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Friday, 29th March 2013
Northamptonshire turns on to DAB in time for Easter 2013

Haven't powered up your digi radio for some time? Well, it's time to dust it off, do a re-tune and discover seven radio stations broadcasting across Northamptonshire on DAB digital radio.

The line-up includes both BBC Radio Northampton and BBC Three Counties Radio for maximum coverage at the edge of the county's southern border, as well as Connect FM, Capital and Heart. Community station MKFM can be heard across the area and - in another first - classic hits station Gold is being broadcast in stereo on DAB, having previously been available only on mediumwave and online.

The Northampton Saints' matches will be heard on DAB for the first time - courtesy of BBC Radio Northamptonshire - starting with their clash against Leicester Tigers on Saturday, 30th March.

The multiplex operator, Now Digital, have turned on three transmitters in Northampton, Geddington and Daventry, which all carry the stations.

BBC Radio Northampton has also been added to the neighbouring Herts, Beds and Bucks multiplex, which launched on Valentine's Day, meaning that the same bundle of stations can be heard across all four counties. 97 percent of households with a DAB radio can tune in to the stations.

Coverage maps for both the Northants and Herts, Beds and Bucks areas are available to view.

You may need to fully retune your DAB radio in order to get the new stations on block 10C. Older sets will require a full retune to access block 10C, on which the new stations are bundled.

The DAB stations will continue to be heard on FM (or AM, in the case of Gold) or online, as there is no current date for analogue radio switch-off. DAB radio is not the same as Freeview radio you get through your tv aerial, or FreeSat radio through a satellite dish.

To receive DAB digital radio services, you need a type of radio designed to pick up digital broadcasts over the airwaves through its built-in aerial. We've links to many reliable models on our pages, or scroll down the page for some quick links to both DAB and wi-fi sets.



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Related links:
local radio stations for Northamptonshire, on this website.
radio stations broadcasting to Herts, Beds and Bucks, on this website.

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