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Old 05-08-2008, 17:45
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Does ayone know if you can get DAB radio reception in France? We are driving down to the middle of France this weekend and was wondering whether my DAB radio will recieve English channels over there. I'll appreciate any advice, thanks .
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Old 05-08-2008, 17:52
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I wouldn't hold your breath, there are very few DAB multiplexes operating in France, also where they do operate, they might not necessarily be in the band III allocation.

http://www.wohnort.demon.co.uk/DAB/a-f.html#France

Paris is a good bet for DAB reception, but not much anywhere else..

AS for English language stations in France, there are a couple, but don't expect blanket coverage. You may be able to receive BBC Radio 4 LW or BBC radio 5 live MW towards the north of France, BBC World Service on 648kHz may be audible too.

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Old 05-08-2008, 18:06
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Naff all Band III DAB in France- it's primarlily still used for analogue TV. There's some DMB in Paris, but all you'll get on a DAB radio is the service labels, no audio.

There is L-Band DAB in Paris, Lyon and Toulouse.

If you drive within about 10 miles of the Belgian border you can pick up VRT and RTBF DAB on band III.
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Old 05-08-2008, 18:21
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Thanks for the replies, much appreciated! I guess, I'll just leave my digital radio at home then
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Old 05-08-2008, 18:43
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When I was in paris a couple of months ago I had my Roberts RD-1 DAB radio with me
Didn't get any DAB stations at all in Paris
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Old 05-08-2008, 19:27
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Most of France's medium and small sized towns (never mind cities!) have a great selection of FM stations for all tastes, so you shouldn't be stuck for something to listen to
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Old 05-08-2008, 19:56
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When I was in paris a couple of months ago I had my Roberts RD-1 DAB radio with me
Didn't get any DAB stations at all in Paris
One thing to watch out for is many UK sets scan 11B - 12D only, you normally have to hold the auto tune button for a number of seconds to scan the whole of Band III.

Once the new multiplexes start to come on stream I predict a large number of posters complaining they don't exist because of this!
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:19
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I remember about three years ago driving back from Spain I got both BBC DAB and Digital 1 from St Omer back up to Calais which is about 20 miles inland, although this may have been due to a tropo.

Also, from what I remember the Paris DAB stations are just simulcast of some of the city's FM sations, skyrock, fun radio etc, again this was three years ago so has probably all changes since then.

Most of France has good radio stations with something for every taste although if your driving between Bourges and Montpellier is does get a bit repetitive, I listened to Fun Radio the whole time as it's a national station and if you have AF on your radio, no re-tuning although it is basically a french version of Kiss. I have heard that RTL 2 is a good station ?
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Old 06-08-2008, 21:31
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Currently the muxes seem to be doing AAC+ tests in DMB audio mode, the Wohnort site gave an update a while back. Pure and other set makers will be selling new DMB/DAB+ sets soon.
March 30th
Le Big Bang en France. The French regulator, the Conseil Supérieur de l'Audovisuel (CSA), has invited applications to use capacity on local ensembles in a number of locations across France. In contrast with the UK licensing regime, where the multiplex operator holds the licence and arranges for service providers to use the available capacity, in France the service providers will be the licence holders, who must then agree between them on a multiplex operator and a transmission provider. Under the terms of the French advertisement, once awarded, the licence-holders will have a period of two months to agree on multiplex operator and transmission provider, otherwise the capacity will be readvertised. 19 localities are covered by the ensembles proposed:- Paris, Angers, Bordeaux, Brest, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Le Mans, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Rennes, Rouen, Strasbourg, Tours and Toulouse. Band III and L-band frequencies are included in the advertisement. Closing date for applications is June 16th 2008. The CSA will first determine the eligability of applicants and then proceed with a selection process, expected to be concluded in December 2008 with the issuing of licences. By February 2009 at the latest, the successful licence holders on each frequency should have notified the CSA of their choice of multiplex operator and transmission provider, which will be subject to CSA approval. The first transmissions are expected to follow in the first half of 2009. The CSA has confirmed that the ensembles will be transmitted using T-DMB. For a receiver to be able to work anywhere in France, it must be dual-band and T-DMB capable.
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Old 01-10-2008, 19:48
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Looks like DMB in France will now be band II and receivable on new DAB+/DAB/DMB sets to be sold throughout Europe.
http://www.wohnort.demon.co.uk/DAB/
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In France, Le Figaro reports that the radio heavyweights have submitted their applications to the CSA for capacity on the forthcoming T-DMB ensembles to be licenced next year. The CSA is expected to deliberate until next spring with licences to follow in the summer. A launch is expected in time for Christmas 2009. The applications submitted include capacity for existing services but also seek capacity for new services. RTL has presented five applications, NRJ seven, while Lagardère has submitted six, of which one is for an all-news service. Television broadcaster TF1 is seeking to enter digital radio with three applications. Official confirmation of the submissions is expected in due course from the CSA itself.
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