Description

This handbook is intended to give the broadcast industry an authoritative guide to the Radio Data System (RDS), also called Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS). Since the standard's adoption, about 700 stations have begun broadcasting RDS in the United States. There is a wide variety of encoding equipment with prices starting as low as $400, and over 30 models of RDS receivers have been introduced for cars, home receivers, portable and even PC receivers. Automobile manufacturer's such as General Motors, Ford, Audi, and Porsch now offer RDS on new vehicles. Yet despite all the support equipment in place, the FM broadcaster has been reluctant to implement and utilize this service, mainly because of a lack of understanding of what RDS can do for the station. This book finally provides the information required to understand RDS and its possibilities on a variety of levels, so that everyone involved in radio can make the most of it. Station owner, program director, salesperson, and talent alike will find the information he or she requires to maximize the possibilities of this new technology. Each feature of the system is explained in terms of its practical implementation at the station, and interviews with broadcasters currently using the system add a hands-on perspective. Scott Wright is a recognized pioneer in RDS development. As the designer of Delco Electronics' first RDS receiver, he has been extremely active in the development of the RDS standard in the US and in efforts to educate the broadcast community about its potential. He has represented Delco at the European Broadcasting Union's (EBU) RDS Forum and is currently the Chairman of the National Radio Systems Committee RBDS Subcommittee, the US standard-setting body. He is also a member o

Key Features

· Authoritative sourcebook of information on RDS and its possibilities · Easy-to-understand_allows all levels of broadcast personnel to maximize the potential of this technology

Readership

Radio station management and staff (engineering, promotion). Secondary market: Engineers and marketing staff at receiver manufacturers.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 1-WHAT IS RDS, OR RBDS, OR SMART RADIO?; WHY SHOULD I IMPLEMENT RDS'WHAT ARE THE RDS FEATURES?;Listener Features ;Data Related Features; Other Advantages of RDS; THE IMPORTANCE OF STANDARDIZATION 2-GENERAL MANAGERS OVERVIEW; FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS; RDS IS DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER SUBCARRIER; DO I HAVE TO GIVE UP AN EXISTING SUBCARRIER TO TRANSMIT RDS?; CONCLUSIONS; 3-SUMMARY OF CHANGES IN THE NEW STANDARD;PROGRAM TYPE NAME (PTYN;FAST PROGRAM SERVICE (PS) NAME; LOCATION AND NAVIGATION (LN); OPEN DATA APPLICATIONS (ODA; ENHANCED RADIOPAGING; LANGUAGE IDENTIFICATION; DECODER IDENTIFICATION (DI; EXTENDED COUNTRY CODES (ECC; PROGRAM IDENTIFICATION (PI) CODES; ANALOG SCA CROSS REFERENCING; ID LOGIC RDS (IRDS) UPDATING; PTY CODE TABLE; DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RDS AND RBDS; SUMMARY OF DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RDS AND RBDS; 4-RDS VERSUS COMPETING SUBCARRIER TECHNOLOGIES; THE RDS SUBCARRIER;LEASING YOUR RDS SUBCARRIER;MBS/MMBS PAGING SYSTEM; Other factors involving MMBS; 5-REGULATION OF THE RBDS STANDARD; THE NRSC RBDS SUBCOMMITTEE; THE RDS STANDARD; THE RDS FORUM; CONSUMER ELECTRONIC MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION (CEMA; THE RDS ADVISORY GROUP; FCC RULES CONCERNING SUBCARRIER USAGE; LEARNING MORE; 6-CONSUMER; RECEIVERS; CONSUMER RDS FEATURES; SELECTING AN RDS RECEIVER; PARAMETRIC MEASUREMENTS OF RDS PERFORMANCE; RECEIVER OPERATION; Alternate Frequency Selection; Judging the quality of the AF feature; Receiver Memory; Program Identification Search; AF or RDS?; Radiotext; Operation; Traffic Announcements; Traffic Announcement Volume; Operation during an announcement; Program Type Mode; Program Type; Watch or Interrupt Mode; Program Type Name (PTYN) display; Emergency; Warning Feature; HOME RECEIVERS; 7-PROGRAM IDENTIFICATION CODES AND EXTENDED COUNTRY CODES; DETERMINING THE PI CODE FOR YOUR STATION; Exceptions to the calculated PI codes; CHOOSING A PI CODE FOR STATIONS CARRYING IDENTICAL PROGRAMMING; CHOOSING A PI C

Details

No. of pages:
232
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 1997
Published:
Imprint:
Focal Press
Print ISBN:
9780240802787
Electronic ISBN:
9780080500362