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Radio Totse

DaktologistDaktologist Global Moderator0 Points
edited December 2013 in Technophiles & Gamers
I have made the decision to start a Totse themed broadcast. It will start mid February on 107.9 FM locally and on the shortwave band covering the pacific and part of the US depending on the time of day and weather conditions but shortwave can cover the globe if the conditions are right. At the moment I am looking at a modified Icom 718 HF transceiver (Link) for a shortwave transmitter and am in the middle of sourcing a FM amplifier for our FM transmitter.

I may start an internet based station to supplement the shortwave and FM broadcasts or otherwise I will upload the shows to dropbox or other such place. I will record the show before transmission as im not keen to transmit from my property in case someone comes looking for the station while I am transmitting plus it makes it harder to be found and any issues can be fixed rather than having a major fuck up on a live broadcast. Chances are I will make it portable and drive out into the middle of nowhere to do the shortwave broadcast and do the FM broadcast in town.

My Ideas for show content is non stop music and discussion of any topic of your choosing which can be arranged on Teamspeak. Basically I would like to use it to attract interesting people to the site and pirate radio is a good place to do so IMO. If you have any ideas or suggestions for the broadcast let me know.



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  • ArkansanArkansan Regular 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    This sounds cool as hell, like a great way to bring people to the site. As far as the discussion goes you could do different segments of the show based on the different sub-forums, it would also be cool if you could record discussions about pertinent topics between site members on teamspeak and then put them on the show.
  • DfgDfg <b style="color:purple;">TADMINISTRATOR</b> 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    We do have Livestream, each Radio show will be featured on Totseans Channel as well.
  • SlartibartfastSlartibartfast Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    [youtube]Sd0vhFwxXcI[/youtube]
  • DfgDfg <b style="color:purple;">TADMINISTRATOR</b> 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Slartibartfast;237163 said:
    [youtube]Sd0vhFwxXcI[/youtube]
    How did you know I was going to do something like that :D
  • DaktologistDaktologist Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Well in theory these are the coverage maps of the US, UK, and Pakistan. They show the estimated signal strength in a given area. I will need to make three transmissions, One aimed at the US and the other aimed toward the UK which also covers Pakistan at 1500 and 1600 hours UTC respectively. The US frequency will normally be 27.500 MHZ at 22 UTC while the UK and middle eastern broadcasts will be at 16.500 MHZ. Both will be on USB as single side band works better than AM plus my rig only does 40 watts on AM compared to 100 watts on SSB.

    Unless we have interference issues or whatnot, these will be our primary broadcast frequency's. The broadcast will be on random days which will be announced here before the broadcast begins.

    Maps:

    White being the strongest followed by grey,yellow,pink,blue,orange and green being the weakest.

    US

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    UK

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    Pakistan

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  • SlartibartfastSlartibartfast Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    This is really neat. Do i need a special radio/antenna to pick it up?
  • DaktologistDaktologist Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Slartibartfast;237180 said:
    This is really neat. Do i need a special radio/antenna to pick it up?
    Since you are in Australia, I could easily reach you with say 40 watts AM rather than SSB allowing you to listen in using a regular shortwave radio. Even though I can use the regular AM band, I doubt you could hear me over that sort of distance.

    EDIT: AM band is no good, However if you get a cheap shortwave radio from somewhere and connect it to a piece of long wire strung up in a tree you should hear me just fine in the evenings.

    For example http://jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=AR1741&keywords=radio&form=KEYWORD will do nicely.

    image
  • GoingNowhereGoingNowhere Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    I think thats the best idea I've heard of so far, and its something we can all pull if off I think :D If you need any filler piano music or other assistance let me know!
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b> 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Brilliant idea, but ya know what? I don't own a radio.
  • GoingNowhereGoingNowhere Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Im sure DFG will upload them on to the Totse website :)
  • DaktologistDaktologist Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Update: I just bought a SWR meter to tune the shortwave broadcast antenna to its optimum performance. I am working on the cash to buy the transmitter and should have it by the beginning of February. I need a new mic as I broke my other one and if anyone could recommend some decent audio editing software that would be appreciated. I tried adobe audition and its shit.

    At the moment i'm just sourcing things like coax cable and connectors for the antenna as well as other bits and pieces. The transmitter will cost me $880 NZD second hand plus $120 shipping. I could get it cheaper but amateur operators won't sell equipment to unlicensed people even though its completely legal to do so. Besides, its not pirate radio if you are licensed to transmit.

    Fuck the FCC/RSM/Ofcom/*insert radio police agency here*. Pirate radio FTW :D
  • DfgDfg <b style="color:purple;">TADMINISTRATOR</b> 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    ^FTW, Like I said, anything that plays or is programmed will be featured on the web.
  • Darth BeaverDarth Beaver <b style="color:red;">Meine Ehre heißt Treue</b> 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Daktologist;237212 said:
    Update: I just bought a SWR meter to tune the shortwave broadcast antenna to its optimum performance. I am working on the cash to buy the transmitter and should have it by the beginning of February. I need a new mic as I broke my other one and if anyone could recommend some decent audio editing software that would be appreciated. I tried adobe audition and its shit.

    At the moment i'm just sourcing things like coax cable and connectors for the antenna as well as other bits and pieces. The transmitter will cost me $880 NZD second hand plus $120 shipping. I could get it cheaper but amateur operators won't sell equipment to unlicensed people even though its completely legal to do so. Besides, its not pirate radio if you are licensed to transmit.

    Fuck the FCC/RSM/Ofcom/*insert radio police agency here*. Pirate radio FTW :D
    I love Wavepad for it's ease of use and full featured nature.
  • GoingNowhereGoingNowhere Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Personally, I love Cubase but thats my preference :)
  • RemadERemadE Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Wavepad is the dogs bollocks. Been using that stuff for years, ever since I started to stitch audio recordings together many moons ago. Freeware for the most part (if you know where I'm going with this). Cannot recommend it enough.
  • SlartibartfastSlartibartfast Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    I've only ever used Audacity and everyone recommends it.
  • DaktologistDaktologist Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    I have been trying Audacity to make a few test shows and it works pretty good.
  • GoingNowhereGoingNowhere Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Aye, Audacity is good :)
  • SlartibartfastSlartibartfast Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012

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    Any good Dak ?
  • DaktologistDaktologist Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    ^ It should work perfectly. It covers the frequencies that I will be using but I find to get excellent reception you should get say 10 meters of wire, hang one end from something high like a tree and run the other end through a window and wrap the bare end around the radios antenna. With the power I will be using, it shouldn't be necessary to have a long wire antenna but they work well if you are struggling to get a clean signal.
  • SpinsterSpinster Regular 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    I remember doing that when I was a kid (wire tree window) for my crystal radio lol
  • DaktologistDaktologist Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Spinster;237328 said:
    I remember doing that when I was a kid (wire tree window) for my crystal radio lol
    Fuck its been years since I tried to build a crystal radio. I never had much luck with them, I should get the parts for one and attempt to build one some day. My first shortwave radio antenna consisted of some mains cable strung across the yard which my parents weren't to happy about. I could pick up phone calls on it as a few people in town had the old analogue cordless phones. I will never forget the day when I heard a girl from school talking to her mate about how many guys had fucked her in the past year.
  • SpinsterSpinster Regular 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Daktologist;237330 said:
    Fuck its been years since I tried to build a crystal radio. I never had much luck with them, I should get the parts for one and attempt to build one some day. My first shortwave radio antenna consisted of some mains cable strung across the yard which my parents weren't to happy about. I could pick up phone calls on it as a few people in town had the old analogue cordless phones. I will never forget the day when I heard a girl from school talking to her mate about how many guys had fucked her in the past year.
    Ah noice ;)

    I'v tried with old army methods too. they kinda dont really work. making the coil is the hardest part.
  • DaktologistDaktologist Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Spinster;237333 said:
    Ah noice ;)

    I'v tried with old army methods too. they kinda dont really work. making the coil is the hardest part.
    I used one of those kits from dick smith when they still had all of that sort of thing. It had the proper cats whisker diode for it rather than the old blued razor blade diode detector that you can make. Getting the right amount of windings of your coil without an inductance tester to help calculate the frequency range is a bitch to do. Sure its possible but its rather time consuming.
  • DaktologistDaktologist Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    UPDATE: The SWR/Power meter meter arrived today and I have finished maintenance on the antenna. It was mainly just replacing insulators on it as the plastic ones I used had been weakened by the weather and the sun, they are all ceramic now so there hopefully won't be any more issues with it. I should have the spare cash for the transmitter within the next few weeks. I might go and get the cabling and connectors for it tomorrow and start replacing the feed line for the antenna as well as the components for the braid breaker so I don't get RF burns when broadcasting.

    On the topic of the FM transmitter, I tested its output power today with the new SWR/Power meter and found that without an amplifier it only outputs 10 mW of RF. I want 10 watts minimum. Maybe I will just go buy a 10 watt transmitter after I get the shortwave transmitter. At the moment I can transmit at least 3 Km with the piss weak FM TX which is surprising. The helical antenna outperforms itself.

    The meter:

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  • DaktologistDaktologist Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    We will be on the air by late next week or early the week after depending on when the transmitter arrives. Its all on now, I need to record our first show within the next week. :D

    Pic of the transmitter

    image
  • RemadERemadE Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Totally gonna play this in my Dad's car. Preset rape time!
  • Darth BeaverDarth Beaver <b style="color:red;">Meine Ehre heißt Treue</b> 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Will you be able to transmit prerecorded material?
  • DaktologistDaktologist Global Moderator 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Darth Beaver;237972 said:
    Will you be able to transmit prerecorded material?
    Most if not all of it will be pre recorded. Saves any fuck ups on air.
  • Darth BeaverDarth Beaver <b style="color:red;">Meine Ehre heißt Treue</b> 0 Points
    edited January 2012
    Hmm, I might have an idea or two for a contribution on my part. Something along the lines of a mix between Andy Rooney and Peter Griffin doing the Grind My Gears bit. Maybe I'll call it Twists My Wick.
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