Has DAB coverage improved in your area recently?


UPDATED | During the summer months, engineers have been busy boosting DAB digital radio coverage up and down the UK.

Now Ofcom has provided an update on where new DAB transmitters have gone live and which transmitters have had a power increase. Has DAB coverage improved in your area?

  • View by multiplex - local DAB first - these multiplexes carry your local BBC radio station, plus the main local/regional commercial radio station(s). Many also carry additional non-local/regional stations: 

transmitter - national grid reference - effective radiated power in kilowatts

Bradford and Huddersfield (VHF Block 11B)
New transmitter sites
  • Idle SE164374 (0.3kW)
  • Luddenden SE048249 (1.0kW)


Cornwall (VHF Block 11B)
New transmitters
  • Helston SW651275 (1.0kW)
  • North Hessary Tor SX578742 (3.2 kW)
  • St Austell  SX008535 (0.9 kW)
  • St Just  SW382331 (0.6 kW)
  • Treencreek SW830603 (0.5 kW) serving Newquay
  • Truro SW835442 (0.5 kW)

Power increases
  • Redruth from 0.98 kW to 5.0 kW

Coventry (VHF Block 12D)
Power increases
  • Daventry from 0.5 kW to 1.0 kW
  • Ilmington from 0.6 kW to 2.0 kW

Essex (VHF Block 12D)
New transmitter
  • Clacton TM182164 (0.012kW)
  • Great Braxted TL870149 (0.5kW)
  • Westley Heights TQ680860 (0.1 kW)


Glasgow (VHF Block 11C)
New transmitter
  • Rosneath  NS258811 (1.8 kW)

Hereford/Worcestershire (VHF Block 12A)
New transmitter
  • Hereford SO524364  (0.6 kW)

Kent (VHF Block 11C)
New transmitters
  • St Marks TQ582372  (0.2 kW)
  • Wrotham TQ595604  (2.0 kW)

Lancashire (VHF Block 12A)
New transmitter
  • Blackpool Princess Street  SD307352 (1.2 kW)

London 2 (VHF Block 12A)
New transmitter
  • Little Prestwood Farm TQ235385 (0.12 kW)


Manchester  (VHF Block 12C)
Power increase
  • Winter Hill  from 0.76 kW to 4.0 kW

Norfolk (VHF Block 10B)
New transmitter
  • Hickling Stubb Road TG419224 (0.2 kW)

North West Wales (VHF Block 10D)
New transmitters (as previously announced by Muxco)
  • Amlwch Nebo SH471906 (0.6 kW)
  • Holyhead South Stack SH213822 (1.0 kW)
plus additional transmitters on 12D for Conwy, not listed in the Ofcom update. See here for more...


Nottingham (VHF Block 12C)
New transmitter
  • Nottingham UHF SK503435 (0.6 kW) Directional antenna towards Eastwood.

Peterborough (VHF Block 12D)
New transmitter
  • Stamford Old Quarry TF019080 (1.2 kW)

Plymouth (VHF Block 12D) 
New transmitter
  • Ivybridge SX631538 (0.3 kW)

South Yorkshire (VHF Block 11C)
New transmitter
  • Clarborough SK742828 (1.2 kW)

Stoke & Stafford (VHF Block 12D)
New transmitter
  • Staffordshire Fire HQ  SJ905308 (0.3 kW)

Surrey (VHF Block 10C)
New transmitter
  • Dorking TQ169482 (0.6 kW)

Sussex (VHF Block 10B)
New transmitter
  • Horsham TQ176308 (0.3 kW)

Tyne and Wear (VHF Block 11C)
New transmitter
  • Durham NZ264423 (0.3 kW)
  • Hendon NZ409556 (0.8 kW)
  • Whitley Bay NZ350713 (0.1 kW)

Digital 1 (VHF Block 11D)
New filler transmitters to maintain coverage, where new DAB services on adjacent frequencies would otherwise cause interference.
  • Bincombe  0.8 kW
  • Clacton 0.012kW
  • Clarborough  0.07 kW
  • Durham 0.03 kW
  • Horsham  0.025 kW
  • North Hessary Tor  0.2 kW
  • Nottingham UHF  0.03 kW
  • Puttocks Hill 1.8kW
  • St Marks  0.02 kW
  • Stamford Old Quarry  0.036 kW
  • Whitley Bay  0.01 kW
  • Wisbech  0.015 kW

BBC National DAB (VHF Block 12B)
New transmitters - these are not yet listed on the BBC DAB transmitter list:
  • Blackpool Princess Street  0.12 kW
  • Clacton 0.012kW
  • Horsham 0.025 kW
  • Luddenden  0.3 kW
  • Nottingham UHF 0.024 kW
  • St Just 0.6 kW
  • St Marks 0.02 kW
  • Stamford Old Quarry 0.15 kW
  • Whitley Bay 0.01 kW

  • In addition to the transmitters featured above, there have been more recent coverage boosts for Humberside (High Hunsley, Hull Clough Road, Patrington and Garrowby Hill) and Suffolk (Felixtowe, Puttocks Hill, Mendlesham and Warren’s Heath).

This article was amended on the 06/10/2016 at 18:38. This is because the Ofcom-sourced data incorrectly listed two transmitters.
This article was updated on 10/10/2016 at 08:50, following a second release of transmitter data from Ofcom.




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