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WillPS
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
There's a digital equivalent of the RBS test to do too though, it just doesn't involve a test card and thus is not as interesting.

I think the digital test involves rebroadcasting a satellite feed, with the switchover late at night signalled by a small white circle on screen?
Steve in Pudsey10,425 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Highly unlikely as some regions have DSOd between regions if that makes sense and so the RBS chain will be broken.


True, but there were gaps in the chain last year too, and presumably they still need to test however that's been worked around - apparently some transmitters use DSat as a back up, so testing that failover is still valid.
Write that down in your copybook now.
Inspector Sands13,971 posts since 25 Aug 2004
There aren't actually that many gaps, with 2 exceptions the switched over area is contiguous and covers everywhere north of a line from Weymouth to Berwick. The only analogue areas 'behind' digital only ones are Northern Ireland and the Norfolk area (although whether this affects Yorkshire/Tyne Tees I'm not sure).

Even so I'd have though that a traditional RBS test isn't really worth it, even if the system is still active. The 3 most important analogue transmitters (biggest areas and populations) left are Crystal Palace - which doesn't rely on RBS, and Sutton Coldfield/Emley Moor which are 2 months away from being closed. When they are that leaves an analogue area around London of about 5 main sites plus 2 islands in the North East and Northern Ireland
thegeek5,107 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London
Even so I'd have though that a traditional RBS test isn't really worth it, even if the system is still active. The 3 most important analogue transmitters (biggest areas and populations) left are Crystal Palace - which doesn't rely on RBS
There is the radio link from TVC to CP, which is always included as part of the test - the distribution to everything but that gets cut.
Inspector Sands13,971 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Even so I'd have though that a traditional RBS test isn't really worth it, even if the system is still active. The 3 most important analogue transmitters (biggest areas and populations) left are Crystal Palace - which doesn't rely on RBS
There is the radio link from TVC to CP, which is always included as part of the test - the distribution to everything but that gets cut.

Yes, but that's easy to test without disruption to broadcasts