Page Updated:
August 23rd, 2017

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Trøndelag/Møre og Romsdal
FM Closure

Commercial broadcasters in Trøndelag/Møre og Romsdal have closed their FM transmitters. This follows the closure of NRK's FM sites in February Some local services will continue to use FM after this date.

Buskerud, Telemark, Hedmark and Oppland
FM Closures

FM transmitters in Buskerud, Telemark, Hedmark and Oppland closed on April 26th 2017. Some local services will continue to use FM after this date.


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DAB+ upgrade

DAB+

pure upgrade offer

For a limited period, PURE is offering free upgrades to UK customers, unlocking DAB+ reception on compatible radios. A computer with a USB port will be required to perform the upgrade. Check compatability on the PURE website.

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DVB-T2 & HEVC reception
(* now available on more Macs/PCs)
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The latest release of Geniatech's eyeTV 3 software reduces the minimum system requirement necessary for H.265 (HEVC) on the new eyeTV T2 and eyeTV Hybrid USB sticks. eyeTV 3.6.9 HEVC (Version 7512) now requires Intel Core i5 running at at least 2.5 Ghz and a minimum of 4GB available RAM, compared with 3.5 GHz and 8Gb RAM in the previous build (7511). Both sticks are now available on both the UK and German versions of Amazon and both sticks would already receive the UK version of DVB-T2 under the previous release. HD in the UK uses the video codec H.264. In Germany, H.265 (HEVC) will be used, for which the stick has been, in the words of the manufacturer, "prepared". Wohnort notes that this latest release brings HEVC reception within the capability of the roving Wohnort MacBook Pro and stick.

System Requirements: eyeTV Version 3.6.8 / OSX 10.11.x

For PC users, Total TV Player is available to download for Windows 8 or later. (2.5 GHz Intel/AMD Core Duo (or similar), 4GB RAM)
eyeTV T2
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eyeTV T2
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eyeTV Hybrid
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Own-brand DAB+ radios
In the UK, the last remaining bastion of died-in-the-wool, "original-flavour"-only DAB receivers is the range of own-brand radios sold by the major supermarket chains. Which brand will be last to switch? With the new UK digital radio tick mark now specifying DAB+ capability (among other welcome things) to qualify, it can't be long now. With DAB+ services already on air across the UK, and more certain to follow, Wohnort recommends that the own-brand ranges be avoided until they include DAB+.
Caveat emptor!

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DAB thumbnail   Pan-European Specification
To be capable of working anywhere in Europe, a "pan-European" radio needs to be able to receive DAB, DAB+ and DMB-A in Band III and L-band.



Band III thumbnail   Band III
Lband thumbnail   L-band

DMB-TH thumbnail   DMB-TH
IBOC thumbnail   IBOC
(aka HD Radio)
ISDB thumbnail   ISDB-T

 
Ensemble Label
EId
3
Stereo
conditional access   3
Stereo
3
Joint
Stereo
4
Joint St.
LSF
3
Mono
3
Mono
LSF
3
Dual
Channel
1
Packet
Data
3
Stream
Data
3
DAB+
(Mode?)
+
3
DAB+
Stereo
+
3
DAB+
Mono
+
3
DAB+
5.1
+
IVTII



Latest Updates and News   

August 23rd
Trial Birmingham snapshot updated. Since the last snapshot was taken, the services Ambur Radio and Black Country Radio have switched to DAB+. Of the 18 services on this minimux, only five remain in "original-flavour" DAB.

August 22nd
A new service has popped up on Trial Birmingham. Gorgeous FM is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

August 22nd
Snapshot added of the trial Netherlands local ensemble in Zandvoort, 5C DAB Zandvoort.

August 22nd
Snapshot updated of the trial Netherlands local ensemble in Leiden, IMPACTAM DAB MUX.

August 20th
On the trial Netherlands local ensemble in Leiden, IMPACTAM DAB MUX, the services AMW, DanceRadio, Feel Good Radio, JammFM and MidlandNL are reported to have ceased. A new service, Unity FM is reported to have popped up.

August 20th
On the trial Netherlands local ensemble in Wageningen, BROADCASTSHOP.NL, the service IMPACT AM is reported to have ceased.

August 20th
In the Netherlands, a new service, The Friday Zone, is reported to have popped up on the trial local ensemble 7C BenteloTwente.

August 19th
Trial Manchester snapshot updated. Addition of Radio Diamond.

August 19th
In Switzerland, the first transmissions from the new minimux for Biel/Bienne have been reported on Block 10A.

August 19th
Bournemouth snapshot updated.

August 18th
Trial Aldershot snapshot updated.

August 17th
In Austria, two companies have applied for multiplex licences. ORS, the transmission subsidiary of public-service broadcaster ORF, has applied for a national licence. RTG Radio Technikum has applied for a regional ensemble to cover Vienna. A decision by the regulator is expected before the end of this year. The licence for the DAB trial currently operating in Vienna will expire next April. In most countries, the introduction of digital radio has usually been accompanied by a tussle with the copyright bodies. In Denmark, for example, broadcasters withdrew from a minimux until agreement could be reached. It seems Austria is no exception. The country's copyright agency, the AKM, is seeking the same fees as for analogue services, there being no agreed tarif for digital radio. The Austrian newspaper Horizont reports that a criminal case is being prepared against the AKM, alleging extortion through "absurdly high demands". A complaint is also being filed with the federal competition authorities. Wohnort suspects that somewhere between these two distant positions, as in other countries, lies a solution.


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Update History   

August 14th
Snapshot of the Netherlands local DAB trial DAB Ouder-Amstel updated.
August 14th
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Scrisi, in Reggio Calabria, provides coverage of * DAB Italia * in the Straits of Messina. This follows other recent transmitter activations elsewhere in Italy - in Salento and Sondrio.

August 14th
In Sweden, the Block 12B ensemble SR RIKS DAB has been relabelled SR DAB.

August 14th
The latest iteration of Ofcom's Technical Parameters reveals that three sites - Cathcart, Glasgow West Central and Market Drayton - have recently begun broadcasting the UK national ensembles BBC National DAB, D1 National and SDL National.

August 14th
The latest iteration of Ofcom's Technical Parameters reveals that new transmitters have recently been brought into service on UK local ensembles as follows:-
  • Bradfrd&Huddersf: Emley Moor
  • Cornwall: Bude
  • Glasgow: Cathcart, Glasgow West Central
  • Wolv'ton & Shrop: Market Drayton
August 13th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands Block 7B local DAB trial in Den Haag, Feel Good Radio.

August 13th
Snapshot of the Netherlands local DAB trial IMPACTAM DAB MUX updated. Among other changes, the ensemble is running with a new EId.

August 13th
Snapshot of the Belgian ensemble Norkring DAB+ updated.

August 12th
In the Netherlands, Impact AM is reported to have popped up on the local DAB trial in Duivendrecht, DAB Ouder-Amstel.

August 12th
On the Netherlands local DAB trial in Leiden, IMPACTAM DAB MUX, Feel Good Radio is reported to have replaced UnityFM.

August 12th
In the Netherlands, RTV IJsselmond is reported to have popped up on the Block 10A local DAB trial in Emmeloord.

August 12th
In the Netherlands, the regulator has issued licences for three new local DAB trials.
  • Almere (Arno van Boven Consultancy) - Block 12A
  • Nunspeet (Stichting Lokale Radio Nunspeet) - Block 10B
  • Uitgeest (Omroep Stichting Uitgeest) - Block 9C
August 12th
Following recent trials in which a number of BBC local radio AM transmitters were switched off for a period, the BBC has announced that 13 transmitters will cease permanently in January 2018. As a result, BBC Radio Sussex, Surrey, Humberside, Wiltshire, Nottingham, Kent, and Lincolnshire will no longer be available on medium-wave, while BBC Devon, Lancashire and Essex will have reduced medium-wave coverage.

August 12th
On the Belgian Block 11A ensemble Norkring DAB+, the service RADIO STAD has ceased.

August 12th
In Hong Kong, the Block 11C ensemble DAB+ Hong Kong is expected to cease at midnight on September 4th. Public-service broadcaster RTHK operate the only services remaining after the commercial broadcasters Metro Broadcast, Phoenix U and Digital Broadcasting Corporation removed theirs, progressively, between 2015 and 2016. One consequence of the change is that BBC World Service, currently available 24/7 through a service of its own on the ensemble, will in future be broadcast only between 23:00 and 07:00 on RTHK Radio 4. This will be the first time since 1978 that BBC World Service has not been available continuously. The 24-hour relay of China National Radio will remain, however, being broadcast in the territory as RTHK Radio 6.

August 10th
In France, the regulator has advertised capacity on future ensembles for Rouen and Nantes. For Rouen, two local ensembles will cover the immediate vicinity of Rouen with a third local ensemble for Le Havre. A fourth ensemble will cover the greater area encompassing both Rouen and Le Havre. In Nantes, two local ensembles will serve Nantes itself. A third and fourth local ensemble will cover Saint-Nazaire and La Roche-sur-Yon respectively. A fifth ensemble will cover the greater area encompassing all three localities. The closing date for the advertisement is October 17th.

August 10th
In Belgium, the multiplex operator in Flanders, Norkring, has announced that broadcaster Medialaan's services Qmusic and Joe will be broadcast on the Block 11A ensemble Norkring DAB+ from September.

August 9th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Hessen has brought two new transmitters into service on Block 7B. Kreuzberg, located in neighbouring Bayern, extends and improves coverage of hr Radio in the area around Fulda as well as providing fortuitous overspill in Bayern. Hoher Meißner extends coverage in the north of Hessen. These extensions to the network follow the recent activation of a new transmitter at Biedenkopf and a power increase at Rimberg. During September, a new transmitter in Darmstadt will improve indoor coverage in the city, altogether bringing coverage of Hessen to 95% of the population.

August 9th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local DAB trial in Wageningen, BROADCASTSHOP.NL. Neither the EId nor SIds are TS 101 756 compliant for a Netherlands ensemble nor for Netherlands services. The SIds are not unique, being used by different services on at least one other ensemble in the same country.

August 6th
In Germany, a new minimux has popped up in Rheinland-Pfalz. DAB+ Bretzenheim is broadcasting on Block 12A and has a six-month licence from the regulator. Domradio Studio Nahe will broadcast in parallel with an FM transmission on 87,9 MHz.

August 5th
MTVNL snapshots updated. Since the last snapshot, Mexico FM has ceased on the North Brabant & North Limburg ensemble. This ensemble is transmitting the same EId as the local DAB pilot in Waddinxveen, ProFMDAB+ Mux.

August 5th
Snapshot updated of the Netherlands local DAB pilot in Leiden, IMPACTAM DAB MUX. Since the last snapshot, the Ensemble Id has changed. Neither the former nor the current EId are TS 101 756 compliant for a Netherlands ensemble.

August 5th
Snapshot added of the Netherlands local DAB pilot in Waddinxveen, ProFMDAB+ Mux.

August 3rd
Trial Manchester and Trial Portsmouth snapshots updated.

August 2nd
In Germany, three new services have popped up on the regional ensemble Oberfranken. GALAXY OBERFR. is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. BAMBERG and EUROHERZ are broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s each.

August 2nd
In Germany, two new services have popped up on the regional ensemble Unterfranken. AB-Galaxy and AB-Primavera are broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s each.

August 2nd
In the Netherlands, Unity FM, Unity NL, KB Radio and RTV Katwijk have popped up on the trial local ensemble in Leiden, IMPACTAM DAB MUX

August 2nd
In the Netherlands, a new service has popped up on the trial local ensemble DAB Ouder-Amstel. MeerRadio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.

August 2nd
Two new services have popped up on Trial Manchester. Flame Christian and Likwid London are broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s each. The latest changes mean that 27 audio services are currently on board.

August 2nd
The UK regulator has refused a request by the operator of the Mid & West Wales local ensemble to extend its coverage area to include Swansea. In fact, the ensemble does already reach the city by virtue of its transmitter at Kilvey Hill, but the request, if approved, would have codified what is currently technical overspill into formal coverage. The operator stated that the change would make the ensemble more attractive to potential service providers and so improve its overall financial viability. There already is a local ensemble for Swansea, whose operator argued that making the Mid & West Wales ensemble more attractive in the city would be at the expense of their own. The regulator stated that licence areas had been designed to mirror where possible the coverages of existing local analogue services to facilitate any eventual switch-off rather than match areas actually reached with a signal.

August 1st
On Trial Portsmouth, the service 100% HITS has been relabelled 100% Dragon Hits.

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