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5 Live sports extra is a secondary service of Radio 5 Live, and not always available on air. When the BBC has additional sports content, it can be found next to Radio 5 live on DAB radio. This is similar to Radio 4 LW on DAB, which can be found next to Radio 4 on the list of stations.

For more information on finding and storing these services, see our Help guide on DAB secondary services . The 5 Live Sports Extra schedule is available online, and Radio 4 LW on DAB, broadcasting Yesterday in Parliament, along with the Daily Service each day on their respective websites. There is a possibility some LED Lights can cause interference to DAB and FM Radio Reception, particularly if LED lights are used to replace halogen lights, and retain the original transformer. This is because the power used is lower, and is forced to work outside of its normal operating parameters, resulting in electrical impulse interference. For more information on interference, please see our RTIS site. Your radio must be in a good DAB coverage area to receive BBC services. Have a look at our Transmitter Checker to see what BBC services you can receive where you are. If you live in a basement flat, or your building is steel-framed or reinforced concrete, coverage may be affected.

Most DAB radios can be tuned easily at the touch of a button. Portable radios should be tuned in a location in your home where the best possible signal is received. Most DAB radios come with built in signal strength meters which can be helpful. From time to time radios should be re-tuned in order to discover new stations. Telescopic aerials on portable radios should be fully extended to receive a good signal. Tilting and swivelling the aerial will help to get the best signal. An externally mounted aerial can be attached to many types of DAB portable radio and hi-fi systems. DAB aerials are different from FM or TV aerials, so you need a good quality DAB-specific aerial. An indoor aerial may be good enough, but for the best reception use an outdoor one. Ideally, this should be on the roof, or high up on the outside of the building, though it may also give good results in the loft. If you have an external aerial, a radio signal will always lose some of its strength as it passes along the cable and through the connectors. It is important to minimise the loss by using good quality cable and connectors. We advise you check that your antenna is able to receive DAB, in the majority of cases you will need a new antenna. The CAI ( Confederation of Aerial Industries ) is a recognised trade body which will can put you in touch with one of their members in your area. By using our transmitter tool , you can check which DAB radio services are available at your location. Currently it reports on network DAB stations only; Local and Nations radio faults are not included. BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 4 are grouped together in a single multiplex. Nations and Local radio services are carried on a mix of commercial multiplexes. Check whether there are any known works or warnings that might be causing the problem. If you still have a problem use the ‘autotune' function to re-tune. If this does not work, a full re-scan might be needed. Check your radio manual for specific instructions on doing a full re-scan.

Further information and guidance can be found by visiting the Get Digital site. Ensure the telescopic/integrated aerial is fully extended. Try moving the radio around to see if you can find a better position where you get good reception of all the stations you want to listen to. Many Digital radios have a signal strength display which enables you to position the Radio for the best reception (usually a number of blocks) as a guide of reception quality.

Unfortunately, some radios are less sensitive than others and need careful positioning to work reliably.


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