Well, it looks like Canberra is going to be the first ‘regional centre’ to receive digital radio, after its introduction into State capital cities last year.
This will be a trial, commencing from July this year. Apparently the stations that will be available on DAB+ will be:
- 2CA – Capital Radio Network
- 2CC –Capital Radio Network
- Capital Radio Network – 2 additional commercial services to be announced
- Mix 106.3 FM – Canberra FM (Austereo/ARN)
- 104.7 fm – Canberra FM (Austereo/ARN)
- Canberra FM (Austereo/ARN) – 2 additional commercial radio services to be announced
- SBS Radio 1 – News & Information Network
- SBS Radio 2 – News & Information Network
- SBS Pop Asia
- SBS Chill
That’s the good news. The bad news for those of us who live in the deep, deep south (aka, Tuggeranong) is:
[DAB+] will transmit from the Broadcast Australia transmission tower on Black Mountain. Although the signal will be at relatively low power for the trial, it is still expected to cover a large part of the Canberra area.
Somehow I think those large hills between me and Black Mountain may prevent that.
The second phase of the Canberra trial will be a retransmission of the trial signal into Parliament House to allow Federal politicians to experience digital radio first hand.
… even though Parliament House is in direct line of sight of Black Mountain.