jammed by other European stations and is generally unreadable at sea; and what action does he propose to take


I am aware that considerable difficulty has been experienced by ships in receiving transmissions from the Oxford wireless station during the night time upon a wave-length of 12,350 metres, which, although more efficient during the day time, is less efficient than 8,750 metres during the night. In order to obviate this difficulty, arrangements have been made, on and from the 5th August, to revert to the use of a wave-length of 8,750 metres for all transmissions during the night, including the 8 p.m. and midnight (Greenwich Mean Time) British official news messages. The existing wave-length of 12,350 metres will continue to be used for transmissions during the day.