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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.

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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

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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! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, 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 Christmas, 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?

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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;
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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 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.

Monday, 11 May 2015
Transmitter engineering

10:30 AM

HORNDEAN transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

HORNDEAN transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Dave D
5:03 PM

Since having the chimney stack removed on my bungalow (good TV signal), i've had the ariel mounted in the loft (iffy reception) , it is currently mounted on a 12 foot pole on the side of the bungalow, which is ok but signal is prone to suddenly dissapear for no apparent reason. As the Horndean transmitter is less than a mile from me, it's surprising that this happens.

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9:37 PM

Dave D: we need a postcode...

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017
Dave D
6:22 PM

Mike B, postcode is PO8 0HN. I've since found out that the problem I was having on the day that I put the ariel on a taller pole was due to transmission problems (sod's law) even though the Freeview website said there wasn't. What I don't quite understand is if I point the ariel at the Horndean transmitter I get no signal at all, the other problem is that the Catherington Lith is in the way of the Rowbridge transmitter, hence why i've put up a longer pole, reception is not to bad at the moment apart from Quest ch 37, I have watch that through through the Freeview recorder (extra booster even though there's a booster in the loft.


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Friday, 28 December 2018
Fred Hales
4:40 PM

My postcode is PO8 0EP and I can see the transmitter from my upstairs windows. I used to get a good signal with an aerial in the loft. This is a simple old style aerial. Do I need a new one. If so can you tell me what kind to get.
Otherwise can suggest what my problem might be.

Thank yo

Fred Hales


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Saturday, 29 December 2018

11:20 AM

Fred Hales:

You need to have a wideband aerial fitted in place of your old aerial as there havce been significant frequency changes this year that makes it impossible for your current aerial to receive all the possible programmes. Avoid being 'conned' by the contractor into having a 'digital' aerial fitted as there is no such thing. Any good quality wideband UHF aerial is capable of receiving the signals broadcast from the transmitter.

Further, as you are just 1 km away from the Horndean transmitter you may have too much signal. If you go to the manual tuning page on your TV settings, you will see what the signal strength is for each multiplex - DO NOT RETUNE. Ideally you need the strength to be between 60% and 85%, less or more will give problems. For more information search this website for 'too much of a good thing'. That will advise you how to resolve having too much signal strength.

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Thursday, 31 January 2019
luke harwood
6:39 PM

for about two months now. Seems to be much worse now. Channels still registering 72% signal but cutting out badly, unwatchable. We are also po8 0ep. We have a booster in the attic along with aerial. I thought it maybe new houses on the hill may be interfering. But perhaps its a problem our end.

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7:39 PM

luke harwood: You should get a good signal from the Horndean lite relay 1km away from your postcode. Start by checking for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV, then work your way back as far as you can safely access towards the aerial. Is the booster still getting power (most have a small LED to indicate that powered is being received) and is it powered from a mains supply in the loft or is it powered by an adaptor behind the TV?

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StevensOnln1's 3,570 posts GB flag
Sunday, 31 May 2020
1:05 PM

HI Can anyone tell me if Freeview is something I can stream or access ? I currently have virgin media account, but the cost is getting excessive. I have a good wifi system so could I stream Freeview to my smart TV ? if so do I still need an arial and do I need a freeview box ?

any responses would be welcome Geoff

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