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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.
700MHz clearance occurred at Hannington in Apr 2018.
It remained a B group (excl MUXES 7 & 8).
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 the 2012 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.
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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.
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 “Local” channel allocated to Hannington, CH32 and CH34, used for local TV channels for Basingstoke and Reading respectively (see below).
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). Until 1964 there was a railway running (about 3 miles to the west) from Didcot 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. Fascinating indeed.
The channel guide below also includes the same information for other potentially
The frequencies given are for (most) digital MUXES, for analogue channels deduct 3MHz.
The dotted lines are MUXES 7 & 8
(Both only have a small audience and are due to be switched of between 2020& 2022)