Page Updated:
May 26th, 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.


Beware new DAB radios without DAB+
With the Winter sales in full swing, Wohnort has noticed a rash of apparently attractive radios appearing for sale on Amazon and elsewhere without DAB+. Among the brands offering radios with no mention of DAB+ are Alba, Arbury, KitSound, Lava, Madingley Hall. Others abound. Absence of DAB+ will mean that some national and local services will appear to be completely silent.
Wohnort's Rule: If it doesn't say DAB+ on the box, there probably isn't DAB+ in the box.


Free PURE
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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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)
eyeTV T2
ab €129,95
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eyeTV T2
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eyeTV T2
(Guide) £99.99
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eyeTV Hybrid
(Guide) £119.95
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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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Amazon UK Offers
The button below will search for DAB price reductions on amazon.co.uk. (Wohnort has noticed that Amazon's widget occasionally produces non-DAB results)
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Remember to select FREE DELIVERY to reduce your costs still further.



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

 
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Stereo
conditional access   3
Stereo
3
Joint
Stereo
4
Joint St.
LSF
3
Mono
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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   

May 26th
Listings added for the new DAB+ trials in Sofia. 16 DAB+ audio services are currently being broadcast on BG DAB+, each broadcasting a short audio loop.

May 22nd
In Germany, the regulator in Sachsen received 13 applications for capacity on a forthcoming minimux pilot in Leipzig and 10 for a minimux in Freiberg. The regulator is currently check that each application meets the conditions of the offer. As there is sufficient capacity for all the applicants, a decision is expected to be made shortly.

May 22nd
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands local ensemble 6A HollandsKroon. Olympia-Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.

May 22nd
The operator of Trial Manchester has announced the following services are to be added to the minimux, which will bring the services total to 28.
  • Radio Diamond
  • Trafford Sound Radio
  • Radio Sangam
  • Likwid
  • NonStop90s Radio
  • Vine Juice
  • Flame CCR
  • Fever 107.3

May 19th
On Trial Portsmouth, Antenna Radio now has a DAB+ stereo audio stream. Snapshot updated.

May 19th
According to reports in a Bulgarian radio forum, DAB+ test transmissions have popped up on Block 12B in Sofia with 16 test loops running.

May 19th
On Trial Portsmouth, the services News Radio UK and Cheesy FM have ceased. A new service Antenna Radio has popped up but is currently without an audio stream.

May 18th
The regulator for Berlin and Brandenburg has advertised capacity on a new ensemble. All 864 CU are on offer. The regulator will decide whether the ensemble should cover Berlin alone or Berlin and Brandenburg together, based on the applications received. Closing date for applications for capacity is June 23rd 2017.

May 18th
On the Slovakia ensemble AVIS, Radio Europa 2 has been replaced by Radio Aktual. New Model Radio is now running at 80 kbit/s.

May 18th
Snapshot updated of the German ensemble DR HESSEN. Protection Level on all services reduced from 1 to 2 since the previous snapshot. Additional services.

May 18th
Snapshot updated of the German ensemble Radio fuer NRW. Bitrate changes since the previous snapshot. The packet data service WDR-INFO has ceased.

May 18th
Listing updated of the Netherlands local ensemble DAB Ouder-Amstel. Changed SIds.

May 18th
In Slovenia, the regulator has invited expressions of interest from broadcasters in obtaining capacity on the ensemble MULTIPLEX R1. If sufficient interest is shown, the regulator may proceed to tender. Closing date for expressions of interest is May 25th 2017.


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Update History   

May 17th
Listing updated of the Slovak ensemble DAB. Addition of ANTENA ROCK, Radio Jemne and Radio VLNA.

May 17th
Listing updated of the Slovak ensemble AVIS. Addition of Radio Best FM, Radio Europa 2 and Radio Patria / RSI.

May 17th
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian local ensemble in Haugaland, LOKALDAB RIKS II. Multiple changes.

May 16th
A new service is reported to have popped up on Trial Glasgow. Radio Central is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. The Short Label for this service (Central) is the same as the Short Label for the (different) service 103.1 Central FM being broadcast on the ensemble Central Scotland and therefore receivable in the same area. GO Radio Glasgow has ceased on Trial Glasgow and is migrating to Central Scotland.

May 16th
Three new services have popped up on Trial Portsmouth. 60s, sleepyhead radio and Timeless Radio are all broadcasting in DAB+ stereo, at 32, 48 and 32 kbit/s respectively. The service Gaydio has switched to DAB+ and is now broadcasting in stereo. Every station on this minimux is now available in stereo. Snapshot updated.

May 16th
In Germany, the regulator for Bayern has advertised capacity on the regional ensemble in Unterfranken (10A). On offer are 54 CU for a DAB+ audio service running at 72 kbit/s. The new service is expected to be on air by October 11th 2017. Closing date of the advertisement is June 12th 2017. Currently, the three ensembles Unterfranken (10A), Oberfranken (10B) and Mittelfranken (8C) broadcast the same multiplex. In the narrative of the advertisement, the regulator states that 5 or 6 local FM services will be broadcast on Unterfranken and Oberfranken and that two local services will be broadcast on Mittelfranken. Services currently broadcast on the Land-wide Block 10D ensemble Bayern will migrate either to the Land-wide Block 11D ensemble BR Bayern or to the regional ensembles. The three regional ensembles are each expected to begin broadcasting a unique multiplex during the summer.

May 16th
A new service EXE is reported to have popped up on the local ensemble Devon.

May 16th
In Germany, the regulator for Bayern has advertised capacity on three existing regional ensembles in Unterfranken (10A), Oberfranken (10B) and Mittelfranken (8C) and two new regional ensembles Oberpfalz-Niederbayern (12D) and Oberbayern-Schwaben (10A) that will begin broadcasting later this year. On offer are 48 CU for a DAB+ audio service running at 64 kbit/s. The capacity should by the end of 2019 at the latest be increased to 54 CU (72 kbit/s). Closing date of the advertisement is June 12th 2017.

May 14th
DAB Dumping Alert
Amazon in the UK has begun listing (as of this month) a large number of "new" models from someone called MAJORITY and with English-sounding names like Barton, Castle, Girton, Heston, Huntingdon, Petersfield, Shelford. Not one of them mentions DAB+ in their descriptions and they are all dirt cheap. Remember Wohnort's rule - If it doesn't say DAB+ on the box, it probably isn't DAB+ in the box. Without DAB+, many or most services - the MAJORITY even - on minimuxes in Brighton, London, Manchester, Portsmouth and elsewhere (and most of Europe by the way) simply won't be audible. Caveat emptor!

May 14th
In the Netherlands, a new local ensemble has popped up on Block 6A. 6A HollandsKroon is broadcasting six DAB+ audio services from Hippolytushoef.

May 14th
On Trial Manchester, the service Penky Wind-Ups has switched to DAB+. The existing DAB+ service Timeless Radio is now broadcasting in stereo. Business Radio has reappeared, having ceased in June 2016. There are currently 20 services broadcasting on this minimux. Snapshot updated.

May 12th
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble Oxfordshire. JACK 3 Oxford is broadcasting at 80 kbit/s in Mono. The existing service JACK 2 has dropped to 80 kbit/s in Mono.

May 10th
In Germany, the regional variation for Stuttgart of SWR 4 has ceased on the ensemble SWR BW S. The service SWRMaimarktradio, which appeared at the same time as SWR4 S, has also ceased.

May 9th
In Germany, a new packet data service has popped up on the local ensemble Muenchen. TPEG-SAFARI is reported to be running at 24 kbit/s.

May 9th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster for Saarland has announced a ten-point savings plan, in response to the broadcaster's financial situation. Among the proposals, consideration is to be given to reducing the number of FM transmission sites.

May 9th
In the Republic of Ireland, there are currently three instances of RTE Lyric being broadcast. On DAB Ireland Mux1, RTE LYRIC is in Joint Stereo, "original-flavour" DAB at 160 kbit/s. On DAB Ireland Mux2, RTE Lyric is in discrete Stereo, "original-flavour" DAB at 256 kbit/s. On the same ensemble, RTE Lyric+ is broadcasting in DAB+ at 128 kbit/s. Snapshots updated.

May 9th
Mid & West Wales snapshot updated.

May 6th
A new ensemble has popped up in Sardinia on Block 10A. DAB Sardegna has eight audio services on board.

May 6th
On the Baden-Würtemberg ensemble SWR BW S, the regional variation for Stuttgart, SWR4 S has popped up alongside the existing four. All five are running at 96 kbit/s in DAB+.

May 6th
On SDL National, the service Share Radio has ceased.

May 6th
On Surrey-NSussex, the service Golden Radio has been relabelled Cyber Hot Hits.

May 6th
Gloucestershire and NE Wales W Chesh snapshots updated. Addition of Upload Radio.

May 4th
Multiplex operator MuxCo is reported to have called for a third multiplex to be licensed for Birmingham. The city is currently served by a local ensemble operated by Bauer Media and in the north east a Minimux operated by Switch Radio. MuxCo made a similar call in December for an additional multiplex to be licensed in Manchester.

May 4th
The German website Radiowoche reports that of the four applicants for the forthcoming second national German multiplex, two have joined forces, reducing the number of applicants to three. According to the report, Neue Welle und Media Broadcast are to participate in a joint venture. Despite discussions involving all four, the other two applicants, LIVIA Group and Leipziger Immobilien-Manager Steffen Göpel, are to continue with their separate applications.

May 3rd
Snapshot updated of the Block 9C ensemble in North Brabant & Limburg MTVNL.

May 3rd
A new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 11B. Rhosfach Farm extends coverage of Wolv'ton & Shrop in northwest Shropshire, including the town of Oswestry. A further site at Market Drayton, in the northeast of the county, is expected to be brought into service in the coming weeks.

May 3rd
On the Netherlands regional and MTVNL ensembles on which it appears, the service Radio JND is reported to have been relabelled RADIOJND.

May 3rd
On the Block 11C Netherlands ensemble DAB+, the service Radio 10 Gold has been relabelled Radio 10 60s&70s.

May 1st
Snapshots of the German regional ensemble BR Bayern and the test ensemble in München IRT Ensemble updated.

May 1st
Snapshots of the German local ensembles Ingolstadt and Muenchen updated.

May 1st
On Trial Portsmouth, the services Test and Unforgettable have ceased. Snapshot updated.

May 1st
On the German national ensemble DR Deutschland, three of the services from the public-service broadcaster Deutschlandradio have been relabelled as follows in line with new branding from May 2017:-
Deutschlandfunk ---> Dlf
DKultur ---> Dlf Kultur
DWissen ---> Dlf Nova
The label of DRadio DokDeb is currently unchanged.

April 30th
DMB Vaticano snapshot updated.

April 30th
Trial Manchester snapshot updated. Forever FM replaced by Radio Dead.

April 29th
Trial Glasgow snapshot updated. GO Radio Glasgow was running without an audio stream. The UK regulator had approved the addition of this service to the regional ensemble Central Scotland with a requested implementation date of April 17th. As of yesterday's observations, this had not happened.

April 28th
Sound Digital, the operator of the UK's second national commercial ensemble SDL National is seeking expressions of interest from prospective service providers to use the space soon to be vacated by Share Radio. A replacement does not need to be in the same genre as the one that is closing. On offer is capacity for a mono service running at 64 kbit/s.

April 28th
A Private Members' Bill, "Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill 2016-17" received the Royal Assent this week. It permits the UK regulator to create a licensing regime for future minimuxes. Trials are currently being conducted in ten areas in England and Scotland. One of these became the UK's first all-DAB+ ensemble earlier this year. [Each territory has its own term for such ensembles. The UK regulator calls them "Small-Scale DAB". Switzerland refers to them as "digital islands". Wohnort uses the term "minimux" for brevity and because it translates well for an international readership.]

April 28th
Snapshots updated of the Italian ensembles Trentino DAB1, MUX DAB+ TAA and DAB+ TAA DIG.

April 27th
Snapshot updated of the local ensemble in Oslo, Lokalradio.

April 27th
In the Netherlands, LOA Ameland has popped up on the regional ensemble 9D Noord-West NL.

April 27th
In Norway, the main FM transmitters in Hedmark and Oppland have closed. Some local services will continue to use FM. In Trøndelag/Møre and Romsdal, commercial broadcasters closed their FM transmitters on April 21st, following the NRK shutdown on February 8th.

April 27th
In Norway, two new services have popped up on the local ensemble for Trondheim Lokalradio 1. Kristenradio and Radio 3,16 (a reference to John's gospel, chapter 3 verse 16) are broadcasting in DAB+ with 64 kbit/s each.

April 27th
On Trial Manchester, Radio Dead has, somewhat poetically, replaced Forever FM.

April 25th
In Slovakia, a new service is reported to have popped up on the ensemble DAB (sic) broadcast on Blocks 12C, 12A and 12B in Bratislava, Banská Bystrica and Košice respectively. Radio Lumen is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+.

April 25th
The public-service broadcaster for southwest Germany, SWR, has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 11A. Bad Marienberg, extends and improves coverage of SWR RP in the north of Rheinland-Pfalz, particularly in the Westerwald, in the Siegtal and in the Rheinland-Pfälzischen Hintertaunus. The new site is also likely to provide fortuitous overspill to the city of Siegen in neighbouring Nordrhein-Westfalen.

April 25th
Snapshot of the German ensemble DR Saarland updated.

April 25th
Snapshot added of an ensemble operating on Block 12D in Umbria. C.R. DAB is broadcasting eight audio services and differs from two other CR DAB ensembles operating in Napoli and Roma respectively.

April 25th
Snapshots added of the Italian ensembles Umbria DAB and Digitale Umbria.

April 25th
Snapshots updated of the Südtirol (Alto Adige) ensembles RAS1-DAB, RAS2-DAB and DABMEDIA.

April 25th
On the local ensemble Suffolk, the service Smooth has been relabelled Smooth Suffolk.

April 24th
A new service has popped up on Gloucestershire, Surrey-NSussex and NE Wales W Chesh. Upload Radio is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 80 kbit/s Mono. Surrey-NSussex snapshot updated.

April 23rd
A new service has popped up on Trial Manchester. Forever FM is broadcasting in DAB+ Stereo at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

April 22nd
A new service has popped up on London 2. Fix Radio, aimed at the construction trades, is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 64 kbit/s, Mono LSF.

April 18th
In the Czech Republic, CRo-Radio Retro is now broadcasting just a promotional loop. On TELEKO DAB, the bitrate has been reduced to 24 kbit/s. According to the Teleko website, the released capacity has been used to increase protection of other services. The same change is also reported to have taken place on RTI cz DAB.

April 17th
In the Netherlands, RTV Seaport is now broadcasting on the local ensemble 5C DAB Zandvoort. All services on the ensemble are now at 128 kbit/s in DAB+.

April 17th
In Germany, the media regulator for Sachsen has advertised for service providers for pilot minimuxes to operate in Leipzig and Freiberg. The pilots will initially last one year with a possible extension of one year thereafter. Should the pilots be successful, the regulator intends to transform them into a fully-licensed service and to offer participants in the pilot a transfer into the full service. Closing date for applications is May 4th 2017.

April 17th
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh. ZEST LIVERPOOL is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

April 16th
In Switzerland, the packet data service SRG_SPI that appeared on SRG SSR D01 in March has now popped up on SRG SSR F01 also (same SId).

April 16th
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands regional ensemble 9D Zuidwest NL. Radio JND is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. DECIBEL BRABANT has ceased. Snapshot updated.

April 16th
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble Herts Beds Bucks. The BEAT is currently sharing a subchannel with MKFM, which it is expected to replace. Snapshot updated.

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