El Saif

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  1. My issue with ABC advertising is that often their information is wrong. They promote a radio program, without pointing out that it is only available in State Capitals. They also promote a radio program as available on "digital radio" when it is not available on DAB+. To their credit, they remove incorrect information from their websites, when I send them an e-mail. However, they never reply to my e-mails.
  2. I have 5 DAB+ 5 receivers spread throughout the house. My last DAB+ receiver cost me $10 from K mart. I do not listen to radio stations through a PC. The Australian DAB+ broadcast model is narrowcasting, rather than HiFi. There are lots of small audiences across Australia with specific needs such as foreign language broadcasts or minority musical tastes. Even with major broadcasters such as the local ABC, you find that the local ABC is broadcasting a local sporting event on the AM band while broadcasting a national program at the same time on DAB+. DAB+ car radios are now found in mainstream models such as the Hyundai I30 and the Ford Falcon.
  3. Canberra does have a Parliament, called the ACT House of Assembly. The reach of the current Canberra ABC AM transmissions is over 460,000 people. Back to the topic, ACMA is proposing a second DAB+ channel for Canberra. This means that SBS and the ABC could offer the same number of DAB+ stations as they currently broadcast in Sydney. There is also funding and broadcasting space for the first community DAB+ station for Canberra. ACMA is also proposing to lift the power of Canberra DAB+ transmissions to 20 kW.
  4. In Portsmouth, UK as well. http://radiotoday.co.uk/2016/08/dab-minimux-celebrates-12-months-on-air/ Here in Canberra, DAB+ broadcasting has always been low power transmissions..
  5. In the Canberra Times today, there was an article about DAB+ in Canberra. According to the article, DAB+ broadcasting in Canberra is now permanent, though the DLS on my receiver still says "Canberra trial". The article also claimed that there was money in this month's federal budget for a community DAB+ station in Canberra. Two of the contenders are 2XX and Artsound FM. Queanbeyan FM has ruled itself out. According to the article ACMA will choose which community station gets the money. 2xx was the first community station in Australia and started broadcasting on the AM band, before moving to FM. Artsound FM is a more recent broadcaster.
  6. I remember TVW Channel 7 studios in Tuart Hill. The sets were in shades of grey, as broadcasts were in black and white. A young trainee teacher named Rolf Harris drew Olly the Octopus on sheets of butchers paper clipped to an artists easel as entertainment. See: http://watvhistory.com/2015/02/a-historic-era-of-television-activity-is-coming-to-a-close-for-seven-perth/ WAN's offices are now very crowded, as not only have Channel 7 moved in, but the Sunday Times staff moved in last year.
  7. Yes, there is a smartphone with DAB+. See: http://www.lg.com/au/smartphones/lg-LGK520K-stylus-dab-plus-smartphone I have seen this phone for sale at Aldi.
  8. Aldi is selling the LG Stylus DAB+ mobile phone today. See: https://www.aldi.com.au/en/special-buys/special-buys-sat-4-february/saturday-detail-wk05/ps/p/lg-stylus-dab-phone/
  9. I mostly listen to "simulcast" AM/FM stations on DAB+. However, it still makes me a DAB+ listener. Reception of AM/FM stations is often marred by static. DAB+ broadcsts are free of static.
  10. Alan, thanks for the link. I was surprised to read that Coles Radio was in the top 5 digital only stations. I do not expect that any of these new DAB+ stations will be heard in Canberra or Darwin.
  11. In Canberra, the 4ME Station on Channel 60 has been replaced by Prime 7 Canberra. The 4ME Station used to put on sponsored shows such as Chromezone paid for by Harley Davidson. It was a far more interesting station than a Shopping Channel.
  12. My wife's new BMW does not have a DAB+ radio fitted. The same model BMW in the UK comes with a DAB+ radio fitted as standard. Ford Australia has DAB+ radios fitted as standard in the Falcon and Territory models, though sales of these models have been poor.
  13. Unlike the ABC, the SBS does reply to complaints. i received the following reply to my complaint: "Our new service is a digital radio station - available on DAB+ digital radio. It will be replacing the current channel you see on digital radio 'SBS PopAraby'. You can re-scan and find SBS Arabic24 on your digital radio from March 7 (SBS PopAraby name will change over to SBS Arabic24 when the new station starts broadcasting). And indeed will will also simulcat this digital radio station on our website and via our mobile app. The Arabic breakfast show is also available on Am/FM." As SBS PopAraby is not currently broadcast to Canberra on either DAB+ or digital tv, SBS Arabic24 will only be available to Canberra listeners through the internet.
  14. The SBS has released a confusing press release announcing a new digital radio service called SBS Arabic24, which is due to start on 7 March 2016. SBS Arabic24 seems to be a internet streaming service that will simulcast the Arabic programs on DAB+ radio stations SBS Radio2 and SBS PopAraby, as well as the BBC Arabic language service. There will apparently be a new Arabic language Drive Time Show between 4 pm to 6pm The press release also mentions that SBS Arabic24 will be broadcast on Digial Television as a audio stream in a few months time. The SBS is not the only broadcaster confused by the term "digital radio". The ABC has in the past issued similar confusing press releases.
  15. I checked today at K Mart Belconnen, ACT. They do not have any stock of $9 DAB+ receivers.