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Rosneath (Argyll and Bute, Scotland) 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 Rosneath (Argyll and Bute, Scotland) transmitter.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

6:23 PM


The poster suggested she uses Roseneath and there are currently no reported problems nor works.

Any engineering work on a transmitter is normally for less than half a day - or even just and hour or so. That there was work several days ago is irrelevant to today's or yesterday's problems.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 14 September 2018
Norman Burton
12:20 PM

I live in Helensburgh & I've lost all DAB reception from about 12noon today.

Are there any known problems?

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Norman Burton's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 6 December 2019
Sephton MacQuire
4:09 PM

I have noticed that there is no working warning light for aircraft on the
top of the mast at Rosneath. It has been like that for a number of years. I thought it was mandatory for warning lights to be operational on high masts.

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Sephton MacQuire's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 24 July 2020
6:46 AM

My wife wants a portable dab radio for her birthday next month. i didnt realise that this is such a minefield in terms of technical choices (dab plus, transmitter location, need for an aerial etc .
We live near the Hill house in Helensburgh
Any advice on if and what to buy would be most welcome. Thanks

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Derek's 1 post GB flag

8:41 AM


Make sure it is DAB+, that's DAB Plus in case the site doesn't print the plus sign! There are an ever increasing number of stations now transmitting in only DAB plus, it's the latest standard and more will over to DAB plus as time goes on. There are far too many DAB only (without DAB plus) radios on sale in many major outlets especially large supermarkets and be wary of shelf labelling which isn't always accurate.
Read the specification on the box, ensure it has the green digital tick.

Most portable sets have built-in aerials which also are used for FM which most sets also have. Few have provision for external aerials. Unless you live somewhere that has thick stone walls etc. and want to use the radio primarily where such walls are on the line-of-sight to the transmitter, you are unlikely to need an external aerial.

There are many good brands out there. Pure is IMHO over-rated and overpriced but it depends on how much you want to spend and what sort of audio quality you want - size matters! If you want to listen mainly to music then you would probably want one that has stereo speakers built-in and they will tend to be the larger sets that have room for two reasonably sized speakers. For example I bought a Blaupunkt BPR-3 a couple of years ago which I'm quite pleased with, no idea if it's still a current model.
Most sets have stereo headphone provision but Check the specification.

The other thing, even though you want a portable radio, I would make sure that it is Mains And Battery operated. Most DAB radios gobble up batteries. There are a few that take C-Cell batteries which are quite expensive to buy, there are a lot that take AA batteries which are very common as you probably know.

You should have good reception of the main BBC stations and Local stations, but will not get all the commercial stations you should get those on the D1 multiplex, all from the Roseneath transmitter.
You can check what you can get on sites like DAB Digital Radio - Pure, Roberts, Stations, DAB, Evoke, In Car, Online, Portable, Digital Radios, Highway, One, Station, Sony or ukdigitalradio: Home

If you are more technically minded DAB Ensembles Worldwide | Latest News & Updates is an excellent site.
Note some weather conditions will enable reception from distant transmitters that you won't normally get.
Issues with DAB | Help receiving TV and radio is useful for checking transmitter issues.

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