Studio: Version 1.0 – 2.0

This is the first iteration of the studio set up on a couple of tables.

A single SL-1200 Mk2 spins a record during mic testing.

Version 2 enhancements include leftover cubicle parts with an adjacent interview area. Two mics capture voices.

V.2.0 enhancements include two new (to me) SL-1200 Mk2s on an old library table.

Skywaves, the ionosphere, and why our signal is bad at night

Skywave is the effect of radio waves bouncing off the ionosphere. The waves are actually refracting.
At night, when the conditions are right, 1610 AM CHHA in Toronto, Ontario skips enough to cause reception problems in Hamtramck. Even though it’s bouncing off the ionosphere their signal comes in just enough to step on our surface waves.
During the winter, this effect will probably be worst. On nights where the signal is difficult we suggest opening the web streams. They’re listed on the sidebar.
Also, please let us know if you have any issues with the streams. At some point we’re going to run out of bandwidth and will have them hosted off-site.

Web stream offline temporarily

We’re experiencing some technical problems at The Station.
The web stream will be temporarily off-line while we are replacing the server. At some point yesterday the motherboard started to act up and halt the entire operation.
Things should be back to normal in a couple of days.

April Testing

We’ve been testing the equipment for a about a week at 1610 AM. After overcoming some initial range issues, we’re now pushing the signal a mile or more during the day. In the evening, our range is a bit more limited because of a Spanish-language station in Toronto.
Considering the congestion of the AM dial in Detroit at night, we don’t see any other frequencies improving our range. As of today we’re planning on launching on 1610.
We still have some minor issues to work out with wiring and automation but things look good for our May 1 target.