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Q4 2012 Report

Jan 4, 2013   //   by dusty   //   DB Blog  //  2 Comments

At the end of each quarter you can get an update with the latest developments and achievements of the dB Digital Broadcasting DAB trial. To automatically receive updates by email or RSS feed see our Join In page.

During this quarter we continued our transmission power tests by going the opposite direction to Q3 tests and turning the transmission power down to just 50w. Again the results were surprising with such low power offering reasonable coverage of Dublin city and its main suburbs. As expected, building penetration in the city centre was greatly affected but as Ireland is generally not a high-density country this bodes well for the roll out of digital radio nationally.

A lot of our time in Q4 was spent in meeting rooms rather than transmission rooms.

Firstly we were laying the foundations for expanding into Cork & Limerick where upgrade works are required at each site to facilitate the trials. We are happy that the works are now agreed and hopefully will take place during Q1 2013.

Secondly we have received tremendous support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland in relation to the licencing of new content services. As a direct result of this we are able to trial a number of new radio formats across 2013. The first of these new services, Love Radio, has just gone on-air bringing the number of DAB exclusive stations on the trial to four. Our feeling is, now that the trial is establishing itself, the number of services will continue to grow.

Thirdly, and very excitingly, we are exploring the possibility of a cross-industry digital radio group. As we have learned from Australia, Germany and other countries where public/commercial broadcasters, regulators and mux operators work together amazing things can happen.

We look ahead to 2013 with a very positive outlook.

As always your feedback is greatly appreciated in the comments section below.  Remember to keep up-to-date automatically by emailRSS or our Twitter feed.

Q2 2012 Report

Jul 2, 2012   //   by dusty   //   DB Blog  //  7 Comments

At the end of each quarter you can get an update with the latest developments and achievements of the dB Digital Broadcasting DAB trial. To automatically receive updates by email or RSS feed see our Join In page.

Q2 has been a very intense period of activity as we geared up to putting our trial on-air.

On the technical front we took delivery of all the required transmission equipment and the installation was carried out during June. Our inventory now includes transmitters from Rhode & Swartz and Harris. These are two of the leading manufacturers of DAB transmission equipment and we shall be testing the various transmitters as part of our trial.

We have a special thanks to say to our engineering team who took every problem in their stride, delivered a solution and had on us on-air on-schedule for July 1st.

This has also been a very active quarter working with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland on licencing new services for DAB. The first two of these are All 80s and Raidió Rí-Rá. The latter has been an internet only service up to now and their participation will provide some interesting insight regarding online v’s DAB radio. In the meantime we continue to work with the BAI on three further DAB exclusive services which we hope will be licenced by Q4.

The first three services launched on July 1st were;

Each service broadcasts on traditional DAB and the new world standard DAB+.

Each stations DAB+ service includes Slideshow displaying images as well as the station audio. In particular All 80s are working with All-In-Media’s Rapid software. This delivers rich dynamically updated information from now playing to weather/traffic info plus listener requests all displayed on-screen.

Now the trial is on-air our first task is to slowly bring up the transmitter power and directly compare it with the local RTÉ service. Other tests include variations on actual transmitter, error correction, encoding rates and others.

Each month we intend to post a list of the specific items we are working on and your feedback would be greatly appreciated in the comments section below. Keep up-to-date automatically with these updates by email or RSS feed on our Join In page.

 

Day One

Jan 18, 2012   //   by dusty   //   DB Blog  //  2 Comments

Here we are. Day One and first blog post of a new adventure in broadcasting.

My name is Dusty and, together with my business partner Joe, we hope to bring more opportunity to Irish radio stations, more choice to listeners and dramatically modernise the whole radio experience for everyone.

I see that opportunity through DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting). It delivers more stations at a lower cost and it can broadcast web-like data!

This summer we’re going to launch a new trial DAB service with some new stations, some existing ones and lots of new stuff displaying on the screen of your DAB receiver.

Most exciting is that I’d love you … yes you reading this right now … to be part of the whole trial!

How?

Firstly I’m going to update this blog regularly with a kind of backstage view so you are kept up-to-date with what’s going on and what is coming up. If you add yourself to the email list or subscribe to the RSS feed you’ll get these updates automatically.

Secondly I would love to hear your feedback, thoughts and opinions. Constructive feedback, positive or otherwise, is always welcome. Just add your comments to posts here or email me directly anytime.

So that’s Day One. Day Two, when we officially announce the trial is coming soon, so sign up and get ready for an interesting 2012.