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Findon (West Sussex, 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 Findon (West Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Monday, 5 March 2012
Paul Simpson
11:47 PM

Since about Friday(2nd Mar), I've noticed a real drop off in Planet Rock signal strength (as recieved on myPure Highway in car DAB receiver) from Worthing all the way up to Crawley, and possibly beyond. Has something happened regarding its transmission?

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Paul Simpson's 2 posts GB flag
Thursday, 5 April 2012

6:54 PM

Paul Simpson: There have been no changes to the transmission outputs.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Monday, 28 October 2019
6:18 AM

On Thursday 24th October I lost all DAB signal in my house in Worthing West Sussex. .
I live near the new development of flats on the sea front and I am wondering if this has
Has something to do with the loss of signal.

Has anyone else reported this issue?

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April's 1 post GB flag

5:57 PM


I can't find any reported faults for all the local transmitters, it was several days ago now, but I doubt whether there was any Planned Engineering either as it would have generated a fault if the transmitter(s) were/went off -air.
It's always possible that it was some sort of local interference, unless you are right next door to that development and they were using some equipment generating interference, I would doubt it has anything to do with that.
I assume your reception has returned to normal?

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Chris.SE's 4,081 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 10 March 2020
John Hughes

7:08 PM

For about a week now the following stations have been on very low power in the BN11 area. As no faults are reported on any of the local transmitters and transmitters in Hampshire are fine on other stations-any ideas?
1 BTN, Solar Radio, Starpoint, Mi-house, Mi-Soul, Platform B, and Totally Radio.
Many thanks

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John Hughes's 28 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 11 March 2020

12:22 AM

Hi again John,

All those stations are on the Brighton Trial Multiplex, block 9A, 202.928 MHz, currently licenced until March 2020. I assume you've got similar problems with other stations on the mux, eg. Radio Caroline, Classical 1, etc.
The Mast is located at Sussex Heights, so it should give reasonable coverage, if you aren't too far from it you shouldn't have a problem, but I'd say it's probably only receivable towards the eastern end of the BN11 postcodes. As with all commercial DAB transmitters I can't seem to locate anywhere that lists current or recent faults!

As for the licence situation, all I can find at this time from Ofcom is "we will shortly begin licensing new local digital radio stations that will use cutting-edge small-scale DAB' technology, pioneered by an Ofcom engineer. We expect to invite applications in 2020."
There's nothing I can find about any invitation as of yet!

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Chris.SE's 4,081 posts GB flag

8:42 PM

Many thanks for the info Chris
Yes you are correct those stations and more are also missing surely must be loads of people complaining to Ofcom?
Sussex Heights I know well it's a Tower Block by the Pier so surprised I've been getting a 60% on the bar strength here in Worthing a years or so ago it was only 20%.
Just out of interest how do I see the list of stations transmitted I thought I just clicked the Tx symbol on the map but nothing happens
All the best

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john's 28 posts GB flag

11:57 PM

I'd guess the only sensible place to complain might be Ofcom as there appears to be no or little information on who else to complain to in such circumstances other than maybe the individual broadcasters concerned who should know who to contact to get any transmitter fault fixed!

The fact that you've seen an increase in signal maybe down to Ofcom allowing some power increases in some cases, I remember seeing something mentioning that sort of thing on the Ofcom site, but TBH I have not searched their site for much DAB info, most of the time I find the site difficult to search for the current & right information. There may well be say a big spread sheet listing all DAB transmitters sub-divided by region as there is for DTV but even if there is I'd not be too sure it's fully up-to-date as I know the DTV one does not contain some of the last minute changes added to the 700MHz clearance in recent times.

AFAIK incorporating the DAB data onto this site is a manual task, as is the 700MHz clearance channel listings. A task I would not relish and I'm not surprised the site owner hasn't had time to make all the changes!

There's only one site that I know of that contains a lot of comprehensive information and it's perhaps suited to those with a bit of tech understanding, have a look at DAB Ensembles Worldwide | Latest News & Updates

One place to see the location of transmitters for BBC stations is the BBC's Advice about receiving TV and radio | RTIS
Select DAB and put in some suitable postcodes and housename/numbers, but it only includes the muxes with BBC stations.

There are two other sites of some use, & ukdigitalradio: Home
You need to put in a postcode. Eg. using BN11 2BQ (one of the more easterly ones) you get a list of stations with good reception which are the main BBC and Commercial ones, after which there's a list with "fair" reception which in this case is those broadcast from Sussex Heights.
The latter site allows you to select "Current transmitters" and then a region, you get a map, but it is only the National commercial stations.
IMHO I think both those latter sites are bad for anyone with visual impairments, they are difficult to read when you had good eyesight!

See how you get on with that lot!.

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Chris.SE's 4,081 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 12 March 2020

8:48 PM

Hi Chris
Good news. I've been in contact with a relative who lives just off Hove seafront and in sight of Sussex Heights. He reports all of those stations can be received, but with week signal strength.
So good news Ofcom haven't closed them down, but why on low power for so long.

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John's 28 posts GB flag

11:49 PM

John, several of you get in contact with one of the bigger stations and ask them why their transmitter is on low power and can't be received in places it was previously.

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Chris.SE's 4,081 posts GB flag
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