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#1 Ivanhoe

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 1153 AM

https://www.thelocal...ch-off-fm-radio

Norway on Wednesday completed its transition to digital radio, becoming the first country in the world to shut down national broadcasts of its FM radio network despite some grumblings.

As scheduled, the country's most northern regions and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic switched to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) in the late morning, said Digitalradio Norge (DRN) which groups Norway's public and commercial radio.
 
The transition, which began on January 11th, allows for better sound quality, a greater number of channels and more functions, all at a cost eight times lower than FM radio, according to authorities.


I'm all for better technology, but I can't help being nostalgic for FM.
 

The transition concerns only national radio channels. Most local stations continue to broadcast in FM.


That's sensible, and will give the .gov stations some feedback as to whether their content is competitive with commercial radio content.

 

I still figure that there are many Norgistanis who have just the right portable radio for walking/jogging/biking etc., who will not be able to find an equally perfect radio with a DAB receiver. For reasons unknown to me, the free market doesn't do a great job developing portable radios with the right feature set.

 

 


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#2 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 1215 PM

It will be interesting to see how well DAB works with what must be some challenging atmospherics in Norway.
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Posted 14 December 2017 - 1216 PM

...soooo, Norway is now the first country that has switched off FM radio  -  but keeps broadcasting in FM?


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#4 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 1217 PM

Sounds almost British really.:)
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#5 TonyE

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 2013 PM

YES! My very own thread that i can fill with native stuff that outsiders don`t give a rats ass about! :D :D


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 0020 AM

Lusekofter.
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Posted 15 December 2017 - 0135 AM

Lutefisk.


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#8 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 0338 AM

Incidentally, watch out for the Norwegian version of 'Highway Through Hell' on Discovery. I thought this was excellent, too bad they dont seem to be in a hurry to make any more.


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 0920 AM

YES! My very own thread that i can fill with native stuff that outsiders don`t give a rats ass about! :D :D

 

TN aims to please....


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 0924 AM

YES! My very own thread that i can fill with native stuff that outsiders don`t give a rats ass about! :D :D

 

Didn't they set a recent record about reindeer killed on the roads?  Or maybe it was the rails?


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 1333 PM

Think it was rail, some of the crossings are highly lethal.


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 1336 PM

...soooo, Norway is now the first country that has switched off FM radio  -  but keeps broadcasting in FM?

 

Only until 2021 or so.


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