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April 18th, 2019

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Update: Another seller, "Mlec tech", has been found selling this* cheap portable FM radio on Amazon UK and describing it as "DAB". In the detailed spec, DAB isn't mentioned. Wohnort has contacted this seller and will post any responses received here. Both this seller and the one mentioned below appear to be based in China.

As Christmas approaches, it's unfortunately still best to be alert when buying DAB/DAB+ radios. Wohnort has noticed a number of "new" models that fail to mention DAB+ in their descriptions. Remember Wohnort's Rule: If it doesn't say DAB+ on the box, it probably doesn't receive DAB+. More worryingly, a portable FM radio L-938, described as "Mini Pocket Digital FM Radio DAB"* is being offered by "Househome" on Amazon UK for GBP 8.79, but with no mention of DAB in the specification. Wohnort has contacted the seller for clarification and will post their answer here. Caveat emptor!

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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)
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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+.
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Latest Updates and News

April 18th
In Australia, the service 4TAB 2 on DAB+ Brisbane 1 has been relabelled 4TAB -4IP Easter for the holidays.

April 18th
In Italy, a new ensemble has popped up with test transmissions on Block 10C from Monte Serpeddi. RIA SARDEGNA has twelve audio services on board.

April 18th
On those instances of the Netherlands ensemble MTVNL on which it appears, the service GNR Test is reported to have been relabelled GNR 2.

April 18th
In Austria, the operator of the city ensemble in Vienna has advertised capacity that is either free already or will become free when the national ensemble is launched in May. In total, some 300 Capacity Units are on offer. Some of the services currently carried have been allocated capacity on the forthcoming national ensemble and are expected to relinquish their capacity on the city mux.

April 18th
In Austria, the latest iteration of the national ensemble roll-out timetable reveals that the Pfänder transmitter at the eastern end of the Bodensee should now be brought into service this year at the same time as other sites at Wien-Kahlenberg, Wien-Liesing, Wien-DC Tower, Semmering-Sonnenwendstein, Graz-Schöckl and Linz-Lichtenberg. Previously, the Pfänder had been scheduled for 2020. The German national ensemble is expected to begin transmitting from the Pfänder at the same time, providing quite a kick to the DAB+ platform in the Bodensee region.

April 18th
In Germany, the media regulator in Saarland has advertised capacity on a Land-wide ensemble for private-sector broadcasters. The ensemble will be operated by Media Broadcast GmbH and operate on Block 11C. The deadline date for applications is 12:00 May 16th, 2019.

April 17th
A new service is reported to have popped up on Trial Brighton. Mi-House is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

April 17th
The UK regulator has advertised a local ensemble to cover the Channel Islands. Capacity is reserved for BBC Radio Guernsey and BBC Radio Jersey. The new ensemble will operate on Block 12A, unless clearance proves problematic, in which case 11C would be used. Closing date for applications is July 17th 2019.

April 17th
Snapshot updated of the German test and development ensemble in Erlangen, LIKE_IIS. Multiple changes, as is to be expected, since the previous observation.

April 17th
Snapshot of the German regional ensemble Oberpfalz updated. RADIO TEDDY replaced KULT RADIO since the previous observation.

April 17th
Snapshot of the Danish national ensemble DK DAB1 updated. Addition of _ENERGY NRJ and _Classic Rock.

April 16th
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 9D. Buchen improves coverage of the ensemble SWR BW N in the area Buchen - Hardheim - Walldürn.

April 15th
In Denmark, two new services have popped up on the national ensemble DK DAB1. In keeping with the "house style", both services' labels begin with an underscore. _ENERGY NRJ and _Classic Rock are broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s each. Snapshot to follow.

April 14th
In Germany, the media regulator in Bayern has granted the temporary use of capacity on the Block 8B regional ensemble Allgäu to the service * RADIO SMU *. The addition of the service is expected to coincide with the activation of a new transmitter at Markt Wald in May. This will enable better coverage in Radio Schwabmünchen's home town. The same site will also be used from next year for a new transmitter for the Block 9C local ensemble Augsburg, on which the service is already broadcast. At that point the capacity on Block 8B will lapse.

April 13th
Snapshot updated of the German regional ensemble Allgäu. Addition of ARABELLA KULT since the previous observation. RSA Radio OA has switched to a higher Protection Level.


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Update History

April 12th
Snapshot updated of the Swiss ensemble for Chur and Sargans, DIG D04 - CS. MAXXIMA and toxic.fm have lower bitrates than in the previous observation.

April 12th
Snapshot added of the Strasbourg ensemble SXBLOCAL+.

April 11th
Snapshot updated of the Swiss ensemble DIG D04 - BO, relabelled in a subtle but important way since the previous observation. Sunradio - BiM replaces IP music. Some of the other services have switched to lower bitrates.

April 10th
Snapshot updated of the French ensemble STRASBOURG+ (relabelled since the previous observation). AFRICA N°1 relabelled AFRICA RADIO.

April 10th
Snapshot updated of the French ensemble ALSACE+ (relabelled since the previous observation). Addition of Skyrock.

April 9th
The short trial in Belarus has begun. DAB+ Minsk is broadcasting on Block 5B and has sixteen services on board.

April 9th
Snapshot updated of the Swiss ensemble DIG F03 NY, relabelled since the previous observation. Multiple other changes.

April 9th
RNT PARIS 3 snapshot updated. Fewer services on the ensemble compared with the previous observation.

April 9th
Glasgow snapshot updated. Country Hits replaces KISS FRESH.

April 8th
Snapshots of the Belgian regional ensembles BXL-BW 2, LIEGE 2 and NAM-LUX 2 updated.

April 7th
A packet data service has popped up on the Danish ensembles DAB2 OE and DAB2 N. DR Logoer is running at 16 kbit/s. On DAB2 N, all P4 versions are now running at 80 kbit/s. Snapshots updated.

April 6th
Snapshot of the German ensemble Radio Bremen updated. NDR Info has been relabelled NDR Info HB.

April 6th
In Germany, the small-scale DAB ensemble in Bretzenheim, Rheinland-Pfalz, is reported to have resumed broadcasting on Block 12A. Four audio services are reported to be onboard currently.

April 6th
On the Drenthe instance of the Netherlands ensemble MTVNL, the service De Vrije Radio is reported to have ceased. When the ensemble was last observed in January, this was one of only two audio services running.

April 6th
In Belarus, Radio Radius FM has announced that the short DAB+ trial will take place in Minsk from April 8th to 19th. In addition, the telecommunications, bank and office technologies trade fair "Tibo" will demonstrate the DAB+ standard from April 9th to 12th.

April 6th
On the local ensembles Birmingham, Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, the SIds of the new service Country Hits have changed and now match the London 1 instance. Instances on other ensembles are likely to have changed also.

April 6th
On London 2, the service Panda Radio has been relabelled SPECTRUM RADIO.

April 6th
In Switzerland, the service RADIO 74 GE+ on DIG F03 - GE has been relabelled Lifestyle 74. It is likely that the instances in Vaud, Bas Valais and Zürich have been relabelled also. In France, where the service is broadcast on FM, the regulator authorised the name change this week. The name Radio 74 disappears after 37 years on the French and Swiss airwaves. The station began in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois in early 1982 in the Haute-Savoie, but unashamedly serving the English-speaking international community in Geneva. The number 74 signifies, among other things, the number of the Département.

April 6th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 7B. Gelnhausen improves coverage of hr Radio in the Region Kinzigtal, in particular along the Autobahn A66 from Hanau to Schlüchtern. A further transmitter at Gießen-Dünsberg is planned for the second quarter of 2019.

April 5th
On the local ensemble Somerset, 100% Dragon Hits and 100% Whatever are reported to have ceased.

April 5th
A packet data service has popped up on Trial Portsmouth. Solent Wireless is running at 8 kbit/s.

April 5th
In the Netherlands, the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and Climate has reported to Parliament on the deliberations of a task force created to ensure the best use of spectrum for digital radio. Following the task force's deliberations, the MTVNL layer and the regional layer are expected to swap frequencies. As a result, a new national layer can be created for national commercial broadcasting. The resulting new regional layer will comprise smaller areas and be better suited to the business models of non-national commercial broadcasters reliant on local advertising. The new areas will also correspond more closely to the provincial borders, to the benefit of the regional public-service broadcasters. Spectrum for local broadcasting is to be released prior to final international co-ordination on the understanding that some allocations may need to change upon completion of the co-ordination process. According to the report, the local sector has been informed and accepted this proviso.

April 5th
Snapshots updated of the German ensembles NDR MV, NDR NDS and NDR SH. Some services relabelled since previous observation.

April 4th
Snapshot of the German ensemble S-ANHALT updated. The separated regional versions of radio SAW were running at 72 kbit/s when observed.

April 4th
On the Swedish ensembles SR DAB and TERACOM Test, the TPEG services are running with changed SIds. The changes have the appearance of typo corrections.

April 4th
On #EuroDab Italia, the DAB+ service RVaticana Ita + has dropped to 32 kbit/s and is now in mono.

April 3rd
In France, the regulator has taken notice of the government's request to prioritise access for the services of the public-service broadcaster Radio France. Accordingly, the regulator has issued amendments for regional and local ensembles across France, including those already broadcasting in Paris, Marseille and Nice. These amendments concern primarily the various local versions of France Bleu and the external service RFI. No timetable is mentioned for the appearance of those services on ensembles that are already in operation.

April 3rd
In France, the regulator has revoked the authorisations granted to a number of broadcasters who had been awarded capacity on new ensembles in Nord-Pas-de-Calais but who have failed to use that capacity. The decisions refer to Néo (Lille-Local), RBM Radio (BLAD) and Radio Scarpe Sensée (BLAD).

April 3rd
In Germany, the ensemble HESSEN SÜD has migrated as planned from Block 11C to 12C.

April 3rd
Snapshots of the Czech ensembles CRo DAB+ and TELEKO DAB updated. Multiple changes since previous observations.

April 3rd
In Australia, the regulator has announced its draft plans for the next five years. Among the projects being considered, the ACMA proposes to
  • complete engineering for, and consult on and finalise the digital radio channel plans for the licence areas where a commercial licensee has committed to starting up around 2020. This is likely to include Bathurst, Goulburn, Cooma and Warragul
  • further consult on whether variations to the Brisbane digital radio channel plan are appropriate to improve digital coverage
  • re-consult on the Gold Coast digital radio channel plan taking into account the completion of frequency allotment planning and the result of a proposed propagation trial
  • consult on and determine whether specified community radio licence areas should be deemed to be the same as the Bathurst RA1, Cooma RA1, Goulburn RA1 and Warragul RA1 commercial radio licence areas for the purpose of digital radio
April 3rd
Two broadcasters, Holland FM and Radio Primavera, have announced on their websites that they are broadcasting in Gran Canaria using DAB+. According to their web pages, a pilot project is taking place on Block 7B and is receivable mainly in Maspalomas. Six audio services are being carried.

April 1st
A new service has popped up on the Swiss ensemble DIG I02 in Ticino. CENTRAL is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

April 1st
On N. Ireland, Greatest Hits replaces KISS FRESH.

April 1st
In Germany, a new DAB+ transmission site has been brought into service with transmitters operating on Blocks 10B and 11D. Ludwigsstadt-Ebersdorf improves coverage of the ensembles Bayern and Oberfranken in and around Ludwigsstadt.

April 1st
Birmingham, Humberside, Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, London 1, Manchester and Sheffield snapshots updated. Country Hits replaces KISS FRESH. Similar changes are expected to have taken place in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Tayside, Teesside and Tyne & Wear. Country Hits is anticipated in Ayr also. On London 1, Magic Soul has dropped to 64 kbit/s, Mono LSF.

April 1st
Snapshot added of the new Australian commercial ensemble for Hobart. Six DAB+ audio services are being transmitted at 48 kbit/s each.

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