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As some channels are exclusive to one service alone, you may need to get receive more than one service to get all the channels you want. The coverage for Freeview differs too - those channels not provided by the public service "Freeview Light" transmitters the current coverage shown thus (54%), taken from Connected Nations Report 2017: Data analysis'

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LBC live_tv DAB FM/AM 732 (90%) 0124 734

Regional content: National channel with no regional content or variations. For full details of broadcaster contacts, see the link icon LBC page.

Official site: See the link icon LBC website.

From Wikipedia: LBC 97.3 is a London-based talk and phone-in radio station. It is one half of the latest incarnation of LBC, the news and speech service which was Britain's first commercial radio station when it went on air in October 1973. edit Ownership In 2002 the company was bought for 23.5m by the media company Chrysalis,234 who trumpeted their purchase with the promise that they would lift the listenership to at least one million from around 700,000 LBC enjoyed an audience of more than two million in the early 1980s. - link icon read more about LBC on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

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Friday, 2 November 2012
Elizabeth Bellamy
11:19 AM

I enjoy listening to lbc on my dab radio. Now it says station unavailable.

I live in Grimsby but have had no trouble before.

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Elizabeth Bellamy
11:21 AM

Why can I no longer receive lbc 97.3 on my dab radio?

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Elizabeth Bellamy's 2 posts GB flag
Thursday, 25 July 2013
4:43 PM

My wife listens to LBC 97.3 most of the day and night.
The lady is disabled and enjoys LBC.
Our reception is poor at times .
Could you recommend a bedside radio that would give us better reception.

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SYD KEEBLE's 1 post GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

5:06 PM

SYD KEEBLE: LBC broadcasts on 97.3MHz FM from Croydon.

The high ground at and around Warley may be the reason why reception is variable, you residing at the bottom of a steep drop.

This plot shows the transmitter on the right and your location on the left:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

Whilst FM radio signals don't rely as much on line-of-sight as TV, you are clearly not in the best spot.

The thing to do is consider whether the radio can be resited so as to have a clearer view in a south-easterly direction.

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Monday, 29 July 2013
Neville Sheldon
8:01 PM

LBC is now not available in my area. Is it possible to wirelessly transmit LBC from my SKY box(channel 0112) in the living room, to some kind of receiver/speaker which can be carried like a radio around the house? I seem to remember that SKY had something which looked like a speaker. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Neville Sheldon's 9 posts GB flag
Saturday, 7 September 2013
7:27 PM

why on earth can I no longer receive LBC 97.3 on my DAB radio

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Ruth's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 21 December 2013
Neville Sheldon
3:36 PM

Pleased to inform everyone that I am now receiving LBC again outside of London on my new Internet radio. Problem solved at low cost.

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Neville Sheldon's 9 posts GB flag
Thursday, 20 February 2014
9:10 AM

Since LBC went national earlier in February, I can no longer tune in ('not available') on my DAB radios. I live in the Guildford area. Any ideas? I have tried to retune.

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Dave Lindsay

2:33 PM

Margaret: With DAB, a single signal (known as a multiplex) carries multiple radio stations. See if you have Classic FM and that you can listen to it, as if you do then you are receiving the national multiplex which it is carried on and therefore the radio is in a position where you can pick up LBC.

You will need to do a retune for LBC because the old "LBC" on your radio will be that which was carried on one of the regional London multiplexes.

A manual tune to channel 11D might help, this being the national commercial multiplex which LBC is now on.

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