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The symbol shows the location of the Horndean (Hampshire, England) transmitter which serves 800 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 Horndean (Hampshire, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Horndean transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

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C43 (650.0MHz)138mDTG-5W
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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

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C46 (674.0MHz)138mDTG-5W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (South Coast 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),

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C40 (626.0MHz)138mDTG-5W
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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, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Horndean (Hampshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance mix, GREAT! romance, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Horndean transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 28km west (264°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 18km west-southwest (250°)
to ITV Meridian (South Coast) region - 39 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Horndean (Hampshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132 May 2018

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 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 12W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-3.8dB) 5W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Rowridge transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
Feb 2004-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. Horndean 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, 19 August 2012
Dave Lindsay

5:32 PM

Peter Conochie: At your mother-in-law's location, the only full-service Freeview transmitter would appear to be Rowridge (Isle of Wight).

This page is for the Horndean transmitter which only carries PSB channels, of which ITV3 isn't one. It also did not carry Freeview prior to switchover in March this year, so it would seem logical to assume that Rowridge is the direction of the aerial, which has been alluded to.

Following the retune event in April, Rowridge is broadcasting all channels horizontally and vertically.

The PSBs are 200kW horizontally and vertically, whereas the COMs are 50kW horizontally and 200kW vertically. All channels (frequencies) are within those that the former analogue occupied, therefore, generally speaking, existing aerials should work.

Thus, generally speaking there isn't a need to replace aerials on Rowridge; in some cases they may need switching from horizontal to vertical polarisation to take advantage of the higher power COM signals.

If there was previously an aerial on Horndean (prior to the upgrade), then that would not be suitable for Rowridge, so a replacement would be necessary.

For a list of service by multiplex, see:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

This page explains which services are carried on the PSB (Public Service Broadcaster) multiplexes and which are carried on the COMs (Commercial). PSBs are BBC, ITV1, ITV2, C4, C5 and some others. COMs are ITV3, Pick TV, Yesterday, Film 4 and others.

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Dave Lindsay

5:34 PM

Peter Conochie: In addition to the point made by jb38 about the possibility of picking up (the PSBs) from Horndean transmitter, these may be avoided by unplugging the aerial lead at 30% of the tuning scan. All of Rowridge's are below this.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

6:17 PM

Dave Lindsay: Well the reason that I didnt think it necessary to mention it was because Horndean would only be picked up in the first place if the signal levels received from Rowrige were that low that they weren't at a storable level anyway, which of course is very possible by the fact of Horndean having been received on an auto-tune.

I also feel that the area in question is possibly known to be a bit iffy as far as reception from Rowridge is concerned, or the powers that be wouldn't have considered it necessary to have a relay station located at just about half a mile away on nearly the same line of direction as Rowridge.

But though what you have mentioned is quite correct, and likewise I am not criticising this in any way.

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Mark Fletcher

7:44 PM

Peter Conochie.Waterlooville,PO8 0ES.
One other thing if i may add does your mother in law have either a red tipped group A aerial,a semi-wideband grey tipped group K aerial or a black tipped group W wideband aerial.The reason for my enquiry is if your mother in law has a horizontally polarised aerial facing Rowridge main transmitter then official a poor reception area from your mum in law's abode to Rowridge a group W wideband aerial will often perform poorly on an all group A mast like Rowridge for example in a poor/marginal locality.

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Thursday, 23 August 2012
Pete Conochie
7:55 PM

Dave, jb38, and Mark. Thanks very much for your information, all the replies are very helpful and I'm sure I'll be able to sort it out for her,
Thanks again Gents!

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013
5:25 AM

I am desperate to move away from contract TV etc. Can I receive free view living at
po7 8au from the horn dean transmitter?

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Les Nicol

8:34 AM

k: Your location indicates that the Findon "Relay" transmitter serves your area. This is likely however to provide a more limited range of available channels. However you seem also to be on the fringes of transmissions from the "main" transmitter at Whitehack Hill. If your contract TV service is with SKY and to avoid/minimize cost you could consider either a change of contract to non-subscription bearing in mind that if you have a receiver with recording capabilities that this aspect will be disabled. The main reception capabilities will otherwise be unaffected with the exception of the subscription channels. -

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10:41 AM

k: Further to the advice given by Les Nicol, you are situated in the overlap of a number of transmitters, which unfortunately share one or more frequencies in several instances. This results in predicted reception not being as reliable as might otherwise have been expected on a number of muxes. Starting with Findon, this shares frequencies with the COM muxes from Hannington. Whitehawk Hill has C56 also used at Horndean, Mendip and Midhurst, also C48 is used additionally at Mendip, resulting in no predicted reception on those two frequencies. Midhurst is shown as being variable due to sharing C56, C58, C54 with Mendip and C50 with Horndean.Your best bet would probably be to try Rowridge, which is transmitted with both horizontal and vertical polarisation. The vertical option is likely to offer the best reliability overall. Use a group A aerial for Rowridge, this will not only give the best gain for the size of aerial chosen on the Rowridge frequencies, but will also pick up least signal on unwanted 4G frequencies.

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Dave Lindsay

11:52 AM

k: You can also use your satellite dish with a Freesat receiver.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
5:37 PM

Many thanks for all your responses - it has been very much appreciated.

I bought a Freeview box a few years back, but after plugging it in; it told me that there were no Freeview channels available. I then reluctantly signed up to Virgin and since then I have regularly tested my postcode, but all of the Freeview transmitters keep saying 'No'.

Thanks to all of your advice I will re-read carefully your suggestions and hopefully finally get out of this spiralling Virgin contract.

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