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Old 03-31-2003, 08:55 PM   #1
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I'd like some help with the factory radio's RDS system- Is there anyone who knows how to make the radio display text that I want it to display? I know the radio stations are broadcasting the RDS signal and message, but I just need to know how to program or hack into my radio to get it to say something specific for a video i'm doing...

Is it possible to do? Or do I need to bribe a techie at my local NPR station to broadcast what I want? I would rather hack the radio myself if I can- Perhaps someone knows how the signal is originated? could I wire something together to send RDS using my CD changers remote FM broadcast?

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I suppose if it were an easy or inexpensive project you'd see the wireless cd changers that could display track info...
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Hmm, I don't know.. but Saturns don't have RDS though.
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Strange- I could have sworn the one I was looking at did...

It's a generic project- it doesn't have to be a saturn (it would be better if it was). I just need a shot of a radio closeup scrolling the message I want it to say-

I guess no RDS in saturns explains why no one answered my question though. I haven't bought a saturn yet. I'm getting a Vue, but i'm holding my breath for the '04. My chevy truck has RDS in it, and it seems like every GM vehicle has RDS. I assumed saturns would as well. I suppose it's just as well, I haven't seen too much use for RDS here- only one station has it, and they're time and date is always wrong-

It would be nice if a station had it updating every few seconds, displaying the song title and artist for every song- that's one of the claims for RDS, but I haven't seen or heard of it happening.

Oh well, thanks for your time.

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My understanding is that the RDS decoder is hardware within the radio (found one exception on the net...but I wouldn't put it in my car)...It looks like there might be some instructions on this site http://www.qsl.net/wa5iyx/rds.htm for converting a reciever to RDS...but I am weary of it.

Looks a little confusing, but not impossible...my recommendation is that if you are not a EE or have extensive knowledge of component level electronics, you probably would need to get a radio with RDS capability already built in.

Either way, enjoy and let us know what you find.
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Thanks for the link! that is helpful- confusing but helpful.
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A lot of the reason Saturns don't have RDS yet is that they haven't jumped on the Delphi/Bose/Monsoon bandwagon yet and still use Panasonic headunits and proprietary speaker setups.
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