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Membury Berkshire
NGR: SU307763 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 211m Structure Height: 152.4m
Digital TV:
BBC Radio: Radio 1: 98.4 Radio 2: 88.9 Radio 3: 91.1 Radio 4: 93.3
Ind. National Radio:
Ind. Local Radio:
Digital Radio: BBC National: 12B        Berkshire & North Hants: 12D        Swindon: 11C       

The Membury station was built by the ITA to improve their ITV coverage in the South Midlands in areas which didn't receive good signals from either Lichfield or Chillerton Down. The station opened on 30-Apr-1965 and transmitted ITV Midland region programmes on VHF ch12. It operated for almost 20 years until VHF 405 line transmissions from Membury closed in late 1983.

For more than a decade there were no broadcast transmissions from this site but in recent years a very low power relay for BBC R1-4 has been added to improve reception for motorists along that section of the M4 between the Hungerford and Swindon junctions, and the area around Lamborne. (The TX yagi can be seen at the top right hand side.)

As you can also see, it is well used by other services including, inevitably, mobile telephone networks.

The next few shots were taken by Mark Carver in June 2009 and clearly show the addition of the DAB radio aerials...

David Neale took these photos from around 52m up the mast!

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