Why O Why, actually I think I probably know why, someone at ARN doesn’t know RDS vey well & doesn’t know about the European RDS & US RBDS PTY codes & program types.
PTY Code 7 is Culture for RDS (Aus), but Adult Hits for RBDS (US).
ARN use Deva Broadcast DB4004 Monitor Receivers in most cases & they display the RBDS (US) PTY program types, so they probably think they’re transmitting a different Program Type to what they actually are.
I’d say your probably correct.
It was only a recent PTY change too, previously the PTY was Pop (PTY code 10).
Maybe a new technician or the new US equipment showed the US PTY of ‘Country’ & tech thought, oops how did that happen & incorrectly changed the PTY based on the US PTY, as you say.
There’s a lot to learn about RDS. It’s one of the reasons I included TAB #12 on our Aussie RDS List to display & explain the PTY codes & adopted usage in Australia etc.
BTW 4AAA 98.9 Brisbane has switched back to static PS.
How many times is it now that this station has flipped & flopped between static & dynamic PS?
It’s been many times now since it was first turned on. The static PS is welcome, with the artist-title info showing in Radiotext as it should.
And yes, KIIS having the same PTY as SBSRadio is rather amusing. Both appear as ‘Culture’ in my Mitsubishi. The other mainstream pop stations (Nova, B105) all have ‘Pop Music’ as 97.3 used to as well when it was still called that.
I think the last two images might both refer to Echuca, i.e, to their
respective frequencies. I know @djpower didn’t mention frequencies,
but I think based on an earlier Media Spy reporter’s posting I suspect
2QN Echuca might be 102.9 & the other: Edge FM on 103.9 also Echuca?
I looked at ACMA’s radio register & latest TV Book, but neither lists the callsigns
for these outlets. An oversight?
I was just looking at the ACMA list, and re Echuca only just discovered that EMFM (3GRR) 104.7 has it’s transmitter at the 2QN/Edge Office (250 Anstruther St ECHUCA) … so I’m guessing the new 2QN/Edge relay will be there too.
RDS Clock Time (CT) should now be accurate (to the second) across the Triple M network of stations that host SAT NAV traffic data (Group code 8A).
Their CT was previously 1 to ~2minutes slow across the nation.
I can confirm that Sydney & Central Coast time is now accurate on Triple M 104.9 & 107.7MHz.
Can anyone with an SDR & ‘RDS Spy’ software confirm that Triple M RDS CT is now accurate across other cities?
I also suspect RDS CT might now also be correct (to be confirmed) for:
96.5 Wave FM Wollongong
103.1 Power FM Ballarat
94.9 River FM Ipswich
& unknown commercial contracted FM RDS stations in Canberra, Darwin & Hobart.
Would be good to receive feedback on this from others in the above areas.