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BBC DAB comes to Harris and Lewis

The Eitshal digital radio transmitter went on air this week

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UK Free TV: 392 AM radio transmissions now have coverage maps

All of the medium wave transmitters for the radio stations broadcasting to the UK now have coverage maps.

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Oxfordshire local radio DAB launched today

Arqiva, the UK transmission compay, today launch a new digital radio multiplex in Oxford and the surrounding area to provide local digital radio stations to 300,000 listeners for the first time.

8 comments “John - Are you sure your Rdaio is tuning to channel 10B correctly ? I say this because although here in Banbury we have perfect line of site to Farthi”- David Pinfold

Penmaen Rhos BBC DAB now on air

Rhyl, Prestatyn and Colwyn Bay now have DAB from the BBC

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We ARE going to get BBC Local Radio on Freeview ... today!

OK, only a year after I speculated about it, the service has now started. You can now enjoy 10 BBC Local Radio stations.

26 comments “We re currently getting Norfolk on 719 and Cambridge on 722, both from Sandy Heath on 522MHz.”- MJ Ray

Another government U-Turn - this time on FM local radio?

Broadcasting Minister Ed Vaizey told MPs that FM will be retained for local commercial radio.

45 comments “Quote by Briantist= DAB is intended to provide a choice of listening with reasonable sound quality for mobile and indoor use.That s not the state”- Brian Wright

New! 1000s of new DAB and FM radio coverage maps

One of the most requested feature upgrades here on UK Free TV is for the radio maps to show the transmitter coverage areas, as the Freeview pages do. So, please take a look at the upgrade.

19 comments “I love the new maps, but they re not updating?Lincs FM has gone on air on the LincsMux and Yorks MUX gone, but the maps aren t updated to show the”- Peter Wright

BBC M25 DAB project - new transmitter for High Wycombe area on air today

Another BBC DAB transmitter goes on air today, at Chepping Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

21 comments “Robert Sprigge: It does not appear in Ofcom s Radio Transmitter Tech Parameters document Ofcom | Tech Parameters which was last updated on the 28th of”- Mike Dimmick

How do the two new national DAB radio bids compare?

We could have another dozen national DAB radio stations transmitting in the next two years. How do the bids from Listen2Digital and Sound Digital stack up?

29 comments “Chris Barker: Ofcom are currently evaluating the two bids for the Digital 2 Multiplex Licence (D2) which is a national licence whose national coverage”- J Peter Wilson

The invention of radio - as a podcast

If you are interested in knowing something about the early history of the wireless, listen here.

2 comments “This is really interesting!!! Didn t know a lot of what is said here ”- Andrew Brown

More digital radio stations. Ofcom - finally - proposes DAB+

You can almost hear the sound of "beep, beep, vehicle reversing". After many years of dismissing DAB+ as a UK broadcasting standard, Ofcom have announced that the time of DAB+ is approaching.

172 comments “Mike B,True, but most of us tend to have a fairly local transmitter (just as we do for FM), and more are being rolled out to fill various gaps. Yes, t”- Briab Wright

BBC Radio Wales, Scotland, nan Gaidheal and Cymru tests on Monday

The BBC national stations for Wales and Scotland will be off-air on Freeview for about one hour on January 10th 2011


New Northern Ireland and Dorset BBC DAB transmitter

Radio listeners in Bridport and Maddybenny More now have BBC DAB.

55 comments “Patrick - That s because Radio Ulster is on the local 12D ensemble not the BBC national service on 12B...”- Jordy

BBC DAB for M5 Bromsgrove to Stroud, and Haslingden

The BBC's national DAB digital radio services started from two new transmitters at 4pm last Friday.

10 comments “DAB 5KW Transmitter from Malvern. This is a first for this site as Malvern did not previously transmit any DAB. Yes MUXCO say they will transmit their”- Eric S

Bridlington DAB on air this week

Since Tuesday 22nd February 2011, Bridlingon, Yorkshire now has BBC National DAB coverage.


New BBC national DAB for Saffron Walden M11 and Firth of Clyde

Two new BBC DAB transmitters come on air at Sewards End and Rothesay.

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Network Z - BBC 7 - BBC Radio 7 now becomes BBC Radio 4 Extra, with an 'E'

Still wanting to provide "spoken-word entertainment in a way which will encourage new listeners to speech radio", the station get a fourth name.

47 comments “Phono lead sounds very good, especially now the bit rate on line and even on TV has improved. Can t believe the BBC are now broadcasting the World Ser”- Nedbod

Where will the 162 new BBC DAB transmitters be?

The BBC has announced today a two-year plan to bring national BBC DAB to 2 million more people - to bring BBC national DAB coverage to above 97%.

182 comments “Neither Camlough or Newcastle get into Kilkeel Mark, and I ve heard Newry is a black spot as well, so I m quite surprised they weren t included in thi”- PJH

New BBC DAB transmitters in Littleborough and Tully Quarry

Another two DAB transmitters brings more service to Northern Ireland and Rochdale

17 comments “Possible yes but can you honestly see the BBC shelling out for a DAB transmitter that covers populations of less than 50 ? I can t.”- Pete

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.

14 comments “Thank you for the Heads up on this,but can you explain what technical reconfiguration means in practical terms?advantages etc”- Aerialman

Digital radio section

A section on DAB digital radio (with transmitter maps) will be starting in a few weeks. Please discuss here any issues that you would like the new section to discuss.

963 comments “I drove to Cornwall and Wales last year and the BBC National stations were with me for the entire journey, Sadly BBC RADIO 4 is in MONO now in the eve”- Nedbod

Want to see all planned DAB transmitters? Find them on UK Free TV

I have added the 399 DAB transmitters that are not yet operational to the UK Free TV database.

4 comments “andrew sambrook:MXR North West is not coming back. The licence period came to an end, the licence holder handed it back to Ofcom and nobody else ”- Mark

Ofcom DAB switchover coverage planning proposals

Ofcom has recently published some details of how the DAB network can be improved to match the coverage of the current FM network.

124 comments “Interesting stat I came across. Only one in five radios sold in the UK have DAB!. You can lead a horse to water but you can t make him drink.”- Trevor Harris

Carnmoney Hill DAB has started

The BBC completes (for now) the Northern Ireland DAB network today.

23 comments “Know exactly where you are Ivan (I m not too far away on the Jordanstown Road).You should be getting an excellent signal now from the BBC multipl”- Peter Henderson

DAB local radio gaps

Whilst most of the country does have operating local radio digital services, there is now a dispute about who is expected to provide them for the 2015 radio switchover target.

104 comments “I think you will now find the 2015 SWITCHOVER won t be happening until 2020 (AT THE EARLIEST). Quite rightly so with DAB / DAB + in such a mess and FM”- Nedbod

BBC DAB now on air in Kingsbridge, Devon and Helston, Cornwall

Another 26,000 people now have BBC national DAB in Devon and Cornwall

28 comments “As ever, leaving it to the market causes poor service for less well-off areas. No-one s prepared to invest the capital long-term in setting up the tra”- Mike Dimmick

The end is near for analogue radio... Part one, a Medium and Long Wave goodbye

The UK Government has announced that it will shortly consider announcing the dates of the digital radio switchover. I thought it might be an excellent time to consider the history of amplitude- and frequency- modulation - and to wonder why anyone is still using it.

44 comments “Where I live in a rural part of Wiltshire, we get pretty good AM (LW MW) reception, marginal VHF FM reception and very poor DAB reception. If they clo”- MikeP

The end is near for analogue radio... Part 4, the local radio to do list

In this final part, we have a quick look at what is still left to do for local radio to match FM coverage.

159 comments “Surely DAB or DAB+ as now the government after taking its orders from Strasbourg are trying to woo the digital listener (1 !) is a contradiction to in”- Rog Parsons

BBC - 60 new DAB transmitters in 2011

The BBC will improve national DAB coverage from the current 87% of the population to 92% in the next twelve months.

143 comments “Celia Leach: This suggests that you are only likely to receive the BBC national stations and the commercial national stations (D1 National):In You”- Dave Lindsay

The end is near for analogue radio... Part 3, satellite Freeview online and DAB

Around the turn of the millennium, radio found new ways to get from studio to listener: satellite, cable, two new forms of terrestrial and over the internet, but the real revolution has been in listening choice.

85 comments “michael:I ve just moved to Trowbridge and find that DAB is very poor downstairs and only reasonable upstairs. It is poor in the back garden and f”- MikeP

The end is near for analogue radio... radio gets very high

Like all technologies, AM radio had advantages and some problems. Today we have a brief look at the 1930s technology we still use today: Frequency Modulation on the Very High Frequency band.

32 comments “Briantist Interesting - but it shows I will still have reception problems where I live! There is an empty space in the triangle formed between Calne,”- MikeP

Four regional DAB multiplexes to close in 2013 to allow for better local DAB

As part of the plan to upgrade DAB system, the operator of four regional radio multiplexes plans to close them next year, to release the frequencies for conventional radio coverage areas.

119 comments “I see that on DAB Ensembles Worldwide | Latest News Updates , one local DAB Ensemble recently changed to a new block frequency and another will change”- Stuart Owens

Delusional DAB arguments page

This is a resting page for boring arguments about DAB.

17 comments “Actually David there is already an unused mutilplex available. This was originaly was bought by Channel 4 but was a commercial failure and so was hand”- Trevor Harris