Basic RDS/RBDS Encoder
The SmartGen Micro demonstrates an excellent price-performance ratio. This unit can transmit all the basic RDS plus decoder information and music/speech flags. A small but very useful device, it will also guarantee you PS and radio text scrolling options, fully digital synthesis of the RDS signal, and two types of operating modes – Loop-through & Side-chain.
To help get RDS on-air quickly and effortlessly, a very simple and intuitive Windows® interface has been included on the CD-ROM that comes with the SmartGen Micro encoder (and also available on our website). It can be used by anyone for setting the static IDs and flags, to program default entries into the dynamic messaging fields, and for setting of other operating parameters that affect how data is displayed on the radio. The SmartGen "Micro" will identify your station by format, display your station's "street name", and continuously transmit your station promo or advertising message.
- Very Attractive Price
- Very Good Price-Performance Ratio
- PS & Radio Text Scrolling Options
- Fully Digital Synthesis of RDS signal
- MPX Loopthrough & Sidechain Modes
- Internal or external Pilot / MPX Synchronisation
- Very Intuitive Windows Configuration Software
- Proved and reliable hardware for 24/7/365 operating
- Built-in dedicated 19kHz source for internal sync
- Works with any FM exciter and stereo generator
- Supports both RDS & RBDS standards
- Easy Installation and Setup
- USB Programming Interfaces
- Built-in failsafe bypass relay
- Robust Aluminum Case for high RF immunity
SmartGen "Micro" Encoder is a quick and inexpensive way to have an RDS/RBDS available. The SmartGen "Micro" is able to transmit basic RDS information such as the Program Service name(PS), Program Identification(PI), Alternative Frequencies(AF), Program Type(PTY). Decoder Information and Music / Speech flag are also supported. USB connectivity makes it easy to program the non-volatile memory using any PC and the supplied Windows® software. After programming, the unit should be disconnected and re-installed on the transmitter site. Though it is not capable of "dynamic" messaging of the song titles, SmartGen "Micro" will identify your station by format, displaying your station's "street name", continuously transmitting any station promo or advertising message to your listeners.
Based on our more than 15 years of experience in the RDS field, the SmartGen Basic RDS/RBDS Encoders Manager was developed as a dedicated software for full management of our Basic RDS Encoders range as regards to the latest updates of the RDS/RBDS Standards.
|Power Supply||External, 12V / 0.5A|
|MPX/RDS Output||0 to 3199 mV|
|Synchronization||External (Pilot or MPX) / Internal / Auto|
|RDS Level adjustment||with trim pot|
|Separate outputs for RDS+MPX and for RDS only||No|
|Command to activate the RDS SCA||No|
|Side Chain Mode, Loop through mode, Bypass feature||Yes|
|RDS Subcarrier||100% Digitally Generated Shape / Bypass: 0 dB|
|Pilot synchronization||Input Level: -50dBu to +12dBu / Frequency: 19kHz, ±3Hz|
|Accurate Clock Time (CT) Sync with Internet Connection||No|
|Remote TA actuation for Traffic Announcements||No|
|GPS module for automatic synchronization of the built-in clock||No|
|Fully independent RDS decoder for self-monitoring purposes||No|
|Firmware can be upgraded in the field||No|
|Front-panel LCD displays all programmed data||No|
|Data may be entered on-site with Front-panel Buttons||No|
|Operating Temperature||0°C ÷ 55°C|
|Group supported||0A, 2A|
|AF Method A||7|
|AF Method B||No|
|RT||Yes, 1 message|
|RT rate adjustment||Yes|
|RT+ for songs and content tagging||No|
|TMC, EWS, IH, TDC||No|
|Free Format Groups (FFG)||No|
|Open Data Application (ODA)||No|
|64-character Dynamic PS shown on all RDS/RBDS Radios||Yes|
|Auto "parses" long messages for best text display||Yes|
|Scrolling by character||from 1 up to 8|
|Scrolling by word, Auto centering, Truncate long words||Yes|
|Connection with Automation Software||No|
|UDP, TCP, HTTP, SNTP||No|
|Alert notifications on user-defined events via SNMP traps or E-mails||No|
|Embedded SNMP agent permitting active management tasks||No|
|Custom HTML formatted E-mail templates with dynamic variables||No|
|Supported Network Protocols:||No|
|PI <=> CALL Calculator||Yes|
|Supplied with Intuitive Software||Yes|
|Comes with 2-years Limited Warranty||Yes|
|Size and Weight|
|Dimensions (W;H;D)||120 x 31 x 103 mm|
|Shipping Weight||230 x 54 x 172 mm / 0.620 kg|
Are DEVA’s RDS/RBDS encoders capable to display artist and song information on the listeners’ radios?
RDS/RBDS is one of the core competencies of DEVA. Thus, all encoders can display artist and title information on the receivers.
Can DEVA’s SmartGen Encoders cope with the US RBDS system?
Yes, all DEVA’s RDS Encoders are 100% compatible with the US RBDS.
I need to add an RBDS/RDS services to each of the FM Stations that I own. How can I do that?
In order for an RDS presence to each station to be added, you would need the following equipment - one basic RDS/RBDS encoder per transmitter (SmartGen Micro or SmartGen 3.1) for static RDS/RBDS services, an advanced encoder (SmartGen Mini, SmartGen 4.1, SmartGen 5.0, SmartGen 6.0) and associated data link for dynamic RDS/RBDS services.
How should I properly connect/install my DEVA RDS/RBDS Encoder?
Usually the encoder is connected between the stereo generator (if one is used) and the FM exciter (RF modulator). Since some FM exciters, have a separate input for "RDS" or "SUBCARRIERS", the encoder could also be connected there. In case the Studio Transmitter Links (STLs) carry a composite (multiplex) signal, the encoder can also be connected at the studio.
My FM station is Mono. Will the encoder generate a 57kHz subcarrier without reference to the pilot tone?
If a valid synchronization signal is not present (no signal or a signal out of the 19 kHz ±2Hz range), DEVA’s encoder will switch automatically to an internal reference.
- Are DEVA’s encoders compatible with the UECP protocol?
My station’s name is longer than 8 characters. What can I do?
As defined in the RDS IEC 62106 and RBDS standards, the PS can be up to eight characters in length (including spaces) and can be as simple as the station’s call letters: KWOW or KWOW FM, or a slogan: NEWSTALK or LIVE 95. Any name longer than 8 characters should be shortened to suit that requirement (see "What is Dynamic PS").
What is Dynamic PS? Can I display longer messages using PS text?
The 'Dynamic' PS, allows longer messages to be displayed. This function is available on all DEVA encoders. As the dynamic PS is strictly forbidden in some countries, we recommend you to check your local regulations prior to using this function. For further information, refer to the RDS Standard.
Are there any differences between PTY in RDS and PTY in RBDS?
The Program type (PTY) is an identification number that is being transmitted with each program item. It is intended to specify the current Program Type. The RDS PTY codes are defined by the CENELEC standard, the PTY codes for the U.S version (RBDS) are defined in the NRSC 4-B standard, available at www.nrscstandards.org. Below you will find a list with the available codes.
PTY code RDS Program type RBDS Program type 0 None None 1 News News 2 Current Affairs Information 3 Information Sports 4 Sport Talk 5 Education Rock 6 Drama Classic Rock 7 Culture Adult Hits 8 Science Soft Rock 9 Varied Top 40 10 Pop Music Country 11 Rock Music Oldies 12 Easy Listening Soft 13 Light Classical Nostalgia 14 Serious Classical Jazz 15 Other Music Classical 16 Weather Rhythm and Blues 17 Finance Soft R & B 18 Children's Progs Foreign Language 19 Social Affairs Religious Music 20 Religion Religious Talk 21 Phone In Personality 22 Travel Public 23 Leisure College 24 Jazz Music Unassigned 25 Country Music Unassigned 26 National Music Unassigned 27 Oldies Music Unassigned 28 Folk Music Unassigned 29 Documentary Weather 30 Alarm Test Emergency Test 31 Alarm Emergency
Are DEVA encoders digital?
The RDS/RBDS encoders’ signals are generated digitally. Which means that the signals are constructed mathematically using DSP and then converted by a D/A converter into the analog form.