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North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Kingston upon Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire DAB digital radio retune
Tuesday, 23rd August 2016
Get ready to retune for Viking FM, BBC Radio Humberside as part of digi radio channel switch

Gold, Absolute Radio 90s, Kiss Fresh and other local DAB digital radio stations are on the move in North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Kingston upon Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire.

Digital radio listeners will need to retune their DAB digital radios on the evening of 31st August 2016 to keep hearing the bundle of local radio stations for Humberside. These include Absolute Classic Rock, Absolute Radio 90s, BBC Radio Humberside, Capital, Gold, Kiss Fresh, Smooth, Viking FM, Viking 2 and Viking 3.

The digi bundle is moving from channel (block) 11B to 10D, which means you'll need to perform a full retune of your digital radio, as the new channel for Humberside is lower down the band than that originally planned to broadcast digital radio.

The changes will take place from 22:00 (10pm) on Wednesday 31st August and will be completed by 06:00 (6am) the next morning Thursday 1st September.

As the move is taking place late at night, if you set your clock alarm to wake to a local DAB station, you'll need to prepare an alternative alarm to wake up to on Thursday 1st September, as DAB digital radios won't automatically find the new home of Humberside's local digital radio stations if you haven't retuned overnight.

You'll need to retune your DAB digital radio during late evening on 31st August , or early the following day to be able to continue to listen to the above stations carried on the multiplex serving North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Kingston upon Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire. Re-tuning can usually be done by pressing the 'autotune' or 'scan' button on your radio, but we've comprehensive advice on our FAQs page. Older DAB radios may require you to perform a 'full scan' or 'rest-of-the-world' scan to include the new home of Humberside stations - 10D - in the search.

You can also retune anytime from Thursday 1st September 2016 onwards, if you find that the station you want has a question mark in front, e.g. ?Viking FM.

The bundle of stations carried on the area's local DAB multiplex is moving frequency from channel (block) 11B to 10D and digital radios aren't quite clever enough to search out stations' new homes by themselves.

New local DAB radio transmitters will add 80,000 homes to the local DAB coverage area, giving additional households the chance to hear the Humberside DAB bundle.

The retune will not affect those listeners receiving the above stations on FM, MW (mediumwave), or online. Stations broadcasting on national digital radio bundles are unaffected. Stations on the Lincolnshire county local digital bundle will not be affected.

Listeners are advised to re-store presets on their radios, after retuning to pick up the new frequency for the bundle of stations This can usually be done by holding down the preset button for a few seconds, after selecting a station.

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:
Manchester radio stations, on this website.

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