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.
Snapshots added of the new French local ensembles NANTES LOCAL and NANTES Local 2.
Snapshot added of the new French regional ensemble Nantes5D. Both transmitters, radiating TII, were received in their respective coverage areas.
Snapshot added of the new French local ensemble St Nazaire. One transmitter, radiating TII, was received and was assumed to be Guérande.
A new service has popped up on Trial London. Cyber Rock is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
Snapshot of the Polskie Radio ensemble in Kraków updated. Previous snapshot corrected.
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.
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.
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.
Snapshot of the local ensemble Lincolnshire updated. Addition of Hope FM.
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.
A new service has popped up on Trial Bristol. NOODS Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.
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.
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.
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN1, the service Qmusic non-stop has been relabelled Q-Maximum Hits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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