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My RDS SPY (Versions 0.99 to 1.02) Software setup

Firstly my Band 2 setup consists of four Sony SB920 Tuners each fed by their own aerial, one halo, one three element beam, one vertical beam and one horizontal beam. This means I require four versions of RDS SPY running at the same time on the one PC.

 It is possible to have more than one RDS SPY running on a PC, the simple way to do this is to have each version of RDS SPY in a separate folder. To make my life easier I have modified a few file names and created some new sub-folders for the LOG and SPY files. This way it is easy to locate them quickly after an opening. Also, as I have multiple versions running, I can easily see which logs are for which receiver/aerial combination quickly.

For example looking at my System below it can be seen I have actually have five versions of RDS SPY. The first four are always active when DX'ing. The other one is for experimental purposes only.

Note I have created meaningful names for the folders, they correspond to the aerials I have connected to my four tuners, horizontal, three element, vertical and halo.

Looking inside the "rdsspy1_horz folder". This folder is for the tuner with the horizontal aerial. I marked the folders of interest. The highlighted sub-folders been creatyed by myself to make life easier when running multiple versions of RDS SPY and to find Logs quickly.

The HORIZONTAL folder has been created by myself. In here go the LOG files created by RDS SPY.

The SPY folder again has been created by myself and contains the recordings made by the software.

 This is a tidy way to keep them out of the main folder area and separate from each other. Quick to find after an opening.

 

 
   

In the Local Folder the five RDS SPY sub-folders can be seen.
 
 These contain the INI and  DEFAULT Text Files which have to be modified when running multiple versions of the Program.
This is part of the HORIZONTAL.rsw file. I have highlighted the areas of interest.

 

 

The filenames now point to folders and sub folders I have modified.

 

 

   
The only item I have modified in the INI file is the Workspace Path as highlighted. This points to Item 3 - HORIZONTAL.rsw.
   

To make RDS SPY save its LOG and SPY files to your own folder simply modify the settings from the software itself'. Click CONFIGURE then OPTIONS and the window on the left will be revealed. I have entered the path as highlighted.

 The SPY files contain the text "recordings" of the station received. They can be then be played back later. Depending on the strength of the signal all RDS Data can be revealed such as Alternative Frequencies, PI code, PS name, radio text etc. Also if the station has dynamic PS then these will all be be shown.

I have used square brackets, [ ], around the date and time to make it easier when viewing after an opening.

 

   

RDS SPY logs each station as a text file. The file is bases on a template containing all possible variables such as date, time, PI, PS etc.

Again I have modified the path as highlighted. I have also put square brackets,[ ], around the date, time and PS to make it easier when viewing your logs after an opening.

 

 

   

 

My Modified rdsspy.srt file

 

This file can be edited with Notepad to your own requirements.

The original contains all the variables possible to use.

You can remove some and alter the order and add your own text to the file.

 

I found it useful to add under the PS "12345678" as arrowed. This way it is easier to spot the spaces in the PS name when viewing a log file.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a logging looks like  (using Windows 7 which allows the preview in the right pane)

 
   
  The above shows the log file. This is a text file for each station logged. As can be seen, by adding 12345678 under the PS variable, the spaces in the PS name can be easily spotted. In the above example there is one space before RADIO and two after it.  

 

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