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WingNut
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posted 24 May 2003 06:58 PM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am so proud of myself. I am now my own FM broadcaster. WNGT covering 150 meters in every direction.

My problem begun when I started ripping all my CD's to digital format and storing them on my hard drive. How to provide sound to the whole house, was the question. First I wired my computer through my stereo. That worked except now I had a cable running along the floor presenting a tripping hazard and the volume was always too loud or not loud enough depending on where you were.

So, I went looking for a solution. I came up with the idea of broadcasting the music as an FM signal but how? Radio Shack sells a device that will allow you to send a signal from your walkman to your car radio. The range though is six feet. I found a PCI card that could be installed in my computer but it was $169 US.

In BC there is a company that sells electronic kits. It is do it yourself eloectronics for everyone who can wield a soldering gun. Two hours later, I have a 150m range FM stereo broacast station. I can listen to the music on any radio in and around the house that supports the FM frequency.

It is great.

So why am I telling you this? Because, man,. wires are so yesterday.


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xrcrguy
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posted 24 May 2003 07:22 PM      Profile for xrcrguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Cool.

But can you boost the signal easily?


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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 25 May 2003 12:10 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
can we have a run-down of the top 10 cds in rotation on the playlist of WNGT?

er, if the range is 150m, can't your neighbours pick up your computer's transmissions on their radios?


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Tommy_Paine
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posted 25 May 2003 08:49 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm sure if the broadcast range is 150m, then the CRTC will be around shortly to drop off the Anne Murray and Celine Dion CD's, so you can maintain your CanCon.

Then, Chorus entertainment inc. will arrive shortly after to make you and offer you can't refuse, and before you know it, banality wins again.

Question, though, Wingnut. Since it's an FM signal, do you have to also wire up a mic so you can blather on for about twenty seconds into the begining of each song, or do FM deejays just do this because they are complete knobs who, deep down, hate music and all creation?


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WingNut
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posted 25 May 2003 11:25 AM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
But can you boost the signal easily?

Relatively. It would mean swapping out some components.

quote:

can we have a run-down of the top 10 cds in rotation on the playlist of WNGT?

er, if the range is 150m, can't your neighbours pick up your computer's transmissions on their radios?


No CD's. Just files. But last night's play list included: REM, U2, The Beatles, Mozart, Carol Thompson, Moxy Fruvous, Sister Sledge, Bach, Bizet, etc ...

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Question, though, Wingnut. Since it's an FM signal, do you have to also wire up a mic so you can blather on for about twenty seconds into the begining of each song, or do FM deejays just do this because they are complete knobs who, deep down, hate music and all creation?

How else would I announce the contests?

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DrConway
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posted 25 May 2003 12:37 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

I like this idea. Unfortunately in Vancouver I'm right next to a whole lot of other houses so 150 meters range would probably upset some people.

As for the FM mic, I would think WingNut would be so avant-garde as to never use a mic at all.


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'lance
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posted 25 May 2003 01:52 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I love it. In Vancouver I once took a one-day course on building your own low-power FM transmitter, and briefly contemplated setting up a pirate radio station, Radio Free Shaughnessy. (I lived in what I called, variously, Lower East Shaughnessy or Outer Shaughnessy, in one of the very few apartment buildings in that carefully-zoned neighbourhood).

I even went so far as to call up a friend of a friend who'd formerly worked for the CRTC, and ask about what sort of enforcement they went in for. Nothing like the US, I was told, where supposedly the FCC would go around with radio direction-finding vans -- at least, this in the heyday of pirate radio, the 60s and 70s. The CRTC acts only on complaints, meaning that if you design your system carefully enough not to interfere with anyone else's signal, you're probably home-free.

I eventually abandoned the plan because I couldn't figure out how to convince my landlord to let me install a broadcast aerial on the roof. Also, I was lazy. But someday, I tell you, someday...


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skdadl
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posted 25 May 2003 02:09 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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How else would I announce the contests?

Does this mean, though, Wingy, that you're not going to put sound on your own website? I mean, could you? Or does that land you back with the wires -- I guess it does.

Wishing I could tune in WNGT ...


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rob_maxwell
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posted 25 May 2003 07:53 PM      Profile for rob_maxwell     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Do you have a website or some sort of info on that company who made the kit?
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scrabble
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posted 27 May 2003 01:38 PM      Profile for scrabble     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Radio Free Shaughnessy

Truly, the sight of 'lance at our pinko penthouse, stroking the burnished wood casing of his antique-radio-in-pieces...

Say, aren't you going to mention your supernaturally cute roomie who went all the way to Haight-Ashbury to get you the Anarchist's Guide to Pirate Radio? Hey?


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