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    Default EDM transmitter with RDS

    I know our forum has a few newbies to our hobby, as such I will try to not talk in acronyms. The South African company EDM has an excellent FM transmitter at a reasonable price. I bought one last year and it is superb. However, it would seem that EDM will soon be releasing a transmitter with RDS or Radio Data Systems capability. Most new car radios can now display text information transmitted by the radio stations. Sometimes its the name of the song or just about anything. That is what RDS does. The new EDM transmitter with RDS will allow text to be transmitted to the car radio which means you can send the song name or something like "please turn off your headlights". The difference in cost is about $40. When they do release it I plan to buy one and sell my present one--nobody tell my wife.
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    I bought one about a year ago, I have been very pleased with its performance and sound quality. I built one of the simple dipole antennas and got about 1/2 a mile to my surprise with the orignal power settings. I may need to go back to the test antenna when show time comes around though......
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    I also love the EDM. Can't beat the quality for the price! I'm not sure if I'll update to the RDS unit yet.
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    Default Re: EDM transmitter with RDS

    Of course, you could always just do an 'add on' RDS to your current transmitter.

    My setup...
    http://www.jamesfamilychristmas.com/...d=26&Itemid=39

    A bit of reading on how to hook it up to an EDM transmitter.....
    EDM miniRDS Installation - Do It Yourself Christmas Forums

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    That interesting Wayne.

    One reason I'll hold off on RDS, I have no way to test it. None of my vehicles have a radio with RDS! If I can't enjoy the RDS, then no one at my display will!!!!
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    Thanks Wayne. I didn't know about the mod. I'll check into that too.

    John your truck is about the same age as mine and mine has RDS.

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    Default Re: EDM transmitter with RDS

    Al,

    Don't you remember, I got the flag pole option instead of RDS.
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    Default Re: EDM transmitter with RDS

    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    That interesting Wayne.

    One reason I'll hold off on RDS, I have no way to test it. None of my vehicles have a radio with RDS! If I can't enjoy the RDS, then no one at my display will!!!!
    Some of the small MP3 players/FM radios ( ie... Zune) has RDS. I know some used them for testing.

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    That's a thought! Thanks
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    Default Re: EDM transmitter with RDS

    Saw these two posting in the EDM forum today, both from the EDM team.


    We had a disappointing setback of releasing the full EDM-LCD RDS kit plus enclosure. The sample enclosures produced by a company
    > http://www.dsjm.com/en_index.htm
    > for the RDS model turned out to be a complete disaster! They altered the design and layout without permission AFTER we told them they should follow our CAD drawings precisely as the PCB's are finalized and can't be altered. They moved the position of the pots among other things. After confronting them, they eventually said they can't produce to our specifications. This was the first time we tried to have the enclosures manufactured in the far east.
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    > This caused a frantic search for another company. We found one and are awaiting samples from them. We are holding thumbs that it will be good this time.
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    > EDM Team
    >

    We found a Japanese company to do the RDS enclosures for us. We already received some samples from them and we are happy with their quality. We currently are awaiting the delivery of the first production batch.

    We already started selling the non-enclosure "P" version to some customers via special order. See our order page for details. It took much longer to get the enclosures sorted out but we are making good progress now.

    We steered away from using a local SA factory this time because they kept raising their prices with each batch we ordered last year. Their excuse was, that the steel price increased, but when it decreased they raised it once more. So they have lost our business. Hopefully with the Japanese supplier the prices will remain stable much longer.

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    Default Re: EDM transmitter with RDS

    Received this email today from EDM:

    We are happy to announce that the RDS enclosures arrived from the factory after their long sea journey from Japan. The new EDM LCD with RDS will be available for order in about a day from now as soon as we updated the order page. We have quite few customers on our waiting list as is.

    EDM Team

    Just a teaser on the Home page of their website as of this evening. From the above looks like they will update the site and open to orders in the next day or so.

    http://www.edmdesign.com/index.html
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    Well it's about time. That ship with the enclosures must have gone through Somalia or Afghanistan (which would be pretty hard to do). I'm in no hurry to order one.

    Did you know that these guys are in the Republic of Za in South Africa? What kind of place is called the Republic of Za? Well if they can have a Republic of Za, then I can have a Republic of Al. I will have to change my forum name to Al in Republic of Al. That has a nice ring to it.

    I return this thread to its regularly schedule broadcasting.

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    Default Re: EDM transmitter with RDS

    Quote Originally Posted by Al in Raleigh View Post
    Did you know that these guys are in the Republic of Za in South Africa? What kind of place is called the Republic of Za?
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    The kind of place that makes EDM Transmitters w/ RDS, that's what kind of place the Republic of Za is !
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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    The kind of place that makes EDM Transmitters w/ RDS, that's what kind of place the Republic of Za is !
    You sound like Yoda from Star Wars.

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    Default Re: EDM transmitter with RDS

    I see the EDM transmitter with RDS are open for sale now. Is anyone getting a group sale up for these new transmitter yet? I'm in for one when the sell take place.
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