DAB Digital Radio for the Greater Norwich area.
|CITY-WIDE DAB FOR THE GREATER NORWICH AREA
DAB broadcasts serving the Norwich area on frequency block 9A (centred on a frequency of 202.928 MHz) and identified as “TrialNorwich” are provided by Future Digital Norfolk Limited.
|BROADCAST ON DAB TO GREATER NORWICH WITH FDN:
If your organisation is interested in broadcasting to the Greater Norwich area of Norfolk, we are now operating a reserve list for commercial and / or not-for-profit DAB+ services to join our city-wide multiplex. (Please note that we no longer offer capacity for any further original standard DAB services). For more information and to discuss your individual requirements, please contact us, in the first instance using the contact form on this web-site, which is available here. We look forward to working with you!
|DAB DEVELOPMENTS FOR THE GREATER NORWICH AREA
Over recent months, changes made to the FDN Greater Norwich DAB multiplex have resulted in the availability of further capacity for additional services. Existing services including Totally Radio, Solar Radio and Radio Caroline have moved from standard DAB delivery to delivery via the updated and more efficient DAB+ standard. As a result of these changes, in 2017 we were able to add a number of additional DAB+ services operating at between 32 kbps (mono) or 40 / 48 kbps (stereo). These included ‘Chris Country’, ‘Classic Hits’, ‘Classical 1’, ‘Cyber Hot Hits’ and ‘Cyber Rock’. This year, (2018), we have added yet further services, including ‘NME 1’ & ‘NME 2’, ‘Zack FM’, ‘Panda Radio’ and, (after moving ‘Jazz FM’ to DAB+), ’45 Radio’. At the moment there is a regulatory maximum limit of 20 stations per multiplex and we have currently reached that limit. However, we are working in conjunction with Ofcom seeking to increase this limit at some point in future.
|SERVICES CURRENTLY ON AIR:
Future Radio (from Monday 14th September 2015)
Radio Norwich (from Monday 14th September 2015)
TotallyRadio (added Thursday 17th September 2015) (DAB+ since Fri. 22/09/17)
Solar Radio (added Tuesday 13th October 2015) (DAB+ since Sat. 18/06/16)
Radio Caroline (added Sunday 15th November 2015) (DAB+ since Thu. 21/12/17)
Angel Vintage DAB+ service (added Wednesday 15th June 2016)
(This service previously broadcast as ‘Angel Digital’ up until Sunday 05th February 2017)
Cambridge 105 DAB+ service (added Monday 02nd January 2017)
Weather 24/7 Radio DAB+ service (added Sunday 02nd July 2017)
Classical 1 DAB+ service (added Friday 04th August 2017)
Chris Country DAB+ service (added Friday 04th August 2017)
Cyber Hot Hits DAB+ service (added Thursday 21st December 2017)
Cyber Rock DAB+ service (added Thursday 21st December 2017)
NME 1 DAB+ service (added Sunday 11th March 2018)
NME 2 DAB+ service (added Sunday 11th March 2018)
Zack FM DAB+ service (added Saturday 24th March 2018)
Panda Radio DAB+ service (added Monday 04th June 2018)
45 Radio DAB+ service (added Wednesday 14th June 2018)
Resonance Extra DAB+ service (added Monday 09th July 2018)
Cyber Gold DAB+ service (added Tuesday 09th October 2018)
Crackers Radio DAB+ service (added Sunday 11th November 2018)
FuturePopUp (Occasional services provided for special events etc.)
FutureData (Capacity reserved for ancillary / non-broadcast data service(s))
SERVICES PREVIOUSLY CARRIED:
Over the weekend of Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th of August 2015, working with our transmission engineer (Martin Spencer of Brighton based, Audessence Limited), we installed a new DAB transmission antenna at our Norwich transmitter site. We also installed the DAB transmission rack along with the required band-pass filtering to ensure that our signals cannot interfere with other broadcasters or other radio spectrum users.
On Wednesday the 02nd of September 2015, Ofcom engineers visited our site to complete the required commissioning tests. With these tests passed, we began initial test transmissions later that day. Test transmissions were completed on Sunday the 13th of September 2015 with the multiplex transmission licence taking effect at midnight / 00:01 on Monday the 14th of September.
We originally expected our trial broadcasts to operate for an initial period of nine months, into mid-June 2016. On Wednesday the 24th of February 2016, it was announced by Ofcom that our trial licence would be extended for a further two years, allowing us to continue our initial operations until mid June 2018.
[First Published on Thursday the 30th April 2015. Updated on Friday 04th / Monday 14th September & Sunday 11th / Tuesday 13th / Wednesday 14th / Sunday 25th October, plus Sunday 15th November & Saturday 05th / Thursday 10th / Friday 11th December 2015. Further updated on Wednesday 06th January & Tuesday 24th March 2016; Thursday the 05th of May / Friday 27th May & Wednesday 15th June 2016 / Saturday 18th June 2016. Further updated on Monday 02nd January 2017, Sunday 05th February, 07th April, Friday 07th & Saturday 22nd July 2017 plus Friday 04th August 2017, Saturday 26th of August 2017, Friday 06th October 2017, Thursday 21st December 2017 & Friday 16th February 2018 & Sunday 11th March 2018 & Sunday 24th March 2018 & Monday 04th June & Thursday 14th June & Tuesday 19th June 2018 & Monday 09th July 2018. Last updated: Monday 15th October 2018].