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Hannington TV transmitter

Hannington TV transmitter from the East, note the view from the North Downs.

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Hannington TV transmitter

Hannington against a beautiful blue sky,

not that we got

many of them in

2007 when this picture was taken !

Hannington TV transmitter

Hannington transmitter “up close”.

Hannington`s channels in relation to the UHF TV band and the gain curves of the aerials

we recommend for it.   DM Log    Log36    Yagi18B or XB10B     XB16B  


Also see other relevant B group curves.


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External Links


Hannington transmitter page on MB21


Digital UK Hannington transmitter

Digital UK details of Meridian transmitters

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Hannington Transmitter


OS Grid Ref SU 527 568



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.


Hannington switched over in February 2012.

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Hannington transmitter reverted to a B group at digital switchover (in February 2012), though all of its digital output was within the B group anyway. It had originally been a B group before becoming an E group in 1982 when C4 broadcasts started.


Being a main transmitter Hannington is horizontally polarised.


Note the increase in transmission power at digital switchover. Nearly all transmitters increased their power by a factor of 10 at switchover, so, relatively speaking, Hannington`s increase was rather less than the others. But remember that the transmitter`s former easterly attenuation was abolished at switchover, so for that area a very big rise in power occurred.


Also see Hannington`s nine smaller repeater transmitters.

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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If the proposed Reading and Basingstoke local TV stations get off the ground their radiation pattern will planned to be as per the above graphics, i.e. not be omnidirectional.

Both potential stations are designated phase 2, that is to say they`re less likely to ascend from terra firma than the phase 1 stations.

Subjects are listed on this page in the following order :


History and general info of Hannington Transmitter


Hannington transmitter coverage (area & population)


Digital power output, aerial group and polarisation of Hannington transmitter


Possible extra (future) channels from Hannington


Our TV aerial recommendations for Hannington


Hannington external links


Pictures of Hannington transmitter


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


Hannington`s channels/frequencies (including alternative transmitters)

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Hannington`s population coverage is approximately 750,000 and it transmits to homes in many towns ESE of London including Reading, Newbury, Basingstoke and Winchester. It is often used as an alternative to Crystal Palace, Oxford, Guildford or even Rowridge transmitters.

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For Hannington we recommend the DM log for strong signal areas, the Log36 for medium signal areas, the Yagi18B and the XB16B for those with the most marginal signals.

The dimensions  and test performance of the aerials can be found on the relevant table. If requiring a “high gain aerial” in the loft we recommend the XB10B over the XB16B because the former aerial is smaller and it can be end mounted.       See Hannington`s graph.

There is one interleaved spectrum channel allocated to Hannington, CH29, this may be used for local TV channels for Reading and Basingstoke (see below). In addition, there are two planned HD MUXES (in the CH 31 to 37 gap) on CHs 32 and 34. All the aforementioned channels can be picked up by decent B group aerials.

Hannington transmitter is situated 16 miles SW of Reading on the North Hampshire Downs and it was opened about 1970. The  site height is 217m and the actual mast is 134m high with the shroud covering the analogue transmitting array being about another 20m on top of that, thus the (average) transmitting height is about 369m, see How High is High ?

The transmitter is actually about 2 miles to the East of Watership Down, as in the talking rabbits ! The nearest railway to Hannington is the (ex) L&SWR line from Basingstoke to Salisbury opened in 1854, and this runs about 4 miles to the South. Until 1964 there was a railway running North to South from Didcot via Newbury to Winchester. This line had a fascinating history as it was originally planned as a double track but only completed as a single line in 1885 then, because the line ran from the industrial Midlands down to the South Coast ports it became very heavily used during WW2 and was finally doubled between 1942 to 1943. Unfortunately its importance then diminished so greatly that by 1964 it was closed. However that was not quite the end of the story because the infamous Newbury bypass (that`s Swampy et al) was built on part of the ex railway lines trackbed. The actual section used was from Tot Hill to Enborne.

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Hannington`s Channel Allocations


The channel guide below also includes the same information for other potentially co-receivable transmitters within the Hannington coverage area, namely Oxford, Crystal Palace, Guildford, Midhurst, Rowridge, Salisbury, Mendip, Ridge Hill & Lark Stoke. This information can be useful for identifying other transmitters which may give a superior signal. The channel allocation guides can also be very useful in the diagnosis of co-channel interference problems and 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 without suffering from co-channel.


Also check Hannington`s nine smaller repeaters.


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

The dotted lines are the 2 planned lower power HD MUXES