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Wednesday, 13 August 2014
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michael
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8:37 PM

Sorry, Steve, that was my flat humour :-) In the car, on AM I get fading and a bit of static, on FM distortion and dropouts. On DAB I would get dropouts if I had it ...

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Sunday, 31 August 2014
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Nedbod
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10:30 PM

I think it's time you changed the title page at the start of this thread Brian, stating it will "start in a few weeks", when it's actually been around for ages ?

By the way we are all getting older, but you appear to be wearing well (must be the half naked encounter with that chap when you were moving flats, remember ?) :) N

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Nedbod's 619 posts GB
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Nedbod
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10:39 PM

Bought two Roberts Radios this week, One analogue with FM/AM and one DAB.

The DAB radio's battery lasted 3 days; the FM/AM radio's battery is still on maximum strength.

The FM/AM radio got BBC Radio 2 - the strongest station - for the entire walk from the car park/road at the bottom of The Cloud all the way to the top and back. The DAB radio only got enough signal strength for about 25% of the walk and went into blop blip blap mode or total silence for the majority.

My old analogue portable pocket radio which I dropped and smashed last week had a battery that lasted about six months with constant use. DAB still has a very long way to go. At least the new Roberts Radio has DAB+ capability.

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MikeB
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10:46 PM

Nedbod: And yes? Everyone knows that current DAB chips use far more power than FM, and so you generally get far less battery life. Of course the Roberts DAB radio also has FM, so here is an experiment - play the radio on battery on FM, and see how long it lasts. I suspect quite a long time. When you need it to be on DAB (BBC 6 Music, for instance), then use it on DAB.

The reality is that most people dont use a DAB radio unless its plugged into the mains anyway (something I suspect is the same for FM), so its generally not a big deal.

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Nedbod
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10:58 PM

Brian re your comment :

"Nedbod: I don't think you can riot on your own".

I don't think EDF, Scottish Power, E.ON, Lloyds, TSB, Santander or the Halifax would agree with you after the number of GWG Payments they have given me following a series of errors on my accounts.

The BBC must also be fed up with me complaining about DAB and the removoal of BBC Radio from the Smart TV BBC i-player and the range and variety of programmes from The World Service which is now just essentially a rolling news channel (but now in stereo on BBC Radio 4 between 1 am and 5:20am ironically).

Maybe not a one-man-riot but a huge protest at least.

I hope some others share my view ?

Who knows.
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Nedbod
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11:06 PM

Nedbod:

Already doing that Mike. The analogue only radio still outperforms the digital one even on FM. I generally listen to BBC R4 and R2 when I'm out walking so I will generally take the FM/AM only radio to save my pennies.

It might be a big deal when those who use the DAB radio indoors get their electricity bill at 19p per kWh + 5% VAT.

Indoors I use my Smart TV which delivers Radio 4 Extra in ((( STEREO ))). DAB does not and never has even when it was BBC 7. I guess this uses even more power though ?

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Nedbod
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11:18 PM

Nedbod: How come I can get BBC Radio Leicester on the Macclesfield side of the Cat & Fiddle and also near Wincle / Allgreave in Cheshire on 104.9 MHz FM when Imagine FM from Stockport (Romiley) is on the same frequency and is much closer to Macc. ? As far as I can gather the BBC Radio Leicester transmitter is many miles away at Copt Oak in Leicestershire and several hills away ? Wierd.

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Monday, 1 September 2014
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michael
8:39 PM

The answer to all our woes is simple : We need single-channel radios which will receive all the news, indoctrination and entertainment our munificient government deems wholesome on a platform receivable in every nook and cranny of the realm.

Simples...

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Sunday, 21 September 2014
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Roger M
10:48 AM

The first DAB+ stations have started on the NE Wales and Liverpool mux. Fun Kids and Wirral Radio. 64kbits/s

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Roger M
10:51 AM

Sorry, Wirral Radio is new but not DAB+, Fun Kids is

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