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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 - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 21 Mar 20:05 until 21 Mar 20:34. . FM: Off the air due to a fault from 21 Mar 20:39 until 21 Mar 21:02. . BBC

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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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)362mDTG-50,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C43 (650.0MHz)359mDTG-825,000W
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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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)359mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 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.

Monday, 12 March 2012
sue elliott
9:02 AM

Why are the lights on Hannington Tower off? We can see the tower from our kitchen and its strange not seeing the lights.

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sue elliott's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
10:58 AM

Prior to and since switchover, all freeview channels have worked well from Hannington but in the last 3 days Com 5 and Com 6 are playing up. When watching 'Dave' for example, the picture can freeze or break up or vanish completely. All other channels continue to work well. Any thoughts on what may be the problem ?

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Dave's 14 posts GB
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Keith Sheppard
9:58 AM

I am on the boundary between Hannington and Crystal Palace. My aerial is pointing at CP but I occasionally like to watch BBC South for local news.

Immediately after Hannington digital switchover, I was able to get BBC South (on LCN 800) by doing a manual search on C45. Despite my aerial pointing the wrong way, signal strength and quality was good and digital dropouts comparatively rare. From memory, the last time I successfully watched BBC South was last Saturday, 10th March.

Suddenly it's gone. Tried to watch BBC South this week and two separate digiboxes (same aerial) both report "bad/no signal". I tried to repeat the manual retune on C45. Signal strength is around 60% but quality is non existent (0 or 10%). Both boxes now report no channels found on C45. What's changed? Has Hannington made any changes in the last coupld of days or is it a fault in my aerial... or was I just lucky before?

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Keith Sheppard's 8 posts GB
12:40 PM

I live in London but as I am at the bottom of a hill I cannot pick up Crystal Palace transmitter. For the last 20 years my aerial has picked up Hanington with no problem. I carried out the digital switchover in Feb with no problem. But in the last two days the picture going through my video recorder is breaking up for ITV and all the other stations on that mux. I have checked the channel number and it is correct for Hanington ie Channel 42. Any idea what the problem is

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Ben's 1 post GB
2:25 PM

re ben and keith sheppard

i believe the hannington transmitter is running on l,ow power a sit is affecting the guildford will need to wait till the 4th april for improvement

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trevor's 8 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

2:34 PM

trevor: The Commercial multiplexes are at low power and restricted in the general direction of Guildford due to being co-channel with some of its services. The Public Service multiplexes are not.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
7:13 PM

Update on reception problems. No signal at all on Com5 and Com6 today. Same for other friends in the Yateley area. Retune did not help as all channels on those two COMS vanish completeley. All other COMS still working well. There is clearly a problem as all Freeview has been working well since switchover untill this occured.

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Dave's 14 posts GB
7:17 PM

Hi...The analogue signal here was always fine, the digital signal here has always been lousy. In winter the signal has survived as long as there isn't any rain anywhere between transmitter and here. In the summer, all but the BBC channels were stopped by leaves on the trees. The signals only get through again when the leaves fall, as long as there isn't any rain.

I have had people out here to check the aeriel on the roof, just in case, but they just say it is fine. I am just on the extremity between Rowridge and Hannington, and unlucky. The signal I get (or don't get) is apparently just the way it is. And I just gave up on it.

What I have noticed now on looking at this site, though, is that I'm supposed to not have a problem. I'm theoretically supposed to get all the channels all the time. That's just not what really happens in practice, though.

My big aeriel is on the roof and it is tuned, as it has always been tuned, to Hannington. I retuned sucessfully, on changeover, although the limited 10K weak com5 signal for with Dave and E4+1 etc never returned afterward, although fine before. Now, however, the spec on this site has changed re the transmitter I should be looking to has changed. Since it has always been Hannington before, though, this strikes one as just passing the buck. A few weeks ago it said Hannington, now it is suddenly saying that I should be looking to Rowridge instead. But Rowridge is actually further away, and the maps etc claim that, even so, everything should still work fine from Hannington. That just isn't true, though.

After the changeover, then, since the signals are supposed to be stronger, I had hoped the higher 50,000W level would mean I would get to keep more channels during the summer. Leaf buds are now breaking, though, and signals are starting to be affected. And rather than more left working, conversely it is looking as if they are all failing this year. Whatever the changeover has done, the BBC signals are breaking up just as the others are. The 10K ones have gone completely already. So it looks as if, in a couple of weeks when leaves are fully out, nothing will be left at all.

Is there an official position? Advice appreciated.....J

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Joan's 3 posts GB
Keith Sheppard
8:05 PM

Reposting because I think the original got lost:

I live on the boundary between Crystal Palace and Hannington. My aerial is pointing at Crystal Palace but I do occasionally like to watch BBC South Today off the Hannington transmitter.

After Hannington digital switchover, I did an explcit manual tune on C45 and managed to pick up a decent BBC South signal, even though my aerial was pointing the wrong way. My digibox placed it on LCN 800 which was perfect. This worked fine up to, and including (from memory) last Saturday. This week I tried to watch BBC South and my box reported bad/no signal.

I tried to repeat the manual retune but now the box reports no stations found on C45. The diagnostics screen says C45 signal strength around 60-70% but signal quality zero or, occasionally 10%.

Has anything changed in terms of the Hannington transmitter in the last few days or is it likely to be a fault my end? I have two (different makes) digiboxes and the problem is the same on both. Both decoders were able to receive BBC South last week but neither box can pick it up any more.

Any suggestions what to try next?

Keith Sheppard

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Keith Sheppard's 8 posts GB

8:54 PM

Joan: On having a check at your reception possibilities indications are that from March 21st Rowridge stands out as being the best by far for reception, and with this being indicated whether using its horizontal or vertically polarised transmissions, that said though vertical does have a slight edge.

By the way should you wish to give it a try from March 21st onwards then its located at 22 miles away on a heading of 185 degrees from your location.

Hannington by the way (22mls @ 8 degrees) although not being indicated as good as Rowridge is still shown as possible, but however this never applying at any time as far as the HD service is concerned, as its shown permanently with the status of being variable.

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