Perstel Adapt DR101 portable digital audio broadcasting (DAB) and FM radio receiver, by Personal Telecom Inc., Korea, 2003, together with mains power adaptor, stereo earphones and carry case

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2003

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Perstel Adapt DR101 portable digital audio broadcasting (DAB) and FM radio receiver, by Personal Telecom Inc., Korea, 2003, together with mains power adaptor, stereo earphones and carry case

Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) began in Britain in 1995 but take-up was initially slow owing to the high cost of receivers and insufficient perceived need arising from lack of attractive alternative programming. The introduction of what is now BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2002 stimulated demand just at the time that a wider range of receivers was being introduced. The Perstel Adapt was a high-quality small portable and is understood to have sold well, although having the usual drawback of eatly DAB receivers of short battery life. Its acquisition strengthens the representation of DAB at the time it was emerging as a strong alternative to analogue reception, allowing stories to be told about the digital to analogue standards conversion in the UK and its impact on users.

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Radio Communication
Object Number:
2017-108
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