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Manor Farm (Reading MF) Berkshire
NGR: SU710709 Maps: Google  Bing (Ord Surv) Site Height: 43m Structure Height:
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Built in 1976 to provide the MF service for Radio 210 (210m MW is 1431kHz), now Classic Gold 1431/148. Supplemented by Washwater near Newbury on 1485kHz.

In those days in the middle of nowhere, today next to the new A33 southern Reading Relief Road, and the council tip! Parking my car on the road caused a traffic jam of dumper trucks, and I also couldn't get a view of the mast base, due to a steep, dangerous bank, and being in my office clothes! It appears to be in the middle of a scramble bike track!

The service for Virgin was added in 1993, initially on 1224kHz (only 9kHz away from their main 1215kHz service) this moved some months later to the present allocation of 1233 kHz

The dish presumably receives the Virgin programme feed from satellite (with a convex lid to avoid the local yobs lobbing beer cans into it?)

You can just make out a very battered Band II yagi on the Tx building roof which was used for backup when 1431 and FM used to simulcast, but is no longer used. Since AM went gold, the backup is a UHF feed (around 467MHz FM), received on the little white omni just above the yagi

Broad Street Mall | Washwater

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