Page Updated:
December 19h, 2014

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"My DAB radio is toast!"
DAB+  Band III  bluetooth

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'Black Toast' to be precise, from designer Emma Bridgewater. This new retro receiver from View Quest receives DAB, DAB+ and FM and has Bluetooth connectivity. Powered from the mains with a UK/EU multiplug or by using four "AA" batteries.
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Ferguson DAB+
DAB+  Band III

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Another famous name joins the ranks of established manufacturers with DAB+ receivers. This table-top DAB/DAB+ and FM receiver has telescopic antenna, USB 2.0 port and SD card reader. Power is supplied by an external AC adaptor.

View Quest Christie
DAB+  Band III

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A new retro-looking model from View Quest with far-from-retro DAB+. Available in Black, Blue, Red or Cream finishes.

DAB+ in a plug
DAB+  Band III

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The Ubisound2Go is a DAB+ radio in a mains plug. The display can be swivelled through 360° for optimum legibility. European pins on the AC connector. Available from December 12th.
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("original flavour")
DAB+ thumbnail   DAB+
RNT thumbnail   Radio Numérique Terrestre - DMB-Radio
DMB thumbnail   DMB TV
Not backwards compatible   Not
backwards-compatible

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DAB  Band III

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This little receiver created quite a stir when it went on sale in Switzerland as the Microspot RA318. It's small, light and has quite a sensitive tuner. The signal strength meter is particularly useful as you can manually tune the receiver to a particular frequency and the meter will register any signal even when it is not quite strong enough to decode the ensemble data. This radio is usually in Wohnort's travel bag. The receiver is currently on sale in Australia under the name "mbeat" for just AUD 49.
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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

 
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Stereo
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Stereo
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Joint
Stereo
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Joint
St. LSF
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Mono
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Mono
LSF
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Dual
Channel
3
Packet
Data
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Stream
Data
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Stereo
AAC
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Latest Updates and News   

December 19th
In Germany, the Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) has brought four new transmitters into service on Block 11D. Alzenau, Amberg, Deggendorf and Hohenpeißenberg extend and improve coverage of BR Bayern in various parts of Bavaria. Twelve further sites are planned for 2015. On January 28th, the last remaining services the BR broadcasts in "original-flavour" DAB will switch to DAB+. This will enable a rearrangement of the capacity the BR uses across its own ensemble and the Block 12D ensemble Bayern. A new service, BR Heimat, will be launched on February 2nd.

December 19th
Snapshot added of the new local ensemble North Yorkshire.

December 19th
Bradfrd&Huddersf, Leeds and Sheffield snapshots updated.

December 19th
A new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 10B. Stanton Moor extends coverage of the local ensemble Derbyshire in the north of the county, including Matlock and Bakewell.

December 18th
The UK regulator has approved new services to run on local ensembles from January:
EdinburghForth 3January 5th
GlasgowClyde 3January 19th
HumbersideViking 3January 19th
InvernessMFR 3January 19th
LancashireRock 3January 19th
LeedsAire 3January 19th
LiverpoolCity 3January 19th
ManchesterKey 3January 5th
SheffieldHallam 3January 19th
TaysideTay 3January 19th
TeessideTFM 3January 19th
Tyne & WearMetro 3January 19th
Bauer proposes to launch Kisstory on 20 local ensembles in early January, replacing The Hits where applicable.

December 18th
In France, six months after the launch of services in Paris, Marseille and Nice, the regulator has launched a consultation into the evolution of the different modes of radio transmission and the future role of digital radio.

December 17th
The new local ensemble for North Yorkshire has entered service with BBC Radio York, More Minster and Stray FM on board. There now remains only one local ensemble still to launch from the batch that were awarded between June 2007 and July 2008. Lincolnshire is currently expected to launch in June/July 2015 following closure of the Yorkshire regional ensemble.


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Update History   

December 16th
In Germany, the media regulator for Hessen has granted capacity for the service Mega Radio to broadcast in DAB+ on the Block 11C ensemble DR HESSEN.

December 16th
Glasgow and N. Ireland snapshots updated. Addition of Absolute Rad 90s.

December 14th
On Bournemouth, the service KISS Bournemouth is reported to have ceased.

December 13th
Absolute Rad 90s has popped up on Teesside and Tyne & Wear, replacing Kerrang!.

December 13th
Absolute Rad 90s is reported to have popped up on Tayside.

December 13th
The Emergency Warning Functionality built into DAB has been tested successfully in Bavaria as part of an exercise by the authorities to simulate emergency scenarios. An alarm signal from the command centre is injected into the digital radio signal and receivers switch to the emergency message. Receivers that happen to be in standby mode should awaken and switch automatically to the emergency message.

December 13th
On London 2, the service Voice of Russia has been relabelled Radio Sputnik.

December 13th
Absolute Rad 90s has popped up on Birmingham, replacing Kerrang!.

December 13th
On Bradfrd&Huddersf, the services heat radio and Panjab Radio are reported to have ceased.

December 13th
Heat, Abs 60s, Abs 90s and Abs 00s are reported to have popped up on Inverness.

December 13th
The BBC has announced new transmitters brought into service recently on Block 12B, extending coverage of BBC National DAB:
  • Saddleworth - Mossley, Uppermill and Delph
  • Brecon VHF - Brecon
  • Lyme Regis - Lyme Regis
  • Budleigh Salterton - Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh and Colaton Raleigh
  • Samuel Vale House - Coventry city centre
  • St Just - St Just
  • Ashburton - Ashburton and Buckfastleigh
  • Romaldkirk - Barnard Castle and surrounding areas in the Teesdale Valley
  • Burnham - Burnham villages in North Norfolk
  • Braintree - Braintree and surrounding area
  • Wells-next-the-Sea - in the town and surrounding areas of North Norfolk
  • Clun - Clun, Bishop’s Castle and Craven Arms.

December 12th
In London, the service Kerrang! has migrated from London 1 to London 2, where it is running at 64 kbit/s at half-rate sampling. New services have popped up on London 1. Absolute Rad 90s is running at 80 kbit/s. KISS FRESH and KISSTORY are each running at 64 kbit/s with half-rate sampling. On London 2, Absolute Rad 00s is reported to have ceased.

December 12th
Absolute Rad 90s has popped up on Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester, replacing Kerrang!. Snapshots updated.

December 12th
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is now served by a local DAB ensemble. North West Wales launched today with six audio services on board and operating as an MFN, using Block 10D from Arfon and 12D from Conwy. Snapshot added.

December 11th
Test transmissions have been reported in North Yorkshire, in preparation for the forthcoming new local ensemble.

December 11th
In Austria, the public-service broadcaster ORF has announced its intention to participate in DAB+ trials in Vienna in 2015, including exclusive new content. A service aimed at the 14-24 age group will broadcast alongside existing services Ö3 and FM4. For the additional service to continue on a permanent basis, a legal mandate would first be required. Austria is one of the last bastions of analogue-only radio broadcasting in Western Europe, while neighbouring Switzerland is already planning FM switch-off.

December 5th
Derbyshire snapshot updated.

December 10th
In Germany, the media regulator in Baden-Württemberg has awarded capacity on the Block 11B ensemble to Radio Paradiso. With this latest award, all of the available capacity for commercial radio is now allocated.

December 8th
In Germany, new transmitters are to be brought into service on Block 5C on December 11th. Oschatz and Sieglitzberg will transmit DR Deutschland with 10 kW ERP, while Jena will operate at 5 kW ERP. Further transmitters at Brocken and Wittenberg are scheduled to follow on January 31st 2015.

December 8th
On the Block 11B ensemble in Baden-Württemberg, SWR4 has switched from being the Land-wide service to being the regional variant for Stuttgart.

December 8th
In Germany, regional versions of the service SWR4 have popped up on the two ensembles in Baden-Württemberg. On Block 8D in the south, versions for Freiburg, Friedrichshafen, Tübingen and Ulm are now available. On Block 9D in the north, versions for Heilbronn, Karlsruhe, Mannheim and Ulm are transmitted. The Ulm variant is thus on both ensembles. All of the variants are reported to be broadcasting at 120 kbit/s in DAB+.

December 8th
In Germany, a test ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 12A in Kaiserslautern. Operated by the University of Applied Science (FH) of Kaiserslautern, Radio EIT is reported to be broadcasting two services, one in DAB+ and the other in "original-flavour" DAB.

December 6th
In Switzerland, the timetable for the rollout of local ensembles has been revised. The next area to come on air is now scheduled to be Bern in April 2015.

December 6th
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Blocks 10B and 10D in Südtirol (Alto Adige), extending coverage of the ensembles RAS 1-DAB and RAS2-DAB in Abtei.

December 3rd
In Norway, another of the government's criteria for switching off FM in 2017 has been met with DAB now accounting for more than 50% of radio listening. In Sweden and Switzerland, roadmaps have been published for FM switch-off, in 2022 and 2024 respectively.

December 3rd
A new service has popped up on Somerset. Pulse is running at 64 kbit/s in Mono LSF.

December 2nd
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Blocks 10B and 10D in Südtirol (Alto Adige). St. Gertraud extends coverage of the ensembles RAS 1-DAB and RAS2-DAB along the entire Ultental.

December 2nd
Updated timetable for the forthcoming frequency changes to the ensemble THUERINGEN
SiteCurrentFutureMigration
Gera7B8B10.12.2014
Inselsberg9C8B11.12.2014
Jena12B8B10.12.2014
Kickelhahn12B8B11.12.2014
Sieglitzberg12B8B10.12.2014
Suhl12B8B11.12.2014
Weimar9C8B11.12.2014
K12 THUERINGEN will cease as a separate ensemble.

December 1st
Update:Pulse Radio is to be added to the local ensemble Somerset from December 3rd. The service is expected to broadcast at 64 kbit/s at half-rate sampling. The service will be similar to The Pulse 104.4 on FM, although advertising will be split.

December 1st
On the Block 11B ensemble DRS BW in Baden-Württemberg, nine new services have popped up in addition to the one that appeared at midnight:- DIE NEUE 107.7, Radio VHR, Radio ParadisoBW, baden.fm, RADIO REGENBOGEN, HITRADIO OHR, die neue welle, RadioTon and DONAU3FM. All are broadcasting in DAB+.

December 1st
Stoke & Stafford snapshot updated. Addition of Signal Xmas.

December 1st
On the Block 11B ensemble DRS BW in Baden-Württemberg, the services SWR1 BW, SWR2, SWR3, DAS DING and SWRinfo are reported to have ceased. The regional service SWR4 BW remains. The public-service broadcaster SWR is extending the coverage of its own ensemble DRS BW on Blocks 8D and 9D and the coverage of its services on DAB is expected soon to exceed that available hitherto. The private-sector service LiveRadio is reported to have ceased also. A new service has popped up. RADIO7 is reported to be broadcasting at 72 kbit/s in DAB+.

November 30th
In Germany over December 8th to December 10th, the following transmitters in Sachsen operating on Blocks 6C, 8D, 9C and 12A will migrate to Block 9A and and broadcast the ensemble SACHSEN on a Single Frequency Network covering the entire Land.
SiteCurrentFutureMigration
Chemnitz/Geyer8D9A09.12.2014
Collm12A9A10.12.2014
Dresden9C9A08.12.2014
Freiberg12A9A08.12.2014
Leipzig Süd6C9A10.12.2014
Löbau9C9A08.12.2014
Schöneck8D9A09.12.2014
K12 SACHSEN will cease as a separate ensemble.

November 30th
In Germany on December 10th, the following transmitters in Thüringen operating on Blocks 7B and 12B will switch channel and broadcast the ensemble THUERINGEN on a Single Frequency Network on Block 8B.
SiteCurrentFutureMigration
Gera7B8B10.12.2014
Jena12B8B10.12.2014
Sieglitzberg12B8B10.12.2014
Further transmitters at Weimar/Großer Ettersberg, Inselsberg, Remda (Saalfeld), Suhl/Erleshügel are expected to switch channel thereafter. K12 THUERINGEN will cease as a separate ensemble.

November 28th
On NE Wales W Chesh, the service Nation Radio will switch on December 12th from being a parallel broadcast of the 107.3 MHz FM programme to transmitting the 106.8 MHz service. The new ensemble for North West Wales launches on the same day and will broadcast the 107.3 MHz programme. Hence, the change is intended to increase listening choice on DAB in North Wales.

November 28th
In Germany, transmissions on longwave by the public-service broadcaster Deutschlandradio will end on December 31st 2014. Deutschlandfunk currently broadcasts on 153 kHz and 207 kHz and Deutschlandradio Kultur broadcasts on 177 kHz. The savings will be invested in further expansions of DAB+ coverage. The broadcaster's mediumwave transmissions are scheduled to end on December 31st 2015.

November 27th
The EId of the local ensemble Somerset has been changed to fix a clash with that of Derbyshire.

November 27th
Three new transmitters have been brought into service in Devon. Holcombe Down on Block 11C extends coverage of South East Devon in Teignmouth, Dawlish and Newton Abbot. Okehampton and Barnstaple on Block 10C improve coverage of South East Devon in North Devon (sic).

November 27th
On the regional ensemble Yorkshire, the SId of Smooth Radio has changed since the last snapshot was taken.

November 27th
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated. Addition of Pulse Xmas. Since the last snapshot was taken, The Pulse has been relabelled Pulse 1 and PULSE 2 has been relabelled Pulse 2.

November 26th
A new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 10B in England. Lichfield extends coverage of the local ensemble Derbyshire in South Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire.

November 26th
Two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 10D in the Home Counties. Chepping Wycombe and Hemel Hempstead improve coverage of the local ensemble HBB & Northants in High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Amersham, Hemel Hempstead, Watford, Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted and along sections of the important M25 and M40 motorways.

November 26th
In Germany, the media regulator for Saarland has granted Radio Salü DAB+ capacity for a further five years.

November 22nd
In the Netherlands, Broadcast Partners has brought a new transmitter into service in Amsterdam, improving indoor coverage of the Block 11C commercial ensemble DAB+.

November 22nd
The first test transmissions have been reported from the forthcoming local ensemble for North West Wales.

November 22nd
The forthcoming local ensemble for North West Wales is expected to launch December 12th 2014.

November 22nd
The forthcoming local ensemble for North Yorkshire is expected to launch December 17th 2014.

November 21st
In Italy, the multiplex operator in Südtirol, RAS, has brought new transmitters into service on Blocks 10B and 10D at Graun, Hohe Scheibe, Kematen, Mühlwald, Rein and Unser Frau.

November 21st
In Rheinland-Pfalz, the public-service broadcaster SWR has taken over the operation of the Block 11A ensemble from Digital Radio Südwest.

November 21st
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster SWR has brought new transmitters into service at Stuttgart-Degerloch, Heilbronn-Weinsberg, Ettligen-Wattkopf and Heidelberg-Königstuhl, extending coverage of the Blocks 8D/9D ensemble SWR BW in Baden-Württemberg. Further transmitters at Oberböhringen and Baden-Baden Merkur are expected to enter service by the end of November.

November 19th
On the Swiss local ensemble DIG D04 - ZURICH, the service TROPIC is reported to have ceased.

November 17th
Three BBC local radio stations in England have begun transmitting a looped announcement on medium wave in place of their usual programes. BBC Radio Lancashire (Oxcliffe 1557 kHz only), BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex will broadcast the loop until December 1st, when the transmitters will be switched off until December 5th. The BBC is conducting a trial (of impact to coverage and of listener reaction) with a view to making savings by switching off AM permanently. Three other stations, BBC Radio Humberside, BBC Radio Wiltshire and BBC Radio Devon (Torbay 1485 kHz only) will begin a similar trial beginning with a looped announcement from November 24th and the transmitters switched off from December 8th to 12th.

November 17th
In the Czech Republic, the regulator has licenced FM Records s.r.o to operate a nationwide digital radio service "DAB Plus Top 40" for 8 years..

November 17th
Pulse Xmas, Signal Xmas and Wave Xmas have popped up on Bradfrd&Huddersf, Stoke & Stafford and Swansea SW Wales respectively.

November 9th
In France, the regulator has authorised Médiamobile to broadcast a pilot traffic service on DAB in Paris. Information about which ensemble will be used was not included in the announcement.

November 7th
The UK regulator Ofcom has approved the addition of Smooth Radio to the local ensembles Derbyshire and Leicestershire, broadcasting in mono. The service is also authorised to drop from stereo to mono on Nottinghamshire.

November 4th
In Germany, the media regulator for Baden-Württemberg, the LFK, has advertised capacity on the Block 11B ensemble DRS BW. On offer are 54 CU. Closing date for applications is November 14th.

November 4th
A new service has popped up on London 3. Share Radio is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s in mono.

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