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2017 transmitter list

26 Jan
Holbeach; Bourne» Peterborough local DAB

25 Jan
Armargh, Northern Ireland» National Commercial (D1 only)

24 Jan
Felixstowe» Suffok local DAB

In 2016, more than 230 new digi radio transmitters were switched on

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100 percent whatever radio station
100percent dragon hits logo

It's my United Kingdom of Whatever

100% Whatever - a new station featurung music, comedy and live performances has launched on local DAB digital radio serving large parts of Somerset, the West of England and South Wales coastline.

The station is broadcasting in stereo at 128kbps on the DAB bundle for Somerset, which reaches across the Bristol Channel into many parts of South Wales.

Sister station 100% Dragon Hits has upped its bitrate from mono to 128kbps stereo on DAB, and is carried as part of the same Somerset bundle.

[20 July 2017]

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The Beat radio station launches to Herts, Beds and Bucks
Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire get into The Beat

Nineties, Noughties and Now pop station The Beat is now up and running for Herts, Beds and Bucks. The station is broadcasting in mono on DAB digital radio across the three counties. It's planning to join local digital radio in Norwich soon.

[20 July 2017]

Kiss Fresh is now on national DAB digital radio
Nonstop new beats on national DAB digital radio

Upfront urban music station Kiss Fresh is now broadcasting to more than 90 percent of the UK's population, thanks to a move onto national DAB digital radio. The station, which can be found on the UK's first national commercial digital radio bundle, is broadcasting in mono on DAB. New music starts every day at 7am, with specialist shows from 11pm.

[20 July 2017]

Timeless Radio
Timeless music makes it onto Surrey DAB digital radio

The forties to the seventies are on Timeless Radio - and the station is now available on DAB digital radio in Surrey. The station is broadcasting in mono across the county.

[20 July 2017]

U105 logo
U105 now live on digital radio across Northern Ireland

Popular Belfast-based station U105 can now be heard across many parts of Northern Ireland on DAB.

[20 July 2017]

BBC Radio Cymru logo
Extra programmes on new DAB station for Welsh speakers

Add-on service alongside BBC Radio Cymru launches, with more FM coverage for Radio Wales

[23 June 2017]

Scottish Summer Sun DAB radio station
Sun: dance your way through summer with new digital station

Pop goes the summer with guitar anthems, disco and classic dance tunes, available on DAB

[23 June 2017]

Azatom Pocket C1 and Classic P1 DAB radios with DAB+
Azatom C1 and P1 inexpensive DAB radios pick up DAB and DAB+ stations

A greater number of stations are broadcasting in DAB+ than ever before - just make sure you've the radio to receive them all

[11 June 2017]

Photo of Amazon Echo Dot with Alexa enabled digital assistant - tips and tricks for listening to radio
How does Alexa tune in to radio stations? Plus tips and tricks for making sure you get the right station

We take a brief look at the Echo Dot and offer some solutions to problems you may find when asking for particular stations

[8 June 2017]

Radio Exe has launched on DAB digital radio in Devon
Radio Exe launches on digital radio to Exeter, Torbay and North Devon

Radio Exe, broadcasting on 107.3fm, has recently launched on local DAB digital radio serving parts of Devon. The station, which can be found in the station list under E for EXE, to help differentiate its similar-sounding name from national indiepop station Radio X, is broadcasting in mono at 56kbps on the DAB bundle for Exeter & Torbay; and for North Devon.

[29 May 2017]

Stations on the Manchester mini DAB bundles are now broadcasting in DAB+
Manchester mini DAB bundle of radio stations all broadcasting in DAB+

Mi-Soul, specialising in soul, r&b, house, hip-hop, reggae, garage and funk launched on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May alongside colourful and vibrant station Radio Sangham from Huddersfield, on the DAB digital radio mini multiplex serving Manchester. The bundle's transmitter is located 87 metres up on the roof of the Manchester One building on Portland Street, Manchester. Trafford Sound Radio, NonStop90s Radio, Vine Juice, Radio Diamond, Likwid, Flame CCR and Fever 107.3 all recently joined the bundle broadcasting using the DAB+ standard. You'll need a DAB digital radio with a 'digital tick' mark, to be able to hear each station through the speaker. For more information on the stations, check out the Niocast website. Niocast are the operators of the digital radio bundle.

[29 May 2017]

Antenna Radio and Timeless Radio join Portsmouth mini multiplex
Portsmouth mini DAB bundle welcomes Antenna Radio and Timeless Radio

Antenna Radio playing 80s, 90s and 00s pop, alongside the best current chart music launched recently on the mini digital radio bundle serving Portsmouth. Joined by Timeless Radio with popular classics from the 1940s to the present day, many of the stations on the bundle are broadcast in DAB+. You'll need a DAB digital radio with a 'digital tick' mark, to be able to hear these stations, otherwise you'll get the sound of silence as older radios cannot decode DAB+ signals. For more information on the stations, visit the Solent Wireless website, where you'll also find a coverage map. Solent Digital is the operator of the digital radio bundle.

The Portsmouth DAB bundle makes full use of DAB slideshow, giving station logos, images and other information when tuned to stations. The Pure Elan E3 and Revo PiXis are examples of DAB digital radios that feature colour screens for DAB slideshows.

[29 May 2017]

The Beat on DAB in Milton Keynes; Cyber Hot Hits in Surrey and South London
The Beat soon to launch on DAB in Herts, Beds & Bucks; Cyber Hot Hits replaces Golden Radio in Surrey and south London

The Beat will play pop, indie and pop-rock from the nineties, noughties through to the present day for Milton Keynes, Bedford, Luton, Dunstable and Hemel Hempstead. It can be found on DAB digital radio in the northern home counties. Meanwhile, over in Surrey and south London, Cyber Hots Hits takes over Golden Radio's space on local DAB digital radio.

[29 May 2017]

Find out where new digital radio transmitters for 2017 are
Wolverhampton, Shropshire & Telford see huge increase in local digital radio coverage

Four new digital radio transmitters since October 2015 provide increased coverage for BBC Radio Shropshire and WM, plus local commercial stations

[3 May 2017]

Upload Radio logo
New concept to get yourself heard for twenty quid on DAB digital radio

Broadcast your own show for £20 on a new 'all-access' radio station to a potential audience of millions across parts of London, Surrey, Liverpool and Gloucestershire

[24 Apr 2017]

Find out where new digital radio transmitters for 2017 are
St Austell exhausts all areas for Cornwall local DAB coverage

Ten new digital radio transmitters since 2016 ensure hugely increased coverage for BBC Radio Cornwall, Pirate FM, and oldies stations Gold and My Music Radio

[24 Apr 2017]

Special Edition Record Store Day turntable from Rega
Love the sound of analogue? Check out the Rega RSD 2017 Ltd Edition

A special edition turntable is available for the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day, plus find out which radio station is supporting the event and discover the best turntables to buy with our recommendations for your vinyl collection

[19 Apr 2017]

Zest Liverpool and Go Radio Glasgow logos
17.4.17 : Two stations to launch on DAB : Zest and GO Radio
Almost a palindrome, Easter Monday 2017 sees the launch of two stations on DAB digital radio.

Brand new station Zest launches for Liverpool this Easter on the local DAB digital radio multiplex - a station reflecting the vibrant culture of the area, playing a mix of current chart and classic hits with local information. It will be carried on the DAB bundle serving North East Wales, West Cheshire & Liverpool. Tune to Dee on DAB, then look for Zest in your DAB radio's station list. It's broadcasting at 32Kbps DAB+ in stereo, so check our DAB Buyer's Guide for compatible radios carrying the 'digital tick' to help you tune in.

Meanwhile, on the Scotland regional DAB bundle, Glasgow's GO Radio, a wide-ranging music station playing pop and rock from the 1970s to the current day, and new music for a 25 to 60 year age group, will launch. Focusing on the city of Glasgow and the surrounding area, with a 'serious commitment to local news, current affairs and speech and music programmes', the station will broadcast to the Central Scotland area.

[Sun 9 Apr 2017]

Roberts SportsDAB 6 personal pocket DAB radio
Roberts SportsDAB 6 - spec review: top personal DAB with speaker

Sports DAB+ compatibility, lithium polymer battery and built-in speaker - get out with this DAB

[Thurs 06 Apr 17]

Russell Brand returns to live radio with a two-hour show on Radio X
Brand returns to different brand of radio

Russell Brand starts live Sunday show - find out which frequency he's on

[Mar 30 Mar 2017]

Find out where new digital radio transmitters for 2017 are
DAB expansion just keeps on giving

Lots of DAB digital radio transmitters are planned for 2017 - find out where they are coming on air

[Mar 30 Mar 2017]

Pure Move 2520 packshot
Pure Move 2520 - spec review & pictures - the UK's best handheld DAB

Updated model still offers best in class radio reception, sensitivity & build quality

[Sat 01 Apr 17]

Swansea Bay Radio is now broadcast at the lower bitrate that Radio 3 is broadcast
Swansea Bay, Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire radio stations boost bitrate to Radio 3 quality

The stations could theoretically set the standard for broadcast DAB quality in the UK

[Tues 14 Feb 17]

How to listen to the new UK radio station Heart 80s
What is Heart 80s, what frequency is it and is Heart Extra going?

Another eighties revival on DAB - find out how to listen to Heart 80s and which channel it's on

[Mon 13 Feb 17]

BFBS radio logo
BFBS disappears from national DAB bundle

The station focuses on its small-scale DAB and 'community' FM and AM licences, but what will take its place?

[Mon 6 Mar 17]

BBC Radio 2 Country returns on 9th March 2017
Radio 2 Country is back soon

The popular popup digi station set to broadcast from C2C: Country to Country festival from 9th March - how to listen on your DAB digital radio and what to do if you can't find Radio 2 Country in your station list

[Sun 22 Jan 2017, Mon 6 Mar 2017]

Pick of Valentines Day radios for 14 Feb 2017
Pick of DAB digital radios for Mothering Sunday 2017

Make the most of your freetime this Mother's Day with an easy-to-use DAB digital radio that won't break at the first change of a channel

[Mon 6 Mar 17]

Moreaudio Desire DAB radio review
Love a DAB+ radio? How about the Moreaudio Desire

Simple, portable, rechargeable digital radio comes in three colours with a reasonable pricetag

[Mon 27 Feb 17]

Sound and Vision 2017 - The Bristol Show - reviews, photos and reports
Ruark R2 Mark 3 DAB and DAB+ receiver with internet radio streaming
radio-now @ The Bristol Show - Ruark R2 Mark 3 streamer review

Hands-on and photos of Ruark Audio's R2 DAB/DAB+/FM/internet radio receiver - one-box audio system

[Mon 27 Feb 17]

Ruark R1 DAB/DAB+ receiver with FM
radio-now @ The Bristol Show - Ruark R1 Mark 3 DAB/DAB+ radio

Review and photos of Ruark's R1 DAB/DAB+/FM radio receiver - at the Sound & Vision show

[Mon 27 Feb 17]

Ruark R4 integrated music system review
radio-now @ The Bristol Show - Ruark R4 Mark 3 integrated system

Review and photos of Ruark's R4 DAB/DAB+/FM music system - at the Sound & Vision show

[Mon 27 Feb 17]

Ruark R7 radiogram
radio-now @ The Bristol Show - Ruark R7 DAB/DAB+ radiogram review

Hands-on and photos of DAB/DAB+ enabled R7 home audio - the system with legs

[Mon 27 Feb 17]

Ruark R2i firmware upgrade news and information
Ruark rejoices with firmware upgrade for R2 3rd gen for better BBC audio
Connected R2 gets firmware update for BBC hi-quality radio streams & listen again

[Sun 19 Feb 2017]

Fix Radio launches on digital radio in London
Can you Fix it? Live in London? Tradesperson with DAB? Yes, you can

Get back to work with this 'onsite' station, on digital radio in and around England's capital city

[Sat 4 Feb 17]

Bid to get Delays Valentine to number 1
The track your radio station should be playing this week

Campaign for Delays' single Valentine to reach number one to help raise awareness of cancer

[Sun 5 Feb 17]

Cheesy FM logo
Ultimate radio station playing ultimate cheese joins digital radio

Northeast Wales, Chester and Liverpool wake up, move their feet and smell the cheese

[Sat 4 Feb 17]

Gold Radio Scotland logo
Scotland suffers greatest hit as Gold leaves DAB digital radio in country
Sixties and seventies greatest hits station on DAB says goodbye to areas north of the border
[Sat 4 Feb 17]

Chris Country Radio logo
Chris Country returns to DAB digital radio in North East Wales, West Cheshire & Liverpool
Country music station Chris Country has reappeared on the DAB bundle serving North East Wales, West Cheshire & Liverpool. The station, which plays American country music, left the area in August 2016, but an adjustment to the sound quality of Dragon Radio, which also broadcasts on the same bundle, as well as a move to DAB+ for Chris Country (allowing it to broadcast in stereo), means there's room for both in this part of Great Britain. Tune to Dee on DAB, then look for Chris Country in your DAB radio's station list.

[Sun 22 Jan 2017]

Gold Radio Scotland logo
Gold radio station leaves DAB digital radio in Central Scotland: Edinburgh and Glasgow
Sixties and seventies music station Gold has been taken off digital radio in Central Scotland, where it broadcast on the regional bundle of stations for the area. The carriage contract expired and, for financial reasons, the station's operator decided it wouldn't sign up to a new contract to ensure it could still be heard in Central Scotland. Listeners in South-West Scotland (Ayrshire) can still find Gold on their DAB radio, but Edinburgh and Glasgow listeners must listen via the app, internet radio or at Sky channel 0121, Virgin Media channel 959 or FreeSat Channel 722. Glasgow listeners can try retuning for the Ayr DAB bundle, to see if they can receive a signal from transmitters situated in East, North or South Ayrshire: Darvel, Brown Carrick Hill and West Kilbride.
[Sun 22 Jan 2017]

Njoy radio off DAB in Cornwall - vehicle
NJoy is no longer using DAB as a vehicle to broadcast
Dance and classic dance anthem music station NJoy radio has ended its DAB digital radio broadcasts on the local digi radio bundle serving Cornwall. The station launched in November 2015, but it is thought the cost of carriage on DAB is the reason for the station's removal from the platform. NJoy radio continues online as an internet radio station.

[Sun 22 Jan 2017]

Is my school closed today - find out on your local radio station
Icy weather? Find out about road conditions in your area, on your radio

Local radio comes into its own at this time of year: find FM and AM frequencies, check travel disruption and road closures, primary and secondary school closures when it's snowing - and more on your local radio station

[Thurs 12 Jan 2017]

Find out where the newest DAB transmitters have been installed
In 2016, more than 230 new digi radio transmitters were switched on

From Inverness to Cornwall, hundreds of new transmitters are now carrying local and national digital radio - here's where they were powered up

[Mon 9 Jan 2017]

Why can't I tune to Planet Rock, Absolute 80s, Fun Kids, Magic Chilled or Union Jack?
No Planet Rock? The sound of silence on Jazz FM Stereo? Abs80s unreceivable? What's going on with your new DAB radio?

Find out why you can't listen to Planet Rock, Absolute 80s, Jazz FM, Fun Kids, Magic Chilled or Union Jack and how to put it right

[Weds 28 Dec 2016]



Amazon Echo Dot (second generation) hands-on review with radio and audio
Amazon Echo Dot 2 - our review & photos - a new voice for internet radio

Now with IFTTT support - combine functions to dim the lights and turn off the heating when you start your dance playlist - and things like that. We get our hands on the Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation) and review its internet radio capabilities - how does it stack up as a radio streamer and bedside alarm? Plus, personalised, spoken weather forecasts, access to your Amazon Music locker, audio books, news briefings and more... is this the future of live radio and on-demand? It may be scond generation, but are you just seconds away from listening to your favourite stations here and abroad?

[Mon 24 Oct, 25 Nov, 16 Dec 2016]

Pure have released its new range of Evoke H series DAB digital radios
Pure introduce Evoke H3, H4 and H6 range of Bluetooth-enabled DAB receivers - all futureproofed with DAB+ compatibility
What's the difference between the Evoke H2, H3, H4 and H6 models? Find out and see photos here
[Tues 22 Nov 16]

My Music Radio logo
Lost Eagle Oldies, North Yorkshire Oldies or Pirate Oldies? Here's why

A new DAB digital radio station takes Oldies to a new era, covering Cornwall, Surrey & south London, North Yorkshire and Cambridge

[Fri 11 Nov 16]

Sony-xdr-s40dpb DAB and DAB+ portable radio receiver review
Sony XDR-S40DPB - hands-on review & photos

The model's a few years old, but DAB and DAB+ compatible, so how does the S40 stack up?

[Sat 5 Nov 16]

Goodmans Pebble DAB radio review
Goodmans Pebble DAB+ portable one year on - our review & photos

How does the Goodmans Pebble portable digital radio stand up after a full year of use? Playing it straight or straight on the bonfire? Find out its strengths and weaknesses in our review.

[Sat 5 Nov 16]

Bloomberg Radio logo
Business news station relaunches on London digital radio
Bloomberg Radio has joined DAB digital radio in London. The station broadcasts around-the-clock business news programmes, with a focus on financial news and market updates and interviews with CEOs, economists and expert analysts. Bloomberg Radio was previously available nationally on digital radio from July 2000 until December 2002.

[Mon 17 Oct 16]

Some different ways to get cheap multi-room streaming and broadcast radio and audio or music
Streaming ahead: multi-room radio and music on the cheap

Like having the same sounds around the house? Or simply want an easy way to access streaming radio over wi-fi? Look no further than our quick guide to tech available that gives you radio with the option of a multi-room experience

[Sat 22 Oct 16]

Encore DAB digital radio logo
Films and musicals get more airplay on digital radio with Encore

Find out how to tune in to a new digital station playing music from West End & Broadway shows

[Sun 23 Oct 16]

A range of affordable personal and pocket DAB digital radios
Handholding: These personal DAB digital radios are the cheapest yet

Suddenly, listening to digital radio out and about became a lot cheaper with these Autumn 2016 deals, from £22 - significantly more affordable than sets from a few years ago

[Sat 08 Oct 16]




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