DAB Radio

DAB stands for Digital Audio Broadcasting though it's often known simply as Digital Radio. Digital broadcasts convert the sound into computerised 'bits' of information to be transmitted.  The receiver picks these up and re-creates the original sound.  Analogue broadcasts (such as FM and AM) maintain the overall patterns of the original sound unchanged from the studio to the receiver.


To receive the signal, you need a DAB digital radio set. A traditional FM/AM radio can't receive DAB broadcasts.  Your area will also need to have DAB coverage: if you're not sure, visit this page and use the Digital Radio Postcode Checker before you buy.

Because digital radio uses frequency spectrum more efficiently than analogue radio, many more stations are available on DAB than on FM and AM.

DAB uses Single Frequency Networks, allowing transmitter coverage areas to overlap.  This means you won't need to retune when you travel, unless you want to change stations or you lose DAB coverage. 

Many DAB reception problems are caused by inadequate signals. If you have never had good reception, visit this page and use the Digital Radio Postcode Checker.  If the prediction shows you’re not well covered at present, this may change as more DAB transmitters are built.

The PDF's below list all the BBC Local, Nations and National DAB transmitters around the UK. We hope in the future to also include links to the commercial DAB transmitter sites.

BBC Local and Nations DAB transmitters

BBC National DAB transmitters


Frequently Asked Questions

Transmitter Checker

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