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Heart 80s is a new radio station on national DAB digital radio

Listening to Heart 80s radio is easy - we'll tell you how you can 'turn up the feelgood' eighties pop classics

What is Heart 80s? Which frequency is it on and how can I find it on my DAB radio? What bitrate is Heart 80s and Heart Extra?

Monday, 13th March 2017

Heart 80s is a new DAB digital radio station celebrating a decade of classic pop tunes, launching 6am on 14th March 2017.

It's available across the UK to 90 percent of listeners with a DAB digital radio on D1 Digital One's national bundle of stations - the same bundle that carries Capital Xtra and Classic FM. So, if you can see Capital Xtra and Classic FM in your DAB station list, you can hear Heart 80s.

  • Heart 80s isn't on FM or mediumwave radio

  • you'll need a DAB digital radio to listen

  • if you're doing a manual tune of your DAB radio, it's on frequency channel 11D in England, Wales & Northern Ireland and 12A in Scotland

  • it's broadcasting in mono at 80kbps, which is the same bitrate as Heart Extra

  • you can listen via Sky to Heart 80s on channel 0112

  • you can also stream via an internet radio, or the dedicated Heart 80s app

  • Heart 80s launches alongside Heart Extra, which is still broadcast as part of the same bundle of stations

If Heart 80s doesn't appear in your DAB station list after tuning to Capital Xtra, Smooth Extra or Classic FM and looking through the list again, you need to retune your DAB digital radio to see if you can pick up the station. We've also links to instruction manuals, if you're having trouble remembering how to rescan or autotune your DAB radio.

  • The Heart 80's breakfast show will be live every weekday from 6am to 10am and Saturdays from 8am to 12pm with Roberto

  • Jason Donovan, presenter of All 80s, will be on Sunday mornings from 9am to 12pm

Other all-eighties music radio stations are available:

What if I don't have a DAB radio but I want to listen to these stations?
Take a look at our DAB Buyers' Guide and make sure the radio you choose has a 'digital tick' and/or the DAB and DAB+ logos on the box or in the description. Buying online? If a DAB receiver also receives DAB+ stations, this will be stated in the online description, or the digital radio 'tick' logo will be shown alongside or below the pictures of the receiver, on the product's webpage. This will ensure you've a futureproofed radio capable of picking up all DAB stations.

At the end of 2016 and earlier this year, more transmitters carrying Heart Extra and Capital Xtra were turned on, strengthening the DAB digital radio signal in the following areas:

  • Earls Hill, serving the Stirling area of Scotland

  • Puttocks Hill, serving the Ixworth area of Suffolk

  • North Hessary Tor, for Princetown and surrounding area of Devon

  • Coker Hill, for the area around Yeovil, Somerset

  • Camlough - the Newry area of County Armagh, Northern Ireland

There are now 160 transmitters carrying this bundle of stations.

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Related links:
national radio stations, on this website
radio station directory, on this website.

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