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Which 45 masts transmit the 15 new national DAB radio stations? 1
UK Free TV: 392 AM radio transmissions now have coverage maps2
New! 1000s of new DAB and FM radio coverage maps3
We ARE going to get BBC Local Radio on Freeview ... today!4
How do the two new national DAB radio bids compare?5
More digital radio stations. Ofcom - finally - proposes DAB+6

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Thursday, 28 February 2013
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michael^
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5:13 PM

The DAB+ spec is indeed a good sign. What fate awaits the many DAB receivers - not cheap - bought in good faith? Perhaps the number of DAB muxes will dwindle to an "acceptable" miniumum to allow space for more DAB+ hif?

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KMJ,Derby
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6:23 PM

michael^: I suppose really that it is just progress. Funny how there are howls of protest at the thought of DAB radios being redundant, but it is a foregone conclusion that SD Freeview receivers will shortly become outdated and this might be followed by SD satellite receivers!

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Mark
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6:28 PM

@michael^

DAB & DAB+ services can exist together on the same multiplex, and Ofcom's current regulations allow up to 30% of DAB multiplexes to be filled with DAB+ services (70% of the mux must be MP2 audio services).

There are no regular DAB+ services in the UK because there are not enough DAB+ sets to justify them, but this should change in a few years' time, especially as all of the in-car DAB sets are DAB+ compatible.

Many elderly people have spent money on DAB receivers in the UK and because of this I think it will be several years before the BBC switches its services to DAB+.

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KMJ,Derby
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6:33 PM

michael^: Possibly the second national multiplex commercial could be launched in DAB+ if it takes long enough to be built.

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Roger Martlew
10:23 PM
Ormskirk

I doubt if commercial radio stations will be the first to broadcast in DAB+, they will want the uptake of compatible receivers to reach a significant level to make it worthwhile.

As ever the BBC will have to take the lead.

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Friday, 1 March 2013
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michael
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8:29 PM

I am encouraged by the insight evinced by these knowledgeable responses. As long as the mainline programmes remain available on DAB, there will be little objection to broadcasters duplicating and expanding into DAB+ and any other future platform. The present state of play suggests that our local radio faces demise on AM and FM, despite little hope of it becoming locally receivable on DAB. DRM on medium-wave would have delivered the best compromise to most listeners. But I digress... Webradio is an alternative, however buffering, unportable PCs, router and phoneline hiccups render webradio seriously inferior to good-old medium-wave steam radio. BUT there is hope : if I were to win the lottery, I would be able to stream or download everything on 4G - assuming I get a solid 4G signal. Hey-ho...

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Sunday, 3 March 2013
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Roger Martlew
2:43 PM

With regard to the truly local stations that have yet to go on DAB: In 2002 L Band frequencies were allocated for this purpose.

DAB Ensembles WorldWide

Whatever happened to these, as they seem to have been quietly dropped? (L407TT)

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Mark
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5:58 PM

@ Roger Martlew

These DAB allocations have now been dropped. It was decided not to proceed with DAB in the L-Band because it performed poorly indoors.

The L-Band frequencies were sold to Qualcomm, a wireless technology developer, in May 2008.

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Mark's 181 posts GB
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
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Nedbod
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6:36 PM

Brian : Hope you have been listening to "NEVERWHERE" on BBC RADIO 4 (Ep.1 only Saturday 16th March 2013), BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA (Ep. 1-6, Sun to Fri 17th - 22nd March 201 inclusive). Best radio drama since THE HITCH HIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY & EARTHSEARCH I & II. Sounds great in (((STEREO))) ONLINE and ON FREEVIEW (708). Today's episode (Wed) featuring Richard Mayhew (James McAvoy) reminded me of a cross between Monty Python and Zpahod Beeblebrox surviving the total perspective vortex by eating a slice of cake.

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Nedbod's 619 posts GB
Briantist
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8:23 PM

Nedbod: I listened to the first part yesterday and I have downloaded the next ones ready to listen to.

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