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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
Channel icons
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.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Brian G.
9:33 PM

Problems in the last few days may just be due to the weather (slow moving high pressure) carrying distant co-channel signals into our area.

It is rather disappointing to have problems with so many channels (the worst for years) so soon after changes (DSO) that were supposed to improve things.

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Brian G.'s 4 posts GB
Mark Fletcher

9:52 PM

Brian G.Yes it is atmospherics/inversion that is the cause as while im typing this i am receiving fuzzy analogue signals from Crystal Palace,Heathfield and Dover transmitters up here in Halifax near to the Yorkshire/Lancashire border !

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB
Thursday, 15 March 2012
9:53 PM

Thank you jb38, your advice is much appreciated. I guess I will have to get someone out to turn the aerial to suit Rowridge instead. But I have to say I am a bit loath to do that, because I remember the tile damage done by the guys who put that aerial up about 5 years ago. The cost isn't just for the job, there's the other couple of hundred quid to mend the tiles they break clambering up the roof.

I don't think I have much option though, because all the channels are now starting to break up intermittently, which will only get worse as leaves come out fully. At least last year, during the summer, the BBC channels survived (and a couple of others some of the time) and there were the analogue channels. This year indications are that there won't be anything left at all. But what I just don't appreciate is how ridiculous it is that nowhere is there official acknowledgement that there are these problems. When I have phoned up to try to get advice, that any rain and leaves on trees are a factor is just completely denied. And not even just denied, the very very suggestion was derided, as I was an idiot. It was disgraceful! And there was no suggestion made then re changing to a different transmitter. The "problem" was just dealt with by deriding the problem.

What I don't understand, also, is why the aerial people that I had out to see if it could be improved, didn't tell me that I should be changing to Rowridge!

And re Rowridge I looked to see what manual tuning to Rowridge used frequencies produced. And there is absolutely nothing. There's no trace of recognition of any signal at all. I know the aerial is pointing the wrong way, and that it will (should) improve after the 21st, but I would have thought there still ought to be something getting through. But I haven't got a choice, I will have to try.

Thank you very much again for the advice....J

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Joan's 3 posts GB
Friday, 16 March 2012

12:29 AM

Joan: Well its totally inexcusable for any aerial installer to damage roof tiles and not have them replaced at their expense, as they should have insurance that covers this sort of thing. However as far as leaves on trees is concerned and especially if wet, this is something that's common knowledge by anyone involved with the technicalities of reception, as they have a blocking effect on signals whether its analogue or digital, although it always appears worse on digital reception because of it being so critical.

As far as trying tests to see if you can pick up Rowridge on the rear of your aerial is concerned, only try tests using manual tuning on Mux Ch24 as its only the BBC mux that's on 200Kw at present and nothing else.

Although being unaware of the brand / model of TV or box you are using, but when on the manual tuning menu on many devices and you enter the channel you want to scan into the choice box, as soon as you do this the signal level being received on that channel immediately comes on, this meaning that if you are only testing the channel you dont actually require to carry out the scan.

I do appreciate that as you have mentioned yourself you are on the extremities of both Hannington and Rowridge, but the vertical polarity output is officially predicted as being superior for reception, although horizontal should also be possible but just at a slightly lesser strength, but try another scan on Mux Ch24 and see what (if anything) comes up.

A qualification on this though as far as the present is concerned, numerous people have been (and still are) experiencing poor reception across large areas in the UK from the North downwards because of the prevailing current wave of high pressure, and with this causing interference to reception by the fact of enabling distant stations to be received which are in many cases clashing with the local ones, so any tests you carry out are unlikely to have much success until this problem settles down again.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Malcolm H
10:48 AM

Keith Sheppard, Dave and Brian G. etc,
Same here in Hook. Hannington service significantly degraded since DSO inc PSB multiplexes. Exhausted all options except Ae change. Just waiting now for April DSO and hoping to Rx stable BBC South from then on.

(Message for Keith Sheppard: - Keith Sheppard of NATS??)

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Malcolm H's 10 posts GB
3:12 PM

Further update. Contacted Digital UK and they say that Channel 44 is not now broadcasting in my area (Yateley,Hampshire)and that Channel 47 has variable output. They can only suggest waiting until April updates. They give no reason why the service had declined so badly. Worse now than before switchover. Also strange that Hannington continues to say 'No reported problems' even though we know and Digital UK confirms, that there are big problems.

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Dave's 14 posts GB
6:14 PM

Further update from Digital UK: Chanels 41 and 44 no longer working in many areas served by Hannington as they are now being used by Crystal Palace until 4th April. Also Channel 47 on very low power until April 4th. So, many people served by Hannington have been suffering in order to maintain analogue services to Crystal Palace until their 4th April swichover. Cannot find out who made this decision but bottom line is that those affected on Hannington will have to wait until April 4th to get good reception again on Channels 41,44 and 47.

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Dave's 14 posts GB
Mike Dimmick

7:12 PM

Dave: Rubbish, Crystal Palace is not, cannot, and never will use C44 or C47.

The restricted aerial is there to protect analogue services at the Guildford relay (a relay *of* Crystal Palace, true), and that restriction has been in place since 1998. All that's happened is that, since switchover, the PSBs are no longer subject to the restriction. The further round to due east of Hannington you are, the greater the difference between PSB and COM power levels there is. Some boxes cannot handle large differences between power levels, particularly on adjacent frequencies.

The most likely impact is that the COM services will be *less reliable* than the PSBs - it doesn't necessarily imply that you'll lose them completely, but it means that you're more likely to lose them or suffer break-up in adverse weather conditions.

The commercial multiplex operators *have* been permitted to switch to a less robust mode without a sufficient corresponding power increase, which does mean that some people outside the 'Guildford notch' will have a less reliable service than before switchover. I haven't yet asked Ofcom why this has been permitted.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Saturday, 17 March 2012
7:30 PM

Thanks Mike. I only reported what Digital UK told me so it sounds like they do not know what they are talking about !!!
Their website and the person that called me from Digital UK both say that we will get full service, meaning all the channels we have been used to, and good reception on all of them from April 4th onwards. Let's hope they are right about that peice of information !!!

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Dave's 14 posts GB
10:27 PM

Completely lost signals tonight for reasons undetermined.

Anyone else lost signals since last night?

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er's 2 posts GB
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