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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, 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
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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.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

10:44 PM

Mike Seaton:

Let's just clear up one thing - there is NO such thing as a digital aerial! Aerials are aerials that pick up RF transmissions be they digital or analogue, there is no difference.

The only things of significance about your existing installation is 1) it is old and therefore the downlead cable and aerial connections have probably degraded which will make a big difference to reliability of reception, and 2) what group is the aerial?

It's also worth noting that in some recent weeks there have been periodic weather conditions that might have caused intermittent interference and disruption to reception.

The other thing worth pointing out is that as the installation is that old, ie pre-DSO, if you are in a bit of an "awkward" area, you may well have needed a highly directional aerial to minimise ghosting, also pre-DSO when digital transmission started the signal levels were much lower than they are now, and ghosting is not an issue when it comes to digital reception.

Unless you are some considerable distance from Hannington and in a bad reception area, having an aerial with too high a gain can result in front-end overload which can also result in pixellation.

Do you know how far away you are? If you provide a full postcode we can look at the predicted reception in your locale.

The aerial you have mentioned is 1) a very high gain and very very high gain in its active mode 2) has very high windage - likely to put more considerable strain on the mast and chimney mounting, and 3) is very very expensive. Frankly, unless you are in a particularly bad spot (and you can't compare quality of previous analogue reception with current digital) that aerial sounds that it could be somewhat of an overkill.

Whatever new aerial might be appropriate, a new downlead that is double screened should be provided. Do you have any splitters/distribution amp supplying more than one set?

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Thursday, 30 September 2021
Richard Souchard
10:44 AM

I live west of Guildford on the north side of the Hogs Back. As a result we cannot get reception from the Guildford transmitter, which is on the south side of this large hill. Our aerial currently points towards London and we pick up signal from the Crystal Palace transmitter. However we lose the signal on a reasonably regular basis - this appears to be weather related, especially on clear nights. On most occasions the signal strength is good. I've looked at the map for the Hannington transmitter which is NW of us and it appears to provide reception to the north side of the Hogs Back. Would it be worth redirecting our aerial to Hannington?

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12:48 PM

Richard Souchard:

If you provide a full postcode, we might be able to provide some comment on that. The Predicted reception database needs a postcode. Precisely which signals do you lose periodically?
Which way do neighbouring aerials point? Are they more "complex" aerials (more elements etc.)? How old is your installation, it may have deteriorated?

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Sunday, 17 October 2021
John Sllen
9:40 PM

Com7 Hannington has no signal 10pm 17/10/21. All other coms Ok.
Freeview says no problems with transmitter. There is clearly an issue.
Another odd issues is that ch 114 Quest HE has been transmitting as Quest + 1.

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11:34 PM

John Sllen:

The issue is most likely to be current weather conditions - temperature Inversion/tropospheric ducting to be precise, there is current some quite strong conditions affecting parts of the S of the UK.
It sometimes comes with high pressure How does good weather affect my television? | Help receiving TV and radio & Effect of tropospheric ducting on Freeview | Help receiving TV and radio

This type of ducting affects different frequencies by differing amounts in different locations, which is probably why you are only currently seeing an issue with COM7. It can vary by the second or be stable for much longer periods. It can also affect FM & DAB radio & probably mobile phone signals but not to an extent that people have realised.

As for the Quest issue, if it's persisting, it could possibly be a Hannington issue as I'm not getting that at time of posting (not on Hannington) but there may have been some connection with the Snooker overrunning. If it's persisting at Hannington, suggest you contact Quest.

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Transmitter engineering

5:48 AM

Hannington transmitter - Hannington transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 08/11/2021 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Tuesday, 16 November 2021
Transmitter engineering

10:37 AM

Hannington transmitter - Hannington transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 15/11/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Friday, 19 November 2021
Transmitter engineering

12:13 PM

Hannington transmitter - Hannington transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 15/11/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 22 November 2021
Transmitter engineering

6:09 AM

Hannington transmitter - Hannington transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/11/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Sunday, 5 December 2021
Michael Walton
12:30 PM

Dear Sir,
Your website says there are no problems with transmission HOWEVER last night all itv channels
were UNWATCHABLE due to very persistent and heavy BREAK-UP and SEVERE INTERFERENCE',
can you explain for me please. We missed some of our favourite regular programmes.
Thank you

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