Britain's switch to digital radio: implications for shortwave?

Posted: 03 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
"The government intends to switch national and regional radio stations over to digital transmission from FM and AM by 2015. But according to an influential committee of peers, there is 'public confusion and industry uncertainty' over the plans. Between 50m and 100m analogue radios will only be able to pick up community stations after the switchover, while car radios will need converters." Comment is Free open thread, The Guardian, 29 March 2010. How will this affect the small proportion of UK residents who listen to shortwave? The typical shortwave portable also receives analog medium wave and analog FM. Will new shortwave portables also offer DAB? And, maybe, also digital DRM shortwave? Digital-only shortwave receivers would not be able to receive many weak signals that make it through via analog but have no chance with the much less forgiving digital technology. With new IC chips, one would hope that radios of the future would be able to receive digital or analog on all bands.