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DAB radio reception

On 3 Dec 2012 at 7:11pm Ordinary Gal wrote:
Does anyone know what the DAB radio reception is like in Lewes around the town centre? I'm thinking of getting one for my Mum but I don't want the same situation as we ended up with the freeview box before the switchover i.e. no reception.
On 3 Dec 2012 at 8:00pm Clueless wrote:
Doesn't DAB radio work on satellites?
Therefore wouldn't everyone regardless of their location get a signal?
I am up the Nevill and get excellent reception but would be interested in an answer from someone who knows better.
On 3 Dec 2012 at 8:08pm Tango wrote:
Centre of town. Brilliant!
On 3 Dec 2012 at 8:21pm Ordinary Gal wrote:
About 93% of the UK has DAB coverage, given past experience that made me feel a bit concerned. Thanks Tango.
On 3 Dec 2012 at 9:59pm Peter Pan wrote:
Have been enjoying D.A.B in Barcombe for at least a couple of years now and I love it, especially Smooth 70s and Jazz F.M
On 3 Dec 2012 at 10:39pm wrote:
There is no signal for DAB radio in Southease at all, and it's only 4 miles south of Lewes.
On 3 Dec 2012 at 10:49pm Southover Queen wrote:
It's pretty dodgy for a couple of friends in the Cliffe too.

It's difficult in this town because so much depends on where you are. With a lot of steep hills you're bound to get a lot of corresponding signal blackspots.
On 3 Dec 2012 at 11:19pm Castle Gate wrote:
DAB is loud and clear at the Castle Gate on a portable DAB wireless set with a standard telescopic aerial. However, its choice and quality are frighteningly limited, with the exception of BBC Radio 3 which is high quality and allows almost the full dynamic range of music to be heard, much more than FM does. It is also a pleasure, for me, to hear the BBC World Service on DAB, and to hear sports commentaries on BBC 5 Live without medium-wave distortion.

However, several of the radio stations on DAB a listener might expect to be in stereo are in mono only: and much of the choice on the VHF/FM band (which younger folk just call 'FM') is removed. A particular horror is hearing The Archers only in mono in the evening (its first play-out): it is relayed in living stereo on VHF/FM. Such are the consequences of the limited bandwidth and, understandably, antiquated technology we in the UK must use for DAB radio.

We have added a lowish-cost computer audio system (bass woofer, etc.) obtained cheaply from Amazon to our 'Pure' brand DAB radio, obtained cheaply directly from the Pure website, and can vouch for the excellent sound of BBC Radio 3 at the top of the High Street, better than anything except the "HD audio" feed available from the BBC website. Much of the rest that can be found on the DAB band sounds like an explosion in a drum factory accompanied by the wailing of a hundred witches' cats through a kazoo. However, despite attempts to the contrary, this is a free world and, thus, some listeners may enjoy these other programmes.

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On 3 Dec 2012 at 11:19pm Fab FM wrote:
Average near the Elly - about half the channels that there could be.
On 4 Dec 2012 at 9:47am Merlin Milner wrote:
In South street it works but is not wonderful. Sometimes have to move the antenna about. Get a radio with a good extendable antenna not a bit a wire hanging out of the radio.
On 4 Dec 2012 at 1:20pm Deelite wrote:
I thought that DAB was redundant. I was under the impression that the majority got their music and radio (and increasingly TV) through the Internet. Obviously not.
On 4 Dec 2012 at 1:28pm someone else wrote:
Deelite - thus far at least, DAB remains preferable for: listening to TMS cricket in the garden; cranking music up loud through decent hifi speakers and waking up to a clock radio. I guess it's more to do with ease of use of listening devices than the format itself.
On 5 Dec 2012 at 2:36pm SOM (15A) wrote:
DAB is mostly of a very low bandwidth due to the fact that we all want more choice ..
It would be much better if there were less in the way of stations so the remaining good ones could have a larger bandwidth and then they could all be in stereo to ! even The Archers.....
if you have an Hi-End Audio System you will have heard the din that DAB offers its far from plesent , A good FM Signal is far better with much more dynamics and musicality ...
The Clue is in the name DAB if reversed

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