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September 12th, 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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eyeTV T2
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)
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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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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

September 12th
A new service has popped up on the national ensemble * DAB Italia *. RR News is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. The existing service Radio Radicale has dropped from 96 to 48 kbit/s.

September 12th
In France, the first test transmissions have been reported on Block 10D from the new local ensemble Le Havre Local 1.

September 12th
A new service has popped up on Trial London. __Desi Radio__ is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. LRB Digital has ceased.

September 12th
Free-DAB ensembles have popped up in a number of Irish cities, most recently with some low-power tests in Dublin at the weekend. The status of the broadcasts has been the subject of some comment and speculation in radio forums. Wohnort asked if FreeDAB would answer a few questions. The "interview" took place on September 10th.

Wohnort: You've been broadcasting since April 2019 in Cork, is that right? And at the weekend you began broadcasting in Dublin. Where else are you on the air? The FreeDAB website mentions Sligo and Donegal. Are these up and running?

FreeDAB: Freedab commenced its first broadcast in March on low test power. On May 22nd we launched across Cork. We have since launched our Dublin multiplex on block 5D on test power. We will launch fully tomorrow [September 11th] across Dublin. We have test multiplexes on test in Sligo town and Donegal and will full launch [them] when we are satisfied that [they] meet spectral requirements.

Wohnort: How did FreeDAB begin? At the time you started there was already a trial mux operating in Cork. How did Cork suddenly end up with two separate muxes operating at the same time?

FreeDAB: FreeDAB came about after my station NRG was refused a Section 71 licence from the BAI and requested we setup and apply for an FM licence before we can be considered for DAB. On that note with my technical background I decided to take matters into my own hands and FreeDAB was born. FreeDAB and eirdab have no connection what so ever!!

Wohnort: Is FreeDAB the producer of any of the services broadcasting on your mux?

FreeDAB: Yes, NRGradiocork

Wohnort: One of the services on FreeDAB is a Spanish radio station, is that right? How did that come about? I mean, how did they even know you were here? Is it the same programme, running in both Ireland and Spain?

FreeDAB: Yes, Coast FM, that's correct. We were approached by Coast and asked can [they] be broadcast across our network and many other stations also have approached us.

Wohnort: What's next?

FreeDAB: With the current FM pirate situation here in Ireland, FreeDAB is set up to eliminate this problem and accepting pirates to join FreeDAB on the basis they shut down FM. This is our goal and as a result there are 3 pirates on in Dublin left out of 20. This gives the legal stations back their markets.



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Update History

September 11th
A new ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 12D in Bologna. EMILIAROMAGNADAB is reported to have 18 DAB+ services on board.

September 11th
Mandurah added to Australian listings. A licence to operate on Block 8C, which becomes effective on October 21st, has been issued to the Joint Venture Company that will operate the ensemble carrying private-sector services. The effective date allows for a period of testing prior to start-up. A start-up day will normally be announced by the regulator. In the cases of Canberra and Hobart, the announcement was made just a few days prior to the start-up. So far as ABC/SBS services are concerned, the ABC has already announced that it expects Mandurah to be best served in a Single Frequency Network with the Perth digital radio market.

September 11th
In France, the first test transmissions of the forthcoming local ensembles have been reported in Rouen.

September 10th
On Trial Glasgow, the service RetuneToPaisley, that pointed to the same audio stream as Paisley FM, has ceased. Snapshot updated.

September 10th
Snapshot of the Australian ensemble DAB+ HOBART updated. Hobart FM replaces Programme 01.

September 10th
In Ireland, the number of services being transmitted on a new Block 5D ensemble in Dublin is reported to have risen to 12.

September 10th
On the Swiss local ensemble for Geneva, DIG F03 - GE, the service LA FABRIK GE+ is reported to have ceased.

September 10th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Bayern has brought into service a new transmitter on Block 12D. Altenstadt a.d. Waldnaab improves coverage of the regional ensemble Oberpfalz in an area that includes Altenstadt a.d. Waldnaab,, Neustadt a.d. Waldnaab and Weiden.

September 10th
In Germany, the regulator in Bayern has advertised capacity for two additional services on the Block 11A local ensemble Ingolstadt. Protection Level EEP 2-A will be used and capacities of 72, 80, 88 or 96 CU are available, allowing bitrates of 72, 80, 88 or 96 kbit/s respectively. The closing date is October 1st 2019.

September 10th
Two new services have popped up on Trial Manchester. RootznRockerz and Strawberry Radio are running in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s each.

September 9th
In Ireland, all of the "original-flavour" DAB services on the Cork ensemble Free-DAB are reported to have switched to DAB+.

September 9th
On the local ensembles Humberside and Lancashire, Smooth Country has replaced Gold.

September 9th
A new ensemble is reported to have popped up in Dublin on Block 5D with nine audio services on board.

September 8th
Snapshot added of the Block 5A transmissions taking place in Cork. Of the ten services being broadcast on Free-DAB, Wohnort was unable to decode audio from four. Two services on the ensemble are flagged as using DAB+.

September 6th
A report about the forthcoming launch of DAB+ broadcast by France 3 in its "19/20 Normandie" bulletin mentions an on-air date of the beginning of October [for the new ensemble in Le Havre]. The narrator of the report promises listeners "un qualité de son CD - très supérieur à celui de la FM". À couper le souffle!

September 6th
Snapshot added of the Block 12A transmissions in Rheinland-Pfalz, DAB+ Bretzenheim. Four DAB+ services are being broadcast.

September 6th
In Spain, a new ensemble has popped up in Gran Canaria on Block 5A. AirwaveDAB GC is broadcasting the same lineup of services as the recently-launched Block 7D ensemble in Tenerife.

September 5th
Snapshot updated of the German ensemble rbb BRB/BLN K10B. Since the previous snapshot, kulturradio has been relabelled rbbKultur and It's Fritz has been relabelled Fritz.

September 5th
Snapshot updated of the German ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B. _RadioGermanyOne replaces MEGA SNA.

September 5th
Mid & West Wales snapshots updated, both with and without BBC R Cymru 2. BBC Radio Cymru appears to run with greater protection while BBC R Cymru 2 is running.

September 5th
Swansea SW Wales snapshots updated, both with and without BBC R Cymru 2.

September 3rd
A so far unidentified ensemble has been reported operating in the area of the Adriatic on Block 10B. In the most recent observation seen by Wohnort, the ensemble was labelled ----- (EId 0009) and had seven audio services on board - Chill, HITS, HITS 70 80, HITS 90, HITS2, Maxxima and SKYJAZZ. According to reports in local forums, the ensemble has previously been labelled Slovenia, but this may not be an indication of the ensemble's origin. Users in a Croatian forum have speculated the transmissions may originate in Italy.

September 3rd
Lincolnshire snapshot updated. Addition of ATLANTIS.

September 3rd
Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire snapshots updated. Smooth Country replaces Chill.

September 3rd
Cornwall, Devon, Essex, Kent, Manchester and Sussex snapshots updated. Smooth Country replaces Gold (or its equivalent).

September 3rd
On the local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh, the service Bliss Radio has switched to DAB+ and is now running at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated. When BBC R Cymru 2 isn't running, this ensemble has twice as many DAB+ services as "original-flavour".

September 3rd
London snapshots updated - Smooth Chill added to London 1 at 40 kbit/s in DAB+, Smooth Country added to London 2 at 128 kbit/s Joint Stereo, Chill removed from London 3.

September 3rd
A new service, Smooth Country, is reported to have popped up on the following local ensembles:-
Berks & N Hants, Birmingham, Cambridge, Cornwall, Devon, Essex, Kent, Leicestershire, Manchester, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk, Peterborough, Sussex and Swindon.
The newcomer is reported to have replaced Chill on Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire and Gold on others.

September 2nd
On the French ensemble LILLE Etendu, the service RCF Nord is reported to be running with a changed SId.

September 2nd
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2, the service Tomorrowland OWR has ceased. Snapshot updated.

September 2nd
In Norway, the regional ensemble NRK Reg5 HedOpp has been relabelled NRK Reg5 Innland. Where necessary, services have been relabelled to reflect the new suffix. Snapshot updated.

September 2nd
In Italy, the public-service rebroadcaster RAS plans to close its FM transmitters in Südtirol (Alto Adige) in the next three years. Writing in Meinungsbarometer, RAS's Director, Dr. Georg Plattner, estimates the savings achieved by switching services to DAB+ instead of the FM amount to nearly 95%. RAS has already deactivated a number of transmitters. By the end of 2017, 19 transmitters at 6 sites had been taken out of service. The following year, 22 further transmitters at 7 sites were decommissioned. RAS plans to lay before the regional government its proposal to remove the remaining 67 FM transmitters from service over the next three years. RAS will also be able to avoid the capital cost of replacing FM transmitters when they reach the end of their operational lives.

September 2nd
On London 2, the service The Arrow has ceased.

September 2nd
On Trial Manchester, the service Cyber Radio has been relabelled Atlantis.

September 2nd
A new service has popped up on the UK ensemble D1 National. CapXTRA Reloaded is broadcasting in DAB+ at 40 kbit/s. Of the nineteen audio services on this ensemble, nine now use DAB+, representing just under half of the services carried.

September 2nd
In Spain, a new ensemble AirwaveDAB TFS is reported to have popped up in Tenerife on Block 7D with eight audio services on board, two of which are reported to be using DAB+.
(This article has since been edited to add the Ensemble Label).

September 2nd
Snapshot updated of the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN1, following the migration of VBRO EVERGREEN to DAB+ VLAANDEREN2.

September 1st
A new service is reported to have popped up on the Netherlands ensembles MTVNL. Classic FM is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

September 1st
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble Lincolnshire. ATLANTIS is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s.

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