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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?

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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
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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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
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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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)362mDTG-825,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C43 (650.0MHz)359mDTG-825,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)359mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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;
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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.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Stuart Tier
7:42 PM

Thanks jb38, I should've said I'm receiving from Hannington not Rowridge (terrain issues). If the message comes up again I'll repost

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9:00 PM

Stuart Tier: Yes, no problem. The reason that I automatically mentioned Hannington is that this station is indicated as providing a slightly better level of signal over that of Rowridges powerful VP transmitter, but as aforementioned, I checked all stations seen on the predictor associated with the code provided and none gave any significance to the date you had seen.

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Thursday, 26 April 2012
Keith Sheppard
5:43 AM

Now that the dust has settled for both Crystal Palace and Hannington...

I am in the fringe area known as Wokingham. I inherited an (inaccessible) aerial pointing at Crystal Palace but like to get BBC South local news if I can. I have successfully tuned my box so BBC South, from Hannington, is on logical channel 800. Probably 90 percent of the time this works fine - remarkably few drop-outs given that my aerial is pointing in completely the wrong direction. The other ten percent of the time (is it when it's raining, I'm not sure) it is unwatchable or cuts out completely with "no or bad signal" message.

How can it be so variable? Is it just teething troubles at the Hannington end? Is there anything I can do to improve matters?

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Keith Sheppard's 8 posts GB flag

9:06 AM

In our area there was no digital signal till switchover, so everyone else pays for their tv. I have asked around but noone is set up to receive digital.

Interestingly, while they are not yet working the ITV channels and a few others have been bookmarked (channel holder but no signal yet) so I am thinking that perhaps the repeater in this area is just slow>

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tim's 40 posts GB flag

2:22 PM


I'm not sure what you mean by a 'slow' repeater. The next stage may be to try investing in a signal booster to see if that helps.

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graham Paterson
3:05 PM

We have HD-capable Humax box & TV receiver and now that Meridian & Crystal Palaxce DSOs are done, want to switch our HD Freeview to Hannington, so we receive BBC South Freeview HD rather than Crystal Palace, as we've done up to now.

But Reading Aerial Services just told me that Freeview HD from Hannington is not yet available. I want to delay having them in until Hannington HD IS available. When will that be, please?

Thanks, Graham

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3:08 PM

I mean I'm thinking that the relay (sorry wrong word) is taking its time on adding channels.

We went and bought a signal booster yesterday- so far no positive difference at all. We are hoping that when we have the right cable it will at least give us strong enough signal to have freeview on two devices

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tim's 40 posts GB flag
Adam B

4:16 PM

graham Paterson:

HD transmissions are available from Hannington.
However, BBC One HD is "regionless", so there is no Meridian version being broadcast, and although this may happen in the future, no date has been set. ITV HD does carry four regions, and from Hannington this is Meridian Southampton. If you look at the top of this page for the channels listed under PSB3 you will see the details of what is currently available.

Hope this helps,

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graham Paterson
5:10 PM

Hey, thanks, Adam, most useful.

I THINK that means that I should be able to get what I'm seeking: The BBC1 South regional news from Southampton ("South Today")- but I don't necessarily need this in HD (sorry, I didn't explain that fully) - but I DO want the other HD channels, coming from Hannington, that hitherto I've received from Crystal Palace.

If this provision is already in place from Hannington, I can approach the Aerial co. to ask them to come to do a test, to check we have the sufficient Hannington signal (about 2 miles due south of Reading town centre).

Thanks - if you could kindly confirm I've got the situation right, I'd be most grateful.

Best and regards,


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Adam B

5:23 PM

graham Paterson:

Yes, you are spot on. I notice from Google Streetview that quite a few homes in your area have two aerials, one at Hannington and one at Crystal Palace, so I think that Hannington should be possible from your area, but I would still get the aerial firm to check this for you.

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