From March 2022, more people than ever before will be able to listen to UCB Radio.
This is because UCB 2 will join UCB 1 on the same, largest network of digital transmitters using the more advanced DAB+ technology – known simply as ‘DAB plus.’
The date for your diary is 1st March 2022. From then on, UCB 1 and UCB 2 will only be available on digital radios that can receive DAB+ stations. Many DAB radios already include DAB+, but if you are unsure and want more help, the questions and answers below should be useful.
Why is UCB switching to DAB+?
There are a few reasons, but as UCB’s mission is about reaching as many people as possible with the life-changing word of God, the most significant reason for the change is that UCB 2 can join UCB 1 on the largest network of transmitters, meaning that UCB 2 will be heard by many thousands more people.
What exactly is DAB+?
Simply put, it is a newer version of DAB technology, and many radio stations have moved to this new way of broadcasting. It also means that both of UCB’s stations will be broadcast in stereo, so the music in particular will sound better than ever.
How can I tell if I have a DAB+ radio?
Your radio might have DAB+ marked on the outer casing or listed on the original packaging. The digital tick mark is also evidence that the radio can receive DAB+ stations. However, one easy way to check is to see if you can hear any of the following DAB+ stations on your DAB radio: Fun Kids, JazzFM, or BFBS. If you can, then your radio already has DAB+ and this means you should be able to hear UCB 1 and UCB 2 from 1st March 2022.
(Please note: Make sure your radio is up-to-date by using the auto-tune or re-tune function that you should find in the menu settings.)
What happens if my DAB radio is NOT DAB+ enabled?
The good news is there will still be lots of ways to listen to UCB 1 and UCB 2.
You can continue to listen on the UCB website (ucb.co.uk/listen), on UCB Player (UCB’s app, available in the App Store or on Google Play), or on a Smart Speaker.
You might be able to treat yourself (or someone else) to a new DAB+ radio. Prices start from around £25. Thanks to a helpful arrangement with a manufacturer, you can purchase a DAB+ radio here with a 15% discount.
What about DAB radios in cars?
As above, double-check whether your car radio can already receive DAB+ stations such as Fun Kids and BFBS. If it can, you will also be able to hear both UCB 1 and UCB 2 (from 1st March 2022). If it can’t, you might be able to invest in a small adapter and/or DAB aerial that you can install or have installed. You might already be able to connect your smartphone to your car radio using a lead or Bluetooth and listen to both stations using UCB Player. (In this case, bear in mind that you are using data to do this, so it may be costing you money as part of your mobile phone contract.)
Where can I find out more about DAB+?
What if I want to talk to someone at UCB about this?
You can call the UCB Supporter Care team at 01782 911 000 and they will be glad to help, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t have a DAB+ radio, we would love to give you the opportunity to win one. Simply let us have your name and email address in the boxes below, and after the competition closing date of 1st Dec, 2021, we will pick 5 winners from all completed entries who will each win a brand new DAB+ radio. Your name and email address will only be used in order to contact you if you are the winner.
For further information about UCB’s terms and conditions, please take a look at ucb.co.uk/terms