How many Cuban FM stations are in Stereo? Are they using RDS on some?
I've heard a number via E-skip and don't recall any of them being mono. (that includes Reloj. Believe me, it's a kick to hear that familiar format, loud & clear on FM!)
I don't recall hearing any Cuban FMs that *don't* have RDS. No call letters but the RDS does clearly identify which network you're listening to.
Chris Dunne I'm sure has a far better handle on this subject.
That would be me, folks.
I've made it a project the last 20 years (more seriously in the last 4-5 years) to go to the Florida Keys to monitor the situation. I bring outdoor antenna, TV/VCR combo & Sony XDR-F1HD among other items.
There are 5 national networks now:
Tele Rebelde (ch 2 in La Habana)
Canal Educativo (ch 4 LH)
Cubavision (ch 6 LH)
Canal Educativo Dos (ch 15 LH)
Multivision (ch 21 LH)
The last two are an all-UHF network as far as I know.
I had a trip to the Keys on March 28 or so, and was able to actually view about 50 Cuban TV stations.....normally, conditions aren't near that good.
In La Habana there is also Canal Habana (UHF 27/38) that serves the city.
In most cases, the "regional" networks are used by Tele Rebelde stations in late afternoons.
As to FM:
(1) R Reloj on FM *is* mono, at least in LH, as no "ST" readout is on the car stereo.
(2) At this time, only 1 FM station in LH does not have RDS, and that's R Cadena Habana 99.9. All others have it, but only the name of the network....no songs played or anything. I was told that Reloj in LH (101.5) just added RDS.
(3) I myself never saw any RDS on stations outside LH (even network stations), until Radio Mayabeque 104.7 in Guines showed it.
(4) Cuban FMs don't run a lot of power....it's easier to hear it via Es from Kentucky than, say, via Tropo from central Florida! That being said, the above Mayabeque (a recent new station) really belts a signal along the Keys, especially the 7 mile Bridge. I'd like to know how much power they run.
There would be more to say, but I hope this answers some questions.