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Sussex DAB radio retune
Monday, 7th December 2015
Sussex moves to Ten-B

Listeners in and around Sussex will notice their local BBC station disappearing overnight on 8th December, as the local DAB bundle covering Brighton & Hove and parts of the south coast moves from channel (or block) 11B to 10B to give improved coverage across the counties of East Sussex and West Sussex. You'll need to retune your DAB radio in the area, where you'll also benefit from four new transmitters broadcasting local DAB stations.

Newhaven, Heathfield, Crawley and Shoreham will all get significantly improved coverage by new transmitters covering each of these towns.

The change to the frequency which carries the bundle of stations BBC Sussex, Capital FM, Gaydio, Heart, Heat, Kisstory, Smile Radio, Gold and Smooth Radio means that DAB receivers won't automatically find the stations' new home on channel 10B.

The retune event has come about due to a reorganisation of local DAB blocks to allow more transmitters to be powered up to serve larger areas, without interfering with other multiplexes further afield that use the same block to broadcast on. The Brighton & Hove DAB coverage area can now be extended to cover nearly all parts of East and West Sussex thanks to the frequency change.

The retune event, which starts at 22:00 hours on 8th December and is due to be completed by 06:00 on 9th December is a step towards improve local DAB digital radio coverage in and around East and West Sussex area; for thousands of listeners around Newhaven, Heathfield, Crawley and Shoreham, involving the launch of four brand new local DAB transmitters overnight on 8th December.

The frequencies for national BBC and commercial radio stations, such as BBC Radio 1, Radio 4, Planet Rock and Absolute Radio, are not changing. You may receive some of the commercial stations broadcasting on the countywide Sussex multiplex from other transmitters serving Surrey, Kent and South Hampshire, as there is often overspill from nearby multiplexes.

The retune will not affect those listeners receiving BBC Radio Sussex services on FM, MW, or online.

Listeners are advised to re-store presets on their radios, particularly if they use their radio as an alarm clock and to make alternative alarm arrangements during the overnight re-tune period.

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 good models on our pages, or scroll down the page for some quick links to both DAB and wi-fi receivers.

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Related links:
Southern England radio stations, on this website.

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