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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 20/05/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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, 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 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 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), 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.

Monday, 5 June 2017
David N
12:40 PM

We're in Reading and have dual Crystal Palace & Hannington antennas, with CP generally giving the better signal. Looks like the new multiplex for the Reading area on channel 29 for That's TV is only serving to obliterate London Live, which we used to receive reliably until recently, so we're experiencing the same as Davews is in Bracknell, with a signal strength of 7/10 and quality of 0 now indicated on our Panasonic TV. So from our point of view the channel looks like a poor choice too.

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David N's 2 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 6 June 2017

5:31 AM

MikeP: I would have thought not only a "strongly worded communication to Ofcom" but copying it to Arqiva as well as I would have expected them to have been involved somewhere along the line, not only with advice on channel allocation, but provision of the transmitter.

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Chris.SE's 4,191 posts GB flag

10:41 AM

MikeP & Chris.SE: I'm not sure what effect a strongly worded letter to Ofcom is likely to have, given that they alone are responsible for frequency allocations and would be fully aware of the overlap in coverage between Hannington and Crystal Palace. I suppose they might be able to offer an explanation of why C29 was chosen, but I wouldn't expect any more than that.

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StevensOnln1's 3,639 posts GB flag

7:27 PM

StevensOnln1: Whilst you are correct that OFCOM are ultimately responsible for frequency allocations, they take advice from Arqiva (and others). I'm afraid you have absolutely no idea how they will respond to complaints about the interference by the overlapping coverage and they certainly may not be aware of the extent of the problems it's creating.
One thing is certain, without affected viewers making complaints, nothing will happen. Arqiva may also not be aware of the extent of the issue and may well decide to take a look at the problem.
So not only do I disagree with you, but I advise people who are affected to make written complaints as I suggested.
Further down the line, if OFCOM are failing to respond to the issue, then writing to one's MP and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport would be a line of action.

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Chris.SE's 4,191 posts GB flag
Thursday, 8 June 2017

10:45 AM

Chris.SE & StevensOnln1:

I have taken the liberty to email Arqiva about the situation with Crystal Palace and Hannington both broadcasting on Channel 29 (538,00 MHz) and as the service areas overlap considerably, many viewers are unable to watch either or both of the That's TV services carried on that multiplex.

I await a response and will communicate what they say, if anything.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 13 June 2017

2:13 AM

MikeP: Well done, look forward to any response.

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Chris.SE's 4,191 posts GB flag

10:30 AM

Chris SE:

Usual initial response claiming that it is Ofcom's responsibility but at least they have passed my comment forward to their technical planning team. So I await their reaction.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Saturday, 12 August 2017
Adrian Jones

9:42 PM

Any one having problems with CH32 (com7) from Hannington tonight? I've got a very poor signal strength and non-existent signal quality.

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Adrian Jones

9:55 PM

Fixed it now - I took the aerial out of the TV, then pushed it back in, and CH32 was back. Strange how none of the other channels were affected.

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Adrian Jones's 56 posts GB flag
Sunday, 13 August 2017

4:32 PM

Adrian Jones:This is a well known phenomenon as the small amount of corrosion on the contacts causes frequency selective attenuation. It has been known about since the day of VHF 405 line TV transmissions and even affected VHF radio. Your action of unplugging and re-inserting the aerial plug was the correct sollution and what would have been suggested by many contributors who have experience of correcting TV reception issues.

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