Radio for our trip

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  1. Bromleyxphil

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    We are just about to set off on a four month trip around Europe and Morocco. Radio has moved on a lot lately DAB etc so what is the best radio to buy these days? What might I hope to pick up on our trip.
     
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    Sorry I mean a radio for the van and outside not a car type radio......hope that makes sense.
     
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    We use spotify almost all the time now. Through the van stereo when on the move and via the bose soundlink when were stopped
     
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    I think you might find you need LW in many parts, if you want English programs........
     
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    Better on wifi if you can get it.
     
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    The radio in the whole of France is crap. After years of trying, I've yet to find a good station for music.
    We take an Ipod and books on CD.
    Germany's good.
     
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    If you are a real enthusiast give shortwave a go. There's nothing worth listening to but you'll spend so long fiddling with the aerial and finding out what frequency to be tuned into - it varies throughout the day, you won't notice the lack of programmes!

    Of course true Brits will be on LW as mentioned, how else will you listen to the Archers or the Test Match? Just need a couple of well spaced trees to string the aerial from and you are away.

    Or use BBC Radio iPlayer, podcasts for programmes are quite small, typically under 100 kB for a half hour programme and you don't need a fast connection. I've loaded CDs with lots of programmes like the News Quiz before leaving, which is another option.
     
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    Dab won't work, bought one last year , never got a peep out of it,
     
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    Another thing we've used is the tunein app.
     
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    I would always listen to the forces radio when in Germany. Now if i have a TV with me i listen to digital radio through that but in the van i just listen to my own now via ....

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Audio...373484?hash=item33a4bfecac:g:KocAAOSwgQ9VjR3a
     
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    I,ve also had no luck picking up any dab radio stations ,currently getting many options for digital uk radio through the sat reciever no bbc down in benicassim on my little 90cm dish,but heart ,talk sport absolute radio etc are ok,use the option if you have it to turn the display off to save power.
     
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    Like many, we have found DAB touch and go at best whilst on the move. We currently have a bluetooth head unit, so wife and daughter can select the music from the system in the van, which holds around 18,000 tracks of music, or if they are using the iPad abut 500 movies, although that is annoying when driving, hearing the movie, but not seeing it! :D
     
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    Thanks guys some very good info, I don't think I will bother with the radio. I think I will concentrate on getting Internet and using the I pad. I feel another question coming on
     
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    DAB is unreliable, but if you can get wi-fi go for the Roberts stream 93i. Access any radio station in the world with this thing, great speakers, including sub. If you have Spotify premium you can link.

    Keith :cool:
     
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    We have Spotify at home and we have both downloaded music from Spotify to access when we are offline in the van. We found it great on our last trip away although I think this only works for 30 days from memory.
     
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    Agree with other posts spotify when on the move and most english radio stations are on my sky box when on site.
     
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    BBC Radio now not what it was...it can be difficult to find and very frustrating with poor quality...
     
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    Standard VHF and Longwave are the main ones to have, DAB is very variable and several countries do not have it. Internet radio can be good but beware the BBC is getting tough and is barring Iplayer from overseas, and have barred their programmes form some of the internet radio services. Best to have a VPN service up your sleeve and then you can watch TV too if you wish and can get the bandwidth. Spain and Portugal have English radio stations in the holiday/expat areas and in Germany there are UK and US forces stations available in many areas
     
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    BBC Radio iPlayer, connect iPhone to radio bluetooth or audio in. I like radio 2 and 4, so in car or MH this works for me and very little data used. All the through Spain into France and the normal radio service in UK - sorted.
     
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