Actually I'm a big supporter of SSDAB but the sheer frustration of living on the wrong side of a not particularly big city, only a couple of miles from the centre but by unhappy chance on the far side from where the transmitter is, has really got to me after four years. Registered in England. The disadvantage is that it does not exhibit "capture effect" that wide FM does. Welcome to the Digital Spy forums. Listen now for interviews with the biggest soap stars and all the latest spoilers - available on every major podcast app , https://forums.digitalspy.com/discussion/322279/why-did-county-sound-radio-move, http://radiosupport.satelliteguys.us/wionplayer.html, https://www.radiothings.com/2017/08/19/bbc-radio-york-sticker/. Just type your zip code or city and state and click the Go button. So it was Premier that took over County Sound from Guildford on 1566. ©2020 Hearst UK is the trading name of the National Magazine Company Ltd, 30 Panton Street, Leicester Square, London, SW1Y 4AJ. If you have an FM transmitter for your iPod, allow me to introduce you to a Web service that helps you find the best unused FM radio frequency in your area quickly and easily. More recently we have also lost 1332 when BBC R Wiltshire closed , they also closed 1368 from Swindon which meant that we can now hear Manx Radio clearly most evenings. Not sure if other BBC LR stations have a similar approach. I always thought with AM signals the higher up the band the sharper the signal is locally but it doesn't travel as far over distance, the opposite lower down the band ie. But then again, Exmoor is on high enough ground to get sufficient coverage from nearby TX's. If you’d like to join in, please sign in or register. All Rights Reserved. Introducing the Soap Scoop podcast! It’d be great to have a decent oldies station on them. Why doesn't Ofcom re-advertise unused AM frequencies? In the Bristol/Bath area we have lost 1260 and 1548 when the Mangotsfield transmitter was closed and the site redeveloped for housing. ©2020 Hearst UK is the trading name of the National Magazine Company Ltd, 30 Panton Street, Leicester Square, London, SW1Y 4AJ. For example, a radio station on 89.9 can make 89.7 and 90.1 unusable for transmitter audio, too. Why doesn't Ofcom re-advertise unused AM frequencies? The real problem is that DAB listening and MW/AM listening are not compatible. The interference can even happen at nearby frequencies. The original County Sound was on 1467 back in the day, so there's another unused AM frequency. AM is capable of very good quality audio and was considered for VHF use instead of FM. Every other type of post 1960s TV was FM. DIGITAL SPY, PART OF THE HEARST UK ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK. Probably South Wales covers it better. Here in NI, 1521 and 828 kHz were used in Craigavon and Magherafelt / Cookstown respectively some years back. All Rights Reserved. Listen now for interviews with the biggest soap stars and all the latest spoilers - available on every major podcast app , https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0029/83288/somerset_dab_coverage_plan_final_report_jan15.pdf, http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/mendip/maps.php, http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/huntshawcross/maps.php. If you’d like to join in, please sign in or register. Introducing the Soap Scoop podcast! However, the allocation was used by the BBC Radio York team some months before the station launched for a special broadcast covering Pope John Paul II's visit to the city. However when tested on VHF they found that generally it produces high quality signal, and for 50+dB S:N FM needs less signal. But it's bad because weak signals are vulnerable to interference. Local radio VHF/ FM coverage does not cover Exmoor: It does show the 95.5 MHz before it was reconfigured to serve Somerset but I recall that the reconfiguration only consisted of reducing the power in the direction of south Gloucestershire (North from Mendip) and not an increase in power in other directions. It might be apocryphal, but wasn't there a religious station that was offered 666kHz by either the IBA or Radio Authority who turned it down? If no interest or bids are made we will know. It's fast, it's easy, and best of all, it's free. Sure it's AM but still usable. DIGITAL SPY, PART OF THE HEARST UK ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK. 1260 , 1368 , 1476 and 1521 all all available in this area due to stations being taken off. It's the Find Unused FM Frequencies in Your Area Web page offered by radio-locator.com. Otherwise it is guess work. 603 or 558. Radio Cumbria still uses 1485, but its commercial rival, CFM, has only ever been on FM, and that started in 1993 when AM was still quite popular. AM / medium wave TX facilities are much more expensive than FM. Most DAB radios do not have AM facility. 1368 is still used by it’s original user of 41 years, Manx Radio on the Isle Of Man and has a great signal at night now the BBC are thankfully off the frequency! 1260 , 1368 , 1476 and 1521 all all available in this area due to stations being taken off. Therefore if you have a weaker signal/one full of interference it performs better than FM (as with MW for example). The fact that various stations have been closing down on AM because there's more money to be made from the land the transmitter sits on than the radio station itself tells you all you need to know. I don't know what is going on in London, but Betar Bangla on 1503kHz and Premier Christian Radio on 1332kHz from the Bow transmitter site are off the air, also Love Sport Radio on 1584kHz from the Lea Bridge Road site is off the air. As an ex Radio Yorkie from the mid 1980s, I'm not at all sure there was a public fuss over the 666kHz frequency from Fulford. BBC Radio Stoke still uses 1503 for some local sports coverage. 1233 is now also clear as Absolute have closed their transmitters at Swindon and Reading this allows a Czech radio station to be heard playing a wonderful mix of local music. Find local stations (and unused frequencies) with Radio-Locator Radio-Locator is a great tool for finding AM, FM, and online radio stations, as well as unused frequencies for FM transmitters. 405 line TV was AM. Sure it's AM but still usable. I suppose if you have a car that still only has AM/FM, or an older radio at home, you still need AM to hear Absolute, Talksport and 5 Live, or a handful of local golden oldies stations, but this is rapidly dying out.

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