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Portsmouth six new radio stations on DAB trial
Monday, 24th August 2015 [updated 5th Feb 2016, 29th May 2017]
Portsmouth DAB trial up and running with 6 stations

The airwaves in and around Portsmouth are packed with six radio stations on a mini DAB multiplex for the city, broadcast on Channel 7D. Five services launched on the DAB platform on 18 August 2015, with a September launch for college station JAMM Radio when students return for the new academic year.

STOP PRESS To see the current station lineup and keep track of changes, check out the website of Solent Wireless (the bundle operator). Many services on this bundle broadcast using the DAB+ standard, so you'll need a DAB digital radio sporting a 'digital tick', to be able to listen.

The new bundle of DAB stations is being co-ordinated by Solent Wireless.

[Jan 2016: Angel Extra and Redtrain Express ceased, Indulgence and Awaaz FM launched] Angel Xtra is focusing on dance band music from the 1920s to 1950s during daytime hours, with vintage easy listening music from the 1940s to 1950s at night, all in traditional mono. It's the sister station of Angel Radio.

Football fans can tune in to Express FM, the local community radio service for Portsmouth, featuring all-local programming and live Portsmouth FC commentary, on 93.7 fm and now on DAB digital radio.

Highbury college's JAMM Radio brings chart hits to Portsmouth DAB, alongside classic 'guilty pleasures' tracks. JAMM Radio is made by students for students and will be heard on terrestrial DAB digital radio for the first time.

The Flash serves up classic rock and blues from the sixties to the nineties, with support for local bands. Based in Havant, the station has previously broadcast on FM to the Havant area.

Current and classic hits brand Mango Vibe is a dance music service aimed at young adults playing upfront music and specialist dance programming.

If you've a DAB digital radio sitting on a shelf unused, or just want something new to try out, don't forget to do a full retune and check out the new bundle of stations launching soon in and around Portsmouth. The nine-month DAB trial is being broadcast on Channel 7D.

London, Bristol, Glasgow, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Norwich and Aldershot will all be getting a bundle of stations launching on DAB digital radio within the next three months, thanks to a trial which sees small-scale DAB transmissions covering nine cities.

Each multiplex will be on the air for nine months during the trial, with Glasgow and London using two transmitters to broadcast services and other areas using just one low-powered transmitter.

To receive DAB digital radio services, you need a type of radio designed to pick up 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 wi-fi receivers.

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Related links:
Portsmouth radio stations, on this website.

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