Stations may be missing from the frequency finder lists for the following reasons:|
New stations and transmitters
New stations and transmitters are generally listed in the FM and AM and digital updates pages prior to appearing in the main lists. If you find a new station which isn't on the updates pages, please let me know.
Ofcom licenses a number of stations to broadcast for up to a month at a time. These licenses are known as Restricted Service Licenses (RSLs) and are not listed on Frequency Finder. A list of current RSLs can be found on the Ofcom and UK Radio websites. The 87.6-88.0 section of the FM band is reserved for RSLs in the UK. RSLs are often found in the 105.0-107.9 sub-band, but may also be found elsewhere on FM and on AM.
UK based unlicensed (or pirate) radio stations are not listed on Frequency Finder for legal reasons. These broadcast mainly in big cities, especially London. Many unlicensed stations only broadcast part-time, such as evenings and weekends. Common formats are specialist dance music, such as techno, garage and drum'n'bass, rap or R&B music and Asian programmes, though some pirates broadcast more mainstream music.
During 'lift' conditions, generally when atmospheric pressure is high, foreign stations may be receivable on FM. The Frequency order section lists stations commonly received in coastal areas. For more information, try some of the international station directories.
Please let me know if you find any errors.
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