Samples and experiments
This page lets you download real samples of RDS data, for testing and education purposes. These are short excerpts, at most 60 seconds long.
- Radio Amitié
- Very simple signal, only 0A groups. Algthough receiving quality is poor, RDS Surveyor manages to synchronize and extract essential information very quickly.
- Radio Star
- Simple signal with radiotext.
- France Info
- Complex signal with lots of EON information and clock time.
- Autoroute Info
- Contains TMC/Alert-C traffic information.
- Espace 2
- Complex signal with EON, in-house data, clock time, TMC/Alert-C traffic information and radiotext.
I am convinced that it is perfectly legal for me to release this samples, as:
- The data was sampled on VHF band II, 87.5 to 108 MHz, on which listening is permitted to anybody (FM radio broadcasting).
- The data does not contain personal information. On some samples there are RP (Radio paging) messages, but these are test messages only.
- The use is non-commercial, only educational and for testing.
- The samples are short (less than one minute), therefore they fall in the category of “short quotations” or “fair use”, so there must not be intellectual property issues.
If by any chance you are a broadcaster and object against releasing the samples of the RDS data of one of your stations, please drop me an e-mail, and I will remove the samples straight away.