First anniversary of Portsmouth DAB minimux – Radio Stations Celebrate

Angel Radio’s Portsmouth DAB minimux today celebrates its first anniversary of full broadcasts. The minimux, a DAB multiplex licenced as part of an Ofcom trial to examine the viability of using low cost DAB transmission equipment and providing access to DAB for smaller services, launched on 19th August 2015. Since then, the minimux has grown from carrying six services to seventeen, with two more stations due to launch within the next few weeks.

The Portsmouth minimux has pushed the boundaries of what had been expected of the Ofcom trial by not only adding more services, but by also exploiting technology such as DAB+ and DAB slideshow. Angel Radio works with Hampshire based company Commtronix Ltd to provide transmission services and both organisations have provided consultancy to DAB minimuxes involved in the Ofcom trial in other areas of the UK.

Programming has also been important, with a wide variety of formats, niche and mainstream catered for. Twelve services feature some kind of Portsmouth targeted content, and thirteen services are broadcast in stereo, a record for a UK DAB multiplex. Originally a nine month trial, the licence has been extended by two more years to 18th May 2018, by which time it is hoped a permanent licencing regime will be in place for DAB minimuxes.

Tony Smith, founder of Angel Radio said:

“Over the past year, we have demonstrated that DAB digital radio broadcasting is a viable platform for broadcasting to smaller areas than traditional multiplexes, with lower overheads, resulting in broadcasters being able to transmit on DAB that might otherwise have been excluded. All the services on-air at the end of the original nine month licence term re-contracted with us for our extended licence term, and we see that as a resounding endorsement of our work in Portsmouth. The unsung hero of this project is Angel Radio’s Head of Digital Development, Ash Elford, who has worked tirelessly to ensure Portsmouth digital radio listeners are the best catered for in the whole of the UK”

Martin Kirby, founder of local classic rock station The Flash said:

“After being largely restricted to internet streaming for over 3 years and competing with thousands of other internet based stations, the option of affordable DAB broadcasts to our local area of Portsmouth came as a godsend to The Flash and has lifted our profile enormously. This experiment has not only opened up the airwaves for smaller, community based stations like ours, but has also delivered an incredible listener choice in the Portsmouth area. I firmly believe these small scale DAB broadcasts will be the tipping point for any radio fans still considering the purchase of a DAB radio, and I hope to be broadcasting this way for many years to come”.

Ian Walker, CEO of stations JACK and JACK 2 said:

“We are thrilled to be working with Angel Radio and having both of our award winning brands JACK and JACK 2 broadcasting across Portsmouth. We are also continuing to see month on month growth in streaming numbers across the region.”

Chris Stevens, founder of Chris Country said:

“We’re delighted to have Chris Country on air in Portsmouth. We get lots of positive feedback from the area, and along with our neighbouring stations on the multiplex, it’s great to be able to bring a previously unavailable format to the South Coast.”

A website at www.solentwireless.com provides updates and information about the Portsmouth DAB minimux. It is also possible to follow the DAB minimux on Twitter and Facebook. The name Solent Wireless is used for public communications to avoid any misunderstanding that Angel Radio owns the services it broadcasts.

Quick facts:
17 services on air now – 10 DAB+ and 7 vanilla DAB
12 services featuring Portsmouth specific content
13 stereo services – more than any other UK DAB multiplex
14 services with DAB slideshow, with 3 more services expected to gain the feature soon

 

Cheesy FM

Fans of cheesy pop music will like the latest addition to our minimux, Cheesy FM. Cheesy FM is big on pop music and proud of it!

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Cheesy FM is broadcast in DAB+. This means radios that do not support DAB+ will be unable to find this service. As a guide, look for the DAB+ logo or green Digital Radio tick mark to be certain of a radio that supports DAB+.
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Starpoint Radio

IMG_20160715_003423Fans of soul music can now listen to Starpoint Radio on digital radio in Portsmouth for the first time. The station traces it’s routes back to the 1980s as a pirate station in London, but these days is a legitimately licensed broadcaster on digital radio in Birmingham and now Portsmouth. It’s the home of soul music.

Starpoint Radio is broadcast in DAB+. This means radios that do not support DAB+ will be unable to find this service. As a guide, look for the DAB+ logo or green Digital Radio tick mark to be certain of a radio that supports DAB+.
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Farnborough Airshow Radio

 

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From now until 17th July, we are currently broadcasting Farnborough Airshow Radio on the Indulge Pop Up channel. Fans of aviation will be able to keep up to date with the latest airshow news as well as hear useful information about the Farnborough Airshow event. 📻✈

 

 

Unforgettable Radio is now broadcasting

Unforgettable Radio has today started broadcasting on DAB+ to the Portsmouth area. The service is a not for profit community station great easy listening and cool jazz from crooners and swingers. In addition, Portsmouth local event information and weather updates will feature.

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Unforgettable Radio is broadcast in a special format, known as DAB+. This means that radios that do not support DAB+ will be unable to find or listen to these services. As a guide, look for the DAB+ logo or green Digital Radio tick mark (below) to be certain of a radio that supports DAB+

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DAB Slideshow

Indulgence has become the first DAB station in Portsmouth to broadcast DAB slideshow. DAB slideshow means that images can be broadcast alongside the audio and scrolling text of a DAB digital radio service.

On some DAB car radios, the Revo PiXiS and LG Stylus 2 DAB+ mobile phone it is possible to receive these images in addition to scrolling text. We are now broadcasting DAB slideshow on Indulgence and hope to roll out to our other services in due course.

Indulgence slideshow as seen on LG Stylus 2 DAB+ mobile phone.
Indulgence slideshow as seen on LG Stylus 2 DAB+ mobile phone.

Sam FM and The Breeze

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Local FM services Sam FM and The Breeze are now broadcasting on DAB digital radio to the Portsmouth area. Sam FM is best known for Bam Bam at breakfast and witty one liners throughout the day, while over on The Breeze, they play music to make you feel good.

The addition of Sam FM and The Breeze to DAB digital radio now means that every FM/AM station licensed to broadcast to Portsmouth can now be heard on DAB digital radio.

More DAB+ services

Chris Country

On Monday this week Chris Country became a DAB+ service in Portsmouth. DAB+ is a more efficient way of broadcasting a digital radio station, and it means that for the first time, Chris Country can be heard in stereo on digital radio in the Portsmouth area.

JAMM Radio

On Thursday, JAMM Radio has also converted to become a DAB+ service.

Unforgettable Radio

Test transmissions have commenced for a new DAB+ service called Unforgettable Radio. The service will feature relaxing music from legendary performers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, as well as great musicans such as Herb Alpert and Percy Faith. We’ll let you know once a launch date is confirmed.

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Mango Vibe was broadcasting in both standard DAB and DAB+, however they are now broadcasting only in DAB+. To tune in Mango Vibe, look for Mango Vibe + in your service list.

Radios that do not support DAB+ will be unable to find these services. Generally speaking, most modern DAB digital radios, and almost all in-car DAB digital radios support DAB+. As a guide, look for the DAB+ logo or green Digital Radio tick mark to be certain of a radio that supports DAB+.
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Maintenance work

We are performing transmitter maintenance work today, Tuesday 19th April. Services will be liable to interruptions and periods of silence as a result. Please bear with us.

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BFBS Portsmouth

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BFBS Portsmouth is now available as a DAB+ service on DAB digital radio to the Portsmouth area. BFBS are a long established broadcaster to the Armed Forces, and Portsmouth’s heritage as a Naval City makes it a natural addition to our family of services.

BFBS Portsmouth is broadcast in a special format, known as DAB+. This means that radios that do not support DAB+ will be unable to find or listen to these services. As a guide, look for the DAB+ logo or green Digital Radio tick mark (above) to be certain of a radio that supports DAB+

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