SIR – I returned to Britain this year after years abroad with the Forces. I needed a radio for my home and bought a DAB as recommended.
The recent storm surge floods came within half a mile of our home, and the only reliable information was on local radio: Lincolnshire has only FM.Ignorance in these circumstances was not bliss.
The digital switchover has been a masterpiece of poor planning.
M J Sharp
SIR – While digital television has improved the audio and visual quality of television, this is not the case for radio.
Ofcom stopped a digital marketing agency claiming DAB was of “CD quality”. Clearly it isn’t. Most broadcasts are currently below the audio quality of a good FM stereo broadcast.
Even now, many advertisements for DAB refer to “digital quality” – a meaningless statement. As for DAB reception, it varies according to area, and in a moving vehicle, signal break-up is still a big problem.
SIR – The box for my radio lists many DAB radio stations that no longer exist. This year, further regional DAB signals have been shut down: here in Manchester I can no longer listen to LBC on my DAB radio.
Dr Alex May
SIR – I returned my DAB radio to the retailer when I found that it used batteries at a far faster rate than my analogue radio. In this energy-aware world, I cannot see why DAB is being promoted so strongly.
SIR – My wife listens to Radio 4 in the kitchen, and at dawn via a bedroom clock radio. In the past I have bought DAB radios for both rooms, but they would not hold a station unless they were put right next to a window, which was not practicable. They were promptly returned and replaced with new analogue models.
People may learn to love DAB radios, as the BBC suggest, but only when they are made to work as well as their predecessors.
Doncaster, West Yorkshire
SIR – To set his clocks accurately after the FM radio pips are switched off, Adrian Waller (Letters, December 18) should buy a radio-controlled alarm clock for as little as £5. These receive Britain’s national time signal, which is transmitted from Anthorn, 13 miles west of Carlisle, by the National Physical Laboratory. This uses caesium atomic clocks to provide continuously accurate time to the second, and covers the whole of the United Kingdom and most of northern and western Europe.