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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 2:03:02 PM on 10 January 2017.
Wa2ise's avatar
 Location: Oradell, US
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Not a vintage radio, but it's very unusual to find this kind of set in the USA, as we do not have DAB (digital audio broadcast) here. We do have IBOC (in band on channel) for digital audio but it's just a subcarrier on the old style radio broadcast stations. Not selling here at all. Anyway, found it at Goodwill (non-profit thrift shop) at half price, paid $12.50 for it. Came with a detachable UK power plug. Using another that fits this set and our 240V outlets.


Roberts Colourstream FM and digital audio broadcast receiver and ethernet/wifi Internet radio station streamer. Here in New Jersey, USA, it's streaming 4KQ Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Back says 230V.50Hz, though it's happy with American 240V.60Hz.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 1:21:26 AM on 11 January 2017.
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 Location: MilwWI, US
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You could bend the prongs to 'convert' the plug from type A to type I socket, but looks like you have 240V on all type B receptacles. Or maybe outlet unit has type I (photo indistinct). Surprisingly the radio doesn't have UK 24-Hr clock format.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 7:46:46 AM on 11 January 2017.
Wa2ise's avatar
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The outlets for 240VAC have this pattern: Used mostly for larger window air conditioners.

I also have a few American made type I outlets:

I have converted a few type A plugs to type I using a Weller soldering gun. Holding the prong of the plug between the copper leads of the soldering tip I slowly warm it up enough to soften the plastic of the plug so I can twist the prong. The plastic rehardens and maintains a grip on the prong. Be sure the plug you start with is not polarized (that is, one prong wider than the other) as the wider prong wouldn't fit an Aussie socket.

QUOTE: Surprisingly the radio doesn't have UK 24-Hr clock format.

There was an option to have the clock be 12 or 24hr, that I set to 12hr. Convincing it to use its ethernet jack on the back was harder.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 12:26:19 PM on 11 January 2017.
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 Location: MilwWI, US
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That was the other question: How could the clock jam-sync in absence of DAB broadcast.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 9:00:12 AM on 12 January 2017.
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The clock must have sync-ed up with an Internet time server. I didn't set it.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 1:09:44 PM on 12 January 2017.
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The clock must have sync-ed up with an Internet time server. I didn't set it.

On the DAB+ system the time comes from the radio transmitter.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 6:35:18 PM on 21 February 2017.
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I live in Tasmania and we do not have any DAB transmissions, yet shops such as Kmart, BigW and JB Hifi have a large range of DAB radios that cannot receive any DAB transmissions and could only be used for receiving analogue FM broadcasts. At night I can receive AM radio transmissions in Hobart from Victoria and NSW, but nothing is received on a DAB radio.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 8:21:24 PM on 21 February 2017.
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I live in Tasmania and we do not have any DAB transmissions

I was really surprised to hear that, but yes it's true.

http://www.digitalradioplus.com.au/can-i-get-digital-radio

DAB is transmitted on TV Channel 9A, so there's no chance of skip from the mainland.

My first DAB receiver is a Bush, which can be connected to a stereo, so it can be heard the way it's meant to be heard. The problem is that it is only capable of storing 50 stations, and Sydney has more, so a full scan crashes the thing. I have to restrict it to 2 of the subchannels.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 9:16:12 PM on 21 February 2017.
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Even where DAB+ is available, such as Sydney the signals aren't strong enough for mobile use and I think only the Toyota Corolla is optioned with a digital radio. That said, Sydney's myriad of motorway tunnels don't have DAB+ repeaters in them so the signal will blackout for the duration of the tunnel journey.

Not that I am complaining but I do think the government has gone to sleep on digital radio.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 5:35:15 PM on 26 April 2017.
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For anyone in the UK, I still have a Denon DAB (not DAB+) hifi component tuner. No use now in OZ, I bought it early when DAB was being trialled. Got a few weeks use out of it before all was changed over to DAB+.

UK still uses the older DAB standard. If anyone there wants it, it'll cost you the shipping only.

Basically, DAB+ will work in Sydney wherever you can receive signals from the Nine network tower at Artarmon. I was even able to use DAB+ on an indoor rod antenna at Church Point - no useable TV reception there from Artarmon.

Where I am now at Belrose there is only noisy AM reception so DAB+ works very well for me. There is certainly a wide choice of channels and content - does anyone know how many DAB+ channels we have in Sydney?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 6:36:21 PM on 26 April 2017.
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Last time I looked (about a year ago) there were 56 channels in Sydney.

Due to the bug in my receiver (in my previous post), I'm not going to do another scan.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 9:58:36 PM on 26 April 2017.
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At this point in time I count 74 stations on Sydney digital radio. Many of them (not counting the ABC and SBS stations) don't run ads so how they generate the revenue to pay royalties on the music they play escapes me.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 11:57:22 PM on 26 April 2017.
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 Location: Sydney, NSW
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There's a FM station called Triple-G at Gunnedah that can be heard on a car radio from the Upper Hunter, along the New England Highway, almost up to Glen Innes (I don't know if they are aware of that). The only reason they can't be heard into Newcastle is because of a local station on the same frequency. In any case, it's a huge amount of territory.

They were pushing to get a licence to transmit DAB+, but I don't think they realise what a comparitively small range it would give them.


 
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