FM radio

FM, which stands for frequency modulation, is also known as VHF (very high frequency). The FM broadcasting band extends from 87.5 MHz to 108 MHz.


Though FM has the potential to deliver excellent quality, the results you get can be influenced by a number of factors:

  • Reception can vary within a localised area, and some remote areas of the UK are without usable FM signals.
  • Under certain weather conditions, interference can occur between transmitters using the same frequencies.  This is more likely in warmer weather, and is most prevalent along the coast.
  • Pirate radio interference can be a frequent nuisance, particularly in urban areas.
  • The precise position of your FM radio can affect reception significantly.  It can even vary between stations.
  • Pull-out or ribbon aerials used inside the room are prone to picking up interference from household equipment of all kinds.

The map below shows some of the FM transmitters situated around the UK. To see a full list of all the BBC FM radio transmitters and transmitted frequencies vist the pages below, or just click on the map.


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