Re: RDS Detector & Database

Simon Brown

Have this working, adding a refinement, test team kit today.

From: <> on behalf of Jim Smith G0OFE via <sdr-radio@...>
Sent: 30 July 2022 15:47
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Subject: Re: [SDR-Radio] RDS Detector & Database

During a big opening in Europe, I can have as many as 1000 decodes to go through after going through a recording of say 3 hours.

Automating the lookup can save a large amount of time!


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On 30/07/2022 14:24, Les Rayburn wrote:

Thank you, as always, for your amazing contributions to the hobby. 

This is an excellent idea and one that I would like to see implemented. Here in the United States, I generally can safely ignore decodes that don’t include the city and state of the station. But what happens most often while listening to meteor pings overnight is that the RDS detector will return a decode that shows the PI Code, call letters, and location of a legitimate station—however, when you look it up, it’s on the wrong frequency—meaning that the decode isn’t valid. 

Simply comparing the station's call letters and frequency to the VFO frequency is usually enough to determine that it’s invalid. If SDR Console could perform this function and add the ? symbol as you suggested, it would save some time each day. 

The Excel spreadsheet is another option, but it’s easy enough to look up stations here using the WTFDA database, so the Excel option wouldn’t really be much of a timesaver for us. 


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