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Sunday, 27 February 2011
Briantist
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8:04 PM

Nedbod: I've just run a comparison on the Media Centre Freeview and there is no difference in the volume levels between the TV and radio stations.

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Nedbod
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8:24 PM

How odd this certainly appears to be the case from the Winter Hill transmitter on Channels 702-710 on the BBC Multiplex on Ch 62 ? at least to my ears.

Interesting.

I now find that recording from my computer onto a CD gives the best quality, although programmes can freeze from time to time, which is a pain. Still at least you cam play the finalised CDs in the car and at today's prices the discs are cheaper than even old cassettes, with much better quality. The hard drives however can record hours of radio at a time, and again can be transferred to CD with the ability to edit first if required to help fit the CD time limit.

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steve
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8:43 PM
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Not noticed Freeview radio differing from freeview TV - but will check later and correct myself if ity is!

What I have noticed is that Freeview sound is quieter than Analogue, and picture colour intensity far lower. Using CRT TV! Sony Trinitron. I am not an early adpoter, and have said I won't buy a TV until they come able to receive directly from my WiFi!

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Monday, 28 February 2011
Briantist
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6:18 AM

Nedbod: If I want to listen to radio programmes, I use get_iplayer to download the AAC format and then Windows Media Player converts them to high-bitrate MP3s for my phone.

CDs are very ... legacy.

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Briantist
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6:21 AM

steve: The usual mistake that people make it to turn on "sharpening" on their set when viewing the digital services.

This always wrecks the quality of the digital picture, in particular it runs the colours together.

(Of course you will be using RGB-SCART or HDMI if you have a set-top box).

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Saturday, 5 March 2011
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Nedbod
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3:38 PM

I don't have a mobile Brian and legacy or not I do have a CD player in the car.

I do however have very very cheap landline phone bills with free broadband and free UK & International calls 24/7 + mobiles to USA and a few other countries for a very tiny line rental, in itself reduced by £3.75 per month by TalkTalk for being a loyal customer. I love my CDs in the car, legacy or no. I have never had one go wrong yet. It would be even better if the standard car stereos played the re-recordable CDs so I could re use them if required, not very envronmentally friendly of them is it ?

My lifetime mobile call charges being £0.00

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Friday, 18 March 2011
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Pete
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4:50 PM

Just bought a new car today with the letters DAB on the car stereo display. Fantastic I thought - I pushed the button .... NOTHING !! Toyota charge an extra £600 for this item and it is not fitted as standard just FM & MW now (they have even removed LW, which was on my last Toyota car stereo - so no cricket, no Parliament, no Shipping Forecast apart from the 12:46am one on FM, no radio in large chunks of Scotland & Wales where LW is about all you can receive and no RTE Radio 1 on 252 either). As I have no intention of getting rid of my car for at least 5 years, I will be listening to silence after 2015. Unless you believe Feedback on BBC Radio 4 last week, which stated in last weeks programme 11.03.11 that although 20% of radio listening occurs in cars only 2% of UK cars have DAB, so the 2015 FM/AM switch off date is impossible, PHEW !!

And its bye bye to BBC World Service 648 next Sat 27 March sob sob !! So yet another bit of dead air on my trannies !!

At least my car battery won't use up as much juice. I'm also busy creating loads of radio CDs to play in the car from BBC i-player. Last week's Friday Afternoon Play "BLACK ROSES - The Killing of Sophie Lancaster" was brilliant, including poetry from the extremely tallented Simon Armitage. This will be my first speech based CD in the car. I can still hear RTE Radio 1 FM for about three minutes on 89.6 MHz FM on Matley Lane in Dukinfield, Tameside due to its height and it being just west of the Pennines with an uniterupted line of sight to the Irish transmitter wherever that is, must be quite powerful ? Having said that you can get BBC National Radio from England & Wales down the East Coast of EIRE.

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Sunday, 20 March 2011
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michael
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9:29 AM

Pete, I am thinking of adopting the DAB-to-FM adapter idea by combining a LW receiver and a legal micro-FM transmitter, as for MP3-players, to feed the incar FM radio. For areas DAB doesnt reach, that should work - until 198kHz is switched off. Does anyone know of future plans for RTE and other LW stations?

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Monday, 21 March 2011
Briantist
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6:28 AM

michael: The UK LW stations will be closed at digital radio switchover, as per the Digital Economy Act.

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michael
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9:15 AM

That is my understanding. I listen to 153,162,183,207,216,234 and 252 kHz at times,
so hope they will be around for a while yet!
There are musings that the BBC is still interested longterm in DRM and that 198 kHz might be used for trials one day. I imagine any such longer-term planning will be informed by the degree of success and acceptance of fully implemented DAB as per the Digital Economy Act.

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