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Sunday, 11 December 2011
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michael
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10:16 PM

"An Ofcom statement on local DAB rollout is due before Christmas."

Mark, could you post a link to this as soon
as it is published - thanks!

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Saturday, 17 December 2011
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Alvin Pritchard
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10:45 PM

Does anybody know of any new full size DAB+ Hi-Fi Tuners about to hit the market in the near future?

We seem to be a bit thin on the ground with these products as there are only a small handful around at the moment.

I presume that this shortfall is due to the general uncertainty in the DAB+ industry?

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Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Briantist
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8:24 AM

Alvin Pritchard: As DAB+ is not going to be used in the UK, very few are on sale here.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011
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Mark
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6:16 PM

@ michael

An interim statement has now been published:

Ofcom | An approach to DAB coverage planning ?EUR" interim statement - Summary of responses and update on further work

The final statement is due within the first quarter of 2012.

One interesting point to note:

"Our initial findings from...tests are that DAB coverage may be more extensive than has previously been predicted. In particular, results indicate that the variability of signals is considerably lower than had been assumed. Initial indications are that....the coverage estimated in our consultation may actually be greater than previously envisaged."

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Sunday, 8 January 2012
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Nedbod
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5:42 PM

Not in Derbyshire, the Lake District, on the coast and in Western Scotland and most of Wales it isn't !!!

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Nedbod
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5:47 PM

No point adding more commercial stations to already crowded multiplexes when bit rates are so low anyway quite a few existing stations have had to lower rates and go into MONO to accommodate them. This is crazy. If we are not careful their sound quality will be less than Medium Wave !!! if it isn't already in the case of some of the Absolute themed decade stations. The chap who runs BBC Asian Network was at Any questions in Dudley the other week and he admitted how disappointed he was with the audio quality of his network (64 kbps mono on Multiplex 12B).

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Monday, 9 January 2012
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michael
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9:54 AM

"...initial findings from...tests are that DAB coverage may be more extensive than has previously been predicted (Ofcom). Surely, no-one will dare to think this just might develop into a big let-out clause... Unless an impressive network akin to mobile phone networks evolves, there will be not a few quiet-spots when AM and FM wither, especially where commercial broadcasting would not be profitable. MF signals wriggle their way into coastal and valley terrain rather better than FM or DAB frequencies. DRM on MF would have been a superior solution, but so would Betamax have been. The horse has already bolted...


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michael's 857 posts GB
Monday, 13 February 2012
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Dave
10:42 AM

Just wandered when the DAB transmitters will be updated as stated back in 2010?

I only get a selection of stations at present in North Northants area

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Tuesday, 21 February 2012
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michael
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10:11 AM

BBC Radio Devon this morning proudly announced a new DAB transmitter covering this area had commenced service. Reception of Radio Devon at this coastal location: Good on medium wave, swishy on FM, no signal on DAB 10C. Medium wave is due for the chop. So be consoled : you are not alone :-)

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Dave Lindsay
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11:13 AM

michael: The reason for poor DAB coverage from BBC local radio stations is because they have to rely on commercial operators' DAB multiplexes.

BBC local radios' FM transmitters will be in places that the commercial broadcasters would never bother with because they don't see it as being worth their while. Whereas the BBC is a public service broadcaster and therefore spends money on transmitters with the objective being to increase coverage (and the amount it costs to do so not being top priority).

So BBC local radio on DAB is essentially at the mercy of the commercial strategy of placing transmitters. That is the objective of maximising the potential lister base in the most cost effective way possible.

It is the same reason why 9% of the population that can get Freeview cannot receive the full complement of services and why Classic FM's network of FM transmitters does not equal those of the BBC's equivalent national FM services.

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