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Archives 2002   

December 30th 2002
The incoming ARD Chairman has caused consternation in the Newsgroups, and no doubt in many industry circles, by criticising the whole DAB project in Germany. Jobst Plog, who takes office on January 1st, told Der Spiegel on December 28th that it was not clear to him where the sense was, other than building "Investment ruins everywhere". (Wohnort adds - The ARD has received an additional income from the licence fee (10Pf per licence per month) since 1997 specifically to finance DAB. Even those broadcasters such as the Hessischer Rundfunk who have expressed no interest in DAB benefit from this additional income. Herr Plog's remarks may be connected to the fact that a new round of licence fee talks will begin in the New Year).

December 30th 2002
A new Service has popped up on the Block LG ensemble in Frankfurt Main. harmony.fm is running at 160 kbit/s. The Ensemble Label is now LG FRANKFURT.M

December 29th 2002
CE London Snapshot updated.

December 29th 2002
In Paris, the Block LE ensemble, TDF BLOC 2, has not been seen for some time and is assumed to have ceased. TDF BLOC 1 Snapshot updated. The entry for Nantes had somehow slipped from the listings and is reinstated.

December 29th 2002
Some Score Ayr SId values corrected.

December 29th 2002
On CE London, the Service News Direct has been relabelled LBC News. Currently, LBC and LBC News are carrying the same programme, announced on-air as "LBC News".

December 29th 2002
The Isle of Man ensemble, Isle of Man 3G is experimental and its configuration changes more frequently than elsewhere. Recent Snapshot added.

December 29th 2002
Snapshot of Score DUNDEE updated.

December 29th 2002
Snapshot of NOW S&C updated. Breeze is now running at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo.

December 22nd 2002
TWG-EMAP W.YORKS Snapshot updated. The Service Big AM (1001) has ceased and been replaced by CLASSIC GOLD (CDCB). The Services BBC Radio Leeds and TAP-ASIAN SOUND, present during the ensemble's test transmissions, have ceased. According to the TII data received, Ainley Top is now up and running.

December 22nd 2002
Snapshots of NOW Leicester and NOW Peterborough added.

December 22nd 2002
CE Birmingham Snapshot updated. NOW Wolverhamptn Snapshot updated. The 07.07.2002 Snapshot of MXR WestMidlands corrected and an updated Snapshot added. The packet data service IP-Test, reported previously, was not seen on this occasion.

December 20th 2002
Four private broadcasters in Berlin/Brandenburg are to give up their licences to broadcast via DAB. Altogether seven services are involved. The broadcasters (94,3 r.s.2, Hundert,6, Spreeradio and Berliner Rundfunk) cited the high costs of broadcasting digitally in parallel with their existing FM transmissions.

December 20th 2002
The new Block LG ensemble in Paris,VDL PARIS, is still in its test phase and liable to interruptions, periods of reduced power and other odd effects. The ensemble is currently down but is expected to pop up again in the New Year.

December 20th 2002
Three new service have popped up on Score DUNDEE: BBC Scotland, BBC RNanGaidheal and The Storm, all running at 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo.

December 20th 2002
3C, Cool Country, (C4CC), has popped up on Now Peterborough, running at 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo.

December 18th 2002
Digital1 Network Snapshots updated.

December 16th 2002
In Singapore, test transmissions of a second Mediacorp ensemble are continuing on Block 7C. Although no announcements have been made regarding the Block's future, the SmartRadio website was recently updated and their list of services has doubled to include "Class 95", Y.E.S. 933", "Perfect 10", "Gold", "Newsradio" and "Love".

December 16th 2002
In Paris, a new ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block LG (1463.232 MHz). Transmitting from La defense, six audio services are being broadcast, all running at 80 kbit/s, Prot Level 3:- Amitie, France Maghreb, Radio 74, Radio Balkan and Radio Junior. Earlier this year, the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) distributed the nine blocks available for DAB in Paris as follows:

Radio France (2 blocks)
and one block each for
CLT UFA (RTL)
Lagardère (Europe 1)
Numericast
Seconde generation
TDF
Towercast
VDL

Since then, no further announcements have been made on the subject, not even to announce which particular Block would go to which particular broadcaster. A similar eerie silence has fallen over the proposed use of Block 7D (194.064 MHz) for DAB in the Départements of Rhône and Loire.

December 16th 2002
On Digital1 Network, the Service C4C0 has been relabelled D1 Temp. and now carries tone in place of Bloomberg Radio.

December 13th 2002
The Hamburgische Anstalt für neue Medien (HAM) has begun preparatory work for the authorisation and commencement of DAB in Hamburg. The ensemble will run on Block 12C (227.360 MHz). Capacity is expected to be distributed between public and private broadcasters with the regional public broadcaster NDR running 3 services, the national public broadcaster DeutschlandRadio 2 services (Deutschlandfunk and DeutschlandRadio) and the remaining two services being run by private broadcasters.

December 13th 2002
The Landeszentrale für private Rundfunkveranstalter (LPR) in Rheinland-Pfalz has allocated capacity in the Land's L-band ensemble to the private youth service Mega Radio.

December 13th 2002
In Baden-Württemberg, the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation (LFK) has allocated capacity on Ulm's L-band ensemble for a new private classical music service with effect from July 1st, 2003.

December 13th 2002
Receivers Page updated with tuner from Elansat and new car-boot head unit from JVC.

December 13th 2002
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commision has authorised a further service to broadcast on the new Block L2 (1454.56 MHz) ensemble for Toronto. Milestone Radio Inc. (Milestone) is authorised to broadcast digitally the existing service, CFXJ-FM Toronto, along with no more than 14 hours of other non-simulcast programming in each broadcast week. The licensee shall use no more than 20% of the capacity available on the ensemble, and the coverage should not exceed the existing FM service area.

December 13th 2002
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commision has authorised CBC to broadcast its services in Windsor, CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two, on the Block L19 ensemble, alongside CIMX-FM, CIDR-FM, CKLW and CKWW. In fact, this arrangement was already in effect when observations were made on November 13th. (Wohnort wonders whether the Windsor weather (it's the best alliteration I can manage) is still 70% chance of thunderstorms. Current temp 80F. light winds less than 14mph., as it "was supposed to be" in November!)

December 13th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has awarded the Swansea local digital franchise to TWG Emap Digital Ltd., a partnership between The Wireless Group and Emap Digital Radio Ltd.. The ensemble will operate on Block 12A (223.936 MHz). TWG Emap Digital proposes to begin broadcasting in January 2004 from three transmission sites (at Kilvey Hill, St. Hilary and Carmel), and to commission others in due course (at Llanelli, Carmarthen and Mynndd Emroch), subject to receiver penetration. Services proposed are Swansea Sound, Kiss, Smash Hits, The Wave, plus two services, a Gold/easy format and either a rock or country music service, to follow later. Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru.

December 12th 2002
Snapshot of Score DUNDEE added. Snapshot of Switch Aberdeen updated.

December 12th 2002
Germany TII table updated.

December 12th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has received one application for the Stoke local digital franchise, from TWG Emap Digital Ltd., a partnership between The Wireless Group plc and Emap Digital Radio Ltd. The ensemble will run on Block 12D (229.072 MHz). TWG Emap Digital proposes to begin broadcasting in April 2004 from four transmission sites - Alsagers Bank, Mow Cop, Crewe and Stafford - and to carry the following services: Signal 1, Signal 2, Kiss, The Storm, plus three other services (easy-listening, non-stop pop and country) still to be confirmed. Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Stoke. The Authority expects to announce a decision "early in the New Year".

December 12th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has advertised the Nottingham local digital franchise. The ensemble will run on Block 12C (227.360 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Nottingham. The closing date is Tuesday, 18 March 2003. The Authority expects to award the franchise by the "early summer".

December 12th 2002
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commision has authorised a new ensemble to broadcast in Toronto. The ensemble will operate on Block L2 (1454.56 MHz). The authorisation has been granted to 1210361 Ontario Inc. and CHWO Radio Limited, Kenneth Harrigan, George Patton, Terry Patterson and Peter Gilgan, partners in AM 740 Primetime Radio, Limited Partnership, to broadcast digitally the existing service, CHWO Toronto, along with no more than 14 hours of other non-simulcast programming in each broadcast week. The licensee shall use no more than 20% of the capacity available on the ensemble, and the coverage should not exceed the daytime service area of the existing AM service. The new ensemble will be the city's sixth.

December 6th 2002
The local ensemble for Leicester, NOW Leicester, is launched today on Block 11B. Listings updated.

December 5th 2002
Digital Radio Südwest, the DAB network operator in south-west Germany, has brought a further two transmitters into operation. Aalen is a 1kW transmitter extending coverage of the Block 12B Baden-Württemberg ensemble into previously uncovered parts of the Ostalb and the Rems and Murr valleys. Eifel is a 500w transmitter on the Scharteberg which extends coverage of the Block 12A Rheinland-Pfalz ensemble to the north of the Mosel. Further transmitters are expected to be added in the Spring.

December 5th 2002
The German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has announced its intention to begin digital shortwave broadcasting in June 2003 using the DRM standard. Initially 8.5 hours a day will be broadcast digitally in German, English and Arabic to Europe and the Middle East. The relay station at Sines, Portugal will be upgraded for DRM. Subsequently Deutsche Welle will extend broadcasting in these regions to other languages. In a second phase, digital broadcasts for Asia will be introduced. The relay station at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka is to be upgraded to allow DRM broadcasts for Asia in German, English, Bangali, Urdu, Pashtu and Dari. Digital transmissions targeted for North America are forseen for 2005. Further relay sites will need to be upgraded, including Kigali in Rwanda.

December 4th 2002
UK TII table updated.

December 4th 2002
Exeter/Torbay listings updated.

December 4th 2002
NOW Leicester is believed to have popped up on Block 11B (218.640 MHz). These will be test transmissions prior to launch and as such are liable to interruption, periods of reduced power and other odd effects. The launch of this ensemble has been delayed by the recent firemen's strike, where access to transmitters was restricted.

December 4th 2002
Digital1 Network have added another transmitter to their SFN on Block 11D in England. Bincombe Hill extends coverage to Weymouth, Dorchester and most of South Dorset.

December 2nd 2002
New Daytime and Daily Service Snapshots of BBC National DAB added.

November 28th 2002
NOW Peterborough has popped up on Block 12D (229.072 MHz) with five services - Hereward FM, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Passion, SBN and Classic Gold. These are test transmissions and as such are liable to interruption, periods of reduced power and other odd effects. The ensemble is due to be launched officially November 30th.

November 28th 2002
New Snapshot for the London test ensemble, ntl:Experimental, added. A new service has popped up. dDAB Liquid is running at 128 kbits/s, Joint Stereo. There is a Secondary Component, dDAB LiquidVision, running at 48 kbit/s Data.

November 27th 2002
Germany TII table updated.

November 27th 2002
Additional BBC National DAB Snapshot. On Saturday afternoons, BBC Radio 3 is reduced to 160 kbit/s, Joint Stereo.

November 26th 2002
Digital Radio Südwest, the DAB network operator in south-west Germany, has added another transmitter to its Single Frequency Network on Block 12B. Bad Mergentheim extends coverage in north-east Baden-Württemberg.

November 26th 2002
Snapshots added of the Canadian ensembles running in Montreal, Toronto and Windsor. Contrary to the previous listing, there is a single, joint CHUM/CBC ensemble running in Windsor on Canadian Block L19. TII was seen on some ensembles but not on others. As a new, occasional feature, this site is launching an award for the Most Absurd or Inappropriate Labelling of a service, whether by DLS or PTY. This week's entrant was seen on the CHUM/CBC ensemble in Windsor, where the services CIDR, CIMX and CKWW were all radiating the DLS 70% chance of thunderstorms. Current temp 80F. light winds less than 14mph. This certainly didn't apply on the cold November day the observations were made. Much enjoyed previously was BBC Radio 4 giving the political programme "Westminster Hour" the PTY Childrens Progs. Please send details of any other "clangers" seen!

November 24th 2002
UK TII table updated.

November 21st 2002
A new data service, IP-Test, has popped up on MXR West Midlands. This may (or may not!) be a test of "IP datagram tunneling in DAB".

November 21st 2002
MXR North East and MXR North West listings corrected.

November 21st 2002
On Score Ayr, the service UCA Radio, Ayr is reduced from 96 to 64 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

November 21st 2002
ScoreGLASGOW and ScoreEDINBURGH Snapshots updated.

November 21st 2002
Digital1 Network and BBC National DAB Snapshots updated.

November 21st 2002
Germany and UK TII tables updated.

November 18th 2002
Digital Radio Südwest, the DAB network operator for south-western Germany, has added a transmitter at Trier to its Single Frequency Network in Rheinland-Pfalz.

November 16th 2002
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commision has authorised four ensembles to broadcast in Ottawa, the federal capital.

Reading the eight relevant CRTC Decisions together:-
  • CBC Radio Canada is authorised to operated an ensemble on Canadian Block L18 (1482.464 MHz) to broadcast CBC Radio One, CBC Radio Two, Première chaîne and Chaîne culturelle.
  • Télémédia Radio (Québec) inc. and Astral Radio Inc. are authorised to broadcast on Block L7 (1463.280 MHz) the Services CIMF-FM, CJRC and CKTF-FM.
  • Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. and CHEZ-FM Ltd. are authorised to broadcast on Block L19 (1484.208 MHz) the Services CKBY-FM, CIWW and CHEZ-FM. Rogers Broadcasting had applied to broadcast also the Service CIOX-FM, a station which serves Smiths Falls, a locality with no DAB frequency set aside for it. The application was denied by the CRTC, on the basis that the proposed ensemble would not have covered Smiths Falls and that to broadcast the service would in effect transform it into a third Rogers station covering the whole of the Ottawa-Gatineau area, contrary to common ownership policy.
  • Standard Radio Inc. , CHUM Ltd., and CHUM (Ottawa) Inc. are authorised to broadcast on Block L21 (1487.697 MHz) the Services CKQB-FM, CKKL-FM, CFRA, CJMJ-FM and CFGO.
All four ensembles are authorised to be broadcast from three transmission sites - Camp Fortune, Québec; CBC Building, Lanark Av., Ottawa and Time MCI Las Brisas Building, Ottawa. The CRTC Decisions stipulate that broadcasting must begin as soon as possible, but within two years.

November 16th 2002
A new data Service, DataServe, has popped up on Digital1 Network.

November 12th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has announced its intention to advertise a local digital franchise for Cambridge next year, in an expansion of its original licensing timetable. The frequency, which will be subject to international clearance, has not been announced, but this site puts its money on Block 11C (220.352 MHz). The updated timetable is as follows:-

AdvertisementClosing Date
Stoke-on-Trent30 August 200210 December 2002
Kent1 November 200211 February 2003
NottinghamDecember 2002March 2003
Reading & BasingstokeFebruary 2003May 2003
Plymouth/CornwallApril 2003July 2003
CambridgeMay 2003August 2003


November 7th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has awarded the Yorkshire regional digital franchise to MXR Ltd., a consortium comprising Chrysalis Group plc, GMG Radio Holdings Ltd., Capital Radio plc, UBC Digital Ltd., Soul Media Ltd. and Ford Motor Co. Ltd.. The ensemble will operate on Block 12A (223.936 MHz). MXR proposes to commence broadcasting all of its services by the end of June 2003, using ten transmission sites (at Acklam Wold, Beecroft Hill, Belmont, Bilsdale, Cave Wold, Clifton, Emley Moor (x2), Idle and Tapton Hill). There is no capacity reserved for BBC services. BBC local radio in the region is already allocated capacity on the respective local ensembles, except for BBC Radio York, whose area is not covered by a local digital franchise.

November 6th 2002
Digital Radio Südwest, the DAB network operator in south-western Germany, has added two more transmitters to its Single Frequency Networks in Baden-Württemberg and Rheinland-Pfalz. Waldburg, on Block 12B, improves coverage in the Bodensee area. In Rheinland-Pfalz, Haardtkopf joins the SFN on Block 12A. Germany TII table updated.

November 6th 2002
On CE Birmingham, the Services BRMB, CAPITAL GOLD and X F M have had their bitrates reduced from 160 to 128 kbit/s.

November 5th 2002
Receivers page updated. Addition of Cambridge Audio DAB tuner. Both of the Personal Telecom personal radios, DR101 and DR201, are shipping in two versions. In the UK, both radios will receive DAB in Band III only. In Canada, both models will receive DAB in L-band only. Don't be tempted to import one unless you're sure you have the right version for your market. A dual-band version is not expected until 2003.

November 5th 2002
DRg London Snapshot updated. Mean Country has replaced Ritz.

November 5th 2002
More changes reported from Belgium. The two audio services La Premiere and Prg FM21 have reappeared on RTBF DAB Radio. FM Prg 1 and Radio Trafic are reported to have ceased.

November 5th 2002
In Belgium, the two packet data services on VRT DAB, TEST and TEST2, have ceased. A new data service, TPEGTEST, has popped up. On RTBF DAB Radio, the Services La Premiere and Prg FM21 are reported to have ceased. A new data service, TPEGTEST, has popped up.

November 4th 2002
UK TII table updated.

November 3rd 2002
New York mediumwave station WOR has begun broadcasting the hybrid IBOC digital signal on 710 kHz, claiming to be the first New York station to do so. Reception reports on the Newsgroups claim that WOR's analogue signal sounds "thinner" than previously, which would probably be a result of the narrower bandwidth imposed by the additional digital signal. Analogue listeners also report reception of "digital hash" between 690 kHz and 730 kHz.

Meanwhile, the FCC has licensed a temporary station in Warren, New Jersey, WI2XAM on 1700 kHz to test IBOC propagation under night-time conditions.

November 1st 2002
The Exeter & Torbay local digital ensemble has been officially launched on Block 11C (220.352 MHz) with the following Services: Gemini FM Exeter, Classic Gold, BBC Radio Devon, The Storm, Kiss, Passion for the Planet and SBN. Gemini FM Torbay is scheduled to be added in January 2003.

November 1st 2002
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has recommended the DRM system for all three broadcast bands below 30 MHz - longwave, mediumwave and shortwave. Recommendation BS1514-1 was approved this week by the administrations of the ITU's member countries.

October 31st 2002
The German ARD Rundfunkanstalten Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg (ORB) and Sender Freies Berlin (SFB) are to merge. The Treaty between the two Länder has been passed by the Brandenburger Landtag and this evening was approved also by the Abgeordnetenhaus of Berlin. The Treaty will enter into force on December 1st and the resulting Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) should replace ORB and SFB by 1st June, 2003.

October 31st 2002
Listings for Spain reorganised and Snapshots updated. A fifth ensemble is operating in Barcelona. TRADIA 11A appears to be broadcasting without an EId, or if you prefer, with an EId of 0000. Some differences were noted on some ensembles between Service Labels and Service Component Labels, which would result in some receivers displaying labels differing from those listed here.

October 30th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has advertised the local digital franchise for Kent. The ensemble will operate on Block 11C (220.352 MHz). Because of international frequency restrictions it will not be possible, currently, for the ensemble to cover the coastal area of the English Channel. Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Kent. The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 11 February 2003. The Authority hopes to award the licence in the Spring.

October 30th 2002
Digital Radio Saar has added a further transmitter to its SFN on Block 8B. Moseltal extends DAB coverage into the corner of Germany where the three countries Luxembourg, France and Germany meet. Already, DAB coverage in Saarland stands at 90% of the Land. This should rise still further as additional transmitters are commissioned before 2005.

October 30th 2002
A number of sources and websites are quoting a Südwestrundfunk press release which, however, has not (yet) been found on SWR's own website. According to this release, the SWR is to install a mediumwave transmitter near Kaiserslautern to conduct tests of DRM. SWR would be the first ARD member to broadcast DRM.

October 30th 2002
The local L-band ensemble for Frankfurt Main is reported to have popped up again on Block LG. Latest reports indicate a silent Service "Testsignal" is being broadcast.

October 30th 2002
On the ensemble Test K11 D in München, the service X2 AUT is reported to be carrying the audio of M94.5 in place of FM4.

October 30th 2002
Germany TII table updated. Addition of Koblenz Kuehkopf and Feldberg Schwarzwald.

October 29th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has received one application for the Sussex Coast local digital franchise, from Capital Radio Digital Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Capital Radio plc. The ensemble will run on Block 11B (218.640 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Southern Counties Radio. Capital Radio Digital proposes to commence its service in January 2004, using six transmitters (at Brighton, Burton Down, Hastings, Beddingham, Eastbourne and Findon). The Authority hopes to announce its decision about the award of this licence early in the New Year.

October 25th 2002
A further transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12A in Rheinland-Pfalz, at Koblenz Kuehkopf. A further transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12B in Baden-Württemberg at Feldberg Schwarzwald.

October 25th 2002
Snapshot of the Bradford & Huddersfield local ensemble, TWG-EMAP W.YORKS, added. The SId received for Service Big AM is anomalous and will probably change. The ensemble is still in its pre-launch test phase and as such is liable to interruptions, periods of reduced power and other odd effects. The configuration shown may not (or may) match that when the ensemble launches officially.

October 22nd 2002
MXR North East Snapshot updated.

October 21st 2002
Teesside and Tyne & Wear Snapshots updated. On both ensembles, the Service Real Radio has ceased.

October 21st 2002
On the MXR regional UK ensembles, the Service MXR Interactive (E1C00093) has ceased. On MXR North East, a new Service DAB Guide (E1C00099) has popped up. On MXR North West, a new Service DAB Guide (E1C0009C) has popped up. Both are packet data services running at 8 kbit/s, Protection Level 3 and carrying EPGs. It is likely that the other MXR ensembles have also begun to broadcast corresponding data services. A similar service is to be broadcast on CE London. MXR North West Snapshot updated.

October 18th 2002
BBC Radio 3 was transmitted for a period today at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. It is not known yet whether this was a test or the start of a new regular pattern.

October 18th 2002
A new Service has popped up on BBC National DAB. BBCAsian Network (C236) was running at 64 kbit/s Mono when observed. Snapshots updated with a view of the ensemble when BBC 5LIVE Sport X was also running. In this situation, BBC Radio 4 was reduced to 80 kbit/s Mono, and the subchannel for the packet data services was reduced to 16 kbit/s. BBC 5LIVE Sport X was being signalled as a Secondary Component of BBC Radio 5LIVE as well as a Service in its own right.

October 16th 2002
Karlsruhe listings updated. The Service die Welle has ceased.

October 16th 2002
Baden-Württemberg listings updated. The Service Cont.Ra is broadcast on Block 12B at 64 kbit/s. The Services SWR1 BW and SWR 3 are both reduced to 160 kbit/s. The SWR data services have ceased.

October 16th 2002
Digital Radio Südwest has begun radiating TII codes in L-band as well as Band III. The first transmitter with TII is Frauenkopf in Stuttgart. Other sites are expected to follow. Germany TII table updated.

October 16th 2002
Bradford/Huddersfield listings updated.

October 16th 2002
BBC National DAB Snapshots updated. Digital1 Network Snapshots updated.

October 15th 2002
Like DRM, the IBOC solution adopted by the Federal Communications Commission this week for the United States has both hybrid analogue/digital and pure-digital modes. iBiquity had requested that the FCC endorse both modes of operation. In its First Report and Order on Digital Audio Broadcasting, the FCC has declined to approve the all-digital mode before it has been subject to comprehensive and impartial testing. Complex technical and policy issues will arise when the limitations of "designing around" the existing analogue standard are removed - power levels, interference standards, etc.. The FCC has deferred action on an all-digital standard.

October 15th 2002
Germany TII table updated - addition of values for Hessen.

October 14th 2002
Bayern Digital Radio is to make capacity available in Ingolstadt for the testing of a new Universal Mobile Information System (UMIS), a cooperation between Bayern Digital Radio, the Fraunhofer Institut and supported by Audi. The concept is to provide locally-relevant information, targeted using GPS as reference, on such themes as shopping, tourism, gastronomy, and selectable through a menu display. The services themselves will be audio-based, using the mp3 standard, and delivered using DAB's data-carrying capabilities.

October 14th 2002
Radio France and TDF are reported to begin test transmissions of DRM today on 1494 kHz from the transmitter Clermont Ferrand. These tests , in "Simulcast" mode (with both analogue and digital components), will carry the service France Info. The tests are scheduled to run until January 31st 2003.

October 14th 2002
Snapshots updated of the L-band ensembles in Sachsen-Anhalt, LSA-L-Band, and the Band III ensemble in Sachsen, Sachsen K 12A.

October 13th 2002
Snapshot added of the L-band ensemble in Rheinland-Pfalz, DAB Ludwigshafen. Currently the same ensemble is broadcast in both Ludwigshafen and Mainz.

October 13th 2002
BAND III HESSEN Snapshot updated. Transmitters in this SFN would appear now to be radiating TII.

October 12th 2002
Berlin Snapshots updated. On BERLIN/BRBG LE, the packet data services InfoLine, InfoPlus and Service have ceased.

October 11th 2002
In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission has selected the IBOC system from iBiquity for digital audio broadcasting in the MF and VHF bands. AM and FM stations may if they wish begin interim transmissions immediately subject to an announced notification procedure. However, IBOC is not permitted for MF at night-time owing to the potential for skywave interference. FM IBOC is approved for both daytime and nighttime broadcasting. During the interim period, the same programme content will be broadcast on both the analogue and digital components. In its announcement, the FCC noted that although the proposed approach requiring new spectrum in TV Channel 6 was no longer under consideration, it was not categorically ruling out such consideration in the future. Should new spectrum be identified, both IBOC and non-IBOC approaches may then be considered.

October 11th 2002
According to the BBC website, it was intended to announce a further expansion of national DAB coverage by the end of September 2002. However, negotiations are continuing, but details will be announced as soon as they have been confirmed. The BBC is still committed to achieving 85% coverage by early 2004.

October 11th 2002
Bristol local listing updated.

October 11th 2002
Overnight, Daytime and Daily Service Snapshots of BBC National DAB updated. BBC Radio 4 and BBCWorld Service share the same audio subchannel overnight. The subchannel for the packet data services varies from 24 to 32 kbit/s during the broadcast day.

October 10th 2002
Snapshot added of the DMB ensemble operating in Leipzig on Block LI, TVS mobil 000.

October 10th 2002
A new service has popped up on BBC National DAB. BBC 7, C22C, is currently running at 80 kbit/s, Mono. The service BBC Test, C235, has not been observed for several days and is assumed to have ceased (for the time being, anyway). The packet data services on the ensemble are reduced to a sub-channel running at 24 kbit/s, down from 32 kbit/s. A new Snapshot of the evening configuration has been added. At that time, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 were both running at 128 kbit/s. The Service BBC 5LIVE SportX is no longer running 24/7, but now appears to pop up only as required.

October 5th 2002
For professional users, Canford Audio have produced a modified version of the Pure (Videologic) DRX601E with electronically-balanced XLR outputs. A rack-mounting kit is also available. Status-monitoring relays are under development, but not currently available. Note that this receiver is Band III-only.

October 4th (2)
TWG Digital propose to begin broadcasting the Bradford/Huddersfield ensemble at the end of October 2002 from two sites, Westgate Hill and Ainley Top, and to commission a third site at Keighley subsequently. Holme Moss is no longer to be used.

October 4th 2002
The experimental ensemble on Block 11B, Lough Univ Test operated by Loughborough University, has ceased. The frequency is required for the Leicester local ensemble which is scheduled to begin "in November 2002". The University hopes to be able to obtain an L-band frequency allocation next year.

October 3rd 2002
Listings for Lithuania added.

October 3rd 2002
CE London Snapshot updated.

October 3rd 2002
The new UK DTT platform, Freeview, is to be launched on October 30th. In so far as digital "radio" is concerned, the lineup of services on DTT will include both BBC and commercial radio services:-

BBC 1Xtra
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5LIVE SportX
BBC 6 Music
BBC 7
BBC AsianNetwork
SMASH HITS!
Kerrang!
KISS
Oneword
jazz fm

The launch will also see a change from 64-QAM to 16-QAM modulation for the BBC and Freeview multiplexes. The ITV/C4 and SDN muxes will continue at 64-QAM while a technical study to compare the "real-life" performances of both modes is undertaken. A programme to increase the transmitter powers is already underway.

October 2nd 2002
In Rheinland-Pfalz, the power of the Block 12A transmitter Linz has been increased today from 100w to the planned 250w.

October 2nd 2002
On CE London, the Service ITN NEWS DIRECT has been relabelled News Direct.

October 2nd 2002
UK TII table updated.

October 2nd 2002
New Zealand listing updated.

October 2nd 2002
MXR North West Snapshot updated.

October 1st 2002
Score Dundee has popped up on Block 11B. Four services are running currently - Tay AM; Tay FM and 3C, Cool Country at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo, and Shared Access, running at 128 kbit/s, Single Channel. Two BBC services, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio nan Gaidheal, have been reserved capacity on this ensemble.

September 25th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has received one application for the Swansea local franchise, from TWG EMAP Digital Ltd., jointly owned by The Wireless Group plc and Emap Digital Radio Ltd.. The ensemble will run on Block 12A (223.936 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru. TWG Emap Digital proposes to commence broadcasting in January 2004 from three transmission sites (at Kilvey Hill, St. Hilary and Carmel), and to commission others in due course (at Llanelli, Carmarthen and Mynndd Emroch), subject to receiver penetration. The Authority expects to announce a decision "at around the turn of the year".

September 24th 2002
UK Norwich listing updated.

September 23rd 2002
On CE Birmingham, the bitrate of MAGIC Birmingham is reported to have dropped to 128 kbit/s.

September 18th 2002
Southend/Chelmsford Snapshot updated.

September 18th 2002
Initial testing of the transmitters for the Bradford/Huddersfield ensemble is understood to have begun on Block 11B.

September 17th 2002
Corrections and update to UK Greater London 3 listings.

September 17th 2002
Corrections to UK Teesside listings.

September 16th (2)
On MXR North West, the Service Cube has now ceased. A new Service, Capital Disney, has popped up, running at 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo. The service launches officially today at 16:00 BST.

September 16th 2002
On MXR North West, the Service Cube is now carrying test transmissions for Capital Disney, although the Service Label and DLS are (currently) unchanged.

September 13th 2002
Snapshots and Listings updated for CE London (Greater London 1) and DRg London (Greater London 3).

September 13th 2002
UK TII table updated.

September 12th 2002
Singapore listings updated. New Snapshot of the Block 7B ensemble, SmartRadio Info, added. The ensemble observed on Block 7C, SmartRadio Youth, did not appear to be broadcasting continuously. It is assumed that these were test transmissions.

September 11th 2002
A new service, Capital Disney, is reported to have popped up on CE London, running at 64 kbit/s Mono LSF.

September 10th 2002
A new service, Passion London, has popped up on DRg London. At the same time the Protection Levels on the ensemble have been decreased from 3 to 4. There are comments on the Newsgroups that the change has resulted in poor reception for some listeners. DRg have recently added another transmitter, Brookmans Park, to their SFN.

September 7th 2002
A second DAB ensemble is operating in Singapore. SmartRadio Youth, also operated by MediaCorp, is broadcasting six services on Block 7C. More information soon.

September 6th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has awarded the Norwich local digital franchise to Now Digital Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of GWR plc. The ensemble will operate on Block 11B (218.640 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Norfolk. Now Digital proposes to begin broadcasting in March 2003 using five transmissions sites, at Stoke Holy Cross, West Runton, Lowestoft, Thetford and Great Yarmouth.

September 3rd 2002
In Germany, the mediumwave transmitter at Burg is being used to carry DRM multimedia test transmissions by the Medienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt. These daily broadcasts are being radiated on 531 kHz with an average ERP of 2kW.

August 31st 2002
Snapshots of the three Greater London ensembles updated. Minor updates to Service Labels.

August 30th 2002
DRS, the DAB network operator in southwest Germany, will add a transmitter at Linz to its Rheinland-Pfalz SFN on Monday (September 2nd). Germany TII table updated.

August 30th 2002
The ensemble ntl:Experimental has popped up again on Block 11C in London. As before, the broadcasts consist of changing multiplex reconfigurations and are intended to assist in the development and evaluation of receivers and future services. The transmissions are understood to originate from Croydon, although a TII identification of 18/12 (hex), 24/18 (dec) is being transmitted, which under the joint BBC/RA numbering scheme would correspond to Sutton Coldfield.

August 30th 2002
Southend & Chelmsford Snapshot updated.

August 30th 2002
Coventry Snapshot updated.

August 29th 2002
UK TII table updated.

August 26th 2002
Snapshot updated of the Niedersachsen Band III ensemble. Snapshot added of the citycom mobil ensemble operating in Hannover. This L-band ensemble carries multimedia broadcasts using the DMB system.

August 26th 2002
Snapshot updated of the Rheinland-Pfalz Band III ensemble.

August 26th 2002
Snapshot updated of the Swedish national ensemble.

August 26th 2002
Snapshot updated of the Danish national ensemble.

August 26th 2002
A new data service has popped up on Digital1 Network. ntl-data, (E1C00097) is broadcasting packet data at 80 kbit/s, Protection Level 3. New Snapshot added.

August 23rd 2002
Digital1 Network have added a transmitter at Madingley to their SFN in England on Block 11D.

August 23rd 2002
The UK Radio Authority will next week (August 30th) advertise the local digital franchise for Stoke on Trent. The ensemble will run on Block 12D (229.072 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Stoke. The closing date for applications is December 10th, 2002. The Authority expects to announce a decision early in the New Year.

August 23rd 2002
Snapshots for Berlin and Brandenburg updated. On BERLIN/BRBG LI, new Snapshot shows packet data service MCC (DTAG). On BERLIN/BRBG LE, the Ensemble Label has reverted to its previous value. The Service radio starlet has ceased. New Snapshot shows packet data services InfoLine, InfoPlus and Service. On BERLIN/BRBG 12, new Ensemble Label, changed Service Labels for Deutschlandfunk and DeutschlandRadio.

August 22nd 2002
Texas Instruments have announced a new baseband chip for the proposed US digital radio system, IBOC. This system, developed by iBiquity has been renamed and trademarked "HD Radio". iBiquity, for their part, have developed a circuit board based on the TI chip for use by receiver manufacturers. According to TI, HD Radio transmissions are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2002 in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Seattle.

August 21st 2002
UK TII table updated.

August 21st 2002
Digital1 Network have added another transmitter to their SFN in Scotland on Block 12A. Gleniffer Braes (aka Sergeant's Law) extends DAB coverage to Paisley, parts of Renfrewshire and improves coverage in Glasgow.

August 16th 2002
On DRg London, the Service Breeze has been relabelled BREEZE.

August 15th 2002
The Service Demokrati Kanal on the Danish Radio ensemble carries proceedings from the Danish Parliament, which is currently in recess. The Service will return when parliament reconvenes.

August 15th 2002
The DAB PCI card from Modular Technology added to the Receivers page. The card is available online from such retailers as Simplyradios and Maplin.

August 14th 2002
Danish Radio launch a new Service, DR Jazz, tomorrow (15th) on their DAB ensemble. A further service, DR Junior, will follow on November 1st. DR Klassisk is running currently at 256 kbit/s - an encouraging increase from the previously observed bitrate. The Service Demokrati Kanal has ceased. A major network expansion programme is underway. DAB transmitters are operational currently in Copenhagen, Holstebro, Århus, Odense, Hadsten and Ålborg. The aim is to achieve 75% coverage by October this year, rising to 100% by March next year.

August 13th 2002
On the VRT DAB ensemble in Belgium, the service 927 live continues to pop up from time to time. The service is mainly used for football commentaries, relaying the medium wave programme on 927 kHz and running at 64 kbit/s Mono LSF.

August 13th 2002
Wolverhampton listings updated. The service KISS is labelled KISS Wolves.

August 12th 2002
Receivers Page updated. The forthcoming hifi tuner from Acoustic Solutions will be a Band III-only device. It will use Search & Store tuning, but Manual Tuning is said by the manufacturer to be possible. It should be noted that the description in the Argos catalogue is incorrect. The tuner will not offer volume and tone controls.

August 12th 2002
The CEPT is reported to have authorised the use in France of Block 7D (194.064 MHz) for DAB. The allocation would apply to the Départements of Rhône and Loire and would be used for the transmission of the Radio France ensemble from Lyon. It is understood that the technical equipment has been in place for some time, awaiting the final authorisation of the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) before transmissions could actually begin. If confirmed, this would be the first ever French allocation for DAB in Band III and would mark a radical improvement in the digital environment there. Hitherto, all DAB allocations in France have been in L-band.

August 12th 2002
On the NowDigital local ensemble in Southend and Chelmsford, the Service KISS has been relabelled KISS Essex.

August 12th 2002
A huge thunderstorm in the Netherlands knocked out all TV, AM and FM radio and DAB from the main transmitter site Lopik recently. TV and analogue radio were quickly restored, but DAB remained off for several days, leading to speculation in the Newsgroups that the service may have ceased... again. The transmissions from Lopik have now resumed and the Dutch test ensemble continues in operation as before.

August 11th 2002
Bournemouth listings updated.

August 9th 2002
Singapore listings updated.

August 9th 2002
TYtelStar's forthcoming DAB tuner added to the Receivers page.

August 6th 2002
China listings updated. Snapshot of the Guangdong ensemble added.

August 5th 2002
Now it gets interesting... UK internet retailer Soundsense is accepting pre-orders for the Korean personal DAB and FM receiver. Measuring 69 x 88 x 22 mm and weighing just 40g (without the two AA batteries), this dinky little receiver is priced by Soundsense at £ 229.99. Their site also offers the Radi 622 hifi tuner (AM/FM/DAB). Receivers page updated.

August 5th 2002
DRg London Snapshot updated with an evening view when SBN is transmitted.

August 5th 2002
Digital Radio Südwest, the DAB operator in southwest Germany, has announced expected on-air dates for further transmitters. In Rheinland-Pfalz, the Band III ensemble on Block 12A will be extended with Linz on September 1st, Koblenz (Kühkopf) on October 1st and Haardtkopf and Trier (Petrisberg) on November 1st. In Baden-Württemberg, Feldberg is scheduled to enter service on Block 12B on November 1st.

August 1st 2002
The new Service SWR Cont.Ra has been added to the Block 12B ensemble for Baden-Württemberg.

August 1st 2002
A further transmitter has been added to the Single Frequency Network in Bayern. Pfarrkirchen will improve reception in Niederbayern. At the same time, the transmitted power of the main station Wendelstein has been doubled. The transmitter at Hochberg has been upgraded.

August 1st 2002
Two new Services have popped up on the Block L9 ensemble in Toronto. JOY1250 is a Contemporary Christian station (CJYE) also broadcasting on 1250 kHz AM, and CJMR1320 is a multicultural station also transmitted on 1320 kHz AM. A further station, AM740(CHWO), is awaiting CRTC approval to be broadcast on DAB.

August 1st 2002
The Service Breeze has popped up on the Greater London 3 ensemble, running at 96 kbit/s Mono. DRg London Snapshot updated.

August 1st 2002
Entry for Nordrhein-Westfalen corrected. It has been announced that transmitters for Marsberg, Meschede, Ville und Meegen will not now be commissioned.

August 1st 2002
The first commercial service has popped up on the Band III ensemble in Hessen. HIT RADIO FFH begins official public service from today. A service harmony.fm will be added in January.

August 1st 2002
In Switzerland, a group has been formed with the intention of becoming the country's first commercial DAB multiplex operator. Radio DAB Network has announced its intention to apply for a frequency allocation on Block 11A, broadcasting up to 9 audio services in Suisse Romande, the French-speaking region. Already in Switzerland, a programme of clearing analogue TV services out of the broadcast band is well advanced. Hitherto, it had been possible to receive the first TV network of each linguistic region throughout the whole of Switzerland. With effect from this year, it will be possible to receive, on analogue TV, only the first programme of that particular region. Much of Switzerland has long been cabled, and the whole TV output of the SRG/SSR is now also available digitally from satellite. These clearances will make room for DVB-T and also, Radio DAB Network hope, for T-DAB.

July 31st 2002
KISS is scheduled to be launched tomorrow, August 1st, on Now Digital's multiplexes in Wolverhampton, Bristol & Bath, Coventry, Southend and Bournemouth. The Service will be on Now Digital's forthcoming multiplexes in Exeter, and Swindon & West Wiltshire when they launch. On Bristol and Coventry, KISS will replace Dance Service.

July 31st 2002
NOW Digital's local ensemble in Bournemouth enters official public service tomorrow, August 1st.

July 30th 2002
KISS has popped up on NOW S&C, running at 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo. Breeze is reduced to 96 kbit/s Mono.

July 30th 2002
Wolverhampton entry corrected.

July 30th 2002
UK TII table updated. Southend's Maitland House (NOW S&C) has been confirmed to be operational by observation.

July 30th 2002
Receivers page updated with the new tuners from Acoustic Solutions and Pure. The Receivers page will continue to list previous Videologic tuners under the Videologic name, since this is most likely how they will be known and referred to by retailers.

July 28th 2002
Digital1 Network have added another transmitter to their SFN on Block 11D. Tacolneston extends coverage in East Anglia, including Norwich, Diss, Thetford, Attleborough, Wymondham and Dereham.

July 28th 2002
Argos, the UK catalogue retailer, have a DAB tuner in their latest edition. The Acoustic Solutions SP-110 appears to be a DAB-only (Band III only?) tuner which will sell for £ 129.99 from August 26th.

July 26th 2002
Test transmissions of the Bournemouth local ensemble are reported to have popped up on Block 11B. Interruptions, periods of reduced power and other odd effects are likely during these tests prior to official launch.

July 25th 2002
Overnight Snapshots of the BBC ensemble updated.

July 25th 2002
Snapshots of Digital1 Network updated.

July 25th 2002
On CE London, the bitrate of MAGIC has been reduced from 160 to 128 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

July 24th 2002
On the Isle of Man ensemble, the Service Energy 98.6 will become a 24h/7 service from tomorrow (25th).

July 23rd 2002
UK TII table updated.

July 23rd 2002
Link added to the Foro de la Radio Digital. Coverage maps of Spain are available for download from this site.

July 23rd 2002
Slovakia added to listings. The World DAB Forum reported recently that Slovakia intends to begin T-DAB broadcasts in the west of the country in 2006. Band III broadcasts will be possible once the introduction of DVB-T has permitted clearance of analogue TV from Ch 12.

July 23rd 2002
Estonia listings updated.

July 23rd 2002
On CE Birmingham, the bitrate of MAGIC Birmingham is reported to have been reduced from 160 to 128 kbit/s.

July 18th 2002
Snapshots of BBC National DAB during Daily Service and Yesterday in Parliament updated.

July 18th 2002
Score N.IRELAND Snapshot updated. Rearrangement of CUs. BBC Radio Ulster becomes BBC Ulster. Primetime Radio becomes Prime Time Radio.

July 17th 2002
Hessen Digital Radio has added three new transmitters to its Single Frequency Network on Block 12C. Frankfurt am Main (Fernmeldeturm), Hohe Wurzel and Kassel (Stadt) bring coverage of Hessen to nearly 80%. Currently only the services Deutschlandfunk and DeutschlandRadio Berlin are broadcast on DAB, but negotiations with private radio services are well advanced and Hessen Digital Radio is confident that private services will be added to the ensemble soon.

July 17th 2002
The Atlas Digital Radio has just been updated with revised sections for Bayern, Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen. The Atlas is an indispensable download about DAB in Germany and is divided into sections so that only the newest parts need be downloaded.

July 17th 2002
UK TII table updated.

July 16th 2002
The UK Radio Authority will this week (19th) advertise the local digital franchise for the Sussex Coast. The ensemble will run on Block 11B (218.640 MHz). Capacity is reserved for the BBC local radio service, Southern Counties Radio. The closing date is is Tuesday, 29 October 2002. The Authority expects to award the licence at around the turn of the year.

July 15th 2002
Snapshot of the Isle of Man experimental ensemble updated. All the audio services were running at 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo when observed. Although the new Snapshot was taken on a Monday, the service Energy 98.6 is present, which, according to its DLS "Energy FM broadcasts every weekend from 5pm Friday to Sunday. www.energy.net". Altered Service Label for the service Virgin Party!. The data services Digizone, Downloads, Partners and XY Network were not present when the Snapshot was taken.

July 11th 2002
Digital1 Network have added another transmitter to their Single Frequency Network in the UK. Sudbury extends coverage to Colchester, Sudbury, North Essex and South Suffolk.

July 10th 2002
Correction to Ayr and Wolverhampton Snapshots. EId values.

July 9th 2002
A new speech-based service is set to appear on the DRS ensembles in southwest Germany. SWR Cont.Ra ("Content Radio") will broadcast 06.00 - 19.00. The service will also carry the ARD programmes for guest workers 19.00 - 22.00 and overnight (22:00 - 06:00) will carry the programmes of info-Radio Berlin. In Baden-Württemberg, the service will be broadcast in the Band III ensemble on Block 12B. In Rheinland-Pfalz, the service will be carried on the L-band ensembles.

July 9th 2002
Germany TII table updated. Addition of Mudau.

July 9th 2002
The new L-band blocks which were allocated to terrestrial DAB at the CEPT planning conference in Maastricht are LJ, LK, LL, LM, LN, LO and LP. These are in addition to Blocks LA, LB, LC, LD, LE, LF, LG, LH and LI which were already allocated to DAB under the Wiesbaden plan.

July 9th 2002
Electronics retailer Maplin's web site lists the new Goodmans hifi DAB tuner. This model includes MW and FM reception and is priced at £119.99 inc. VAT

July 9th 2002
The Band III ensemble in Niedersachsen has been reorganised, and now carries the following services:-

NDR 1 Niedersachsen
NDR 2
NDR Info
Traffic Channel
Deutschlandfunk
DeutschlandRadio
Radio 21

The NDR service Radio 3 has ceased, as have the commercial services Hit-Radio Antenne und radio ffn. Radio 21 is expected to run until September 31st. On October 1st, a new service is expected to begin which will be available exclusively on DAB. This development is in response to the Landesmedienanstalt's view that that the mere simultaneous transmission on DAB of services already available elsewhere was not making digital radio a sufficiently attractive proposition. The private operators were called upon to produce jointly a new service specifically for digital radio, and the Landesmedienanstalt undertook to provide financial support for the distribution of the service.

July 9th 2002
Correction to Loughborough University listing.

July 8th 2002
A new service, (C4C4), has popped up on the NOW Coventry and NOW Wolverhamptn ensembles. YoungAsianRadio is running at 80 kbit/s Mono on both ensembles and is described by its DLS as a test transmission. Snapshots updated.

July 5th 2002
The Greater London test ensemble on Block 11C, ntl: Experimental, is reported to have ceased.

July 5th 2002
The Service SMASH HITS! (C3C6) has popped up on Switch Scotland. New Snapshot added.

July 4th 2002
The UK Independent Television Commission has awarded the three DTT multiplexes vacated by the failure of ITV Digital to a BBC/Crown Castle consortium. The ITC has approved the proposal to change the transmission standard from 64QAM (2/3) to 16QAM (3/4) and a reduction in the number of TV services per multiplex to four. This, in conjunction with an increase in transmitter powers, which is also proposed, will greatly increase the resilience of the DTT signal. Reducing the number of services per mux will avoid reducing the bitrate per service to unacceptably low levels. Included in the proposition is that certain radio services, both BBC and commercial, should also be broadcast on the DTT platform. The full BBC/Crown Castle proposal for the future shape of DTT is summarised below (Multiplexes 2 and A were not involved in the tendering process):-
1
(BBC)
2
(ITV/C4)
A
(SDN)
BBC ONE
BBC TWO
BBC Choice/CBeebies
BBC News24
BBCi text
ITV 1
ITV 2
Channel 4
spare for C4
Teletext
Channel 5
QVC (England)
S4C (Wales)
Tele G(Scotland)
TV TravelShop
tbc/S4C2
ITN News
B
(BBC)
C
(Crown Castle)
D
(Crown Castle)
BBC Parliament
BBC FOUR/CBBC
BBCi (interactive)
BBC Radio*
Sky News
Sky Sports News
Sky Travel
UK History
Commercial Radio (tbc)
CNN/Boomerang/TCM
entertainment (tbc)
music (tbc)
interactive (tbc)
Commercial Radio (tbc)
* The commercial services are still to be identified, but the BBC/Crown application proposes the following BBC radio services for DTT:-

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5LIVE SportX
BBC 6 Music
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Asian Network
BBC Network Z (working title)

With the exception of BBC Radio 5 Live, all these services are the new ones in the process of being added to the BBC's National DAB ensemble The application obviously made no mention of what, if any, impact the DTT proposals would have on the BBC's plans for DAB, but it is unlikely that the BBC will not have considered the overall picture.

July 4th 2002
DRS, the DAB network operator in southwest Germany, has added another transmitter to its Single Frequency Network in Baden-Württemberg. Mudau is running on Block 12B at 250 w but will ultimately increase to 500 w. The transmitter will improve coverage of Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis in the north of the Land. A further site, Bad Mergentheim, is planned for the fourth quarter of 2002.

July 3rd 2002
Videologic's forthcoming (mains-powered) portable DAB radio added to receivers page. JVC's car boot DAB unit is still listed on JVC's website. However, the only head unit to be described as working with the DAB unit is no longer listed.

July 1st 2002
This site is pedantic, so...
The Service (C5C0) on the Digital1 Network ensemble has been relabelled D1 ten and no longer carries ITN Radio.

July 1st 2002
L-band broadcasts have begun in Rheinland-Pfalz. The transmitters Weilerskopf and Ludwigshafen have entered service on Block LB. The transmitters Hohe Wurzel and Mainz Ober-Olm have entered service on Block LF. The Services Deutschlandfunk and SWR4 Rheinland-Pfalz are being broadcast already, to be joined in due course by Domradio, Project 89,0 digital and Radio 22.

July 1st 2002
In Baden-Württemberg, the transmitter Geislingen, which carries the Band III ensemble on Block 12B has had its power increased from 360 w to 1kw.

June 30th 2002
It is understood that the launch of the Now Digital Bournemouth ensemble is likely to be delayed by a few weeks.

June 30th 2002
South Hampshire entry corrected.

June 30th 2002
Estonia listing updated.

June 29th 2002
The ever-increasing size of the United Kingdom listings has forced a re-organisation into smaller sub-pages. This move was resisted as long as possible, since one of the original purposes of the site was to gather together as much information into one place. Hopefully the inconvenience for users of having the lists split into several documents will be outweighed by the advantages of smaller and faster downloads. A large number of links have had to be changed throughout the site as a result. Please let me know if you should spot any loss of functionality.
National Ensembles Regional Ensembles Local Ensembles Isle of Man

June 29th 2002
BBC Test is up on BBC National DAB, running at 64 kbit/s Mono LSF.

June 28th 2002
The BBC has announced the official launch date for its new black music station. 1Extra - BBC will begin full public service on Friday, August 16th. Test transmissions are already underway on the BBC's national DAB ensemble.

June 28th 2002
Two new transmitters have been added to the Single Frequency Network in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Hallenberg will fill a gap in coverage in the Rothaargebirge. Warburg will provide coverage in the area of Warburg, Borgentreich and Willebadessen. The ensemble uses Block 12D.

June 27th 2002
The Service 1Extra - BBC (C22A) has popped up on BBC National DAB, running at 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo. New Snapshots to follow. The Service BBC Test has ceased (for the moment?).

June 27th 2002
The Service Flix is reported to have ceased on NOW Coventry.

June 25th 2002
The WorldDAB Forum reports that the planning meeting of the European Conference for Posts and Telecommunications (CEPT), which took place in Maastricht, has allocated an additional seven blocks of L-Band spectrum across Europe to T-DAB. The WorldDAB Forum hopes that a revision in 2005 of the Stockholm Plan, drawn up in 1961 to organise and plan frequencies across Europe and northern Africa, will be able to allocate extra spectrum for terrestrial DAB in Band III.

June 25th 2002
The Snapshot format has been modified to include the parameter EId (in hex), where this is known. The first Snapshots to be treated in this way are those of Paris, below. Other Snapshots for which the data is available will be modified in due course.

June 25th 2002
Paris Snapshots updated. The ensemble on Block LI which had carried the DMB service LoCoMoTV was not seen and is assumed to have ceased. The services DW, BBC and RFI on TDF BLOC 1 have ceased. France Culture is now broadcast on this ensemble. The ensemble TDF BLOC 2 is reduced to three packet data services. (Is this the emptiest ensemble in the world?) Currently the only audio services available on DAB in Paris are those of Radio France.

June 20th 2002
The minutes of the UK Radio Authority's May meeting, published recently, show that Now Digital was granted the following delays to its multiplexes as follows:-
Southend: Ensemble permitted to launch minus its Southend transmitter. This transmitter is now imminent, if not already on-air. Passion for the Planet delayed. Launch 3rd September at the latest. Dance service delayed. Launch 31st August at the latest. Country service delayed. Launch 30 November at the latest. Films and shows service replaced temporarily by The Storm.
Bournemouth: Passion for the Planet delayed. Launch 3rd September at the latest.
Exeter & Torbay: Films and shows service delayed. Dance service delayed. Launch 30th November at the latest. Country service delayed. Launch 30th November at the latest.
Peterborough: Multiplex delayed. Launch 31st October at the latest. Country service delayed. Launch 30th November at the latest.

June 20th 2002
Grundig's Challenge 530 DAB car radio added to the Receivers Page. This combined FM/cassette/DAB unit has its DAB module integrated into the head unit. Use your boot for luggage! The link is to Grundig's German site. So far no reference to this product has been found on the UK site.

June 19th 2002
The frequency used for the main DRM test transmissions from the UK changed today to 15170 kHz. The HF station at Rampisham, operated by Merlin Communications, is participating in international field trials of the system designed for the short, medium and long-wave bands. This week, Rampisham and two other sites - Sines in Portugal and Jülich in Germany - are cooperating in field trials which involved delivering different digital radio services to a target reception area, in this case Greece. The tests coincide with the IST Mobile & Wireless Telecommunications Summit 2002 in Thessaloniki. Full details of these tests, and the long-term tests from Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles, delivering digital radio signals on short-wave into Europe, are on the DRM website.

June 19th 2002
Digital1 Network have added three new transmitters to their SFNs in England and Scotland. On Block 11D, Exeter (St. Thomas) and Redruth extend coverage in southwest England. On Block 12A, Darvel extends Digital One coverage in Ayrshire and the Firth of Clyde.

June 19th 2002
A retro-style stand-alone radio receiver has been announced by German company Microboss and added to the Receivers Page. More...

June 19th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has received two applications for the Yorkshire regional franchise, from MXR Ltd. (Chrysalis Radio and GMG Radio Holdings Ltd) and Yorkshire & Humberside Digital Radio (GWR, Score, Emap, Saga, Sunrise Radio, Passion for the Planet, Clubmend, Campus Media, Radio First).

MXR propose a services lineup similar to those on their existing multiplexes elsewhere. Yorkshire & Humberside Digital Radio propose broadcasting Galaxy 105, Real Radio, Saga Radio, 3C Cool Country, Smash Hits!, The Storm, Passion, Sunrise Radio plus an additional channel, Your Yorkshire, which would carry AbracaDABra, SBN, Purple Radio and Radio First (a sports service) at different times of the day/week.

The ensemble will run on Block 12A (223.936 MHz). MXR propose to begin broadcasting in April 2003 from Acklam Wold, Beecroft Hill, Belmont, Bilsdale, Cave Wold, Clifton, Emley Moor (x2), Idle and Tapton Hill. Yorkshire & Humberside Digital Radio propose to begin broadcasting in April 2003 from Acklam Wold, Belmont Hill, Bilsdale, Clifton, Emley Moor, High Hunsley, Holme Moss, Olivers Mount and Tapton Hill and to add a further four transmitters at Beecroft Hill, Chesterfield, Idle and Keighley by the end of June 2003.

There is no reserved capacity for any BBC services on this multiplex, the BBC local radio services in the area served already have capacity reserved for them on their respective local digital multiplexes. The Authority hopes to announce a decision in the autumn.

June 19th 2002
According to the Asia DAB Committee, a pilot three-transmitter SFN is operational in Beijing, Tianjing and Langfang. Asia DAB reports the ensemble to be using Block 10A.

June 19th 2002
According to the Korean Ministry of Information and Communication, a pilot DAB ensemble is being operated by the Korea Broadcasting System (KBS). The trials are due to end in July 2002, after which the MIC is to decide whether Eureka 147 should be adopted as the Korean digital radio standard. A Government DAB Task Force had already recommended that Eureka 147 was the most appropriate technology available at the moment, although since then there will presumably have been lobbying to consider ISDB-T.

June 19th 2002
The latest Country Updates from the World DAB Forum report that a trial DAB ensemble is operating on Block 12B in Brunei. A 300w transmitter at Bukit Subok is broadasting five audio services and a data service. A trial ensemble is also reported to be on the air in Estonia, broadcasting four audio services.

June 18th 2002
On CE Manchester, The Lounge has ceased. The service had been silent since May. Snapshot updated.

June 17th 2002
The latest UK Radio Authority TX Parameters spreadsheet is released today. Included for the first time is the EId (Ensemble ID). This is the code which uniquely identifies (in this part of Europe anyway) the ensemble to the receiver. The spreadsheet gives these machine code values in hex.

June 17th 2002
UK TII table updated. Addition of Brighton.

June 14th 2002
A new service has popped up on the Hessen Band III ensemble on Block 12C. Rockfun24 will run from June 14th to June 23rd from this year's Hessentag taking place in Idstein.

June 14th 2002
Correction to EMAP Liverpool bitrates.

June 14th 2002
Applications for the UK DTT multiplexes vacated by the closure of ITV Digital were published today. This is definitely not off-topic, for the joint BBC/Crown Castle bid makes reference to BBC Radio which may (or may not!) have an impact on DAB.

As is well-documented on other sites, the application proposes a change to the transmission format which reduces the capacity of each multiplex but increases the resilience of the signal. The effect by itself would be both an increase in the area covered with the degree of resilience offered currently, and an increase in the resilience of the signal within the area covered currently. However the joint BBC/Crown proposal is simultaneously to boost transmitter powers as well, providing very real improvements to reception quality and reliability. The change would not present a problem to existing set-top boxes since the mode proposed is already supported.

The change is also supported by rival bids from a Granada, Carlton (both behind the failed ITV Digital) and Channel 4 consortium, the Digital Terrestrial Alliance, and a separate bid by SDN. The other applicant, Digital Television Broadcasting, promises a line-up of 40 channels, therefore while the published summary does not mention transmission standards, it must be assumed that under their scenario the current system would be retained.

Where the bidding becomes interesting from a DAB point of view is in the BBC/Crown Castle proposal to include a number of "radio" services, both BBC and commercial, on the multiplexes. The commercial services are still to be identified, but the BBC/Crown application proposes the following BBC radio services for DTT:-

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5LIVE SportX
BBC 6 Music
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Asian Network
BBC Network Z (working title)

With the exception of BBC Radio 5 Live, all these services are the new ones in the process of being added to the BBC's National DAB ensemble.

However it is clear by the omission of the "main" BBC radio services, Radios 1 - 4 and World Service, that the proposed line-up of services is no complete alternative radio platform in the manner of D-SAT, but rather is designed to be complementary to services already receivable "elsewhere". The application obviously makes no mention of what, if any, impact the DTT proposals would have on the BBC's plans for DAB, but it is unlikely that the BBC will not have considered the overall picture.

The BBC/Crown proposal may be downloaded in summary form from the ITC web site, where summaries of the competing applications are also available.

June 14th 2002
The Landesmedienanstalt Sachsen-Anhalt has awarded the franchise to operate a German-language digital (DRM) service on 261 kHz longwave from the transmitter site Burg (near Magdeburg) to Europäische Rundfunk- und Fernseh GmbH Europa 1. Three applicants were competing for the license.

June 14th 2002
Snapshots of UK local ensembles EMAP Teeside and EMAP T&W updated. Addition of SMASH HITS!. SMASH HITS! has not appeared on EMAP Humberside.

June 9th 2002
Receivers page updated. The Arcam Alpha DRT10 tuner is discontinued. The Arcam site has available for download the Manual for the Diva DT81 tuner. Link added to Receivers page. The Terratec site has available for download Manuals for the DR Box 1 tuner in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish. Links added to Receivers page.

June 6th 2002
Snapshots updated for CE Manchester, EMAP C Lancs and EMAP Liverpool. Addition of SMASH HITS! (and SMASH HITS !).

June 3rd 2002
The service Smash Hits! is reported still not to have appeared on either EMAP Leeds or EMAP S Yorks.

June 2nd 2002
Italy listings updated to include Eurodab.

June 2nd 2002
The 2002/2003 edition of the Hörzu Radio Guide is now available. This German book covers all forms of radio in Germany, including digital, and includes comprehensive frequency lists and articles with background information. One or two details have inevitably changed since the Guide was printed, but this is still a useful reference work.

June 1st 2002
DAB is the cover subject of the June issue of Short Wave Magazine. A very readable article describes the concepts behind the digitisation of the audio, the assembly of a multiplex of services and the transmission and reception of an ensemble in a Single Frequency Network... without going too deeply "under the bonnet". For those who like to see what systems look like, there is even a photograph of four bays of NTL Broadcast's multiplexing equipment - complete with "X-files"-type sexy lighting!

June 1st 2002
The service The Lounge is still present as a Label and DLS on CE Manchester although the audio has fallen silent.

May 31st 2002
The service Saga has popped up on NOW S&C, the local digital multiplex in Essex, running at 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo. Snapshot updated.

May 31st 2002
Digital One have added another transmitter to their Single Frequency Network in England. Brighton extends coverage to 150,000 people in Brighton and Hove from the existing site at Whitehawk Hill.

May 29th 2002
A new data service has popped up on Digital1 Network. test_123 is running at 8 kbit/s in packet mode. Snapshot updated.

May 29th 2002
The service The Lounge has ceased on Switch Aberdeen. As yet there is no replacement service.

May 28th 2002
Coverage of the RTBF DAB ensemble in the French-speaking region of Belgium has been improved recently by an upgrade to the transmitter at Profondeville. The antenna is now radiating an omnidirectional pattern which should improve reception in the area of Namur.

May 28th 2002
"Yesterday in Parliament" Snapshot of BBC National DAB updated.

May 28th 2002
The ensemble running on Block LF from the Zeitz transmitter in Sachsen-Anhalt is to cease at 12:00 on May 31st. This will permit the frequency to be used for another project. The change should have little impact on the services available since the Block 12C ensemble is very similar.

May 28th 2002
The Service SMASH HITS! is confirmed to have appeared on a number of local ensembles across the UK as follows:-
CE London: 96 kbit/s Mono (labelled SMASH HITS!)
CE Manchester: 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo (labelled SMASH HITS!)
EMAP C Lancs: 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo (labelled SMASH HITS !)
EMAP Liverpool: bitrate, mode and full service label tbc
EMAP Teeside: 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo (labelled SMASH HITS!)
Info about other ensembles awaited.

The appearance of the new Service has had the following consequences:-
CE London: KISS and XFM reduced to 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo
CE Manchester: All Services now 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo

May 27th 2002
On Switch Scotland, the Service The Lounge has ceased. SMASH HITS! has not yet appeared. Snapshot updated.

May 27th 2002
CE London Snapshot updated.

May 27th 2002
Listing for the Club DAB Italia ensemble updated.

May 25th 2002
A fourth DAB ensemble is reported to be operational in northern Italy. According to information received, Eurodab is broadcasting on Block 9D (208.064 MHz) from a site at Valcava, half way between Bergamo and Lecco. This site would probably give good coverage along the Po valley, but not into the city of Milan itself. There is a web domain active in Italy under the name of Eurodab, but this is "under construction". The other three DAB ensembles are those of RAI, Club DAB Italia (currently inactive in the cities of Milan and Turin) and RAS in Südtirol/Alto Adige. It is expected that Club DAB Italia will return to the air in Turin shortly, followed later by Milan.

May 24th 2002
Broken links in the UK listings to MXR Digital coverage maps repaired.

May 24th 2002
The extension of DAB services in the north of Germany looks a step closer with the regulatory approval of necessary frequencies by the Regulierungsbehörde für Telekommunikation und Post. Digital Radio Nord, the DAB multiplex operator, has announced a timetable for the roll-out of DAB. The first transmitter in Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel, should be brought into operation at the end of 2002. At the same time in Niedersachsen, new transmitters at Rosengarten and Visselhövede should fill the gap in coverage between Hamburg and Hannover, and provide DAB reception for the first time in the Hansastadt itself. The commissioning of a transmitter at Schwerin should bring DAB to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the first quarter of 2003. The allocation of capacity on the various ensembles rests with the respective Senats- and Staatskanzleien and the Landesmedienanstalten in the Länder concerned.

May 23rd 2002
MXR North East Snapshot updated. New Snapshot shows data services.

May 23rd 2002
EMAP Teeside Snapshot updated. Different allocation of CUs.

May 23rd 2002
Snapshot of Loughborough University's test ensemble updated. The new Snapshot shows the services which were running at the time but given the experimental nature of this ensemble, the configuration is likely to change frequently. Note that despite its Service Label, the packet data service was seen to be running at 80 kbit/s.

May 23rd 2002
NOW Coventry Snapshot updated. New Snapshot shows SBN. Ensemble Label is now unique.

May 23rd 2002
The UK Radio Authority will next week advertise the local digital franchise for Swansea. The ensemble will use Block 12A (223.936 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru. The closing date is Tuesday, September 24th. The Authority expects to announce a decision towards the end of this year.

May 22nd 2002
Germany TII table updated. Addition of Witthoh.

May 22nd 2002
Severn Estuary & South Wales regional ensemble Snapshot updated. Changed Ensemble Label.

May 22nd 2002
NOW Bristol Snapshot updated. New Snapshot shows packet data service koko.wireless. Ensemble Label is now unique.

May 22nd 2002
Cardiff ensemble CAPITAL DIGITAL Snapshot updated. New snapshot shows BBC services. Flix South Wales in Mono. X F M Service Label changed.

May 22nd 2002
MXR WestMidlands Snapshot updated.

May 22nd 2002
NOW Wolverhamptn Snapshot updated. Ensemble Label is now unique.

May 22nd 2002
CE Birmingham Snapshot updated.

May 21st 2002
BBC National DAB Snapshots updated.

May 21st 2002
Digital1 Network Snapshots updated.

May 20th 2002
Digital One have added another transmitter to their Single Frequency Network in Scotland. Angus covers Fife, Angus and parts of Central and Grampian regions. It links the existing coverage areas in Central and Northeast Scotland. Digital One's UK coverage by population currently stands at over 80% and Digital One aim to raise this to 85% by the end of the year.

May 20th 2002
The MXR regional ensemble MXR Severn Estry has been relabelled MXR West & Wales. New Snapshot to follow.

May 20th 2002
The SBN service on the Greater London 3 ensemble has been relabelled SBN London.

May 20th 2002
Snapshot of the Southend/Chelmsford local ensemble added.

May 20th 2002
DAB Receivers page updated.

May 20th 2002
Now Digital's local ensemble at Southend & Chelmsford entered official programme service yesterday. Currently, only five services have been observed, BBC Essex, Breeze, Essex FM, SBN and The Storm-London. Saga is to be broadcast from 1st June. An adult contemporary service will launch in September and a country music service and dance service are due to launch later this year.

May 20th 2002
The minutes of the UK Radio Authority's April meeting, published recently, show that Amberrelay Ltd, was granted a licence for a programme-related data channel, Amberrelay, potentially for carriage on Digital1 Network.

May 20th 2002
UK TII table updated.

May 18th 2002
Digital Radio Südwest, the DAB transmission provider for southwest Germany, has added another transmitter to the Single Frequency Network on Block 12B for Baden-Württemberg. Witthoh, near Tuttlingen, extends coverage to much of the Bodensee area. Further transmitters are expected this year at Waldburg (Ravensburg) and Feldberg in the Black Forest.

May 17th 2002
Snapshot of the Isle of Man ensemble updated. Data services are included in this new Snapshot. The ensemble is now labelled Isle of Man 3G. Energy FM, which is reported to have capacity allocated, was not present when the observations were made. Energy FM currently broadcasts weekends, public holidays and special events (e.g. TT fortnight).

May 14th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has published a revised timetable for licensing local digital franchises. The new timetable adds Cornwall and Plymouth, with a dual-frequency franchise similar to Swindon/Bath/West Wilts which would allow separate programming on the two ensembles. This site will therefore list the two parts of the combined franchise separately. The Sussex Coast franchise has been deferred, and will now be advertised in July, pending international frequency clearance.

Area Advertisement Closing Date
Swansea June 2002 September 2002
Sussex Coast* July 2002 October 2002
Stoke-on-Trent August 2002 November 2002
Kent* October 2002 January 2003
Nottingham December 2002 March 2003
Reading & Basingstoke February 2003 May 2003
Plymouth/Cornwall April 2003 July 2003
* subject to international clearance


May 13th 2002
The service Energy FM has appeared on the Isle of Man ensemble.

May 10th 2002
The AMT Radio Industry newsletter gives some background to Australian digital radio developments in its May issue, from which are offered here the following bullet points:-
  • Communications Minister, Senator Alston, expects a time limit of six months on the current DAB trials, after which he expects a recommendation from the radio industry on future progress. The FARB is cautious about the six month time frame.
  • DRM is currently being tested in Melbourne.
  • DAB, DRM and IBOC are cited by the newsletter as all still being on the table as potential Australian transmission systems and there was a speaker from iBiquity at the recent ABA annual conference. The first decision for the radio industry is to adopt definitively a digital standard and stick with it. Manufacturers and equipment importers are also pressing for a decision.
  • Commercial Radio and the ABC are seeking access to VHF spectrum nationally, not just in Sydney, in order that consumer trials can take place in the national and regional as well as local settings. (The Band III trials in Sydney are scheduled to begin later this year. L-band test transmissions are already underway).
  • The newsletter includes links to useful summaries of the technical features of DRM and IBOC.
May 10th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has awarded the local digital franchise for South Hampshire to Capital Radio Digital Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capital Radio plc. The ensemble will operate on Block 11C (220.352 MHz). Capital Radio Digital proposes to begin broadcasting in January 2003 using five transmitters (at Chillerton Down, Toot Hill, Crabwood Farm, Fort Southwick and The Trundle). Capacity is reserved on the ensemble for BBC Radio Solent.

May 9th 2002
UK listings revised to reflect pre-launch variations of services approved by the Radio Authority.

May 8th 2002
UK listings revised. Services added to forthcoming ensembles per their franchise awards.

May 7th 2002
The German magazine Funkschau has produced a special edition covering digital radio.

May 7th 2002
New service icons are available for the Terratec DR Box 1. The icons cover services available in Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen, including the new service MDR Klassik, which launched yesterday.

May 2nd 2002
Score Ayr Snapshot updated. BBC services now in Joint Stereo.

April 29th 2002
On Score Ayr, the service BBC Radio Scot has been relabelled BBC Scotland. This brings the labelling into line with the other ensembles on which the service appears. At this time, both BBC services continue to be broadcast at 128 kbit/s, discrete Stereo.

April 29th 2002
There are reports today that a DAB transmission bearing a dummy multiplex has popped up in the south-east on Block 12D. This is probably preliminary testing of one or some of the transmitters in the Southend/Chelmsford SFN which is due for launch soon. As such it will be liable to interruption, reduced power and other odd effects until launch.

April 29th 2002
According to reports in the American media and discussion groups, the National Radio Systems Committee has sent its evaluation of iBiquity's proposed AM IBOC digital radio system to the Federal Communications Commission. The system is designed for medium-wave broadcasting and is intended to supplement existing AM broadcasts. At the NAB annual convention earlier this month, iBiquity announced that the NRSC was recommending daytime usage of its AM IBOC system. iBquity is continuing to work with the NRSC to obtain endorsement for nighttime operation.

April 29th 2002
The Technics DAB tuner, the ST-GT1000, has been discontinued. There is as yet no replacement model.

April 29th 2002
German antenna manufacturer Antenne Bad Blankenburg has been acquired by the Andrew Corporation of the United States. The Bad Blankenburg company manufactures a range of antennae for DAB in Band III, L-band and combined Band III/L-band variants.

April 28th 2002
Switch London Snapshot updated.

April 28th 2002
The WorldDAB Forum reports that pilot DAB transmissions have resumed in Turkey. A Band III ensemble is running from a single transmitter covering Ankara with two services, Radio 2, a Turkish music service and Radio 3, a classical music service.

April 27th 2002
The Score Ayr ensemble has been launched and is now in official programme service. Six services are being broadcast, including the two national radio services for Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio nan Gaidheal. Also on the multiplex is UCA Radio, Ayr, a student radio service which broadcasts on a low-power FM frequency in Ayr. The University Campus, Ayr is a part of the University of Paisley. The two BBC services continue to run at 128 kbit/s Stereo at this time, although it is to be expected that this will change to Joint Stereo.

April 27th 2002
BBC National DAB Snapshots updated.

April 27th 2002
"Line Up", the magazine of the Institute of Broadcast Sound, the UK's professional association, takes up DAB in its latest issue and notes the current apparent downward trend in bitrates on the UK's multiplexes. The article is wholeheartedly commended to anyone who has not yet had the opportunity to read it. The magazine is available to non-members by subscription.

April 26th 2002
Several radio stations in Lyon which transmit on both FM and DAB are broadcasting publicity spots encouraging listeners to move over to digital radio. The stations involved are Radio Espace, Fréquence Jazz, Radio pluriel and Rock FM. The promos are also available for download as mp3 files from the Voix du Lyon web site.

April 25th 2002
BBC RNanGaidheal and BBC Radio Scot have popped up on Score Ayr. Both are currently running at 128 kbit/s Stereo, though this will probably change to Joint Stereo. Snapshot updated.

April 25th 2002
Lyon Snapshots updated. Marseille Snapshot added.

April 25th 2002
French-Swiss listings corrected. Ensemble label added.

April 25th 2002
German-Swiss listings corrected.

April 24th 2002
Videologic's online "store" added to the Where To Buy section on the Aerials page. Videologic offer two outdoor aerials for Band III - a dipole antenna and a 4-element Yagi.

April 24th 2002
München Snapshots updated.

April 24th 2002
Tirol Snapshot added.

April 24th 2002
Italian Snapshots updated. On the RAI ensemble, Services which ran at 192 kbit/s in the previous observations are now running at 160 kbit/s. Snapshot of the Alto Adige RAS/RAI ensemble added.

April 23rd 2002
Netherlands Snapshot updated.

April 23rd 2002
Four Services are now being carried on Score Ayr. Snapshot added.

April 22nd 2002
CE Manchester Snapshot updated.

April 22nd 2002
UK TII table updated.

April 22nd 2002
In the the Länder Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen (probably also Sachsen), the Service MDR-KLASSIK (Short Label: MDR-KLAS) has appeared with test transmissions. Official service launch date is Monday, May 6th at 06:00.

April 21st 2002
In Stuttgart, a special event service was added to the local L-band ensemble (Block LB) to coincide with the IT-Plus Messe being held in the city. The service ran from the 17th to the 19th of April.

April 21st 2002
On CE Manchester, KISS Manchester is reduced to 128 kbit/s. X F M, KEY103Manchester and MAGIC Manchester continue at 160 kbit/s. New Snapshot to follow.

April 21st 2002
Digital1 Network has added two new transmitters to its UK SFNs. On Block 11D, Pendle Forest adds coverage to Burnley, Nelson and Colne. On Block 12A, Durris introduces Digital1 to Aberdeen and the surrounding area.

April 21st 2002
The local ensemble for Ayr has been observed on Block 11B carrying just one service, 3C, Cool Country. Snapshot to follow.

April 21st 2002
In Hungary, the pilot ensemble in Budapest on Block 13A has not been received recently and is assumed to have ceased.

April 21st 2002
In Marseille, the Towercast ensemble on Block LA has ceased. The TDF ensemble on Block LF also appears to have ceased. This leaves just the TDF RADIO FRANCE ensemble on Block LG transmitting in the city.

April 21st 2002
In Lyon, the Towercast ensemble on Block LE has ceased. The TDF Bloc 2 ensemble on Block LI is reduced to one service, Autoroute Info. New Snapshots to follow.

April 21st 2002
In Italy, the commercial ensemble on Block 12D, Club DAB Italia, has ceased. According to sources familiar with the background, the situation is temporary while cheaper transmission sites are found.

April 21st 2002
The Landesmedienanstalt in Niedersachsen has proposed financial support for the extension of DAB in the Land. In the opinion of the NLM, the mere simultaneous transmission in DAB of services which are already available on FM is not furthering digital radio. The NLM would like to see developed programme services, including accompanying data services, which are exclusive to the digital medium and therefore a more attractive proposition to the listener. The NLM proposes that the private stations should cooperate to produce such a joint programme, with the NLM providing financial support for the technical distribution of the services.

April 3rd 2002
Cardiff and Newport listing updated. BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales are broadcast at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. Flix South Wales is broadcast at 96 kbit/s, Mono.

April 3rd 2002
The Ayr local ensemble has popped up on Block 11B, radiating a dummy multiplex - 3G Service 1, 3G Service 2, etc. These are test transmissions and will be liable to interruptions, periods of reduced power and other odd effects.

March 30th 2002
CE Manchester Snapshot updated - includes Capital Gold. EMAP Leeds Snapshot updated - correction to BBC Radio Leeds bitrate.

March 30th 2002
UK TII table updated.

March 25th 2002
Portugal TII table added. Currently, only the transmitters in mainland Portugal are radiating TII. Those on Madeira and the Azores do not.

March 25th 2002
The Secondary Services being radiated by ScoreGLASGOW are tests which may be expanded later. The Secondary Labels refer to existing audio streams within the ensemble. No additional services are actually being broadcast. It is actually Clyde 2 audio which is being broadcast as the secondary component of Clyde 1, though there appears to be a difference across the various receivers in how these Secondary Services are presented visually. The Arcam for example offers this component as "Clyde 1", only displaying "Clyde 2" once the Secondary Component has been selected. Perhaps a good reason to be conducting tests!

March 23rd 2002
An anomalous configuration is being broadcast by ScoreGLASGOW this evening. The Service Clyde 1 is currently being signalled as a Secondary Component of itself. (Reports differ. The Sony 777 has Clyde 2 being signalled as a Secondary Component of Clyde 1.) Similarly, Clyde 1 and 3C, Cool Country are both being signalled as Secondary Components of Clyde 2, as well as Primary Components in their own right. Reports agree on this one.

March 21st 2002
The Atlas Digital Radio, issued by the Technischen Kommission der Landesmediananstalten, has undergone a major revision, with new sections for Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Brandenburg, Hessen and Rheinland-Pfalz. The complete document is a comprehensive overview of DAB in Germany and is an indispensable download for anyone wanting to know the full picture. The Atlas is divided up into sections and only the newest updates need be downloaded.

March 20th 2002
UK TII table updated.

March 20th 2002
Listing for Switzerland updated. The SSR/SRG appears to be following a "wait-and-see" strategy with respect to future extensions of the network. Tessin and Graubünden are unlikely to receive DAB until there has been a recognisable penetration of digital receivers in neighbouring countries. In one of those, Austria, the ORF is in turn waiting for the SSR/SRG to complete the Zurich-Bodensee corridor before introducing DAB into Vorarlberg. It would appear that the future of digital radio in the Alps hinges on the success of the system in Germany. On the plus side, neighbouring Baden-Württemberg and Bayern have probably the best-developed networks of all the Länder. The countries in Europe which have acknowledged that they are waiting for DAB to develop elsewhere before proceeding themselves are Ireland, Luxemburg, Switzerland and Austria.

March 19th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has received two applications for the Norwich local digital franchise. Once again, the two groups Emap and Now Digital will be competing for this latest franchise area. The ensemble will run on Block 11B (218.640 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Norfolk.
Emap Digital Radio proposes to commence broadcasting all of its services, subject to confirmation of contracts, in February 2003, using six transmission sites, at Stoke Holy Cross, West Runton, Lowestoft, Thetford, Great Yarmouth and Southwold.
Now Digital proposes to commence broadcasting all of its services, subject to contracts being signed in time, no later than March 2003, using five transmission sites, at Stoke Holy Cross, West Runton, Lowestoft, Thetford and Great Yarmouth.
The Authority hopes to announce a decision about this franchise "in the summer".

March 15th 2002
Austrian listings revised. Addition of Service Labels to Tirol. Correction to Tirol bitrates. Addition of KW - Donaustadt to transmitters serving Wien.

March 15th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has awarded the combined franchise for Swindon and West Wilts to Now Digital Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of GWR plc.. Two distinct ensembles will operate in the franchise area, which Now Digital proposes to bring into service in January 2003. In Swindon, an ensemble on Block 11C (220.352 MHz) will carry GWR FM and Swindon Radio. In West Wiltshire and Bath, an ensemble on Block 12D (229.072MHz) will carry GWR Bath and Bath FM. Six services will also be carried on both ensembles: Classic Gold, Cube, The Storm, Passion and two other services yet to be confirmed. In addition, two services, SBN and AbracaDABra, will be broadcast on a time-exclusive basis. Six transmissions sites will be used, Blunsdon, Membury, Marlborough, Bath, Naish Hill and Crockerton.

March 15th 2002
Swiss TII table revised.

March 14th 2002
Now it gets interesting. Korean manufacturer Personal Telecom Inc. has announced two compact, lightweight DAB portables. Measuring 69 x 88 x 22 mm and weighing just 40g without its batteries, the DR-101 is a Band III and L-Band DAB receiver and Band II FM radio (including the extended Japanese FM band). Two AA batteries will power the portable for eight hours. The DR-201 is just 2mm thicker, but adds mp3 playback and voice recording onto embedded flash memory as well as USB connectivity for file transfer.

March 13th 2002
Forthcoming Maycom DAB receiver added to Receivers page. The new Clock Radio, based on Texas Instruments chipsets, is expected to debut at CeBIT 2002.

March 11th 2002
South Africa listings updated. The L-band transmissions in Johannesberg are usually a rebroadcast of the Band III ensemble, but are also used occasionally for test transmissions, demonstrations and data trials. The future of digital radio is being deliberated by a ministerial Digital Broadcasting Advisory Body which is expected to make recommendations by late May 2002.

March 11th 2002
The start of L-band transmissions in Rheinland-Pfalz is scheduled for May 1st, when transmitters at Weilerskopf and Ludwigshafen are due to go into service on Block LB. Transmissions for Mainz and the surrounding area are scheduled to begin on Block LF on July 1st from Hohe Wurzel and Mainz Ober-Olm. Band III DAB broadcasts have been available in these parts of Rheinland-Pfalz since the beginninng of the year.

March 11th 2002
BBC 6 Music was launched this morning. The new radio service is available terrestrially exclusively on DAB.

March 9th 2002
DAB Receivers page revised.

March 8th 2002
All change in Singapore! MediaCorp has completely overhauled its MediaCorp SR ensemble. Seven Services are now being broadcast, of which six are exclusive to DAB:-

CRUISE: oldies from the late 50s and 60s plus Jazz Standards and Jazz Fusion.
CLUB PLAY: Singapore's Only Dance station
JK-POP: The Latest Japanese and Korean Pop.
CHINESE EVERGREENS: The Best Mix of Chinese Evergreen Classics.
PLANET BOLLYWOOD: The Best of Bollywood.
SYMPHONY: Singapore's Premier Classical Music Station.
BLOOMBERG: Up-to-date news and financial information.

Only Symphony is also available in analogue form, being transmitted on 92.4 MHz in the city state.

March 8th 2002
Broken link to Apexcom on the Receivers Page repaired.

March 7th 2002
The Landesmedienanstalt für Sachsen-Anhalt has received two applications to run a longwave DRM franchise from Burg/Magdeburg. The service will operate on 261 kHz. Starlet Media AG proposes to broadcast its service "Radio COUNTRYSTAR". The other applicant, Europäische Rundfunk- und Fernseh GmbH Europa 1 proposes to broadcast the service "Europe1".

March 7th 2002
Digital Radio West has resumed full-power, around the clock transmissions from Arnsberg, following the completion of investigations by the regulatory authorities. The bringing into service of the new DAB transmitter in Nordrhein-Westfalen had given rise to a large number of complaints to cable operators, radio and TV technicians and programme providers. The new Band III transmissions were being picked up by poorly shielded cable systems in the area.

March 7th 2002
In Portugal, the DAB network continues to expand, and coverage will be extended during 2002 with new transmitters covering Cachopo, Beira Alta and northern Alentejo. The mainland DAB network is planned to be completed by 2004, when it will consist of 40 transmitters. Coverage of Madeira, comprising 12 transmitters should be completed by the end of the same year. A network of 22 transmitters covering the Azores is planned to be complete by 2007.

March 7th 2002
Purple Radio, the gay radio station broadcasting on the DRg London ensemble, is running a promotion in conjunction with Videologic, reducing the price of the "midi" DRX-601ESM DAB tuner from £349.99 to £239.00. The promotion runs for two months or until stocks run out, whichever is the sooner.

March 7th 2002
Goodmans joins the list of brands on the Receivers page. Several models are expected later this year, including a hifi tuner which is expected to retail for under £100. Other DAB products promised include combo DVD/DAB and CD/DAB portables and a CD/DAB car radio.

March 4th 2002
The Atlas Digital Radio, issued by the Technischen Kommission der Landesmediananstalten, has a new URL. The Atlas itself has been revised, and the coverage predictions for 2000 and 2001 removed, although for those already in possession of the Atlas, this a cosmetic revision . So far as actual content detail is concerned, the section for Sachsen has been revised. This document is a comprehensive overview of DAB in Germany and is an indispensable download for anyone wanting to know the full picture. The Atlas is divided up into sections and only the newest updates need be downloaded.

March 4th 2002
UK TII table updated.

March 3rd 2002
In South Africa, pilot DAB transmissions continue in and around Johannesburg in both Band III and L-band. About 18% of the population is in the coverage area of the Band III transmissions. Details added to the listings.

March 1st 2002
Taiwan Snapshots updated. On UFO ENSEMBLE, MUSIC 1 increased to 192 kbit/s. Ensemble Label on Snapshot corrected. On CBS ENSEMBLE, Ensemble Label added to Snapshot. On BCC, all Service Labels changed. NEWS now running in Mono at 96 kbit/s. Packet data service relabelled ADB. Protection Levels increased on all Services. Ensemble Label added to Snapshot. Snapshot of PC-Radio ensemble added. There is believed to be a conflict between the SId's of PRS on the CBS ENSEMBLE and NEWS on the BCC ensemble, which results in PRS not being selectable on an Arcam tuner, and PRS being stored labelled NEWS in the Services List on a Videologic tuner. Manually tuning receivers probably work fine, although Preset buttons may have similar problems with these two services. Presumably these conflicts do not show up on locally available tuners, otherwise they would have been noticed?

March 1st 2002
Madrid Snapshots updated. On MF1, change of Service Label for Radio 1. RADIO 5 increased to 192 kbit/s. Addition of packet data service MCP. On FU-E, change of Service Labels for RADIO C and REE.



February 28th 2002
DAB's "sister" system DRM, intended for long, medium and short-wave frequencies, is undergoing tests on 1062 kHz in Paris. The CSA's authorisation runs until March 31st. In Germany, the Landesmedienanstalt of Sachsen-Anhalt has advertised a longwave digital franchise to operate on 261 kHz from Burg/Magdeburg. The LSA has licensed the medium wave frequency of 531 kHz for DRM broadcasts to be time-shared between Mitteldeutsche Hörfunk GmbH of Halle and Starlet Mega Radio 531 GbR of Magdeburg.

February 28th 2002
The UK Radio Authority is to produce an initial consultation document on the possible use for DAB of L-band spectrum which is to be released in the near future.

February 28th 2002
The web site of the Radio, Film and Television Bureau of Guangdong Province includes a conceptual coverage map for the ensemble on Block 10A. This map predicts reception in the Hong Kong SAR on the island of Lantau and in the Western New Territories. Such reception was not achieved when attempted recently. Another map on the RFTBG site shows the results of a reception survey in Guangdong. The "mouse over" function brings up the measured field strengths at marked locations. If anyone is able to assist with translations of the Guangdong site, and the informative web pages on the BCC site on Taiwan, would they please get in touch.

February 28th 2002
On the Voix Du Lyon ensemble, Pluriel and Radio Campus have increased to 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo. WRN 1 is reduced to 80 kbit/s mono. Rock FM changes from Joint Stereo LSF to Joint Stereo still at 128 kbit/s.

February 27th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has advertised the regional digital franchise for Yorkshire. The ensemble will use Block 12A (223.936 MHz). There is no reservation of capacity on this ensemble for any BBC services, the respective BBC local stations already having capacity on the local ensembles in the region. The closing date is Tuesday, 18th June. The Authority expects to make an award in "the autumn".

February 22nd 2002
On BBC National DAB, the barker, BBC WS has moved has ceased.

February 22nd 2002
BIG - Manchester has ceased on CE Manchester. Capital Gold has appeared, running at 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo. The Short Label is Cap Gold.

February 19th 2002
A coverage map for Toronto has appeared on the official Canadian DAB site. The plural "maps" is used throughout, so it looks as though coverage maps for the other Canadian cities should appear in due course. A link has been added to the listing for Toronto.

February 19th 2002
BIG - Manchester is set to disappear from the CE Manchester ensemble, following the acquisition by Capital Radio plc of the BIG AM and digital licences for Manchester from The Wireless Group. Capital Gold will appear in its place.

February 18th 2002
Preliminary Snapshot of the pilot L-band ensemble in Sydney added.

February 16th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has received two applications for the South Hampshire local digital franchise, from Capital Radio Digital Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Capital Radio plc. and Solent Digital Radio Ltd., jointly owned by Emap Digital Radio Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Emap Performance Ltd., and SCORE Digital Ltd.., a wholly owned subsidiary of Scottish Radio Holdings plc, on a 50:50 basis. The ensemble will run on Block 11C (220.352 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Solent. Capital Radio Digital proposes to commence broadcasting all of its services, subject to contracts being signed in time, in January 2003, using five transmitters (at Chillerton Down, Toot Hill, Crabwood Farm, Fort Southwick and The Trundle). Solent Digital Radio proposes to commence broadcasting all of its services, subject to confirmation of contracts, in December 2002, using three transmission sites (at Crabwood Farm, Toot Hill and Chillerton Down) initially, and another three (at Fort Southwick, The Trundle and Ventnor) from April 2003. The Authority hopes to announce a decision "in the spring".

February 16th 2002
Radio Nederland's Media Network reported this week that the pilot DAB transmissions currently taking place from Lopik will be strengthened "in a few months" by the addition of transmitters in Rotterdam and Haarlem.

February 16th 2002
In Australia, the Sydney Band III DAB tests will take place on Block 9A. This is a "drop-through" allocation, using capacity in the existing Broadcasting Spectrum, rather than a frequency allocation specifically for Digital Radio. The tests are expected to begin later this year and initially will be a rebroadcast of the existing Ensemble which is running in L-Band. These broadcasts are run by DR2000, a consortium of 2KY, ABC, ARN and Austereo.

February 16th 2002
Spectrum Radio has popped up on the Switch London ensemble, running at 128 kbit/s in Mono. New Snapshot added.

February 16th 2002
On DRg London, the services SBN and AbracaDABra have been observed running simultaneously this week. New Snapshot added.

February 16th 2002
During this week's One Day Cricket, the "long wave" feed of Radio 4 was not carried on DAB. The home of cricket on DAB is BBC 5LIVE SportX.

February 9th 2002
On the CE London ensemble, Sunrise Radio has dropped from 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo to 64 kbit/s, Mono half sample rate. New Snapshot added.

February 9th 2002
On the Switch London ensemble, the Service Big-London has ceased. New Snapshot added.

February 9th 2002
The Service Label of PICCADILLY_KEY on CE Manchester has changed. The new Service Label is confirmed as KEY103Manchester. The short version (previously "KEY") is known to read "KEY103".

February 8th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has awarded the local digital franchise for Leicester to Now Digital (East Midlands) Ltd. (Now Digital Ltd. [GWR Group plc], Sabras Sound Ltd., Capital Radio plc, Chrysalis Radio Ltd.). NDEM proposes to begin broadcasting in November 2002, initially using two transmitters, at Copt Oak and Waltham. A third transmitter, at Skeffington, will be introduced during the first two years of operation. NDEM has identified a further two transmitters, at Boundry water tower and Empingham. Their introduction will be reviewed during the licence period.. The ensemble will use Block 11B (218.640 MHz). Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Leicester.

February 8th 2002
The BBC has changed the way the morning Radio 4 splits for Yesterday in Parliament and the Daily Service are handled. The Service BBC Radio 4 LW has ceased. At the appropriate times, new Secondary Components, Parliament and Daily Service respectively, appear. These run at 80 kbit/s Mono. The Primary Component, BBC Radio 4, continues during these times at 80 kbit/s, Mono. Unlike the Service BBC 5LIVE SportX, these two Secondary Components do not have corresponding Primary Components on the ensemble, so the only way to access them is as Secondary Components of BBC Radio 4. One upshot of this change is that it is no longer possible for the committed Radio 4 listener who listens each day to either Yesterday in Parliament or the Daily Service to leave their receiver permanently "tuned" to the appropriate service - analogous to leaving an AM radio permanently tuned to 198 kHz. It also means that the listener's opportunity to select the correct feed before the programme starts is quite short. This morning, the Daily Service Secondary Component became available with only a few seconds to go before 09:45. To clarify a misunderstanding often expressed in the Newsgroups, running the "long wave" version as a separate, permanently available Service Label used not a single kbit/s more than the new way of working. It may be, however, that some receivers have an upper limit on the numer of Services per Ensemble they can handle, and that the change may have been necessary to accomodate the New Services which have yet to be launched.

The weekday situation as it is understood to be at the moment is summarised below. Colours as per the Snapshots.

Diagram

February 7th 2002
The ARD, the umbrella organisation for the public-service broadcasting organisations of each of the German Länder, is to seek additional transmission capacity for DAB. The aim is to develop additional services and make digital radio a more attractive proposition for the listener. Meeting in Bremen, the Intendanten of the broadcasters agreed to a strategy for the future development of DAB.

February 7th 2002
Probably in response to complaints from listeners, a new Service has appeared on BBC National DAB. BBC WS has moved is transmitting a "barker", a repeating message advising listeners to perform a new Autotune or Search/Store in order to continue receiving BBC World Service. The SId for this service has changed and those with the Service stored onto a preset will need to perform this Rescan and then re-Store the Service to that Preset. The barker is running at 64 kbit/s, Mono. Snapshot to follow.

February 7th 2002
Correction to Sweden TII table.

February 7th 2002
UK TII table updated.

February 6th 2002
The Atlas Digital Radio, issued by the Technischen Kommission der Landesmediananstalten, has been updated with revised sections for Bayern, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz and Thüringen. This document is a comprehensive overview of DAB in Germany and is an indispensable download for anyone wanting to know the full picture. The Atlas is divided up into sections so that only the newest updates need be downloaded.

February 6th 2002
Snapshot of the Isle of Man ensemble added. The transmitter at Carnane appears to have been incorporated into a combined numbering plan for the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man. The transmitter was seen to be radiating TII. The TII table has been updated.

February 5th 2002
The service Sunrise Radio has appeared on CE Birmingham, running at 64 kbit/s, half-rate sampling. New snapshot to follow.

February 5th 2002
Test transmissions for the new BBC service BBC 6 Music have popped up on BBC National DAB. The Service is running at 128 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. Snapshot added.

February 1st 2002
A new transmitter has been added to the Band III SFN in Bayern. Deggendorf serves Hoher Bogen, Brotjacklriegel and Regensburg. Coverage rises with this latest addition to 85% of the population of Bayern

February 1st 2002
Ensemble Labels for two of the NowDigital ensembles have been observed to have changed and now identify the franchise as well as the operator. This makes each Label unique. Previously all the NowDigital ensembles had the same Label. It is likely that Coventry has been similarly relabelled.

January 30th 2002
Listings for Montreal added.

January 28th 2002
The services 747 AM and Concertzender have been added to the Netherlands ensemble.

January 28th 2002
Snapshot of the ntl:Experimental ensemble from Croydon updated.

January 26th 2002
New Snapshots of the Greater London 3 ensemble, showing the addition of Ritz and the different configurations for AbracaDABra (06:00 - 19:00) and SBN (19:00 - 06:00).

January 26th 2002
New Services have appeared on the pilot DAB ensemble in the Netherlands, Radio 1 and Radio 4. Radio 3 has been relabelled Radio 3FM. (NB - these are Dutch services)

January 26th 2002
Switch Aberdeen Snapshot updated. Changed Service Label Waves Radio, which was seen to be running at Protection Level 1.

January 24th 2002
radio SAW has popped up on the Block 12C Landesensemble in Sachsen-Anhalt. Project leader Michael Richter of Digitaler Rundfunk Sachsen-Anhalt says the only service still outstanding before the ensemble is complete is the new Klassiksender from MDR. It is hoped that Klassiksender will begin broadcasting by April 2002 at the latest.

January 24th 2002
The Rhythm has ceased on the Coventry local ensemble. RAW (University of Warwick student radio) has reappeared at 64 kbit/s half-rate sampling.

January 23rd 2002
The website of Teracom, the Swedish Transmission Provider, includes a map which shows the much reduced coverage areas of DAB in Sweden. The TII table has been modified to show which transmitters are still running.

January 23rd 2002
New Snapshots for Berlin and Brandenburg. Only the Block 8C SFN radiates TII.

January 23rd 2002
Snapshot updated of the L-band ensemble in Halle. The observations were repeated several times in order to be sure of the data for ARVID. 192 kbit/s is the highest bitrate ever seen on this site for a Single Channel service.

January 23rd 2002
The Irish Independent newspaper reported last week that a report by consultants Deloitte & Touche for Irish Arts Minister Sile de Valera has recommended that Ireland adopt a "wait and see" approach to DAB. It said development of any network should be postponed for two years. RTE's director of radio, Helen Shaw, says: "The logic is some form of digital technology will transform audio broadcasting. There is a huge danger of Ireland being left outside the loop. The difficulty is that you can become fossilised. I would have concerns that we are not participating as much as we should be." Among the miraculous qualities which the newspaper attributes to DAB, this gem: "On conventional wavelengths, like FM or MW, there is a limit to the number of broadcasters which can fit on the spectrum, but with digital there is no restriction." Oh dear. The newspaper also claims that Japan, "where new technologies are traditionally tried and tested before spreading to the rest of the world", has not bothered with it. The reality is in fact that Japan has adopted an alternative system, ISDB-T and is proceeding with it, even to the extent of lobbying countries who had already adopted DAB (but not yet implemented it) to reconsider.

January 22nd 2002
At their December 2001 meeting, the UK Radio Authority agreed to the postponements of the launches of two local ensembles. The Southend & Chelmsford ensemble of NowDigital will now launch May 1st 2002. The Bournemouth ensemble of NowDigital will now launch July 1st 2002.

January 22nd 2002
The launch date of the Ayr local ensemble appears to have slipped. Score Digital are now quoting April 2002.

January 22nd 2002
Listings tidied up of the NTL Experimental ensemble in London and the ceased L-band ensemble.

January 22nd 2002
Snapshot added of the Greater London 3 ensemble. These are still test transmissions at the moment. Official public service is scheduled for January 25th.

January 22nd 2002
Snapshot updated of ensemble for the German-speaking region of Switzerland. Snapshot now includes Ensemble Label.

January 22nd 2002
Snapshot updated of the Thüringen Band III ensemble. Addition of LandesWelle..Changed labels for other services. DEUTSCHLANDFUNK and D-RADIO now in Joint Stereo.

January 22nd 2002
Snapshot added of the Freiburg (im Breisgau) L-band ensemble.

January 22nd 2002
Snapshot of the Stuttgart L-band ensemble updated. RMB RADIO DAB replaced by ENERGY. DEUTSCHLANDFUNK and DeutschlandRadio bitrates increased to 192 kbit/s but Protection Level reduced to 4. Changed label for STADTRADIO 107.7. Secondary Component information added to listing.

January 22nd 2002
The current Cricket broadcasts are being broadcast on BBC National DAB with the same multiplex configuration as for the Daily Service. The same commentary appears to be carried by both BBC Radio 4 LW and by BBC 5LIVE SportX. Each service, however, has its own audio stream.

January 21st 2002
Snapshot of the new Rheinland-Pfalz ensemble added. TII was confirmed to be transmitted from Heidelberg, but Hohe Wurzel is believed to be not transmitting TII.

January 21st 2002
In Hessen, the L-band transmitters in Darmstadt, Frankfurt and Wiesbaden have been switched off. Hessen Digital Radio, the ensemble operator, say they will be switched on again when Service Providers have been signed up.

January 21st 2002
Snapshot of the Hessen Band III ensemble updated. New Service- and Ensemble Labels.

January 21st 2002
Name & Shame Time: DAB listeners in Frankfurt (Main) have, potentially, a wide choice of programmes available. The new SFN in neighbouring Rheinland-Pfalz was putting a good signal into the city when observed. The Bayern ensemble has also been proved to be receivable and that signal would probably come good with a well-sited aerial. The coverage maps of Bayern Digital Radio even make that prediction. That makes a total of 9 services from public-service broadcasters in the neighbouring Länder, the private stations on those ensembles, plus the two national services of DeutschlandRadio which are transmitted in Hessen. However, there is nothing at all from Hessen's own public service broadcaster. Hessischer Rundfunk has decided it does not wish to participate in DAB. Speaking last summer, Winfried Engel, Vorsitzender of the Landesmedienanstalt, regretted that the Hessischer Rundfunk had declined participation in the project. Digital Radio could not be introduced by the private broadcasters alone, he said. Herr Engel pointed out that not for nothing had the HR received an additional income from Licence Fees specifically for digital broadcasting. He described the HR as being under an obligation.

January 21st 2002
The Greater London 3 local ensemble will be launched on January 25th from the following transmitter sites:
Croydon, Reigate, Guildford, Bluebell Hill, Zouches Farm, Hemel Hempstead (BT Bedmont), Alexandra Palace, Kemsing.
DRg, the ensemble operator, have announced the services which will be available at launch and their bitrates:-

The Arrow - 128k/bits joint stereo.
Choice - 128k/bits joint stereo.
Liquid - 128k/bits joint stereo.
Purple Radio - 128k/bits joint stereo.
Ritz - 128k/bits "stereo" (sic).
SBN London - 96k/bits mono, broadcasting from 7pm to 6am daily.
The Storm - 128k/bits "stereo" (sic).
TAP - 128k/bits stereo.

Other services will be added in due course:
Abracadabra - to be operation in the first six months of 2002, and will broadcast from 6am to 7pm. It will broadcast at 80k/bits in mono.
Passion for London - July 2002 at 128 k/bits joint stereo.
Time Out - "soon".
The Wireless Group and The Carphone Warehouse additionally have capacity for data services on the multiplex.

January 15th 2002
The BBC National DAB multiplex is a dynamic ensemble which uses different bitrates during the course of the day in an effort to make the most efficient use of the bandwidth available. The timing of the Radio 4 bitrates appears to have been modified slightly since the New Year, not least, possibly, because of the large negative traffic in the Newsgroups and elsewhere. The weekday situation as it is understood to be at the moment is summarised below. Colours as per the Snapshots.

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Radio 1160128160
Radio 2128160
Radio 3192
Radio 4 12880128
Radio 4 LW   
Radio 580
5LIVE SportX80
World Service64
BBC Test64
To clarify a concern evident in the Newsgroups, when Radio 4 LW is not carrying separate programming, the service points to the same audio stream as Radio 4.
The Shipping Forecasts at 12:00 and 17:54 appear no longer to be carried on DAB.
Corrections and further information welcome!

January 15th 2002
UK TII table updated.

January 15th 2002
The UK Radio Authority has received two applications for the combined Swindon and West Wiltshire & Bath local digital franchise, from EMAP and NowDigital. It is technically possible for separate programming to be broadcast in the two parts of franchise area. The Swindon SFN will operate on Block 11C and West Wiltshire & Bath will use Block 12D. Capacity is reserved for BBC Wiltshire Sound. Both applicants propose to offer a different mix of services for the two areas, with some services common to both. Both applicants also propose to bring the same six transmitter sites on air in January 2003 - Blunsdon, Membury, Marlborough, Bath, Naish Hill and Crockerton. The Authority hopes to announce a decision in the spring. While a single franchise is being offered, the result, on the basis of both applications, will be two ensembles whichever applicant is successful. This site will therefore continue to list the two areas separately.

January 15th 2002
The listings format has been modified to allow the display of Secondary Components in the Service listings. Any Service which carries a Secondary Component flag is known to be a Secondary Component of the Service above it. So far the only service listed in this way is Secondary ComponentBBC 5LIVE SportX, although other examples are known to exist elsewhere. Services which are listed twice, once with the flag and once without, such as BBC 5LIVE SportX, are known to be labelled in the ensemble as both Primary and Secondary Service Components. Other listings will be modified as information becomes available.

January 14th 2002
Heart has appeared on the Switch Scotland ensemble, replacing BIG Scotland. New Snapshot added. At the present time, The Lounge continues to be broadcast, although this is due to be replaced by Smash Hits.

January 14th 2002
Three new transmitters have been added to the Digital One SFN in the UK. Mendlesham brings DAB into East Anglia for the first time. Caldbeck serves North Cumbria and parts of South West Scotland. Huntshaw Cross improves coverage in Barnstable, Bideford and North Devon. These are the 57th, 58th and 59th transmitters respectively in the Digital One network. The Digital One website details the coverage extension programme for 2002.

January 13th 2002
The BBC sports service has been relabelled BBC 5LIVE SportX. BBC Test is currently running at 64 kbit/s.

January 10th 2002
Ssssshhhh! DAB is top secret! DAB transmissions have been running on the Isle of Man since the Autumn of 2001. Operating on Block 11C, the ensemble carries Manx Radio, Energy FM and some "UK radio services", including Virgin Radio. Also to be included in these transmissions, which are designated a 12-month trial, are interactive data services designed to be used in conjunction with 3G mobile phones.
Don't tell anyone I told you!

January 8th 2002
BBC WM (C&W) has popped up on Now Digital's Coventry ensemble. RaW-RadioWarwick has ceased. New Snapshot to follow.

January 8th 2002
The Greater London 3 ensemble, to be run by DRg, is reported to have popped up today on Block 11B. DRg expected to begin transmissions from Croydon initially, with other sites following later. The coverage area will therefore probably not match the other two London multiplexes at first. Additionally, since these are test transmissions, they will also be subject to periods of reduced power, interruptions, and other odd effects.

January 7th 2002
The data service on the ScoreGLASGOW ensemble has been relabelled SCORE Data. The ScoreEDINBURGH ensemble is unchanged.

January 6th 2002
All change in Berlin/Brandenburg! The services Deutschlandfunk and DeutschlandRadio have disappeared from the Block 8C ensemble in Berlin. DeutschlandRadio has appeared on the Block 12D/11C ensemble which serves both Berlin and Brandenburg. Deutschlandfunk was there already. According to GARV, the Block LE ensemble is reduced to just three services, Energy 103.4, 104.6 RTL and radio starlet. spreeradio105.5 and RockIT DAB have moved to Block LI. Berliner RF 91.4 and Klassik-Radio and are no longer available on DAB. BB Radio regional, VoA / 87,9 Rock FM are new services on Block LI. Hundert,6 has moved to Block 8C. R.S.2DAB has moved to Block 12D/11C.

January 6th 2002
The home page of the forthcoming BBC black music station, Network X, is online, complete with logo.

January 6th 2002
On the Switch Scotland ensemble, the service Scot FM has become real in line with the recent ownership changes. Snapshot updated. BIG Scotland and The Lounge are set to disappear. The November Radio Authority Minutes, just published, reveal that the Authority granted permission for Heart and Smash Hits to replace these services. These changes have yet to take effect. One change approved at the same meeting which has already taken effect is the dropping of The Rhythm from the ensemble. The Authority granted Switch up to one year in which to come up with a replacement service.

January 6th 2002
The November Radio Authority Minutes, just published, reveal that the Authority granted NowDigital a two months' delay in the launch of its dance music service on the Coventry and Bristol ensembles. Other items from the November meeting:-
CE Birmingham: Sunrise Radio is to be carried on the ensemble at 64 kbit/s.
CE London:- XFM, KISS and MAGIC are to be reduced from 160 to 128 kbit/s.
Score N.IRELAND:- The Authority granted permission for KISS to "replace" Virgin Radio.

January 4th 2002
Additional transmitters have joined the Nordrhein-Westfalen SFN at Olsberg, Bärbelkreuz, Schleiden, Bad Oeynhausen, Burscheid, Hochsauerland, Waldbröl and Ederkopf during December. Coverage in NRW now stands at 82% of the territory and 90% of the population. The bringing into service of a new DAB transmitter at Arnsberg in Nordrhein-Westfalen gave rise to a large number of complaints to cable operators, radio and TV technicians and programme providers. The new Band III transmissions were being picked up by poorly shielded cable systems in the area. Digital Radio West, the DAB network operator, denies responsibility but has nevertheless decided to cease transmissions from Arnsberg daily between 18:00 and 06:00. The regulatory authorities have become involved and a solution is hoped for soon.

January 4th 2002
Snapshot of Score N.IRELAND updated. Addition of KISS to the ensemble.

January 3rd 2002
The BBC Shipping Forecast splits have not been on DAB since the bitrate changes and may have been scuppered. At 12:00 and 17:54 each day, the Radio 4 LW service has continued to share the basic Radio 4 stream.

January 3rd 2002
Madrid Snapshots updated. Since the last snapshots, RADIO 5 NOTICIAS has disappeared from FU-E. 11B PROG 5, M80 DIGITAL and REE EUROPA have appeared. RADIO CLASICA has increased its bitrate to 256 kbit/s. On MF1, RADIO 5 has dropped from 192 to 160 kbit/s. On MF2, both the Arcam and Videologic receivers display a service label as RADIO ESPAÄA. It is not known whether this is a transmission fault or a reception issue which is common to both receivers. The Videologic was the 602ES operating in its "Spanish" language mode. This display pecularity has also been observed on MF2 in Catalunya. I'd be interested to hear from anyone operating other receivers in these areas. Quisiera oír de cualquier persona que funciona otras receptores en estas ciudades.

January 3rd 2002
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