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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
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, 109 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! 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;
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 August 2012

5:56 PM

Thanks dave

Sorry for missing out my postcode

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tim's 40 posts GB flag

11:25 PM

Ive had a look. I do have a digital recorder, but turning this on or off makes no difference (it does contain a digital tuner so it would be a bit odd if it was the problem). My video player is not ever on unless its in use. It also seems to make no difference whether the freesat box is on or off. As such while it still could well be interference, I am not sure what with

Interestingly, currently it is not picking the multiplex up at all at the moment(the channels just disappeared from the lineup last time I did a scan). I don't know why it is doing it, would be nice to have the channels, but it appears for some unexplained reason it is unavailable where I live.

Anyway thanks for your help

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tim's 40 posts GB flag
Saturday, 25 August 2012
5:45 PM


Like Mark Fletcher, I'd suspect single channel interference. Some further thoughts/questions which might shed some light...

Does your digital recorder also exhibit the same problem (fine on all channels except those from ArqB - C47)?

Have you tried turning off every other electrical appliance in your house including portable/mobile phones (but not the TV !) to see if the problem disappears?

Google's satellite picture of your postcode suggests that many of your neighbours are also using Freeview from Hannington with similar aerials, do they have the same problem?

What sort of signal strength/quality are you getting on each of the other multiplexes, and on C47 when it's working OK?

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RichardS's 18 posts GB flag
Monday, 27 August 2012
Beryl foote
9:17 AM

Richard S

Sorry yes I haven't had any further problems so it must have been atmospherics.
One thing though the digital radio (on its own integral aerial) was working at the time that I lost the tv transmission.

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Beryl foote's 4 posts GB flag

8:00 PM

Beryl foote: Yes, but digital radio uses far lower frequencies to that used by Freeview, and as such is not affected in the same way by the atmospheric induced problems that Freeview is prone to suffering from.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Richard Knight
12:37 PM

Hi -

I'm in Bracknell - quite high with a good line of sight towards Hannington.

My aerial currently points towards Crystal Palace, but I've had a 3-storey block of flats built next-door, directly in line with Crystal Palace, which has reduced the quality of my signal.

Would you advise re-aligning my aerial towards Hannington?
The distances are similar, but I've noticed that Hannington is a far less powerful transmitter!

Many Thanks - Richard Knight

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Dave Lindsay

12:52 PM

Richard Knight: If your aerial is a Group A (red tip) which it may be (for Crystal Palace), then this won't really be suited to Hannington, which uses all Group B channels. If it is a wideband aerial, then you may be able to realign it on Hannington.


Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

If you have line-of-sight to Hannington at 22 miles then it would be expected to be OK.

A DM Log or Log 40 should do. See:

ATV`s Choice Of Aerials for digital TV

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 3 September 2012

8:11 PM

It appears you are right about the interference problem, though it appears to be intermittent. I lost all channels I was having problems with (we had a power cut).

I put the laptop on standby, and did a rescan on the tv (having done one without changing anything)- magically I got the missing channels, however the same does not work for our freeview recorder.

As a test I then rescanned for channels on the TV and it found all the ArqB channels it failed to find before- this time with the laptop on.

So currently I have perfect signal on all freeview channels on the tv, but the recorder 30 cm below is missing all channels from arqB (not merely bad signal but none).

I suspect that I am simply in an area where ArqB is at its limit to cover, so minor factors cause it to drop in and out (or appear on one device but not another).

I spent some time turning devices off (at the wall) to attempt to find the device but was unable to improve things with any of them.

It is possible that it is nextdoor (we live in a terrace and I believe next door has there TV and other equipment against the other side of the wall) however as they use sky it is impossible to confirm this.

I suspect I wont work it out or solve the problem but it is curious how it seems ot work

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tim's 40 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
2:56 AM


Very curious. I'm not convinced of your diagnosis: "simply in an area where ArqB is at its limit of cover" - I cannot see anything in the geography for you location which would make ArqB substantially worse than ArqA (Unless you're using a Group A aerial - in which case I'd expect BBCA to be pretty ropey; most Group A aerials have zero gain at C45 and above.)

When your TV is receiving ArqB channels successfully, what values do you get for signal strength/quality? How do these compare with the values for ArqA channels?

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Friday, 7 September 2012
Albert Honey MBE
10:09 PM

trLive in Faringon Oxon and fed up with the CONSTANT loss of all channels at approx. 10 pm

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