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can anyone tell me if you can successfully run a dab digital radio in side a canal boat or do you have to have an external aerial, I am thinking of getting a combined cd and dab,

Asked by: Peter Wright  | 9.53pm, Thursday 9 February


WW says:

It will depend on several factors.
I think that there is a good chance it would work if you are in a relatively good signal area, and your boat has plenty of windows. I have seen them used on boats but often it will only work if very close to the front doors of a window. This is because DAB uses very low level signals spread across a range of frequencies. Steel boats are very good at stopping radio signals.
The best solution to getting a reliable DAB signal and being able to have the radio in a sensible location (other than propped up in the one position that it will work in at a particular mooring), is to have an external aerial. These can be quite discreet and will give considerably better performance in low signal locations.

Rupert Smedley  | 6.17PM, Friday 10 February


Readers say:

We've successfully used both a Pure and a Roberts Solar powered DAB radio in various different locations on our boat. We also get a good signal on a Pure portable DAB where the earphones form the arial. Perhaps we've just been lucky, but apart from in deep cuttings, they've all worked well. Good luck!

Christine Kirby  | 4.35PM, Thursday 23 February

We got a very poor DAB signal inside our boat, which only has portholes. Now completely fixed by getting a small magnetic mount car aerial from Halfords, and temporarily passing the cable through a window or mushroom vent. Our boat has both TV and satellite cables, so I intend to use the satellite cable (with F type plugs) for the radio aerial, to avoid having to use a window or vent. A slight drawback is that the aerial I bought came with a very tiny connector for car use, but I've now soldered a short length of standard coaxial cable to the thin aerial cable, so I can put an F-type plug on the end. Also bear in mind that a the majority of DAB radios don't have an external aerial socket, but on some models the telescopic aerial has an F type plug on the end, and can be unscrewed and the external aerial lead plugged in instead.

Robert Wood  | 3.36PM, Friday 28 April

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