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Test transmissions start this week for Wrexham Chester and Liverpool DAB multiplex

Six barker channels are expected to appear on the new Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool digital radio multiplex when it starts testing this week.

According to operators MuxCo, following Ofcom testing at the beginning of the week, the multiplex will go live for test transmissions from the Moel Y Parc and Wrexham Rhos transmitters. In a blog post, MuxCo advises that "these barkers will often be interrupted with gaps and also live feeds of the stations that will replace them."

If all goes to plan, Chester's Dee 106.3 will become the first regular station testing on the multiplex, followed by test transmissions from BBC Radio Cymru, Radio Wales, Real Radio and Nation Radio during the week commencing 18th March.

The local DAB multiplex will formally launch when the third and final transmitter in the initial roll-out goes live at St Johns Beacon, Liverpool and Juice FM joins the multiplex.

The multiplex is scheduled to use VHF block 10D. In the future, the multiplex could be expanded to cover more of North and North West Wales, as indicated in an Ofcom coverage planning report to Government, published last year.
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