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DAB retune on 1st March 2012 for Capital, Heart, Choice, XFM, LBC and Kiss

Due to technical reconfiguration of the digital radio services, on 1st March you may have to do a "retune" on your DAB receiver to continue listing to your local Capital, Heart, Choice, XFM, LBC and Kiss stations.

Due to technical reconfiguration of the digital radio services,
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Here are the instructions for DAB retuning from the guide at Re-tuning your Digital Radio:

Most digital radios can be re-tuned by pressing the Auto-Tune or Auto Scan button on your digital radio. It may take a couple of minutes for your radio to update the station list.

However, not all digital radios re-tune in the same way. The instructions below cover some other options.

OPTION 1

  1. Press the Auto Tune or Auto Scan button on your digital radio
  2. The display screen will show 'Autotune Quick scan' / 'Fast Scanning'
  3. As new stations are found the station counter on the right hand side of the display will increase and new stations will be added to the list
  4. This should only take a couple of minutes
  5. Scroll through the display to find the stations available to you


OPTION 2

  1. Press Menu button on your digital radio
  2. Rotate the Tune button until you see 'Autotune' in the display
  3. Select 'Autotune'
  4. As new stations are found the station counter on the right hand side of the display will increase and new stations will be added to the list
  5. This should only take a couple of minutes
  6. Scroll through the display to find the stations available to you


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Thursday, 1 March 2012
A
andy
9:40 AM
Benfleet

hi andyboy can you tel why i have return for thanks

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M
M.Le Mesurier
9:43 AM

I have a Visual Innovations small TV which comes from the Midhurst receiver and I cannot retune this. Can you please help. I bought it from Richer Sounds less than two years ago, and as they have discontiued this line cannot help me.

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M.Le Mesurier's 1 post GB
A
Aerialman
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

12:13 PM

Have these services moved frequencies?,as they appear to be duplicated at the moment

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Aerialman's 137 posts GB
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james
11:27 PM

be new radio on freeview in london

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james's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Ash
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:25 AM

The DAB retune event is to enable the service following for car radios.

It's been done before for individual stations, but never on this scale.

In a nutshell, each and every DAB service has something called a SId (Service Identifier). These are being changed. If Arqiva, the transmission provider, just changed the SIds in one go then the old SIds would fall silent and listeners would be left with two services with the same name, one working and one not.

But what is actually happening is that there is a period of services running with dual SIds which means when the old one is turned off listeners will have a meaningless label in their service list, and one good label in their list.

This was something I kicked off a few years ago to mitigate against listener confusion and I have to say works very well in doing so. Digital Radio UK's advice to retune radios is a bit draconian as most won't need to be retuned. Many DAB radios just take note of whatever is on a multiplex regardless of what station is listened to, and some will scan for new stations when in standby periodically.

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Ash's 27 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

11:57 PM

Ash: Thanks for that, a very helpful explanation.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
S
Scott
8:22 PM

Hi,

I have a sonichi car dab radio and it told me xfm had 'moved' and was told to retune.

I have done both a local and full scan several times but now even though still having a duplicate xfm station neither can pick up any sound. The signal seems fine for xfm and there is no problem with any other channels like capital, heart etc. which also needed a retune and non related stations like radio 1 bbc 6 music etc are fine. Both xfm stations do not make any noise at all.

Any helpful suggestions or people having a similar problem?.. wish I had waited to retune.

Thanks

Scott

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Scott's 1 post GB
Friday, 30 March 2012
L
Lisa
1:39 AM

My DAB radio in house cant get LBC radio in london anymore; its infuriating.

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Lisa's 2 posts GB
L
Lisa
1:49 AM

I meant, the London station, from Coventry, where I am.

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Saturday, 7 April 2012
judy holmes
12:38 PM

I live in Yorkshire, 5miles from Emily Moor transmitter, and want to retune to LBC, but so far have not had any success, Any suggestions?

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