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Title: KMDT, KLNS and ZNY Feeds
Post by: MikeGranby on January 22, 2007, 11:17:23 PM
Updated picture of the KMDT feeds, which has now been expanded...

The picture shows the two Radio Shack PRO-433 and four PRO-2055 scanners that I'm using as receivers. The 433s were obtained new, and the 2055s second-hand from eBay. They are not the highest quality radios out there, but they do a good enough job and are more economical than the dedicated R121 airband receivers that I considered using. The scanners are fed from an AV-5 base station antenna purchased from Aircraft Spruce, and mounted using Radio Shack hardware. The signal enters the basement, and passes through a PAR VHF-FM notch filter to prevent the receivers being overloaded by nearby broadcast stations. It is then boosted by a WRP-125 airband preamplifier, before being routed across the room to a closet containing the rest of the hardware. A Stridsberg MCA208M active multicoupler is used to split the signal to feed the scanners, with the unused outputs being fitted with 50-Ohm terminators. The audio outputs from the scanners are connected to a pair of Delta-44 four-input audio cards via the breakout boxes located on top of the scanner stacks. The cards are installed in an off-lease Compaq Evo PC which I obtained from Tiger Direct at the bargain price of $150. The PC is running CentOS Linux, and runs six instances of DarkIce to stream the audio to LiveATC. Processor loading is currently around 20%, so the system will happily be able to add the other two scanners I intend to install in the coming weeks. Power for the scanners come from a single power supply via a homemade distribution block, avoiding the problems associated with so many "wall-wart" transformers!
Title: Re: KMDT, KLNS and ZNY Feeds
Post by: athaker on July 30, 2007, 10:13:43 PM
Trying to startup KLAX, I am extremely envious of the no-nonsense equipment you've got there.  I wish I had some of those toys, and it looks and sounds beautiful.

Out of curiosity, how much did you drop on the multicoupler, the pre-amp, and the filter?  Those are 3 aspects of the future feed I have not gotten to yet, but being in the crowded radio-space of Los Angeles, I might need the latter two to provide the best feeds for us.
Title: Re: KMDT, KLNS and ZNY Feeds
Post by: MikeGranby on July 31, 2007, 10:11:29 AM

The multicoupler was the expensive bit, at just over $300. The filter was around $70, and the amplifier I got from England for about the same, although the dollar has weakened a bit since then. The audio cards I got on eBay, so I don't remember exactly how much I paid for them. I had a couple of issues get the PC to accept both audio cards at the same time, but I got it figured out. Email me if you need any tips.