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Find out where the newest DAB transmitters have been installed
Monday, 9th January 2017
New transmitters for DAB: Poor signal? Check again - in 2016, more than 230 transmitters were switched on - are you covered?

A significant number of digital radio transmitters for BBC national DAB stations, such as BBC 6 music and 5 live sports extra, national D1 commercial stations, carrying talkSPORT, Classic FM and Capital Xtra, and local digital radio, transmitting local services, were powered up during 2016.

This is in addition to the 45 transmitters carrying stations such as Planet Rock and Absolute 80s, from Sound Digital, on the second UK national commercial digital radio bundle. No further transmitters for Planet Rock and Absolute 80s are planned at the present time.

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

    spk9th Dec 2016
  • Kent : Turnpike Hill

      national commercial DAB and Kent local DAB radio stations
    spk7th Dec 2016
  • Wolverhampton : Rhosfach Far

      BBC national DAB and Wolves/Salop local DAB radio stations
    spk30th Nov 2016
  • Portsmouth : Fort Widley

      BBC national, national commercial DAB and South Hampshire local DAB radio stations
    spk27th Oct 2016
  • Peterborough : Oundle

      Peterborough local DAB radio stations
    spk25th Oct 2016, 17th Oct 2016
  • Scunthorpe

  • Lincolnshire : High Hunsley

      BBC national, national commercial DAB and Humberside local DAB radio stations
    spk27th Oct 2016
  • Redditch : Headless Cross

      BBC national, national commercial DAB and Birmingham local DAB radio stations
    spk17th Oct 2016
  • Lincolnshire : High Hunsley

      BBC national, national commercial DAB and Lincolnshire local DAB radio stations
    spk6th Oct 2016
  • Norfolk : Hickling

      Norfolk local DAB radio stations
    spk29th September 2016
  • Cornwall : St Mawes, nr Falmouth

      BBC national, national commercial DAB and Lincolnshire local DAB radio stations
    spk27-28th September 2016
  • Oxfordshire : Over Norton

      Oxfordshire local DAB radio stations
  • Suffolk : Ipswich (Mendlesham)

  • Suffolk : Bury St. Edmunds

      Suffolk local DAB radio stations (and BBC national DAB and national commercial DAB from Bury)
  • Teesside : Ashbourne

      Teesside local DAB radio stations
    spk23rd September 2016
  • Essex : A12 highway between Colchester and Chelmsford

      Essex local DAB radio stations
    spk19th September 2016
  • Newcastle-Upon-Tyne : Kenton

      BBC national and national commercial DAB; Tyne and Wear local DAB radio stations
    spk1st September 2016
  • Worcestershire : Kidderminster

      BBC national and national commercial DAB; Herefordshire & Worcestershire local DAB radio stations

In Spring and Summer 2016, digital radio coverage was also improved in and around Durham, Nottingham (including Retford), Devon (North Hessary, but carrying Cornwall local DAB), Fareham, Birmingham (Sedgley Beacon), Maidenhead, Horsham & Caterham (Surrey), Tyne and Wear (Whitley Bay), Wellingborough, Cambridge (Cheveley), Peterborough (Stamford and Wisbech), Blackpool, Clacton (Essex) and Tunbridge Wells (Kent) for combinations of BBC national, D1 national commercial and local DAB radio stations for the respective areas, offering a boost to coverage.

Local digital radio in Cornwall also saw a boost in 2016, with transmitters for Newquay, St. Austell, St. Just and Truro. Similarly, Kent saw a significant boost to coverage for its local radio stations with transmitters powered up at Etchinghill, Hythe, Tunbridge Wells, Dunkirk, as well as Folkestone and Swingate earlier in the year.

The local DAB bundle serving Glasgow also benefitted from new transmitters at Helensburgh, Firth of Clyde and Milburn Muir.

Manchester local DAB also recieved a boost from new transmitters in 2016 at Winter Hill, Sutton Common, Saddleworth, Littleborough and on the Sunley Building.

There were also boosts for local DAB in Staffordshire (Mow Cop and Stafford), Bradford (including Luddenden), Northern Ireland (Newcastle, NI and South Newry), Inverness (Elgin), Edinburgh (Athelstaneford and Stirling), Lancashire (Darwen), Tyne and Wear (Morpeth, Weardale and Shotleyfield), Liverpool (St. Johns Beacon, Billinge Hill and Hope Mountain).

In all, more than 180 digital radio transmitters were powered up in 2016 carrying BBC national, D1 national commerical and local DAB radio services.

Related links:
more DAB transmitter news, on this website
find radio stations, on this website

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