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Sunday, 29 April 2012
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Nedbod
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10:57 AM

Interesting I'm staying with my friend in South Wales and I get better reception of BBC Radio Wales in Rainow (near Macclesfield, Cheshire) than the distorted signal in Cilfyndd near Pontypridd in South Wales. No DAB at all, of course, in this area, whatsoever.

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Stephen P
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11:44 AM

It took them decades to spread the FM signal - and there are still gaps.

DAB is even more troubled by terrain

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Monday, 30 April 2012
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Mark
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6:11 PM

@ Nedbod

Eglwysilan (serving Pontypridd) will be added to the Cardiff local DAB multiplex in Autumn 2012.

Radio Wales now have a high-power FM transmitter at Wenvoe (103.9).

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Saturday, 5 May 2012
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Alvin Pritchard
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10:31 PM

We need some major investment in DAB transmitter technology in the UK if DAB is to be the way forward, it's a good sensible investment and will be for the benefit of all.

If those Bit rates could be improved upon sales of DAB hardware would rocket.

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Sunday, 6 May 2012
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michael
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9:20 AM

There are two markets that should become one.
Some want hi-fi better than FM.
Some would settle for a reliable signal.

Solution: leave everything as it is and give the rest in the kitty to bbarqofcom fatcats as bonuses...


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Stephen P
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3:59 PM

Alvin - what benefit. I have many FM receivers built into bits of kit I have no thought of replacing.

DAB is weak and heavy on batteries.

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Sunday, 13 May 2012
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Alvin Pritchard
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1:13 AM

Stephen P: Any sensible consumer of DAB radio would be using mains power or at least via the built in rechargeable battery pack in the case of portable units primarily and only via disposable battery power as a last resort as the latter (as you quite rightly say) can make listening expensive due to DABs natural high DC current drain.

It is the increased station choice and the elimination of hiss on weak FM stations that make this format attractive in addition to Improved features for users, Less pirate interference and Some models offer a pause facility on live broadcasts.

As i have stated in my previous post, all that is now needed are increased bit rates to release the full potential of the DAB format.

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michael
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9:28 AM

. . . A N D far better nationwide coverage to at least equal FM in-home portable and in-car reception! (Yes, we do keep repeating ourselves...) Replacing and recharging batteries is only acceptable if not too often, as mobile phone and laptop experience frequently remind us! I might buy another relatively low-consumption vest-pocket DAB radio and mount it in a bigger box with D-cells, amp, speaker, telescopic aerial, coax socket - and an inflatable DAB antenna mast :-) Hopefully, the industry will beat me to it!

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Stephen P
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3:33 PM

Alvin one of my main listening places is the bathroom. My existing very ancient portable gets good reception for a couple of years on 4 D size alkaline batteries.

There is no mains and I don't want to b****r around with rechargables.

Also it provides Radio 4 instantly on pressing a single button. DAB radios seem to need programming in assembler for 10 minutes to do anything.

And finally, ALL the FM radios in my house are perfectly synchronised. I already face with DTB conflicts in the hall where my poota lives.

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Friday, 25 May 2012
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Nedbod
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12:45 AM
Macclesfield

Despite the power of Wenvoe, Radio Wales still sounds better in Rainow, Cheshire with no distortion than it does in Cilfynydd. The topography of the valleys seriously distorts the signal

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