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ABC to join the digital radio trial

By johnboy - 5 August 2011 21

The Beast has tweeted that ABC Radio is joining the extended digital radio trial.

ABC Radio has confirmed it will participate in the digital radio trial which has been extended for a further 12 months. Switch on date TBA

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ABC to join the digital radio trial
Holden Caulfield 2:41 pm 30 Aug 11

switch said :

“Switch on date TBA”

Radio National and 666 are on now.

Cool, so any recommendations on a digital radio to buy?

switch 2:38 pm 30 Aug 11

“Switch on date TBA”

Radio National and 666 are on now.

patrick_keogh 2:46 pm 22 Aug 11

switch said :

patrick_keogh said :

The advantages are similar (better quality and more channels).

I think you mean “better quality OR more channels.” There’s only so much bandwidth available.

No I meant better quality and more channels. Digital broadcast is much more efficient in the use of bandwidth than analogue.

switch 9:30 am 08 Aug 11

patrick_keogh said :

The advantages are similar (better quality and more channels).

I think you mean “better quality OR more channels.” There’s only so much bandwidth available.

patrick_keogh 5:24 pm 07 Aug 11

johnboy said :

Your set top box is receiving something different yet again. Confused yet?

To expand on JBs extremely terse answer…
Yes there is digital audio that comes from your set top box. SBS and ABS both transmit audio-only programmes on what is essentially a TV format. However that is not what we are talking about with DAB+. It is an entirely different format on different frequencies. Unless you have purchased a DAB+ radio receiver you won’t be able to receive these programmes. It is the intention longer term to replace analogue radio (AM and FM) with digital transmission, much like analogue TV is being replaced by digital TV (hence your set top box). The advantages are similar (better quality and more channels). The only debate is about two competing standards for transmitting digital radio. One is DAB+ and the other one is called DRM. DAB+ has been chosen for the larger Australian capital cities, the question now is which will be used in Canberra and elsewhere.

johnboy 3:02 pm 07 Aug 11

Your set top box is receiving something different yet again. Confused yet?

miz 2:42 pm 07 Aug 11

Does anyone know why 2CA, which is supposed to be broadcasting in digital, does not come up on my set top box list of available digital radio channels? The only ones that come up are SBS x 2.
Sorry if this a ‘bleeding obvious’ question, but I am pretty much a non-tech head (instruction manuals are still essential for people like me!)

LSWCHP 11:01 pm 06 Aug 11

Morgan said :

Canberra is the transmuter for a whole heap of rural areas, I don’t think they will pick a technology that is not suitable for that purpose. It is branded as a trial – Not up to ACMA to pay for your radio.

Transmuter?

Morgan 10:41 pm 06 Aug 11

Canberra is the transmuter for a whole heap of rural areas, I don’t think they will pick a technology that is not suitable for that purpose. It is branded as a trial – Not up to ACMA to pay for your radio.

patrick_keogh 10:16 pm 06 Aug 11

puggy said :

Australia still hasn’t decided if it’s going with Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) for regional areas (of which we are considered one for these purposes). It runs in the AM bands, which being of a lower frequency than FM, has much better coverage.

Like I said, all well and good to tell Albury, Bathurst etc. to buy DRM radios, but running the “trial” for so long here in Canberra has forced their hand a bit. I predict that no matter what heppens elsewhere in “Regional” Australia, Canberra will be DAB+, otherwise there will be a lot of people looking to insert DAB+ radios into appropriate parts of the ACMA anatomy.

caf 8:49 pm 06 Aug 11

I wonder if this includes JJJ.

puggy 8:10 pm 06 Aug 11

patrick_keogh said :

For that matter calling it a “trial” is a bit moot as there have been so many DAB+ receivers sold in Canberra that there would be riots if ACMA eventually said “No, we’ve had the trial and decided not to go ahead with DAB+ in Canberra”.

Australia still hasn’t decided if it’s going with Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) for regional areas (of which we are considered one for these purposes). It runs in the AM bands, which being of a lower frequency than FM, has much better coverage. I imagine that “digital cliff” they talk about with TV reception is a lot more annoying for radio, so this is a real issue.

For interest, they were testing digital radio way back in 1993, at the then Department of Transport and Communications! I got to build some switch boxes while on work experience for one of the listener tests they were carrying out.

patrick_keogh 8:56 am 06 Aug 11

Well the ABC was playing some silly political game when it decided not to participate in the first trial period. Not sure what that was about. For that matter calling it a “trial” is a bit moot as there have been so many DAB+ receivers sold in Canberra that there would be riots if ACMA eventually said “No, we’ve had the trial and decided not to go ahead with DAB+ in Canberra”.

Understand that final arrangements (spectrum allocation) can’t be done until analogue TV is turned off but surely it could have been positioned as Phase1 and Phase2 rather than a “trial”?

John Moulis 6:02 am 06 Aug 11

Holden Caulfield said :

Awesome, thanks for the update.

Suck it John Moulis, haha.

Hmmm, bit of a coincidence they announce this the day after my RA post. The power of RA? More like Aunty being caught flat footed and having to play catch up yet again.

Holden Caulfield 11:29 pm 05 Aug 11

Awesome, thanks for the update.

Suck it John Moulis, haha.

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