March 2019

Radio station update

I'm finally moving forward with the test station here at home. The last important piece of equipment is now in place and I will be spending the next few months recording the music for the station. Unfortunately all of my old audio files are now obsolete since they were recorded in a lower fidelity format than what will be required for stereo internet streaming (future endeavor) as well as a 10,000 kHz high end on the AM side of the station. I will be looking at recording several thousand Smooth Jazz and Adult Contemporary Oldies songs for the station.

I've also decided to use my existing Hamilton Rangemaster transmitter in lieu of purchasing the new Talking House transmitter and Remote Antenna Tuning Unit for now. The Remote Antenna Tuning Unit still has not been made available for purchase and I simply am not in a position to be able to wait any longer if I want to begin testing various audio formats and files to see how they will sound over the air. The drawback to using the Rangemaster in this location is that the range of the AM signal will be very limited and likely won't attract many listeners. But for the sake of testing and fine tuning the sound of the station, simply getting an over the air signal of even a few blocks is better than no on air signal at all. I'll be using AM 1620 for the frequency for now.

The new power supply for the Rangemaster along with frequency modules are on order and should be here soon. Once installed, I believe the station will start its initial test phase in April with the National Weather Service broadcasts while the music format is developed. Also, I will need some time to learn the automation software which is also likely to take weeks or even months since I cannot devote much time to this I need since I will be recording the music at the same time.

I'll post another update on the subject once the station is on the air.