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RRS Digital Signal Set up for Technical Staff and Broadcasters

Digital transmission of RRS services is a win-win for reading services, their blind and visually impaired listeners and also for television broadcasters. Reading services get a better way to serve their listeners, listeners get better quality sound through our easier to use receiver, and broadcaster get an easy and inexpensive way support their community. Above all, it is an opportunity to better support handicap, elderly and low-income individuals who rely on the news and information of reading services to live independent lives.

Compared to other existing and previous technologies, DTV allows reading services to provide FREE, higher quality audio to any user within range of a television signal.

Broadcasters that provide RRS services are supporting the community in a meaningful way, while using little of their own resources or funds. The RRS signal requires less than 1% of a broadcaster's total bandwidth (or 128 Kbytes) and can easily be added to the existing digital stream. Some broadcasters have been able to set up the RRS signal in less than one hour.

Set up will vary slightly depending upon the equipment used by the broadcaster. The basic process is described below and a visual example broadcast configuration is provided for your reference. Please remember that this set up may change depending upon the equipment used. We are happy to speak with broadcasters to discuss specific set up requirements. Please call us at 303-494-3700 or email us at contact@RRS1100.com.

General Signal Set Up Instructions:

  • The reading service audio signal is sent to the broadcaster via the internet or a high quality phone line.
  • The broadcaster receives the RRS audio signal (via the internet using a Barix Box) or a high quality phone line.
  • The broadcaster then connects the audio signal to their digital encoding equipment.
  • The signal uses less than 1% of the total broadband space.
  • The reading service audio signal is received by blind and visually impaired listeners using the Digital Reading Service Receiver (RRS1100). The receiver works like a traditional DTV receiver. It connects to a standard antenna to pick up the free, over-the-air ATSC digital signal being broadcast by your station.
  • The receiver will default to the reading service's assigned digital sub-channel, which is controlled by the dipswitch on the bottom. Listeners simply turn one knob to power the receiver on and control the volume. A remote control can be used to change the station to other broadcasted TV channels in the area and will default back to the reading service every time the receiver is turned on.


For reading services we've created a customizable template set up letter to send to your broadcaster. Click here for a letter to send to your broadcaster.

Click here for instructions on DTV reception and Choosing an Antenna.

Click here for instructions on distributing the RRS1100 to your listener

Dip Switch Setting

The dip switch is the control on the bottom of the unit that forces the receiver to default to your specific channel. The switch has 10 positions that can be set to ON or OFF. Positions 1-7 correlate to your main channel and 8-10 to your sub-channel. Use this PDF file to identify your unique configuration or contact us and we will provide it.

Click here for a PDF to change your dip switch configuration