Enabling truly local radio and increasing listener choice

Bucks DAB Ltd is a not-for-profit consortium of local people and industry experts planning to bring a range of exciting new radio stations to digital radio listeners in North Buckinghamshire.

Using the latest DAB broadcast technology we will give local broadcasters a chance to be heard on digital radio in a cost effective manner.

We’ll also introduce a number of additional radio stations to our area to enhance the depth and variety of radio listening available.

Who We Are

Bucks DAB was born from a partnership between three local broadcasters and business people.  We aim to bring our area a new digital radio service which is run and controlled locally, for the benefit of our local community. As a not-for-profit organisation we will ensure that our carriage costs offer small local broadcasters an affordable path to broadcast on digital radio.

Our plans will bring truly local radio to our area, increase listener choice and focus on supporting our area’s growth and development.

What is Small Scale DAB?

Small-scale DAB is a new way of transmitting digital radio using software and low-cost computer technology to provide a flexible and inexpensive approach to the terrestrial broadcast of digital radio services.

The system enables services to broadcast to a relatively small geographic area.

Unlike analogue FM radio where only one station can use a frequency, with digital broadcasts a number of stations can be transmitted together on the same frequency. This is called a multiplex. A multiplex can carry between 20 and 30 stations.

Broadcast Area

The regulator Ofcom is licencing Small Scale DAB services across the UK. The country has been split into areas or “polygons”. A licence to operate the multiplex is being advertised in each polygon. 

Our polygon is called “North Bucks”.

The assumed coverage area for our polygon is shown here. 

Ofcom estimate the polygon covers a licence area population: 203,736
Size of licence area (km2): 998 km2

Our plans will bring a Small Scale DAB area to cover North Bucks, together with as many of the surrounding villages as is technically possible, within our polygon.

Ofcom have now advertised the DAB licence for our area.   The deadline to apply is 5pm on Friday 14 October 2022.

More information here.

What will it cost to broadcast on the multiplex?

Carriage costs on the Bucks DAB multiplex will be realistic, but affordable.   

Our aim is to ensure small broadcasters are not burdened with transmission fees which jeopardise their ability to succeed.   

Those taking a slot will be responsible for their own DSP or C-DSP licence from Ofcom, other licences (such as music royalties) and other standard business costs.

If you would like to know more please get in touch for a chat.

Local radio stations supporting our licence bid

Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio is pleased to support Bucks DAB Ltd with its proposed application to bid for the ” North Bucks ” Small Scale DAB transmitter licence. By giving the Aylesbury Vale its own DAB multiplex will mean truly local stations can be heard in digital for the first time.

You can find us on 101.8FM and online or via our free App.
Web: www.smhr.co.uk Email: studio@smhr.co.uk Tel: 01296 331575

Bucks Radio is delighted to team up with other local radio stations across the area and beyond. By supporting the Bucks DAB Ltd application to bid for the North Bucks Small Scale DAB licence. If successful it’ll mean greater choice and yet another a convenient way to listen.

You can find us on online or via our free App.
Web: www.bucks.radio Email: studio@bucks.radio Tel: 01296 929888

3Bs Online Radio based at Buckingham University are supporting our bid.

We are really keen to be involved and would relish the time to speak more on how we can help in any way.

An online radio station in the county of Buckinghamshire, England. 
Text and Whatsapp: 07960850650
Email: studio@bucksscoutradio.co.uk

Brill Oldies 104.7 plays classic oldies from the 60’s to 90’s from our studio, and are supporting the Bucks DAB Ltd bid.

We support the Brill Sports and Social Club in Brill, Buckinghamshire.
Local news and sports, and what’s going on in our local area.

On 104.7 FM online and on your smart speaker

Leighton Buzz Radio is your local radio station for the Leighton Buzzard area, and is supporting the Bucks DAB Ltd bid.

01525 56 78 33

The Chilterns’ new online Community Radio Station. Serving Amersham, Chesham, Bovingdon & Chartridge with local information. Happily supporting the Bucks DAB Ltd bid.

01494 911922

Local MP’s supporting our licence bid

Greg Smith MP for Buckingham

“I am pleased to support Bucks DAB Ltd with its proposed application to bid for the North Bucks Small Scale DAB transmitter licence. By giving the Aylesbury Vale its own DAB multiplex will mean truly local stations can be heard in digital for the first time. Radio has always and must continue to be there for local communities in Buckinghamshire.”

Rob Butler MP for Aylesbury

“Local people need local news – as I said in the House of Commons earlier this week. Delighted to support the bid to Ofcom, which would enable more people to hear their programmes.”

Local Listeners supporting our licence bid

“I fully support this bid
– Richard Lloyd, (Leader of Aylesbury Town Council)

Radio should always have local presenters which forms the heart of the community and fun raises for local charities with novel ideas. To do this transmitting on DAB is key to enable greater reach of the local population with ease. With the experience of Bucks Radio this would be fulfilled really quickly and give back the local voices of Aylesbury and surrounding area.
– Mark Costa

How to Express Your Interest

Please fill in your details below if your are interested in supporting the Bucks DAB Ltd bid for the Small Scale DAB licence for North Bucks:

Comments Above.
We would love you to get on board and help us keep the licence local by supporting our bid. By agreeing to support us and provisionally agree to sign up to the service, it is non binding just an expression of interest.
Your support would be much appreciated, as keeping it local will mean we can keep costs down to a minimum.

For more details please contact us here:

Bucks DAB Ltd
Tower House
High Street
HP20 1ST

01296 339189

or email us:


Bucks DAB Ltd is a private company limited by guarantee without share capital Company number 14108051.