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Norway 1st country to 100% ditch analogue FM radio

Postby Mark5R » Thu Apr 30, 2015 1:09 pm

Digital killed the radio star: Norway names FM switchoff date
Analogue's reign dear, digital fjorges ahead


Norway is claiming a world first: having successfully implemented digital radio, the country has announced the dates for a progressive FM radio shutdown.

The end will come during 2017, says the country's Ministry of Culture, which has announced that the conditions it set down in 2011 have been met.

Instead of the five national FM stations that operate in Norway, there are now 22 digital radio stations in the country, with capacity for another 20.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/20 ... y_in_2017/

Sad days. I feel sorry for the many norweigan drivers and especially ones who do it for a living as they all need to buy new DAB radios and get them fitted. the spirit of radio is in analogue its a shame to see it dropping off the spectrum bit by bit. swl will soon be a distant memory :(
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Re: Norway 1st country to 100% ditch analogue FM radio

Postby WoollyMammoth » Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:52 pm

Such a shame, instead of having 5 decent sounding station they will now have 20 terrible sounding stations.
Wonder if the pirates will fill the gap?
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Re: Norway 1st country to 100% ditch analogue FM radio

Postby m0lsx » Thu Aug 13, 2015 2:34 pm

Ofcom are side stepping answering questions about the coverage & the environmental & safety impact of switching analogue off.
DAB is much much heavier on batteries, so there is a clear environmental impact & during periods of very poor weather etc, we are currently told to listen to our local radio stations, with many DAB radios not able to last more than a few hours on batteries, that leaves people vulnerable in times of power loss, especially if that power loss is more than a few hours.
Also there is the issue of coverage, parts of one of Scotlands busiest road, as an example, was only covered by FM a few years ago.
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Re: Norway 1st country to 100% ditch analogue FM radio

Postby WoollyMammoth » Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:55 pm

Anyone know why there is a big push to move from FM to DAB? Is it to make/save money? Is it because its newer so people think its better?

Why fix something that isn't broken?
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Re: Norway 1st country to 100% ditch analogue FM radio

Postby m0lsx » Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:13 pm

WoollyMammoth wrote:Anyone know why there is a big push to move from FM to DAB? Is it to make/save money? Is it because its newer so people think its better?

Why fix something that isn't broken?


It is mainly about control. Analogue is open & anyone with a TX can use it. DAB, is a controlled system. Although it is not too difficult to pirate on DAB, it is not as easy as on analogue.
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Re: Norway 1st country to 100% ditch analogue FM radio

Postby m0lsx » Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:14 am

On todays Southgate ARC news site

The Minister of State for culture, Ed Vaizey, has told the Today programme that whatever the government's decision on the switch from FM to digital radio, it will not negatively affect listeners.

When asked whether this parliament would switch off the FM signal, Mr Vaizey did not rule it out.

"What I am going to commit to is to get the signal as good as FM and as cheap as radios," the Conservative MP told the programme.

"We will not do anything that impacts on radio listeners," Mr Vaizey said.

"I know how much people care."

However, the BBC may want to make their own decision about the future of FM, he said.

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Re: Norway 1st country to 100% ditch analogue FM radio

Postby FreqFreak » Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:32 pm

Follow the money. It's all about big networks wanting to get as many stations on the air as possible to maximise their revenues, and the OFCOMs of the world are eager to take their licence fees.
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