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DAB Sales Top 20m



Digital radio sales in the UK have topped the 20 million mark.

Industry analyst GfK confirmed that domestic digital radio sales, including DAB, hybrid and internet models, were 19.8m at the end November, with a further sales of more than 300,000 expected by Christmas Day.

In the run-up to Christmas, retailers reported good sales of digital radios.

The 2014 Christmas digital radio industry advertising campaign was the biggest ever.

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Digital Radio (DAB)


Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), is a digital radio technology for broadcasting radio stations in a digital format.


Omni DAB Aerial

DAB radio stations have the same frequency at all transmitters across the whole of the UK. This is possible because of the COFDM digital transmission format, which enables the use of a "single frequency network". This is an advantage in principle for car radios, since re-tuning as you drive around the UK is not required.

One of the issues with DAB currently is that sufficient transmitters to provide optimum coverage aren't yet available, so the take up of DAB (including car radios) hasn't been high. The digital radio offered by satellite transmission currently has a better quality than DAB.

Omni DAB Aerial

The DAB operating frequency throughout the world is 175.928 - 239.200MHz but here in the UK we only use a small part of that bandwidth, 211.648 - 229.072MHz which requires a dipole slightly less than half the size of an FM aerial.


DAB -v- FM


DAB digital radio is different because, instead of being made up of analogue waves, the radio signal is transmitted digitally, as a series of 'zeros and ones'. You don't need a satellite dish to receive digital radio, just an aerial positioned in the correct place. However, you might need to have an external aerial installed if you live in a poor signal area; sometimes the wire that comes with a DAB digital radio isn't enough to allow good reception.

Traditional FM analogue radio waves are sensitive to noise or distortion from electrical equipment or the atmosphere. The waves can bounce off tall buildings and hills and become interrupted or distorted. As DAB digital radio uses digital signals, with plenty of extra information transmitted to allow the tuner to fill in any missing bits, the DAB signal does not suffer from the same problems as the FM signal.


Some of the Digital Radio Stations available in the Woking area.


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BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1
The best new music

BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2
The nation's favourite music
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 3
Live music and arts

BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4
Intelligent speech
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live
Live news, live sport
BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC 6 Music
Music for people passionate about pop and rock
BBC Radio 7
BBC Radio 7
Comedy, drama and children's programmes
BBC Radio 1Xtra
1Xtra from the BBC
New black music
BBC Asian Network
BBC Asian Network
British Asian Radio
BBC World Service
BBC World Service
International news and analysis
BBC LDN
BBC LDN
Local news, information, sport
Absolute Classic Rock
Absolute Classic Rock
The original classic rock station
Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio
Discover real music.
Absolute Xtreme
Absolute Xtreme
New Music - no limits
BFBS Radio
BFBS
News, music and requests for British Forces, family and friends
Capital 95.8
Capital Radio
London's number one hit music station
Chill
Chill
Dedicated chill out radio
Choice FM
Choice FM
No. 1 for Hip Hop and R & B
Classic FM
Classic FM
Classical music
Colourful Radio
Colourful Radio
Four decades of soul music, mixed with informative speech
dabbl
Dabbl
User-controlled radio where the playlist is in your hands. (Available daily 7pm to 7am)
FunKids
Fun Kids
A radio station for children under 10 and their families
Galaxy
Galaxy
The best in new and mainstream music from chart, dance and RnB to urban and electro.
Gaydar Radio
Gaydar
Radio for London’s gay & lesbian community
Gold
Gold
The Greatest Hits of all Time
Heart 106.2
Heart 106.2
More Music Variety and breakfast with more fun in the morning Heart in London
Heat Radio
Heat
Your tune at Your Rhythm
Jazz FM
Jazz FM
Whatever your jazz music tastes, Jazz FM has something for you.
Kerrang Radio
Kerrang!
Kerrang! plays music with attitude and features an exclusive rock playlist.
Kismat Radio
Kismat Radio London
Speech and music for London's mature Asian communities.
Kiss 100
Kiss 100
Fresh Rhythm Driven Radio for London
LBC
LBC
News, information and debate from London and the regions
LBC News 1152AM
LBC 1152AM
News and views for London
Magic 105.4
Magic 105.4
Soft melodic music
NME Radio
NME Radio
Thirst For Music. Home of indie alternatives past and present.
Panjab Radio
Panjab Radio
24 hour-100% Panjabi music policy station
Passion
Passion for the Planet
Adult contemporary and world music, plus health and environment features.
Planet Rock
Planet Rock
The rock specialists
Polish Radio London
Polish Radio London
News, traffic and great music - all in Polish.
Premier Christian Radio
Premier Christian Radio
Inspiring, Uplifting, Rejoicing, Radio
Punjabi Radio
Punjabi Radio
From old to new bringing you non stop Punjabi music
Q Radio
Q Radio
Q Magazine's digital radio station
Smooth Radio
Smooth radio
Love Life. Love Music.
Spectrum Radio
Spectrum Radio
Multi-ethnic radio. One World, One Station.
Sunrise Radio
Sunrise Radio
Music & News for the Asian community
talkSPORT
talkSPORT
24 hour coverage of Sport and News
the hits
The Hits
Chart hits from today and yesterday with entertainment news and features
Traffic Radio
Traffic Radio
For all the latest traffic news on England’s major roads
UCB UK
UCB UK
Christian radio for the whole family
XFM 104.9 London
XFM London
The UK's new music radio station
Amazing Radio
Amazing radio
What's on the radio? You decide
Rainbow Radio
Rainbow Radio
Music, news and chat for the Ghanaian and West African community