The latest issue of Choice review of Digital Radios contains sensible advice, that before buyers purchase a digital radio they should first ascertain whether or not digital radio operates in the area where they live.
In the last week a resident of Ocean Grove on the Bellarine Peninsula (part of the City of Greater Geelong) in Victoria complained on Facebook that she could not receive Melbourne radio station 3AW on her clock radio, a digital model.
Some salespeople in electrical goods stores in Geelong are unaware that DAB+ reception is either patchy or non-existent in Greater Geelong. Residents of Colac, for example, have no reception, but residents of Werribee, at least when there is no Lockdown from Covid 19, who often shop in Greater Geelong, do have DAB+ reception. I purchased a clock radio from a store in Geelong, but the only models available are DAB+ and FM. I was happy with my purchase, but wish I could get digital reception all of the time instead of patchy reception some of the time.
Victorian regional cities, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and in the LaTrobe Valley are not scheduled to have DAB+ reception any time soon. A great pity. I hope the government will do something about this in the near future.