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What is digital radio?
What is digital radio?
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Digital radio offers exceptional quality sound and a range of exciting features to enhance your listening experience.

  • Clearer sound and improved reception.
     
  • More choice of stations, with up to 22 digital only stations available including chill, comedy, dance, country and many more!
     
  • Tuning by station name, not frequency, making it easy to find favourite stations
     
  • Scrolling text on screen with artist and song information, weather and news updates and much more!
     
  • Additional features on some digital radio models include the ability to pause and rewind live radio and broadcast slideshow images. The technology allows in the future for downloadable music direct to the radio's memory and Electronic Program Guides. 

With digital radio all you need is a digital receiver or a device with a DAB+ chip in it and that’s it – no subscription fees, no messing about with signing up or logging on, just tune in.

The Australian commercial radio industry launched digital broadcasting in five capital cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth throughout May 2009, creating a new wave of consumer interest and excitement about this well-loved medium. In 2010 digital radio trial services switched on in Canberra and Darwin.

You will need a new radio to tune into digital radio and these are available from retailers listed. Simply select your region and see where your local digital radio stockist is. 

Broadcasting from different bands of the frequency spectrum directly affects the characteristics of AM, FM and DAB+ transmissions. Whilst AM is characterised by longer wavelengths, ensuring it can travel further but is subject to higher degrees of interference, FM broadcasts from VHF Band II (88-108MHz), a higher frequency resulting in shorter wavelengths. Whilst reception is largely improved compared to AM, interference may still occur.

DAB+ uses a transmission system similar to digital TV, broadcasting in VHF Band III (174-235MHz), a higher frequency than both AM and FM resulting in even shorter wave lengths.  This spectrum efficient technology allows broadcasters to offer their listeners new digital only stations using less spectrum. DAB+ uses a robust modulation which is designed for radio reception in mobile environments such as vehicles and trains. DAB+ also provides new features such as scrolling text, EPG, slideshow and in some receivers, animation.
 

 

* Low powered trial services only.

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