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The symbol shows the location of the Hannington (Hampshire, England) transmitter which serves 470,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Hannington (Hampshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Hannington transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)362mDTG-50,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)362mDTG-50,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian/Central (Thames Valley micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)362mDTG-50,000W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)362mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C43 (650.0MHz)359mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)359mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Hannington transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 46km south-southwest (194°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 48km south (179°)
to ITV Meridian/Central (Thames Valley) region - 15 masts.
Thames Valley opt-out from Meridian (South). All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian+Oxford

How will the Hannington (Hampshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 8 Feb 12 and 22 Feb 12.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 250kW
Analogue 5(-6.2dB) 60kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 50kW
com7(-8.3dB) 36.7kW
com8(-9.8dB) 26.2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 25kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-11dB) 20kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-14dB) 10kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Hannington transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Dec 2006Meridian
Dec 2006-Feb 2009ITV Thames Valley
Feb 2009-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Hannington was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Friday, 24 February 2012
Lance Spencer
10:04 AM

I've just noticed the post Patrick Midgley re storing of channels; I re-tuned my set using a variable attenuator in the back ot the TV adjusted by looking at the TV metering on the BBCA MUX on channel 39 so that only the stronger signals could be received and not any off the back of the aerial (the 8th Feb re-tune found lots like that relegated to the 800 channel numbers).

I did NOT use it for my search for ARQB!

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Lance Spencer's 12 posts GB flag
11:17 AM


Thanks. Today, I called DUK and spoke to a very helpful lady who confirmed that ArqA and ArqB transmissions are reduced power until April 18. She also told me that CP would be a better aerial for receiving the commercial channels from GU14 Farnborough.


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drh's 7 posts GB flag

12:55 PM

Lance Spencer: The test you carried out of scrubbing everything stored then carrying out a manual scan only on ArqB Ch47 says it all really, as to be quite honest about it any time that's spent persevering to try and pick it up is to use the expression "flogging a dead horse" simply because the multiplex transmitter concerned is just not presently powerful enough to be received properly at your location.

That said though, there "is" of course always the possibility that by experimenting moving your aerial around slightly in the horizontal plane "might" bring results, but it would most likely be at the expense of Ch44 and so not worth the effort.

With regards to the two multiplex transmitters having the same ERP of 10Kw, these are not ratings where an exact science is involved and is a figure worked out by taking lots of factors into consideration including the estimated gain of the transmission aerial being used etc, in other words its "not" the transmitters actual power and so the ERP's can be slightly different from each other, but even if they were identical its not by any means the case that they would be received as such due to the nature of RF signal path dispersion, this having the effect of a multiplex appearing stronger than another at one location but found to be the reverse if tested at another.

You might of course get occasions whereby due to atmospheric conditions applying at the time results in a burst of better reception from the elusive multiplexes, but nothing will really improve until mid April.

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Sue A
1:05 PM

We receive our signals from Hannington . We have a 6 or 7 year old Toshiba Regza television with built-in Freeview. After a retune on 22nd Feb, the TV picks up all the usual regular and Freeview channels, except the HD ones. We also have a new 'digital tick' Freeview box - Grundig GUD300HD - which we got after the 22nd Feb. It refuses to pick up ITV1, C4, C5, various Freeview channels and even BBC4. Nor does it pick up any HD channel. I accept that the outdoor aerial might not be man enough to pick up HD, but what I don't understand is why the TV's Freeview picks up ITV1 etc but the Grundig box won't. Any ideas? BTW, it doesn't look as if the Grundig allows manual channel tuning so I can't try that.

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Sue A's 1 post EU flag
Sue's: mapS's Freeview map terrainS's terrain plot wavesS's frequency data S's Freeview Detailed Coverage

1:24 PM

drh: Thanks drh, as although I realised that was the case its misleading to anyone carrying out a reception prediction check to see the commercial multiplexes being shown as 25Kw ERP when in reality this wont be the case until April 4th, as on that date ArqA starts radiating in an omnidiectional pattern then when Guildford's Ch44 moves to Ch49, however this doesn't apply with SDN and ArqB as no changes will take place with them until April 18th.

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Dave Lindsay

1:34 PM

Sue A: There is no reason that aerials won't generally receive HD services when they will receive other (standard definition) ones. All transmitters that carry Freeview broadcast the HD services as these are "Public Service Broadcasters".

The situation after switchover is that BBC4 is transmitted on the same multiplex (i.e. the same group or basket of services, all on one frequency) as other BBC standard definition services (including BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three). So if you get BBC One from Hannington, it follows that BBC Four should also be in your list of programme channels.

Prior to switchover, BBC Four was on a separate multiplex to that of BBC One, BBC Two etc. This makes me wonder whether your "Grundig" box has tuned to the signals from another transmitter (that has yet to go through switchover) and not Hannington. I would never make the assumption that a device connected to an aerial facing a particular transmitter has tuned to the transmitter during its automatic tuning sequence.

The designers of boxes that do not allow manual tuning should be locked in a room with 100... maybe 1000 of their products connected to an aerial that picks up more than one transmitter and which the boxes automatically pick up the wrong one; they should not be let out until all are tuned correctly.

The fact that you are missing the multiplex that carries ITV1, C4, C5 also makes me wonder whether this is as a result of another transmitter being picked up (and that ITV1, C4, C5 is not quite strong enough which is why it's missing).

You need to confirm that the multiplexes you have are from Hannington. My suspicion is that they could be from Crystal Palace.

I downloaded the instructions here:….pdf

I cannot see anywhere that it indicates the UHF channel that it is tuned to. This information is usually given on the signal stength/quality screen, but the images shown do not carry that information...very poor. So it appears that it keeps this information secret from the user.

The only way that you can confirm that it has picked up Hannington is to look at the EPG for BBC One at 18:30. Does it show your regional news programme or does it show the London variant?

If it shows the London variant, then it has decided that it knows best and to go with Crystal Palace and, most importantly, it gives you no easy way of controlling it and putting it right.

One reason it might pick up Crystal Palace is that it will be found before Hannington due to the fact that it uses lower frequency channels (and the automatic tuning scan will work low frequency to high frequency).

A for this particular problem of picking up Crystal Palace where Hannington is required is to unplug the aerial lead for the first 25% of the scan so as to miss out the channels used by CP but get those of Hannington. Not ideal, but then the designers of these things only think of the ideal world where only one transmitter is picked up.

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Lance Spencer
3:20 PM

Thanks, jb38, I'll have to wait until 18th April... I guess that's because the Hannington COM Muxs are restricted until the London area transmitters change to full power.

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Lance Spencer's 12 posts GB flag
Sunday, 26 February 2012

9:44 AM

Watched the footy on CH5 Thursday eve last and at times Sound was well out of sync in advance
we were getting Voice before Lip Movement very puzzling . checked after programme ended all
seemed ok Settings on box ok all chennels
anyone else get this problem apart from the Appalling CH5 Commentary Football is not there thing .

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tony's 30 posts GB flag
tony's: mapT's Freeview map terrainT's terrain plot wavesT's frequency data T's Freeview Detailed Coverage

3:50 PM

tony: Sync problems are usually a problem with the box, and are usually cleared if you change to a different channel.

If you use digital-only sound (ie, you have SPDIF to an amplifier) then you can sometimes have other issues with sound synch, which can often be sorted out by adjusting the "sync delay" in the "sound menu".

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
7:17 PM

I'm afraid this lower power output until London switch over is a poor excuse. All I can now recieve on a 4 month old Samsung Freeview HD TV are the HD channels and the BBC channels. C41, C42 are just not there in the listing even after a full reset etc. All the multiplexes are coming from Hannington with bit level at 2000 and signal strength at 0

I'm sure these advertising channels will soon have something to say as they are now losing a large advertising audience in the Meridian region.

Before this fantastic upgrade I could recieve all channels with no problems

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