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Find out where the newest DAB transmitters have been installed
Monday, 24th April 2017
Extra transmitters for local digital radio in Cornwall powered up - here's where

A handful of new transmitters carrying BBC Radio Cornwall, Pirate FM, Capital FM, Gold, Heart and sixties, seventies & eighties pop and rock station My Music Radio has been switched on.

A special event took place on Friday, 21st April 2017 to celebrate a new transmitter at St. Austell and to look forward to another transmitter for the above stations planned for Bude over the next few weeks. The transmitters will carry local digital services for Cornwall.

The completion of these two new transmitters means that, since 2016, DAB in Cornwall, will be served by an additional ten transmitters. In all, 325000 more listeners able to tune in to local digital radio, with coverage increased from 41 percent to 91 percent of the county's population.

Up until 2016, transmitters at Caradon Hill and Redruth covered 41 percent of the county's inhabitants. These two transmitters were switched on in 2004.

Let's take a look at where the transmitters are : check out the list below

    spkplanned by middle of May 2017
  • Bude

    spkswitched on 21st April 2017

  • St. Austell

    spkswitched on between 4th July - 20th October 2016

  • Gulval

  • Helston

  • North Hessary Tor

  • Penaligon Down

  • St. Just

  • St. Mawes Water Tower

  • Treencreek

  • Truro

Last year more than 230 new transmitters carrying DAB digital radio stations were switched on.

Cornwall is one of the areas not currently served by DAB digital radio stations Planet Rock and Absolute 80s, as the county falls outside the coverage area for the digital radio bundle carrying these services.

To receive DAB digital radio services, you need a newer type of radio which can pick up both DAB and DAB+ digital broadcasts over the airwaves through its built-in aerial, to make sure you've a future-proofed way of listening to DAB digital radio. We've links to good models on our pages, or scroll down the page for some quick links to both DAB and DAB+, and internet radio receivers (the latter are useful if you want to listen to Planet Rock and Absolute 80s over the web, for example, with a good internet connection).

Related links:
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Cornwall and Devon radio stations, on this website

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