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NRSC Brings the Sexy Back to RDS

NRSC adopts guideline on RDS use, updates AM standards

National Radio Systems Committee engineers are excited about the adoption of a guideline that focuses on recommendations for broadcasters and receiver manufacturers in the use of the Radio Data System data broadcasting technology.

The NRSC-G300, RDS Usage Guideline took some two years to craft. It’s easy to read and reflects the experience of a lot of people who’ve implemented RDS at their stations, according to NRSC Chairman Milford Smith, speaking to Radio World after the meeting.

The Radio Broadcasting Data System Subcommittee adopted the RDS Usage Guideline; KQED Public Radio DOE Dan Mansergh chairs the subcommittee. G300 is about 60 pages and includes sections focusing on select features of RDS, using RDS for program-associated data (PAD) and an annex listing RDS-based data services providers.

The NRSC periodically reviews and updates all standards and guidelines.

The AM and FM Analog Broadcasting Subcommittee reviewed and slightly revised three documents:

• NRSC-1-B, NRSC AM Preemphasis/Deemphasis and Broadcast Audio Transmission Bandwidth Specifications

• NRSC-2-B, Emission Limitation for AM Broadcast Transmission

• NRSC-G100-A, Bandwidth Options for Analog AM Broadcasters

Hammett & Edison Senior Engineer Stan Salek and Cumulus Broadcasting SVP Corporate Director of Engineering & IT Gary Kline co-chair the AFAB Subcommittee.

The documents will be available on the NRSC website following a final procedural review.