For nearly the last year, the audio streaming capability for our repeaters has been offline. Today the streaming function has been placed back online. What this means is that you can use any of several different ways to listen in to the activity on the repeaters. First of all, you can click on either or both of the play buttons at the upper right hand part of our web page. Doing so will open a popup window (for each button) with an HTML5 player within it. Using HTML5 should allow this to work in any web browser either on a computer, or a mobile phone or tablet. Secondly, if you prefer to use an app on your phone or tablet, you can download and use the Broadcastify app. Just search for “KC0DBS” in the app and you can pick either stream to which to listen. And I am told that the streams show up in some other online streaming apps. So check out your favorite and see if they are there too!
The audio stream is delayed from real time by between 20-40 seconds. So don’t be surprised if you are listening on the radio and the stream and you don’t hear it on the stream right away.
Enjoy and please let me know if you have any difficulties in using this feature.
(N.B. The stream for the 440 machine has been intentionally silenced for the time being. The streams are driven by the new Allstar nodes for each of the repeaters. There is significant interference at the site of the 440 node. This will continue to stream silence from there until we are able to move the node to it’s final location which should be happening in the very near term future! )
With great thanks to Paul Barber (and don’t let him tell you otherwise, he was THE KEY to getting it to work today!), I am pleased to announce that the 146.805 repeater has an Allstar Link node installed which is currently providing the ID, the roger beep, and providing access to our repeater from the Internet. We still need to do some tweaking and tuning on it, but it’s up and functional. We will be adding other features to it as we go along here, like EchoLink access, timed announcements, weather functions and maybe even a phone patch. There’s a lot we can do with this node, but besides immediate tuning issues, my next step to get a similar node ready and installed for the 440 machine. Once that’s done, we will be able to link and unlink the two repeaters at will. This will GREATLY expand our capabilities! Thanks again Paul for your patience with me today and for finding the unknown element we needed to change to get it to work!
P.S. For those wanting to connect from afar, the Allstar Link node number is 44008.
Here we are at the close of another year and there are so many things for which we in the club have to be thankful. But rather than look backwards, I’d like to encourage all of us to look forward! There are so many things we can do this year, but it requires all of us to get involved. We have a fund raiser scheduled this spring, we’ve already started to think about what we’ll do this year at Field Day! We will make more improvements in our club’s repeater systems. Those are the things that are on the schedule now, but what would YOU like to do?
The schedule is wide open! If you have an idea, or a dream of what you’d like to see happen, or something you’d like to learn, then it’s time for you to step up and tell us what you’d like to see! Each of us has something to offer, if not in a project, then in what we know. Don’t get trapped into thinking that everyone must know what you do, because it’s just not true. Think of something you can share with us!
This club shouldn’t just run on the ideas of a few. We have lots of time and energy and we need your involvement! At our January meeting, I’ll be asking for ideas, so think about what you want to do and tell us at the meeting!
I hope everyone has a very Happy New Year! Let it be joyous, and prosperous and may it be the best year ever for each and every one of you!
Last night, we had our 2017 Christmas Party and I’d like to say it was a fantastic time. We had great food, and we got to visit with each other. In my personal opinion, it was awesome!
We honored Betty Basinger for her 11 years of service for providing The Good News Net for us each and every Monday evening at 7:00 pm. We also honored all of the folks who have joined us on Tuesday afternoons for the Knucklehead Lunch.
I want to thank everyone who attended! I also want to thank all those who made it possible by your contributions to the food and all that was required for our celebration! Merry Christmas to you all, and to all who couldn’t attend. We missed you but pray that you’ll all be able to join us again soon!
The Sullivan Amateur Radio Club will be holding its annual Holiday Party at the normal December club meeting. The party will be on December 14th at 6:00 pm at the Sullivan Fire House #5! Everyone is welcome and we will have plenty of food and drink! Please come join us!