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A Proper Dab+/am/fm/usb/sd/mp3 Car Tuner

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Repco letterbox Flyer

"Kit includes a quality windscreen mount amplified DAB+ antenna valued at $169." Total Cost $299 Stock number DAB1000 Prolinear brand

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AlanH

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Yes the description in the advertising of "futureproof" may be a tad optimistic given that no definite decision has been made about digital reception in rural parts.

Still it's encouraging to see a DAB+ in dash car radio; and not surprising that the essential AM band is included.

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yes not future proof by any means, especially since a digital radio solution for the regional areas remains unknown. I wonder if the case why our local car makers refuse to budge on fitting digital radios to their range is for very same reason. given no standard for out of metro areas been established. canbera itself where the pollies sit is considered regional isnt it ? with still no digital radio apart from some stalled trial ? until such basics get sorted I cant see anything going any place.

additionally I dont think any of the euro OEM radio makers eg vdu have still got any particualar world standards to work to have they ? so cant see them wanting to jump on any technologies quite so early if just supported by some by only some parts of a back water such as australia !

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Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy is currently considering what digital standard will be used in regional and remote areas. For remote areas, DRM30 is the only digital standard available. The real question is the regional areas.

The advertiser used futureproof, obviously oblivious to DRM+ and DRM30.

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Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy is currently considering what digital standard will be used in regional and remote areas. For remote areas, DRM30 is the only digital standard available. The real question is the regional areas.

The advertiser used futureproof, obviously oblivious to DRM+ and DRM30.

AlanH

If I got one of these could I use my aerial I already have? I notice it comes with an aerial!

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mgaleano,

The supplied antenna with this radio includes an amplifier, I also have not looked at it to find out if it is like the mobile phone type of antenna which uses the glass as a coupling capacitor from a rod antenna or whether its like the one on the Pure Highway.

This antenna may not work for band 1 DRM+ or DRM30 unless it's in the MF band.

AlanH

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mgaleano,

The supplied antenna with this radio includes an amplifier, I also have not looked at it to find out if it is like the mobile phone type of antenna which uses the glass as a coupling capacitor from a rod antenna or whether its like the one on the Pure Highway.

This antenna may not work for band 1 DRM+ or DRM30 unless it's in the MF band.

AlanH

Ok so it would be good for AM as well.

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I bought one of these ProLinear sets on Friday, it cost a little extra to install because of the extra DAB antenna.

All good so far, it picks up all stations well, I have not noticed any dropouts yet, except of course when driving through the Burnley Tunnel.

Very pleased to be finally able to listen to AM stations without all the interference.

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I bought one of these ProLinear sets on Friday, it cost a little extra to install because of the extra DAB antenna.

All good so far, it picks up all stations well, I have not noticed any dropouts yet, except of course when driving through the Burnley Tunnel.

Very pleased to be finally able to listen to AM stations without all the interference.

Well I got one...

The aerial I think makes a differences. I quite impressed with the AM radio, it doesn't get the interference that my stock radio got in and around hornsby, also sounds better :). FM radio similar to the last system I had. Maybe a bit better. I think the AM radio reception might be improved with the boaster aerial it actually uses two aerials! I think anyway. Unless it uses the new aerial just for digital and the existing one for analog.

Oh yeah it has digital too. Good reception, have not heard it break up. To be honest I have not tested that well. Went to Manly, to carlingford tempted to drive somewhere with bad reception for fun if I get a chance.

The bad of this radio. The screen or LCD looks a bit buggy. Like the time display looks strange. I saw this on a review on a website somewhere.

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Gave it a good test. I went to Newport beach and the reception did break up around Mona Vale it would cut in and out until you hit the hill at Newport. It also broke up on the warringah parkway near Narrabeen lakes . Quite a hilly area. I had to switch back to analog as it was just silent. I was surprised around Waitara the reception broke up. Just near edgeworth david drv. Not as bad as the Northern beaches though.

An areas I was surprised it didn't break up was the tunnel under the M2 at Oakes road at West Pennant Hills.

I'll post the black spots areas.

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mgaleano,

The coastal locations you mention are the reason why the translator sites for TV are installed at Bouddi and Manly Sewage Plant. These sites would be ideal for on-channel repeaters like in Collins St Melbourne.

As for Edgeworth David Rd, all those blocks of units on the Hornsby end will absorb signals. The dip on Junction Rd where the Freeway goes underneath misses out on signal due to the terrain.

It would be interesting to compare the performance of this receiver to the Pure Highway, particularly with is accessory magnetic base antenna.

AlanH

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mgaleano,

The coastal locations you mention are the reason why the translator sites for TV are installed at Bouddi and Manly Sewage Plant. These sites would be ideal for on-channel repeaters like in Collins St Melbourne.

As for Edgeworth David Rd, all those blocks of units on the Hornsby end will absorb signals. The dip on Junction Rd where the Freeway goes underneath misses out on signal due to the terrain.

It would be interesting to compare the performance of this receiver to the Pure Highway, particularly with is accessory magnetic base antenna.

AlanH

Wonder if Wakehurst parkway would get something from Manly Sewage plant? . (( meant Wakehurst parkway not warringah road)

I hope they do put some repeaters in! So it doesn't not turn people away in that area.

I can predict that reception would be poor west of St Marys and Campbelltown (given WS repeaters are required)

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mgaleano,

The problem areas from a TV point of view which would be worth testing with DAB+ is the Hills areas particularly out towards Windsor and Penrith, where the signal levels are not particularly high, but the interference levels are.

I don't imagine that Campbelltown will be a huge problem due to the flatness of the terrain, however tests are the only way to know.

The other areas with translators are Kings Cross and Woronora. The Kings Cross translator mainly covers South Sydney, CBD and Eastern Suburbs.

AlanH

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I don't imagine that Campbelltown will be a huge problem due to the flatness of the terrain, however tests are the only way to know.

Yes indeed. Quite often we find that theoretical assumptions do not match real world results. Reality often wins.

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My guess Katoomba would get some reception :).

I got reception in Hazelbrook using a Kaiser-Baas, even in the places that didn't have los and the TV antennas are really tall. DAB+ reception was bit patchy, but it wasn't hard to just move the radio around and find places where the signal was good.

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I got reception in Hazelbrook using a Kaiser-Baas, even in the places that didn't have los and the TV antennas are really tall. DAB+ reception was bit patchy, but it wasn't hard to just move the radio around and find places where the signal was good.

Went for a trip from Pennant hills to Mt Anna Bot. gardens. Along the M7 it broke up around the Quakers Hill parkway , then surprisely was ok until I got off the exit at Narellan road behind a hill. I notice some houses seems to have thier aerials pointed to Knights Hill there. Could still get coverage in the park itself.

Its nice to hear 2CH on digital. Great compared to AM radio.

2SM prefer to listen on AM :-).

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I've just installed a Philips CEM3000 car head unit [literally just finished it tonight], I think it's great. I had to buy it in the UK and get a friend to ship it to me.

It came with an external mag mount aerial, works perfectly.

I was a little concerned it may not support DAB+ but it does.

Cost about AU$280 inc shipping

It's replacing a Pure Highway which I have been using for ages, this wins hands down. Pity Philips won't be importing it [so their importer advised]

http://www.p4c.philips.com/cgi-bin/dcbint/...ductInformation

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