An introduction to RDS
Radio Data System (RDS) is a system used by most FM radio
stations to provide listeners with various kinds of
information—the name of the station and the kind of show
they're broadcasting, for example.
One feature of RDS is that you can search by type of program.
For example, you can search for a station that's broadcasting
a show with the program type, JAZZ.
You can search the following program types:
NEWS – News
FINANCE – Stock market
reports, commerce, trading,
AFFAIRS – Current Affairs
INFO – General Information
CHILDREN – Programs for
SPORT – Sport
EDUCATE – Educational
SOCIAL – Social affairs
DRAMA – Radio plays, etc.
RELIGION – Programs
CULTURE – National or
regional culture, theater, etc.
PHONE IN – Public expressing
SCIENCE – Science and
their views by phone
TRAVEL – Holiday-type travel
VARIED – Usually talk-based
rather than traffic
material, such as quiz shows
LEISURE – Leisure interests
POP M – Pop music
ROCK M – Rock music
JAZZ – Jazz
EASY M – Easy listening
COUNTRY – Country music
LIGHT M – 'Light' classical
NATION M – Popular music in
a language other than English
CLASSICS – 'Serious' classical
OLDIES – Popular music from
the '50s and '60s
OTHER M – Music not fitting
FOLK M – Folk music
DOCUMENT – Documentary
WEATHER – Weather reports
In addition, there are three other program types, ALARM,
ALARMTST, and NO TYPE. ALARM and ALARMTST are
used for emergency announcements. NO TYPE appears
when a program type cannot be found.
Searching for RDS programs
You can search for a program type listed above.
to select the FM band.
RDS is only possible in the FM band.
SEARCH shows in the display.
to select the program type you
want to hear.
to search for the program type.
The system starts searching through the station presets
for a match, stopping when it was found one. Repeat to
search for other stations.
If NO PTY is displayed it means the tuner couldn't find
that program type at the time of the search.
RDS searches station presets only. If no stations have
been preset, or if the program type could not be found
among the station presets NO PTY is displayed.
FINISH means the search is complete.
Displaying RDS information
Use the DISP button to display the different types of RDS
for RDS information.
Each press changes the display as follows:
Radio Text (RT) – Messages sent by the radio station.
For example, a talk radio station may provide a phone
number as RT.
Program Service Name (PS) – The name of the radio
Program Type (PTY) – This indicates the kind of
program currently being broadcast.
Current tuner frequency (FREQ)
If any noise is picked up while displaying the RT scroll,
some characters may be displayed incorrectly.
If you see NO TEXT in the RT display, it means no RT data
is sent from the broadcast station. The display will
automatically switch to the PS data display (if no PS data,
NO NAME is displayed).
In the PTY display, NO PTY may be shown.