Solar Radio Leaves Sky

Soul music station Solar Radio has ceased broadcasting on the Sky satellite television platform. Solar had been available on Sky since September 2000.

The station is redirecting listeners to the variety of online platforms available, including smart phone apps and smart speakers.

The station is also available on DAB+ in Birmingham, Brighton, central London, and Norwich.

More details can be found on their website www.solarradio.com.

Other DAB Changes

Some other DAB changes to bring you, from the past couple of weeks.

Two services have joined the Cambridge trial small scale multiplex. HCR104fm (Huntington Community Radio) is broadcasting at 48 kbps stereo DAB+, and Visitor Radio is broadcasting at 32 kbps mono DAB+. As both services are using the newer DAB+ format, not all radios will receive these stations.

On the trial small scale multiplex in Portsmouth, Weather24/7Radio has been re-labelled Test Channel. The reason for this is unclear, as the station also broadcasts on other small scale multiplexes.

LRB Digital and Solar Radio have switched to using DAB+ on the trial London small scale multiplex. Asa result, not all radios will now receive these stations. Also in London, but on the London 3 multiplex, Matryoshka Radio has dropped to 112 kbps, but still broadcasts in original format Joint Stereo DAB.

Several Christmas DAB pop up stations have also returned this year including Mince Pie Non Stop, a spin of from Minster FM in North Yorkshire, Signal Christmas in Stoke & Stafford, and Pulse Christmas in Bradford and Huddersfield.

Station Updates

There have been a few changes to some local DAB multiplexes:

On Trial Glasgow, Gaydio has switch to 128 kbps joint stereo, whilst Radio Saltire has ceased, and Timeless Radio and Your Radio have been observed without audio streams (possible either closing or have ceased).

On Trial Birmingham, 45 Radio has joined using DAB+ (receiver dependent) at 48 kbps. Solar FM and Gorgeous FM are running without audio, and Colourful Radio has ceased.

Resonance Extra has joined the Trial Norwich multiplex, and About Norwich has ceased.

On Herts Beds Bucks, Bob Home Counties has ceased, but the service still continues on FM.

On Trial Brighton, Juice 107.2 has ceased broadcasting ahead of the launch of Capital Brighton on FM and the Sussex multiplex. As the station now has a stereo slot on the Sussex multiplex, the slot on Trial Brighton is no longer required.

On FM, Banbridge, Northern Ireland, community station Bounce FM has launched on 102.4. Gaydio Brighton has launched on 97.8. Yeovil community station Ninesprings Radio is due to launch on 104.5 in October.

DAB Line Up Changes

Sam FM has rejoined the Bristol DAB multiplex, but is using a very low bit rate of 56 kbps mono, offering extremely poor audio quality for listeners.

On the Trial Manchester multiplex, Imagine Radio has joined, broadcasing at 48 kbps stereo DAB+. As the station is using the newer DAB+ format, not all radio radios will receive Imagine Radio. Solar Radio has left the Trial Manchester multiplex.