Reading the news about MTVNL testing on ... / 2012-02-18

2012-02-18 Reading the news about MTVNL testing on ...
Reading the news about MTVNL testing on Radio en TV zenders in Nederland I did a DAB scan this evening. Interesting results: MTVNL on 11A from Hilversum is either still down or reception was too bad (it was raining). MTVNL testing on 12B showed an interesting ensemble with 6 classic DAB (MP2) services and 2 other services (according to the Noxon mediaplayer). Tags are 3G SERVICE1 3G .. 3G SERVICE6 3G for the audio services and 3G SERVICE7 3G and 3G SERVICE8 3G for the data services. Different levels of bitrate and protection for the audio services. I guess they are testing stuff. What was interesting was that the reception quality was constantly shifting between bad, intermediate and good.

Update 2012-02-19: redid the scan when it was clear weather, now MTVNL from Hilversum on 11A showed up, so it was back up again. I also let the Pure One Mini do a scan and it found the silent test services. On the reception indicator of the Pure One Mini the change in signal strength wasn't as big as on the Noxon mediaplayer. Interesting is that the Pure One Mini shows the services as  3G SERVICE1 3G and up, with a space in the first position of the name.

Update 2012-02-20: The service name 3G SERVICE1 and up have been used before: according to the archives for 2000 of DAB ensembles worldwide the service name was used in the test phase of the South Yorkshire local ensemble.

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