The RDS Forum is the international platform for advances in RDS technology The next meeting of the RDS Forum is on 16/17 June 2014

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If you do not yet have the latest version of the RDS standard IEC 62106 Ed.3 (2013), then, before you order it, you might like to have a look at the RDS specification R12/018_2.

The RDS Forum 2012 submitted to the IEC standardisation process a revised specification on receiver product measurements to check the minimum RDS performance requirements for three categories of receivers, portable ones, car radio and home receivers. The standard was approved as IEC 62634/Ed.2. Here you can consult the input from the RDS Forum, R12/017_2.

UECP stands for Universal Encoder Communication Protocol. This is fundamental if you want to use an RDS encoder. The specification originated in the EBU, but the RDS Forum has updated it several times since then. The latest version is 7.05 (2/2010).

On the RDS logo, if used outside the USA, there exist unjustified license claims, although the logo is part of the RDS IEC standard. The logo originated within the BBC and they gave it to the EBU. It was published first in the RDS Newsletter no. 7/1988, issued by the EBU, and then the EBU submitted it for standardisation. In 2005, there was a special meeting of the RDS Forum at the BBC, involving legal experts. The resulting expert report gives all the information necessary to refute those totally unjustified claims.

The RDS Guidelines for broadcaster, transmission operators and manufacturers, contain the collective RDS implementation knowledge of the RDS Forum members. They were last updated in 2012 and implementation advice to support the transition to digital radio was then also added.

PTY terms exist in the RDS standard only in English. The RDS Forum has over many years collected the translations authorized by the major broadcasters from the countries concerned.