The Voice North Devon launching on local DAB on Monday

Local community radio station "The Voice" from Barnstaple, North Devon is launching on the North Devon local DAB multiplex on Monday 2nd April 2012. The official launch has been preceeded by test transmissions over the weekend ahead of the official Monday launch.

The local DAB multiplex for the area is broadcast from the Huntshaw Cross transmitter, south west of Barnstaple and covers much of North Devon, with the exception of Croyde, Woolacombe, Ilfracombe and points east toward Lynton, as these coastal spots are shielded by hills from Huntshaw Cross. Some valleys in rural areas will also struggle to get a signal. However a good signal is expected from Barnstaple through to Bideford and up to Braunton. 

Listeners in North Devon with existing DAB reception of Heart (Devon) and BBC Radio Devon should find the Voice in their station line up shortly. Some receivers may require a rescan, some will detect the new station automatically.

The Voice launched following local radio station Lantern FM's takeover by the Heart network of radio stations and subsequent dropping of local breakfast and drive time shows for North Devon. The Voice has been on air for the past two years on restricted FM licences in Barnstaple and Bideford, as well as online.

The station's current restricted FM licence is due to run out on 12th April 2012, when listeners must convert to DAB digital radio and online. The station is however optimistic about obtaining a community radio FM licence from Ofcom imminently. (Update: 05/04/2012: The Voice has been successful in obtaining a community radio licence for continued broadcasts on FM across North Devon.)
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