Workshops to offer free advice for Small Scale applicants

A number of DAB Workshops are planned in various parts of the UK to help anyone planning to apply for a Small Scale DAB multiplex licence.

The events, organised by small-scale DAB specialist Viamux, and supported by RadioToday, will provide
practical help and advice to stations, groups and individuals interested in launching their own multiplex.

Sessions will cover the licence application process, transmission planning and funding options. There will also be a live demonstration of software-defined radio and an insight on how to find suitable partner stations for your multiplex.

“There’s a lot to cover”, says Viamux Director, David Duffy, “but our aim is to demystify the process and provide reassurance that the technology is reliable, easy to manage and, most importantly, affordable even for the smallest of organisations”.

RadioToday’s Editor and Founder Roy Martin adds: “Small-Scale DAB is the next big thing for UK radio so we think it’s important that as much information as possible is available to anyone thinking of getting involved.

“These events will let people know how realistic it is to apply for and run a multiplex.”

The first phase of the tour will take-in Belfast on Saturday 14th September, Edinburgh on Saturday 28th September and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on Saturday 5th October. You can reserve a place by completing the online form here.

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13 Comments
  1. Dave says

    I wonder if small scale DAB mite be superseded by 5G, especially as mobile phone providers start offering unlimited data on 5G.

    1. mb23 says

      5G is fine for mobile TV but too expensive for small local radio stations. Mobile phone providers in the UK won’t offer unlimited data, they have paid too much for the spectrum for this to be profitable.

      1. Richard says

        The reason why 5G is good for tv is because that part of the radio spectrum belonged originally to analogue TV, then Freeview digital TV.
        It’s been nicked for 5G, and eventually mobile will want more of the spectrum!

      2. Colin says

        Vodafone & 3 are both offering unlimited data contracts.
        This could be a game changer?

  2. Sue says

    I think the important question about small scale DAB is the one no one seems to have or want to give an anser too.
    How much is it going to cost for a station to broadcast on small scale DAB each month/year. I noticed in a resant pod cast by radiotoday the person beeing interested did not anser that question..

    1. Dave says

      At the moment some of the small scale trials are not charging a masive amount.
      But the cost of setting up new multiplexes in the region on £20k plus & running costs.
      It,s not going to be that cheap. as some people are thinking I would guess.

    2. John Evington says

      In response to Sue’s comment…

      Hi Sue, that was me on the podcast…and you’re right, I didn’t give a figure for carriage costs. When asked about the fees likely to be charged, I explained that there are a number of variables which will impact on the cost from one multiplex to the next. These include the population size, third-party costs, e.g. roof space, ‘desirability’ of the area, etc. etc.

      This extract from Ofcom’s final report on the 10 Trials may be useful:

      “Service providers told us that, where carriage fees were being charged, the most common level of fees, for a third of the providers, during the initial trial period was between £200 and £499 per month”.

      I hope that helps.

      1. Radio Geordie says

        I’m assuming the difference between the amounts quoted depends on either the bandwidth used (i.e DAB+ rather than ‘original flavour’ DAB) or the number of transmitters used?

  3. Richard says

    The reason why 5G is good for tv is because that part of the radio spectrum belonged originally to analogue TV, then Freeview digital TV.
    It’s been nicked for 5G, and eventually mobile will want more of the spectrum!

    1. Dave says

      On the one hand we have community radio stations struggling to survive financially.
      A lot stations simply will not be able to afford to go DAB at £300 to £400 a month. Small scale DAB may work in the big citys.

  4. Ian Chambers says

    5G will of course be a game changer for listeners, eventually when its widespread enough. Online radio is growing and some really interesting audio appearing out there, for the growing audience who listen that way. DAB doesn’t appear to have a long term future, plenty more online devices exist now than DAB radios. But be interesting to see how this plays out.

    1. Dave says

      On the one hand we have community radio stations struggling to survive financially.
      A lot stations simply will not be able to afford to go DAB at £300 to £400 a month. Small scale DAB may work in the big citys.

  5. Dave says

    I think a lot of smaller community stations will think twice at paying up to £400 a month to go small scale DAB.

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