DAB radio

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  1. Feltwell

    Feltwell Funster

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    A quick tip for anyone who wants a portable radio for their van and doesn't use mains hookup - I've just bought a Roberts Sound 80 secondhand on Ebay, it sounds great but the main reason for buying was because it runs on 12 volt. As standard it comes with one of those ugly transformer plugs for a normal domestic 240 volt socket, but for a motorhome it's great as the output from that is 12v DC - most of the others I looked at were 9 volt.

    I had an old lead from a rechargeable camping torch that plugs into a cigarette lighter socket that fits the radio with a minor adaption - I had to open up the hole in the middle of the plug fractionally with 2.5mm drill bit. You can buy those leads cheaply on Ebay. I've got a cigarette lighter type accessory socket in the van in a good location, the radio works just fine with that.

    One of these days I'll get around to fitting a better radio in the cab and wiring speakers in somewhere in the back, but in the meantime this will do nicely.
     
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    Will a DAB Radio work in France ?
     
  3. Lenny HB

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    Supposed to but I've never had any reception apart from UK channels around Calais, they are a bit slow at rolling it out. Other people I know get reception in Germany not been there since I've had a DAB in the van. Also France uses a different channel band, car stereos have both bands don't think domestic ones have, well both of ours don't.
     
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    Later ones which receive both DAB & DAB+ should. UK is on DAB, France is on DAB+:rolleyes:
     
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    Yes I have a DAB+ and picked up quite a few stations in Germany but not many in France, I believe more should be coming online in the future ,
     
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    We use a cheapy DAB portable, bought from Wilco I think. It runs on 6v but we just use one of those universal thingys, no prob.
     
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    My Shortwave Radio (American Halicrafter 110vdc!) still works! But I can`t get spare Valves so when it stops that`s the end of a 40+ year friendship!

    I have one of the Wind up, Emergency FM Med: wave jobs for Tornado warnings kept in the Yank It "sqwaks" if there is a warning out. Its very good too.

    Pete
     
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    Just returned from France, nothing on DAB, had to tune to FM
     
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    Nothing in Spain as well........
     
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