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Budleigh Salterton (Devon, England) DAB transmitter

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This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Budleigh Salterton (Devon, England) transmitter.

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Thursday, 7 December 2023
3:26 PM

Good day. I would like to know is DAB+ broadcast on the Budleigh Salterton transmitter.
If so how is a DAB+ broadcast shown on the screen. E.g. does it have a +' in the station name.
Best wishes.

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Geoff's 1 post GB flag

3:50 PM


Hi there. There's only two multiplexes currently broadcast from the Budleigh Salterton transmitter.
The BBC National Block 12B: 225.648 MHz
The Local Commercial Multiplex Block 11C: 220.352 MHz which carries BBC Radio Devon.

At present none of those BBC stations use DAB+.
I don't believe any of the commercial stations on the Local mux use DAB+ but I can't confirm that at present. You should be able to check using your receiver's settings and going to where it shows the information for the strength and other details of the transmission.

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Chris.SE's 4,081 posts GB flag
Steve Donaldson

4:05 PM

Geoff: In short, the Budleigh Salterton transmitter does not carry any DAB+ stations.

I'm not exactly sure how a DAB+ station will appear as I don't use DAB. If the radio does not have DAB+ I believe the station will appear in the menu listing but it will not play the audio.

Having just checked the latest Ofcom spreadsheet of radio transmitter parameters, the Budleigh Salterton transmitter broadcasts two DAB multiplexes: "BBC National DAB" on 12B and "Devon" on 11C.

On each multiplex, each individual radio station can be either DAB or DAB+. The spreadsheet lists the stations carried on each multiplex but does not say whether they are DAB or DAB+.

The Devon multiplex is operated by Now Digital, a subsidiary of Arqiva, the company which runs pretty much all TV transmitters and other transmitters in this country. This page is about the local multiplexes it operates, written as proposition to prospective broadcasters rather than aimed at the listener:…-dab

It does however answer your question and that is that there are no DAB+ stations on any of Now Digital's multiplexes because the equipment is not capable.

All stations on the BBC National DAB multiplex are DAB, not DAB+.

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Steve Donaldson's 185 posts GB flag
Friday, 8 December 2023

7:17 AM


I can confirm that none of the stations of the Local mux use DAB+.
5 of them - BBC Radio Devon, Capital UK, Heart Devon, Smooth Country, & Smooth SouthWest all transmit in Stereo,
the other 4 - Grt Hits Devon, HITS RADIO UK, Radio EXE Devon, & The Voice are in Mono.

It will depend on the individual brand/model of radio as to whether the station "Info" found in "Settings" shows the transmission mode.
What is displayed on a DAB only radio when there are DAB+ transmissions will also depend on the brand/model.

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Chris.SE's 4,081 posts GB flag

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