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Saturday, 12 July 2014
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Mark
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7:01 PM

Nedbod: 5 Live Sport Extra only affects Radio 4's bit rate when it's on-air after 5pm. If 5L SX is on-air before 5pm Radio 3's bit rate is reduced and Radio 4 is unaffected.

In the forthcoming seven days 5 Live Sports Extra is on-air for three evenings after 7pm (one for cricket, two for rugby league)

Many of Radio 4's programmes (includiing news & documentaries) are produced in mono.

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michael
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8:22 PM

BBC - Bosses Bonus Consortion ??? It is tragic that the BBC is not a shadow of its former exemplary self. With so much expended on presenters, round-the-world crew travel, "celebreties", a few blockbuster productions etc, managers are over-remunerated to out-waffle the expectations of licence-fee paying plebians... I accept lower DAB bitrates for AM-replacement speech-only, but utterly reject other initiatives such as the iPlayer option-squeeze. DAB should excel FM coverage and audio quality.

Sorry for the waste of bandwidth posting this. They will not listen.

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Thursday, 7 August 2014
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Nedbod
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6:09 PM

Many are not Mark including THE ARCHERS, FRONT ROW, the 7:45pm drama, most documentaries (including File on 4). THE ARCHERS is in mono on Radio 4 DAB on most weekday evenings (much more often than it is in stereo), compared to the old days when it was left alone and was in stereo even on DAB for most of the year up until 2012. Any Questions LIVE is nearly always in mono on DAB on Friday nights, as is the play at 9pm on Fridays.

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Nedbod
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6:13 PM

My PURE EVOKE died 6 years ago, whilst all my FM radios and tuners are still going strong, even my ROTEL tuner from 1979.

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Nedbod
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6:19 PM

Any chance of WORLDSPACE radios being of any use in the future. I was pusuaded to buy one of these by Simon Spanswick who used to do a programme called WAVEGUIDE on the BBC World Service, but a few years after the company tried to charge people to listen (after forking out 150 GB pounds for the sets - which had a small but efficient built in square satellite dish) the company went bust and switched off all its transmissions, turning my set into a AM / FM / SW set only and quite a few stations have gone from the remaining bands sadly.

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michael
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8:17 PM

Netbod, one commiserates... My PURE Flow died a while back - bought for webradio, unintuitive and temperamental, with poor audio at best. Bad high-bucks choice. A cheapo laptop or Raspberry Pi plugged into cheapo PC speakers is incomparably superior. WorldSpace was a similar story : good idea, but then it caught a Betamax sneeze. L-band has gone quiet, but it just might resurge one fine day. Until then, it will have to be Freeview, Freesat and webradio with a cheapo router and laptop (cheapo router 'cos I have lost a few routers to distant lightening surges. Come FTTC that will hopefully recede. ) Oops, nearly forgot : AM still offers a wider range of content than sound-alike DAB and FM stations... Now where's the zipcord for my 'chute ???

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michael's 848 posts GB
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
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Steve P
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12:02 PM

Just been in NI with a hirecar with DAB.

Utterly useless. Continually cutting in/out with every dip or bend.

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RichardH.
2:09 PM

Steve P. Welcome to the world of DAB on the move. My car (2008 vintage) came with a factory fitted DAB radio as standard (weren't the pro-DAB brigade telling us at that time that no cars had DAB radios as standard fitting?). I have practically given up with it, six years down the line things have not improved much, still can't complete a journey without the signal fading out.

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michael
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7:55 PM

Richard and Steve : What a surprise... This day I weaved and dived around
sunken Devon lanes. Radio 5 on 909kHz fuzzed occasionally, but was always audible - even though my new-car AM/FM radio is not the most sensitive. Query : what is a dropout?

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michael's 848 posts GB
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
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Steve P
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12:50 AM

i WOULD TAKE "DROPOUT" TO BE WHEN sozcaps the signal "drops out" so no reception.

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