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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Our six month anniversary

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It’s hard to believe that we launched on 19th August 2015, therefore making today our six month anniversary. In that time we hope we’ve brightened up the airwaves in Portsmouth.

We’d like to thank you for listening to the stations we broadcast on DAB digital radio to the Portsmouth area, and helping to make our services successful. We’d also like to thank each and everyone of our services for choosing to be on DAB digital radio in the Portsmouth area and our engineers.

As things stand, our trial licence is only for nine months. However, we hope to hear an announcement soon about a longer term licensing regime. To ensure we continue the momentum we have built up, please let us and your favourite stations know that you enjoy listening to them on DAB digital radio and don’t forget to tell your friends too.

Thank you for your interest and support.

New services update

In addition to our existing services from 100% Hits, Chris Country, Express FM, The Flash, Gaydio, JACK Hampshire, JACK 2 Hampshire, JAMM Radio and Mango Vibe, a number of new services have commenced broadcasting on DAB digital radio to the Portsmouth area.dabplusThe new services listed below are 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+.

awaaz1Awaaz FM Community Radio is a Hampshire based Asian broadcaster catering for specific communities from India and Pakistan with music in Punjabi, Pushto, Urdo, Hindi and English.

indulgenceIndulgence has replaced ANGELxtra. Indulgence celebrates the elegance and sophistication of the golden age of music and film. Bringing the elegance and gaiety of the 1920s, 30s and 40s to lovers of all things vintage. Indulgence plays the oldest records using the newest DAB+ technology.

caroline_logo_15Radio Caroline are a long established independent broadcaster featuring album music from the last five decades.

mango288Mango Vibe + is a simulcast of the existing Mango Vibe service, but now available in DAB+ as well as standard DAB. Mango Vibe is the first service to be available in both DAB and DAB+ in the same area of the UK. They are interested to hear feedback from their listeners about their new DAB+ service.

If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to rescan your radio to listen to the services we are broadcasting to Portsmouth. To rescan your radio, most radio sets have an ‘Autotune’ or ‘Scan’ button, which you press to do this. If you don’t have such a button, you may find this option in the menu.

Older DAB digital radio sets (especially those manufactured before 2007) may require a ‘Full Autotune’ or a ‘Rest of World’ scan to find our services. To do this, simply hold down your Autotune or Scan button for 5 or 6 seconds. If this does not work please refer to the manual of your radio for further instructions.

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Our transmitter

On Thursday afternoon we relocated our DAB digital radio transmitter to Fort Widley on Portsdown Hill. Ofcom have also kindly allowed us to make us a change to our transmission antenna which will result in an effective doubling of power. This means that coverage should be improved in the Southsea, Gosport, Hayling Island and Waterlooville areas.

We’d be interested to hear from listeners as to their experiences (good or bad) with reception of our services on DAB digital radio now that we are transmitting on Portsdown Hill.

To listen to the services we are broadcasting to the Portsmouth area, you’ll need to rescan your radio if you haven’t already done so. To rescan your radio, most radio sets have an ‘Autotune’ or ‘Scan’ button, which you simply press. If you don’t have such a button, you may find this is an option in the menu.

Remember, older DAB digital radio sets (especially those manufactured before 2007) may require a ‘Full Autotune’ or a ‘Rest of World’ scan to find our services. To do this, simply hold down your Autotune or Scan button for 5 or 6 seconds. If this does not work please refer to the manual of your radio.

We are still making adjustments to our transmitter and transmission chain, and therefore there may be periods of reduced power and breaks in service from time to time, although we will try to keep these as short as possible.

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Mango Vibe is first UK radio station to launch dedicated Apple tvOS App

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Mango Vibe, the dance music radio station available on DAB digital radio in the Portsmouth area, has today launched the first tvOS app for a UK Radio Station.

The app allows users of the new Apple TV to stream the radio station and see what’s playing and what is coming up next in high quality.

Robbie Harrison, Programme Director said “This is an exciting moment in the development of this new radio station and will allow us to reach a much larger audience through this exciting new platform. Mango Vibe launched in August and we are working hard on our digital strategy to ensure we stay ahead of the game. ”

The app was written by Ben Matthew and went from conception to sale in less than 8 hours. He said “It’s great that we were able to work together to develop this app in record speed. At Mango Vibe we’ve concentrated on abstracting content and platform which has helped us be digitally agnostic. Apple have also created a great ecosystem that meant delivering the Mango Vibe tvOS app was really straightforward”

As well as being available to the Portsmouth area on DAB digital radio and the UK through the new TV app, Mango Vibe is also available online at mangoviberadio.co.uk.