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  1. dave newell lvs

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    Hi all, I've noticed a slightly worrying trend recently and wondered if anyone else has observed a similar situation.

    I generally listen to radio 2 from the good old Beeb but over the last six months or so I've noticed a marked reduction in reception quality on FM. This has been noted at home on several different radios, in the motorhome and on my workshop radio. Sometimes I listen to a personal radio in bed and the one I use has both FM and DAB functions, now when I got this unit last year the DAB reception was just about non existent and the FM was super. Now its the opposite way round, I can get perfect DAB reception on it but nothing on FM.

    Has anyone else experienced a reduction in FM signal strength and a corresponding increase in DAB recently?

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    hi dave

    yes! i particularly notice this on the m5, where radio 2 disappears somewhere south of the m42 junction, and reappears towards bristol. i think there's another bad patch on the m1 north of nottingham. it does depend on the vehicle i'm driving, presumably on the aerial. i've always blamed it on the installation in the truck i'm driving, but they can't all be missing the aerial connection, or can they?

    des

    ps you fitted cruise control to my autocruise sunningdale a few years ago. long since traded for the rv, but still remember your good work.
     
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    DAB... luxury :BigGrin:

    We can get the odd analogue radio and TV signal, as long as there is not to many sheep blocking the signal from the Preseli hills, and, its a clear day:BigGrin:
     
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    Yes, I've noticed it in a few places - also listening to Radio 2.

    Especially so last weekend driving down to Derbyshire using the A628 from the M1 junction. It's a journey we've done dozens of times over the years and never had problems before.

    All the publicity I've seen regarding digital radio has said that there will be no compulsory switch-over (as is happening with TV) because there are simply too many radios out there. Good job I'm not cynical or I'd be thinking that somebody was trying a back door method of making people change.

    Graham

    Just sent the following question to the BBC via the Radio 2 contact page. I'll post the reply when I get it:
     
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    It is 2008 you know,
    it appears not all Radio 2 listeners have passed away as was expected,
    we will turn up the volume again for you:thumb:
    yours
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    Radio 2 is not worth listening to now that Brand and Ross have gone:BigGrin:
     
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    I can go back to radio 2 now that brand and ross have gone. If only we can get rid of janice long and replace her with liz kershaw.
    Happy stirring,
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    Jsnice Long is fine, at least she's on in the middle of the night when normal people are asleep.:Wink:

    D.
     
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    Think you've got a keyboard fault Jim - it's typed "not" instead of "only" :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Graham
     
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    Radio wave reception is dependant on propagation. i.e. themedia through which radio waves travel being in suitable condition. This is affected by season and sunspot activity. We are currently at the bottom of an 11 year cycle of sunspot activity so don't expect things to change very quickly. FM is generally line of sight plus a third. So very dependant on transmitter/repeater location in relation to your location. AM reception is a better bet when conditions are poor. But even that is very poor at the moment. So tough, play more 8 tracks, tapes, cd's, or even DVD's and enjoy your collection of music.
     
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    Why have they gone Jim, Have I missed something:Sad:
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    I've just received a reply from Radio 2 to the enquiry I sent:

    We shall find out if all is back to normal when we travel that route again in 3 or 4 weeks time :Smile:

    Graham
     
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