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July 20th, 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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One Midi Series 3/3s
One Maxi Series 3/3s
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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)
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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

July 22nd
A new service has popped up on the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex. Fun Kids Junior is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s.

July 20th
Snapshot of the Italian ensemble CRDAB Piemonte updated. Multiple changes, including lower bitrates and changes to Protection Levels. There are four new services compared with the previous snapshot: JUKEBOX, RADIO ALFA, RADIO NEWS 24 and DIM SUONO *SOFT*. RVS ITALY has ceased.

July 20th
On London 1, the service Gold has been relabelled Gold London and is now running at the higher bitrate of 40 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

Update: July 20th
Applications for the new Channel Islands local ensemble closed on the 17th. The regulator received applications from three groups:
* Nation Broadcasting, in the shape of its wholly-owned subsidiary Bailiwick Broadcasting, has announced that it has applied. It plans to broadcast 25 services, using DAB+ for most of the ensemble's services. The two services not listed as DAB+ are connected to the rival applicant Tindle MuxCo, whose own application has them broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB. Under Nation's proposals, the local BBC services, BBC Radio Guernsey and BBC Radio Jersey would be broadcast in DAB+ with both the AM and FM versions of both station's services being carried. Nation proposes to broadcast from three sites, including Alderney, from the outset
* Tindle MuxCo Channel Islands, a consortium of Tindle CI Broadcasting (owners of Channel 103 in Jersey and Island FM in Guernsey) and Folder Media, propose to broadcast local services Channel 103, Island FM, BBC Radio Guernsey and BBC Radio Jersey, plus a selection of other services broadcast on the national ensembles in mainland Britain, including Virgin Radio, TalkSport, TalkRadio, Fun Kids, plus other services such as Bailiwick Radio, Contact Classic Hits and Atlantis. Under the Tindle MuxCo proposals, the BBC local services would also be broadcast in DAB+, but the application implies that that not all of the BBC's reserved capacity would be used and that only one service from each station would be carried. Under Tindle MuxCo's proposals, Alderney would be added to the network only during the lifetime of the licence.
* Small Digital Planet Ltd (further details awaited)


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Update History

July 15th
A new service is reported to have popped up on the German local ensemble Augsburg. RT1 RELAX is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

July 15th
Snapshots added of the new French local ensembles NANTES LOCAL and NANTES Local 2.

July 15th
Snapshot added of the new French regional ensemble Nantes5D. Both transmitters, radiating TII, were received in their respective coverage areas.

July 15th
Snapshot added of the new French local ensemble St Nazaire. One transmitter, radiating TII, was received and was assumed to be Guérande.

July 14th
A new service has popped up on Trial London. Cyber Rock is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

July 13th
Snapshot of the Polskie Radio ensemble in Kraków updated. Previous snapshot corrected.

July 13th
On Trial Glasgow, the service Paisley FM has been assigned a new SId. The previous instance has been relabelled RetuneToPaisley and points to the same audio subchannel.

July 13th
A low-power special events ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 6B at Silverstone, in connection with this weekend's British Grand Prix. According to reports in the DigitalSpy forum, the ensemble appears to be broadcasting talkback for broadcasters (TV crew members note: in the clear!) around the race track.

July 12th
In Slovenia, three new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 10D. Kranjska Gora, Kuk and Skalnica extend coverage of the national ensemble Slovenia DAB+ R1 in the northwest of the country. Although Kranjska Gora is only one kilometer from the Austrian border, there is reported to be no or very little overspill.

July 8th
Snapshot of the local ensemble Lincolnshire updated. Addition of Hope FM.

July 8th
Snapshot of the Austrian ensemble CityMUX Wien II updated. Multiple changes sinc the previous observation. Some services previously carried here have migrated to the new national ensemble.

July 8th
A new service has popped up on Trial Bristol. NOODS Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

July 7th
The UK regulator proposes to make the use of DAB+ mandatory on Small-Scale multiplexes. The consultation document published by Ofcom this week reveals that it expects demand for capacity to be high and wishes to ensure that operators are able to accomodate as many services as possible. Of the ten trial ensembles on air, only Trial Brighton is currently exclusively DAB+. The others currently broadcast at least one "original-flavour" DAB service. The regulator proposes that capacity be reserved in future for C-DSP ("community") services, such that each service is able to operate at a minimum of 48 kbit/s, and a multiplex may have capacity reserved for more than one C-DSP service. This capacity should be reserved exclusively for C-DSP and not used, even temporarily, for other types of services.

July 6th
Special-event services have popped up on the Belgian regional ensembles in connection with the Tour de France. Viva TdF Luxembg and Viva TdF Namur share a subchannel on NAM-LUX 1. Viva TdF Charler and Viva TdF Mons share a subchannel on HAINAUT 1.

July 6th
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN1, the service Qmusic non-stop has been relabelled Q-Maximum Hits.

July 5th
In Switzerland, a new transmitter was brought into service on Block 7A during June, extending coverage of the ensemble SMC D03 N-CH:-
Wiggen (Escholzmatt, Marbach, Wiggen)
The site is considered to be under test and will enter official service in August.

July 5th
In Switzerland, new transmitters were brought into service on Block 12C during June, extending coverage of the ensemble SRG SSR D01:-
Zwischenflüh (Region Diemtigtal: Zwischenflüh, Grimmialp)
Grindel Moretchopf (Region Laufen, Breitenbach, Laufen, Zwingen, Erschwil, Beinwil SO)
Nods Chasseral (Region Seeland; Aarberg, Kerzers, Mühleberg, Schmitten, Murten, Avenches)
All three sites are considered to be under test and will enter official service in August.

July 5th
In Italy, five transmitters were brought into service on Block 12C during June, extending coverage of the ensemble * DAB Italia *:-
* Capo Vado (Savona)
* Trontano (Domodossola)
* Levo (Lago Maggiore)
* Lappano (Cosenza)
* Roccasecca dei Volsci (for the Agro Pontino area south of Latina)
Additional sites are expected to enter service during July.

July 5th
The UK regulator has launched a consultation on its proposals to advertise and licence Small-Scale DAB multiplexes using new powers that the government is laying before parliament.
The consultation covers
* the proposed spectrum and licensing process
* the regulator's approach to developing a coverage area plan
* how the regulator intends to advertise licences and assess applications
The consultation closes Friday 4 October.
The regulator expects to begin the process early in 2020.
The consultation document also serves as an announcement that no additional local multiplexes are expected to be licensed in Birmingham, Manchester or London. Muxco had called for an additional local multiplex to be licensed in Manchester and reported that there was sufficient demand for capacity to make a second local mux viable. However, the regulator states that there is barely sufficient spectrum to accommodate the expected take-up of small-scale ensembles.
The consulation document points out that at least some of the additional demand could be met by switching the local ensemble services to DAB+ to permit the carriage of a greater number of services. Muxco had also called for an additional local ensemble to be licensed in Birmingham, but the document states that insufficient spectrum exists to permit a second ensemble similar in coverage to the existing one.
The document lists areas where sufficient frequencies do exist that could enable additional local ensembles.

July 2nd
Kellyanne Conway may have coined the term "alternative facts", but the UK retailer Halfords has taken the concept to new heights. From their website, the following helpful advice...
Simply put, DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) digital radio offers superior sound quality than traditional FM / AM band radio. Digital transmissions contain more information than conventional FM / AM, thanks to the super-fast wavelength of around 220MHz in the UK, compared to the 75KHz or so wavelength of analogue FM / AM radio broadcasts.
You learn something new every day!

July 2nd
In Germany, the media regulator for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein has received three applications to operate an ensemble that was advertised as a platform to cover, in a three-year pilot, three distinct small areas - the cities of Kiel and Lübeck plus the island of Sylt and the immediately-adjacent mainland:-
Divicon Media Holding GmbH
die Media Broadcast GmbH
die Uplink Network GmbH
The regulator also advertised 54 of the Capacity Units on the existing ensemble operated by public-service broadcaster NDR for use by an existing private-sector Land-wide radio service, for which R.SH (Regiocast GmbH und Co. KG) has applied.
The regulator expects to make a decision on August 21st.

July 2nd
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Hessen has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 7B. Gießen-Dünsberg improves coverage of hr Radio in Mittelhessen, including Gießen and Wetzlar. In Nordhessen, the transmitter Habichtswald is now operating at the higher ERP of 10kW, improving coverage over an area stretching from Bad Karlshafen as far as Korbach and including Kassel.

July 1st
In Germany, ALPENWELLE, CHARIVARI RO, GALAXY RO and RADIO OBERLAND have been added to the new Bavarian ensemble Voralpen. All services are in DAB+ at 96kbit/s, apart from the existing service ARABELLA KULT, which is running at 80kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

July 1st
On the Swedish national ensemble SR DAB, all services have switched to DAB+, apart from the SR P4/SR P7 Sisuradio timeshare. SR P2 replaces SR P2 Klassiskt and SR P2 Världen. SR P3 Din Gata replaces SR P3 Star. SR P4 Stockholm is a new addition. Daytime and overnight snapshots updated.

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