I'm looking for a portable wireless.

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    I travel round the country with my motor caravan and like to listen to the news on BBC Radio4 but have constant trouble finding that channel on the inadequate Roberts device that I have. Would any one care to recommend a portable wireless that will pick up BBC Radio 4 on either FM or any other band.
     
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    I put the above post on a year ago but am unable to find any reply's. May I assume that no one on the forum knows anything about such matters?
     
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    Buy one from a place where you can return it for a refund if it doesn't fit your needs.
     
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    Might be better to invest in a decent external aerial rather than another radio. Assuming the Roberts can accept an external aerial.
     
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    Now that worries me because I have seen that one needs a special antenna elsewhere on the Internet so now I need to research not only for a portable DAB but also a DAB antenna?
     
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    I think that I've made a king size mistake because as I wrote above, "I have been looking for a radio that would enable me to listen to the BBC World Service and I bought one that I saw on eBay, advertised as a Roberts R9962 12-Band World Radio-ideal for BBC World Service. Because it said, "World service I thought that it would be a DAB but when it arrived all I can see was FM. Is that where the DAB frequencies are or have I made a mistake?"
     
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    DAB coverage isn't very good because of the different frequencies used.
    For a caravan I suggest you rely on FM stations. The only other option would be satellite but that is getting complicated.
     
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    Some confusion here as your OP said you wanted to listen to BBC R4 & you now appear to be saying World Service? So we first need to clear up exactly what you want to listen to.

    Thar Roberts radio doesn't have DAB so would be unsuitable for the BBC World Service. I suspect that the Roberts use of World Service is the ability to receive short wave broadcasts around the world. But AFAIK, WS isn't on DAB.

    If you have a Freeview TV in the van then both R4 & WS are on the radio channels. R4 on 704 & WS on 710.
     
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    Yes, confusion indeed. My fingers move faster than my brain. I do indeed want to listen to BBC R4 during the day but would like to switch to the BBC World Service in the evening.
    I allowed myself to be led astray by the term, "World Service" on the advertisement but that's my fault. Your right that the Roberts use of World Service is the ability to receive short wave broadcasts around the world but the problem is that I can't find the appropriate frequency. I think that with the speed that the BBC is cutting back on the World Service I had better hurry up in finding it. Thanks for your comment.
     
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    WS in the UK is only available on digital platforms, so you won't get it on the Roberts. Well only on R4 in the small hours.

    As I suggested, a Freeview TV or a box with a display of channel number connected to a powered speaker or small stereo would be favourite. Assuming the van has a TV aerial.
     
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    I want to revert to my youth where if it was cold I used to go to bed to listen to WS so it looks as though I will have to put a DAB on my birthday list but many thanks for your suggestions.
     
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    Bear in mind that it could bring you back to your original question of reception/signal strength. So I'd suggest that you make sure that whatever you get can take an external aerial.
     
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    This time I'm going to look for a specialist Radio shop if such things do exist and visit them. Something like "Richer Sounds.
     
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    Richer Sounds definitely but try John Lewis as well, especially a big branch if you are near one.
     
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    I finally bought a DAB radio and couldn't raise a signal from Steventon OX13 6AL but having read that signal availability changes at night I will try later.
     
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    Remembering my training as a signaller some 50 years ago the term, "Ionosphere" came to mind and how when one finds it impossible to make radio contact it improves that ability to make radio when darkness occurs. I had another go at finding a DAB station and was successful in catching the BBC World Service which was the primary point in buying a DAB. I'm obliged to say that I was impressed with the RGKA Portable DAB & FM Sports Radio but concerned with the ability of who ever is responsible for transmitting the DAB signal to do it 24-Seven.
     
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    A postcode search here indicates good reception so it may be the inability of the radio to receive rather than a failure of transmission.

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    Never heard of RGKA, can you link to what you bought?
     
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    I switched the radio on this morning and such are the vagaries of DAB Radio that the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, Local radio Oxford were there but Jazz radio and Classic radio were not. Perhaps it will sort itself out. I discovered that Aldi do special offers some time ago when I found a top of the range Gamin GPS. I found the radio I bought in the following URL is it called?
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    If it's this one then it looks like it only has a flimsy length of wire for an aerial, which is going to have limitations. No aerial socket either.

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    No, its the Portable DAB & FM sports radio small enough to hold in the palm of your hand but it accepts a headset which as I'm hard of hearing I need to be able to hear anything..
     
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    Possibly even worse then as it likely uses the headphone cable for an aerial.
     
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    Sorry but I'm not certain what you mean. "Possibly even worse then as it likely uses the headphone cable for an aerial." Your right about it using the headphone cable as an aerial because as the headphone cable is long I chucked it across the sofa and the signal strength did improve. However its not what I want so I will keep looking for something rather larger that looks like a radio.
     
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    I meant that a crappy piece of wire for an aerial could at least be raised as high as it will go, a basic requirement for an aerial. A headphone cable that goes no higher than your ears is invariably going to be worse.
     

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