Perhaps you can help me get this rolling, since I'm struggling for TIME (lots of time tendering for contracts but the GFC is hurting a lot and $'s getting tight - listening to ATC won't pay my rent!). Today is Sunday yet I'm still at the office
I have an old Macbook that I'd be happy to leave on (since it's low power) but this Mac precedes OSX (it's running OS9).
Maybe you can spend the time researching what options might be possible with that?
Also I had also seen on the forum a post about a "plug pack" sized linux box that uses very little power, and a cheap USB soundcard. Maybe you can research if these are available cheaply in Brisbane anywhere (or on ebay)?
And if anyone wants to donate any hardware I'd be glad to host it.
I also need to work out how much of my 50Gb quota this is going to take, I notice most references say 16kbps but I need to establish whether this is bits per second or bytes (don't want to assume capitilisation convention). There are 4 of us living at my flat so I don't want to exceed the 50Gb... (and I can't get ADSL due to my "Tel$tra" PSTN line being on a RIM exchange, so I'm STUCK with their BigPond as my only broadband option when I'd HAPPILY change to a much cheaper TPG ADSL link.
Lastly I'm hoping to EQ and compress (dynamic audio level NOT stream compression) the audio digitally somehow before it gets stream compressed. I'm an audio engineer and i have EQ's and compressors galore, but I need them, and I'm sure this must be possible digitally with the streaming software or something else immediately prior.
So as you can see, there's a few things more than just firing up the scanner.
Let's work together to get YBBN on the air...
DavidPLUG PACK LINUX SERVER
The KSFB feed is now running off of one of these:USB SOUNDCARD
That's a Sheevaplug - a little $99 linux server. It's the size of a wall wart and only pulls about 5 watts of electricity. With only my feed running on it it's averaging about 18% CPU usage.
You can read more about it here.
I put debian on it, 2.6 kernel.
For audio I'm using one of these:
I tried one of the type pictured below also, but the sound quality was absolutely atrocious.
So yes, there really is a difference between a $3 cheap audio adapter, and a $1 cheap audio adapter.