Digital radio now nearly usable in Canberra

On 23 February the trial transmission for DAB+ digital radio in Canberra was bumped up from 1kW to 3.1kW. Makes a big difference. I now get perfect reception in the house, and good enough reception in my office (despite the tin foil insulation and metal roof).

Sound quality on the commercial stations has improved, too.

So why my ‘nearly’ qualification? Still no ABC. Indeed, ABC says it won’t participate in the trial until it has an assurance from the Government that it will be permanent.

(Declaration: I went to a reboot of the system at Parliament House the other night, where I was presented with an OXX Digital ‘Vantage’ portable DAB+ radio.)

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