Originally Posted by pkcrawford
Anyone willing (and able) to provide an update on DAB in the Toronto area. I live in Markham (Hwy 7/Warden) and would like to give it a try.
Just found the Forum.
Been listening to DAB from Toronto since Christmas 2002 with a Perstel DR101 from the east end of Hamilton.
The following ensembles are up and running:
LC, LD, LF, LH and LI.
LF (CBC) has gone very weak in the last few months. Strange.
LI has a bad internal interference problem (generated by the radio itself). Too bad.
Listening to Jack925 on LH as I type this.
Generally, when DAB is done right, it's fantastic. The severe level differences from station to station I don't see any reason for but poor engineering. And some problems are simply inexcusable. These range from audio on one channel and nothing on the other to 60Hz hum on either the left or right channel. But there are bright spots.
LC, 680 news, sounds fine in mono, CHFI, some occasional clipping, but sound is fine. (Song titles have returned after roughly a 2 year absence). Chum, OK (mono audio feed). CHUM FM-sounded better before, something's changed in the last month. Edge102, Right slightly louder then left, occasional clipping.
LD, CFRB, sounds fine, audio level low though. Mix999, Sounds fine except hum in left channel?! The Fan, Sounds fine (mono), E-Z Rock, Sounds fine, but level low, but has come up recently, Jazz FM, sounds fine.
LF, CBC has sounded fine, but no longer receivable from home, but confirmed from nearby apartment buildings as still being up and running.
LH, CHIN and CHIN-FM sound fine, just slightly low audio. Mojo 640 sounds fine, and was a stereo audio feed, but still sounds fine in mono. Q107 sounds fine, Jack92.5 sounds fine (was slightly better before).
LI, CJYE, for a 96KB/s feed, mono, it's surprisingly good. Same for CJMR. CIRV has audio that's out of phase!!?!, CIAO, Left channel OK, right channel loud 60Hz hum!?, CFMX, sounds OK, but put of Phase audio?!
So... yes, it's all still on, but strange engineering is being implemented.
Oh, and the best receiption with the DR101 is, fold up the antenna completely, then just swing the collapsed antenna so just the one piece is straight up. Works like a charm.
First radio had a thermal problem, would quit roughly every 3 min. Replaced it under warrently and the current one works more or less well.
The FM works well, except for a soft thud, thud thud every couple of seconds. Seems this is timed to the updating of the signal stregnth meter. Hmmmm...
I use Koss Porta-Pro phones. Huge improvement.
Use 2300 MA AA cells (NiMH).
Radio also has an easter egg....
That's in a new post.