DAB radio. Is it crap?

All weekend there has been no DAB radio reception in the house. It could be that my DAB radio is bust but we also have no UHF TV signal either and if I let the radio scan I do find some very strange stations with exceptionally poor signal strength. Yet nothing on the transmitter web site which was last updated on Friday (Last Updated 16:41 05/01/07) which was when things were working here. While writing this all has now returned so I now know it was not the multiple bits of equipment in the house I suspect the transmitter.

Being a geek I should love Digital Radio and conceptually I do. However where I live the signal is so bad it is just able to do voice radio but music is horrible where as FM is fine. It is not even as if I live in the sticks. I wonder if the government and the Radio authorities really live in the same country when they suggest that DAB can really compete with FM radio at this point. I can't see a DAB radio ever working in a car or more importantly on a bike. In the house my laptop and wifi gets better “radio” than DAB.

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Hi - I'm very dubious about DAB too, partly thanks to some very poor reception I've experienced now and again in London (so not exactly the sticks here, either) but also for some reasons intrinstic to the technology as I've written here. I really hope DAB doesn't completely replace FM. As you suggested, wi-fi internet radio has most of the advantages of DAB radio without a lot of the crapness. It just needs ultra-wide-range internet access before it'll supercede it entirely.

Posted by Dan on January 21, 2007 at 06:54 AM GMT #

Nice post. The noticable delay in the sound is very odd with more than one radio. It also makes transmitting the time pips on Radio 4 pretty pointless.

I just sent an email to the BBC asking about the future of FM and also about the failings of DAB. I look forward to hearing their reply.

From their website it does appear they live in a different world to me with respect to DAB radio.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on January 21, 2007 at 08:04 AM GMT #

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