DAB+ digital radio goes live in Canberra

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Canberra residents can now access commercial radio on their DAB+ digital radios.

In addition to existing commercial stations 2CA, 2CC, Mix 106.3 and Hit104.7 broadcasting in digital sound quality for the first time, Canberra is set to see an influx of additional digital stations.

SCA‘s Buddha Hits, with its slogan of Tune In and Chill Out, is now live in the nation’s capital.

“After a successful testing phase in Canberra we are pleased to officially launch Buddha Hits in Canberra,” said Hit Network head of music Irene Hulme.

“With Easy Hits launched in Hobart earlier this year and now Buddha Hits available in Canberra, we are gradually expanding the footprint of our digital radio offering and continuing to provide our listeners with more variety when it comes to their music habits.”

Snow FM‘s digital station Snow Digital will provide Canberrans ski condition updates, Coles Radio is now available, as well as KIX Country, The Edge Digital & My Canberra Digital.

“Commercial radio has been broadcasting on the AM band in Canberra since 1931 and on FM since 1988. Now with the official move to digital broadcasting, radio can keep innovating and offering better services to listeners,” said Joan Warner.

The move will provide improved coverage, particularly in the south of Canberra and along the Federal and Barton Highways.

“We’re excited to introduce new stations to Canberra and be part of the growing digital radio landscape,” said Canberra FM general manager Craig Wagstaff.

Radio Canberra GM Michael Jones added: “Listeners will notice a significant upgrade in sound quality on DAB+ radios compared to AM, along with other benefits such as easy tuning and on-screen information such as song titles, news and weather.”

DAB+ services were first launched on a low-powered trial in Canberra in 2010, and listeners can either pick up a new DAB+ radio or rescan their radios from 10:30 am on Friday, July 19.

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19 Jul 2019 - 9:14 am

have been listening to Snowfm here in Canberra last couple of weeks great station good music mix.

19 Jul 2019 - 12:18 pm

Having KTM in the Canberra market will probably impact Hughesy and Kate on drive time. I think KTM would do very well in the ACT.

20 Jul 2019 - 10:07 am

I’m unable to connect to the new DAB service. I’ve performed several rescans on my Philips DAB radio but 2CA indicates “service not available”. Any help would be appreciated.

23 Jul 2019 - 4:55 pm

Reply to James: Try doing a factory reset on your DAB radio. You might have to google or check your user manual for instructions on how to do this. Some radios seem to be holding onto the old station names/frequency despite getting a re-scan.

24 Jul 2019 - 9:53 am

Commerical Radio might have just commnenced DAB+ services in Canberra, but the ABC has had DAB+ services live in Canberra for about a year now.

24 Jul 2019 - 4:26 pm

That was a trial Jay. All stations, commercial or otherwise have been ‘on’ in Canberra for some time. It’s just ‘official’ now.

19 Oct 2019 - 10:27 am

Snow fm is brilliant less ads than Fm104.7 bit over those idiots anyway.

22 Oct 2022 - 5:32 pm

Both Mix 106.3 and 104.7 volume is very low compared to all the other DAB+ stations in Canberra. It has been like this for at least a week now.


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