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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Hannington (Hampshire, England) mast?

Hannington transmitter - Hannington transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 15/07/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Hannington transmitter broadcast?

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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
Channel icons
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 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)359mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 U&W, 27 U&Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 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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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.

Sunday, 26 February 2012
Malcolm H
9:00 PM

Postcode is RG27 9PU. Following Hannington DSO I have auto-tuned Sony KDL-32EX523 TV. Unable to Rx PSB1 (BBC A) and PSB3 (BBC B) although they are stored in the 800s but showing 'no signal'. PSB2 (D3&4) ITV Meridian etc is loud and clear and also stored in the 800s. We would like to receive BBC 1 South which we received on analogue.

Rig is as follows:
'contract' type aerial on Hannington via Triax 3739STP Combiner to TV, plus a second 'contract' type aerial on Crystal Palace via Antiference PU1240 amplifier and then same combiner to TV.

All Crystal Palace services (PSB and COM) are loud and clear despite range and auto-stored 001 onwards. Re-connecting the amplifier makes no difference on the Hannington aerial.

Do I now need to upgrade to a Group B aerial to Rx all Hannington digital services?

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Andy Fraser

10:29 PM

Malcolm H: The reason that the Hannington channels are in the 800s is because your TV has found another transmitter's signal first, probably Crystal Palace. The solution is a manual scan, or an auto-scan with the aerial unplugged until the scan is past 35 (about 1/3 way through).

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Monday, 27 February 2012
Malcolm H
8:37 AM

Thank you, Andy.

Regardless of where the Hannington channels store themselves Hannington PSB1 and PSB3 BBC channels pixellate very badly and the TV mostly displays 'No Signal', whilst the Hannington PSB2 (ITV Meridian etc) is perfect. Conversely the 'stronger' Crystal Palace equivalent (Mux 2) pixellates lightly.

I can't understand why we can't receive BBC from Hannington since DSO but can receive ITV. We are close enough to the Tx. Is Hannington still attenuated to the South-East to minimise interference with Guildford? Could my Hannington BBC reception improve after Crystal Palace DSO?

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Andy Fraser

9:03 AM

Malcolm H: I am in Fleet, SE of Hannington and I get 100% signal level and quality on PSB1 & 2, even if I add a 12dB attenuator. I have a high gain group B aerial and a 9dB mast-head amplifier. Once the remainder of the muxes go to full power, I'm hoping to remove the mast-head amplifier.

Could you try removing the combiner and feeding the Hannington aerial directly to your receiver?

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Tim Jinkerson
9:24 AM

A strange thing happened on Saturday. During the Hannington switch-over I was able to receive Freeview HD briefly during the morning, then for a couple of days I got nothing but interference. I checked again on Saturday, and while I was checking it clicked, and the picture appeared crystal clear and stable. It's been like it ever since, much better than FreeSat. I have a mast-head pre-amp that I was planning on having removed once the boast to the minor stations complete in April.

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Malcolm H
5:09 PM

Thanks, Andy.

Removing the combiner and feeding the Hannington aerial directly to my receiver pulls in PSB2 ONLY, albeit loud and clear. Hardly a glimmer of PSB1 or 3 despite being only a few kilometres away.

Effectively, the Hannington DSO has deprived me of BBC 1 South.

I rather suspect that the digital emissions from Hannington do not like my old aerial (which was good enough for analogue...!) I note that OFCOM DSO issue 3 shows that the Post-DSO aerial group is BH whereas the Pre-DSO aerial group was E/WH. (This contradicts the information under the signal strength map...)

I think I'll wait until after Crystal Palace DSO in case the south-easterly attenuation still exists...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
10:57 AM


I have just bought the PCTV systems nanostick T2 290e DVB-T2 for installation onto my laptop (Windows 7 64bit), I am able to receive all freeview expected digital programme transmissions except for anything relating to HD - I presume I am just receiving standard transmission?

I had a CRT portable television before switchover hence using my laptop as a temporary measure before I buy a modern television with its internal freeview receiver; I worry for the standard definition picture quality should HD is also not picked up, or have same issue if I optain a stand-alone free-view receiver.

On the PCTV nanostick I have used the supplied PCTV software, tuned in, and also used Windows Media Centre, tuned in, but neither can offer up channel 50 (BBC HD) and other HD channels - this is connecting the aerial cable straight onto the nanostick.

I am considered in zone with the Hannington transmitter - I live between Reading and Basingstoke. Is it my aerial? I would imagine it is 20 years old or so and the reception when analogue was up and running was okay..

Any thoughts are welcomed.



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Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Paul P
1:21 PM

Since switching from Crystal Palace to Hannington, scheduled programmes recorded using the EPG on my Sagem have failed to record across the channels. However I have noticed that if I go to that channel during a scheduled recording, the recording starts from that point rather than at the beginning. As I had no such problems prior to the switchover from CP, I am sure it its not my PVR but possibly a lack of receiving a signal via the transmitter allowing the programme to record from the start. If anyone can help it would be appreciated so I can stay on Hannington rather than reverting to the CP transmitter.

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