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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, 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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

11:59 AM

Just an update on things here since Stage 1
all BBC digital channels fine no breakup.
On the other Muxes nothing received at all but
that I expect will change next week.

Analogue channels are weak especially ch 5
but still usable

gu14 farnborough

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tony's 30 posts GB
2:37 PM

tony in gu14

bbc channels ok......after switchover on the 22nd feb, your digital signal should be at least 50% stronger, hopefully

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trevor's 8 posts GB

7:40 PM

hi Trevor

SIGNAL Shows on BBC as 80Percent on an old Ant as good as some who have spent loads recently plenty of Vans down our road of late + SKY Virgin

We have large trees all round us with Crystal palace blocked out by a very large 100ft Beech tree dead in line in our front garden Chain saw not an option TPO on it and very observant tree inspector .

Am really pleased so far and hope to see later if the bent metal coat hanger and coax works like it did on Analogue . bit of fun really to try own Antenna .we made our own CB ones and Short wave .

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tony's 30 posts GB
9:42 PM

Digital on Sony Bravia is fine, other than ITV1 etc. breaking up on occasions at night.
Ditto on Matsui with same aerial gives no signal most of the time on all channels so Matsui tuner spec. seems poor. Suppose to be expected from a Curries cheap tat product. Best spend a bit extra and get something that works properly.

Using wideband aerial with masthead amplifier.
Farnborough GU14.

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drh's 7 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

11:02 PM

drh: Have you checked that the Matsui has not picked up Crystal Palace (for which it is giving "no signal" much of the time)?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Monday, 20 February 2012
11:59 AM

Thank you Dave Lindsay. Very helpful.

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RayM's 2 posts GB
FJC Farrar

12:08 PM

Can anybody explain the root of the new, bizarre UK MUX names:-
PSB.. - As if there were more than just the BBC
ARQ.. ??
Or are they all designed to make things just a little more confusing than say: MXP1 to MXPn for Public, MXC1 to MXCn for commercial with whatever SDN means fitted in somewhere. Or maybe even simpler - just MPX1 to MPXn?

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FJC Farrar's 25 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

12:19 PM

FJC Farrar: Multiplex names (and services carried on them) before and after switchover are listed here:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

See also this before and after list on this website:

Freeview multiplexes | - independent free digital TV advice

Post switchover:

PSB1 = "BBC A"
PSB2 = "D3&4"
PSB3 = "BBC B" (HD services, including those of ITV1/STV and C4/S4C)
COM4 = "SDN"
COM5 = "Arqiva A"
COM6 = "Arqiva B"

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

1:07 PM

FJC Farrar: For a table showing multiplex names before and after switchover, see here:

Digital terrestrial television in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Mike Dimmick

1:46 PM

FJC: PSB = Public Service Broadcasting. 'Channel 3' (ITV1, STV, UTV) and Channel 5 still have public-service broadcasting requirements as part of their licences to operate. Channel 4 is a state corporation just like the BBC is. The PSB multiplexes are only permitted to carry channels from the public service broadcasters, or from the BBC. (The Rabbit services are the commercial services from the former public teletext licence holder Teletext Ltd. Since they gave up the teletext licence, they should have been booted off.)

COM = Commercial. These multiplexes can carry any channels they like/can lease space to; although Ofcom have to agree to changes in the line-up, they must permit the change unless "the capacity to appeal to a variety of tastes and interests would be unacceptably diminished."

The other names are simply the companies to whom the multiplexes are licensed. D3&4 is short for Digital 3 and 4 Limited, a 50/50 joint venture between ITV Network Limited (itself jointly owned by the 15 regional Channel 3 licence holders - ITV plc now owns 12 of these, STV plc two and UTV one) and Channel 4 Corporation.

SDN Ltd originally stood for S4C Digital Networks. S4C flogged it to ITV plc in 2005.

Arq is short for Arqiva, the transmitter mast owner/operator. It's a meaningless invented name, adopted after the company's previous name, NTL, was destroyed by the cable TV operations (which were demerged).

According to the licences, they are still named 1 (PSB1, BBC A), 2 (PSB2, D3&4), A (COM4, SDN), B (PSB3, BBC B), C (COM5, ArqA), D (COM6, ArqB). The company names are used here to differentiate before and after switchover channel line-ups and modes.

Mux A is a COM and Mux B a PSB because in the 1998 line-up, Mux A was required to carry S4C and Channel 5, with the other half leased to commercial channels, while B was wholly pay-TV along with C and D. When ITV Digital went into administration in 2002, it surrendered the mux B, C and D licences, which were re-auctioned. The BBC and (then) Crown Castle won the beauty contest. Crown Castle's UK transmission operations changed hands again, to National Grid Wireless, before ending up with Arqiva, so you'll see CCI A and CCI B, and NGW A and NGW B, in some older documentation. There wasn't enough space to keep four public-service broadcast multiplexes at all transmitters, so Mux A was changed to commercial status, with S4C and Channel 5 moving to Mux 2/D3&4.

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