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Saddleworth (Oldham, 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 Saddleworth (Oldham, England) transmitter.

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Friday, 17 June 2016

3:03 PM

I just thought I'd point out that this transmitter also carries Digital One and the Manchester Mux's rather than just BBC National.

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Friday, 4 December 2020
Mike Turver
12:59 PM

I can not pick up planet rock radio on my Roberts or my Denon DAB radio other stations are fine including Kiss, Heat and Absolute radio. Yet I can pick it up in my car sat outside the house! I have no trouble with the TV channels. Can anyone explain this please is the power they transmit down on this frequency ? I understand it is on frequency slot 11A .
Can any one to tell me how I can get my two radios to pick it up, I have pressed retune till my fingers hurt and I am reluctant to spend money on an aerial signal booster / amplifier that will only give me 16 db gain which may not be enough.

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Mike Turver's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 5 December 2020

8:43 AM

Mike Turver:

You are correct that Planet Rock - on the SDL multiplex, is on block 11A, 216.928 MHz.
Kiss, Heart, Absolute Radio are on the D1 multiplex - block 11D, 222.064MHz

I assume that as you have posted on the Saddleworth DAB transmitter page, you are in it's coverage area. But this transmitter is a Relay and does not transmit the SDL multiplex.
Other stations on the SDL multiplex are eg. Mellow Magic, Scala Radio, Times Radio, Virgin Radio to mention a few.

The fact that you can receive the SDL multiplex in your car outside the house could be for a couple of reasons - that location has a unobstructed Line of Sight to another Main transmitter - maybe Winter Hill, or if you are more to the East, the Penine transmitter at Holme Moss, and/or your car radio has a more sensitive tuner.

Are you sure that your radios in the house are tuning to block 11A, try a manual tune for that frequency BUT try moving the radio(s) to the same side of the house as the car to see if they can pick up the same Main transmitter.
I assume that those two radios are portable ones with telescopic aerials. You need to make sure that in their normal location, the line to the transmitter isn't obstructed by thick walls, large metal objects such as fridges, freezers, cookers etc. Here are some other tips from ukdigital

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"Fiddle with the aerial - Telescopic aerials should be fully extended, but sometimes adjusting them to a different length may help.
Avoid scrunching up wire aerials, including those built into headphone leads.

Science says digital radio aerials should point straight up, but it's worth experimenting with different angles.
Move it to the left ... or to the right. Even just moving the radio by an arm's length, may make the difference between an unsatisfactory signal and a clear one.
Put it higher up Rather than put your radio on a coffee table, place it on a shelf or bookcase at a greater height in the room. Any height increase will improve your chance of getting a signal.

Put it on a window sill The closer you get to a window, the easier it is for your radio to find a signal.
Windows and window sills get you closest to the radio waves outside, giving you the best reception opportunity.
Try it in another room and rescan. Take your radio into a different room (ideally upstairs, near a window) and do a rescan/auto-tune there. Once you've acquired a signal, you may be able to keep it when you move your radio back to where you ideally want it.

Think about an external aerial. Some digital radios have a removable aerial, allowing you to connect to a more powerful loft or roof-mounted aerial.
If in doubt, take your radio to an electrical component shop or speak to an aerial installer." End quote.

You could put your details in the boxes at Postcode checker - Digital Radio UK and click return (the submit button doesn't always work!) and see what it says for predicted reception.

I'm not sure what "aerial booster" it is you think has 16dB gain, which is quite a lot of gain, but be careful, there is a lot of junk out there with unsubstantiated claims. If your portable sets have the ability to connect an external aerial, then that maybe all you need - maybe even loft installed, if repositioning the sets/telescopic aerials doesn't solve the problem.

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