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Posted by: Jan
« on: March 28, 2024, 07:49:16 am »

This BW encoder will definitely not work with any software today. The only solution for that case is to replace the encoder with a recent one. Please check our offer of RDS encoders at
Posted by: AlexGray55
« on: March 27, 2024, 11:07:58 pm »

I know this is an old thread, but maybe you guys will know this:
I have to try reprogramming a 20-year old BWB RDS unit (pre-RDS1 I think). The serial port software we used to use is Windows 95/98 and lost in the mosts of time. However the interface looked very similar to present day TinyRDS software.
Does anyone know if it will work with any of the newer software?
Posted by: Jan
« on: December 14, 2022, 12:05:04 pm »

This encoder is UECP based so it accepts UECP instantly.
Posted by: DaveS
« on: December 14, 2022, 11:43:51 am »

Thanks.  In the BW GUI there is nothing that specifically enables UECP.  Is that a problem?  The only settings are for port number and TCP/UDP.
Posted by: Jan
« on: December 13, 2022, 10:17:53 pm »

The READBEST supports most of the UECP commands so it is easy to enable the RT+. In the Magic RDS 4, go to Overview - Extensions and enable the RT+ encoding.
Posted by: DaveS
« on: December 13, 2022, 10:06:04 pm »

I was referring to the later products with the READBEST library.  In my case it was the DSPX Mini Encore processor.  The BW manual had no useful information in it but they sent me the instructions in May last year which must have been just before they closed.

Does the READBEST encoder have any RT+ support?
Posted by: Jan
« on: December 13, 2022, 09:46:50 pm »

DaveS: I would like to add some information. Such instructions provided in the BW manuals are outdated and potentially incorrect. The BW products contained two different RDS encoders: the PIRA32 chip (older products) and the READBEST library v. 1.4 (most of the latest products). However in some cases they did not update the manuals according to the latest software or the encoder model implemented.
Now all models are covered by the Magic RDS 4. There should be no need to turn off the bidirectional mode, by the way.
Posted by: DaveS
« on: December 13, 2022, 09:25:26 pm »

Some time ago I had the same questions about how to send dynamic data to a BW DSPX processor which uses the Pira library.  I was sent a PDF file by BW with instructions.  Of course BW is dead as a company now but  I would be happy to pass on the PDF if anyone wants it.  Their instructions were for Magic RDS V3.7a

On the BW unit, set Ethernet 1 to ON and chose port 1000.  In Magic RDS Preferences, set you IP address and Port to 1000.  Set Bidirectional to OFF.

There is a lot more detail in PDF.
Posted by: nealuk
« on: November 06, 2020, 05:58:00 pm »

Thank you Jan, that explains so much about this BW product line! Your work is appreciated.
Posted by: Jan
« on: November 05, 2020, 11:05:54 pm »

The Magic RDS 3 is obsolete. You should use the Magic RDS 4 and select the READBEST model of RDS encoder. It supports entire command set and the use is almost completely *) free of charge for this device if bidirectional communication is established.

*) Excl. explicit call of UECP command for RT
Posted by: nealuk
« on: November 05, 2020, 06:32:14 pm »

I have to support a BW TX300 V3 and am able to use Magic RDS 3 communicating Bidirectional with no difficulties. I can Read and Send / Test without any problems, via IP and/or RS232.

The RDS Ethernet 1 is configured to port 1000 by default, but you may need to turn it On in the web interface - there is no need to do any "logging in" prior to RDS communication.

The RDS board does not have the full range of commands supported so you may occasionally see !Ready

Some information about the BW transmitters on different firmware versions with RDS performance and system RDS commands is available online at


Posted by: Jan
« on: August 30, 2020, 09:03:07 pm »

The version 3.6 is nine years old so this procedure doesn't make sense to me. But why not to try it? You can find it here
Posted by: Joris
« on: August 30, 2020, 12:55:22 pm »

We will definitely use direct TCP connection rather than HTTP protocol.

For you information it working now ! BW Broadcast support help me.

Configuration working is with 3.6 Version or earlier (not with 3.7 or 3.8):
- Tcp/ip > direct ip of fm sender
- Uncheck bidirectionnal + Autodetect port speed

With this config, i can send all rds information but not receive.

Thank you

Where can i download magic RDS 3.6? With magic RDS 3.8 I have no connection issues with my transmitter. But the refresh of the data is een problem. Maybe it works with version 3.6 as described earlier?
Posted by: Joris
« on: August 29, 2020, 06:46:46 pm »

Thanks. I'll report it to BW Broadcast
Posted by: Jan
« on: August 29, 2020, 06:21:54 pm »

This has been already mentioned by somebody, it seems to be a bug of the new BW product line. It is not an RDS issue, I think they have something wrong in the product's TCP stack. You should report that.