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Monday, 12th September 2016
And to cap it all, London's hit music station launches to the UK on DAB

Capital FM has been added to the big bundle of stations broadcasting across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, bringing the hit music station to new areas for the first time.

Joining sister stations Smooth Extra, Heart Extra, Capital Xtra, Classic FM and Radio X, London's Capital FM is now available on the Digital One multplex, which broadcasts nationally on channel 11D in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 12A in Scotland. It's in mono, due to limited space availability.

To get the station, you may need to tune to Capital Xtra on your DAB digital radio for a short period, wait a few seconds, then look for Capital UK to pop up in your station list. The bundle of stations on which Capital is carried reaches 90 percent of the UK's population, through a network of more than 150 transmitters.

Still having problems? You can also try a retune of your DAB digital radio to see if you can pick up Capital FM, plus other stations listed below on the Digital One national commercial bundle.

Confusingly, your DAB radio may already have access to Capital UK via the local digital radio network. In areas where Capital FM is not actually broadcast on FM, you may already receive a relay of the London service labelled Capital UK in your station list. This means you may now see two or more Capital stations in the list - just go for the one labelled Capital if you want to listen in stereo, or to choose your local service.

National coverage for Absolute Radio, BFBS, Capital Xtra, Classic FM, Heart Extra, Kiss, LBC, Magic, Smooth Extra, talkSPORT, UCB 1 and Radio X has already been improved during the course of 2016, with Capital FM now also benefitting from these additional transmitters.

In March 2016, national DAB stations have seen a coverage boost at High Hunsley (covering Central Hull and surrounding area), Dunkirk (covering North Kent coastal areas), Brown Carrick Hill (covering Ayr and the immediate area) and Glasgow William Street (covering Central Glasgow).

Then, in June 2016, West Midlands' listeners noted improved reception of national digital stations thanks to a new transmitter at Sedgley Beacon.

More recently, the Digital One bundle's coverage has been strengthened by more than twenty-five new transmitters in places such as Devon, Derbyshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Wiltshire, improving local coverage, infilling between areas to avoid signal break-up and, in many cases, significantly boosting reception for DAB digital radio stations. Further relay sites are planned for areas such as Central Scotland, Cornwall, Lancashire, North Wales, Northern Ireland and Tyne & Wear.

To receive DAB and DAB+ digital radio services, you need a newer type of radio designed to pick up both DAB and DAB+ 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 DAB+ capable receivers, plus a range of internet radios.

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Related links:
Manchester and Liverpool radio stations, on this website.
Wales radio stations, on this website.

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