Technical Activities 2017 – 2018
Where to start? The team added all sorts of hardware and software over these two years so that FM107.5 is becoming a multi-media station.
Our technical team currently consists of:
Andrew McKenzie has been a team leader for a number of years, but unfortunately has had to give this up due to health concerns in 2017. Has wry comments and excellent help will be missed.
Considerable work was carried out by Ann-Maree Coyte to create our Facebook page (@fm1075orange) so that it is now a colorful and useful source of information about Orange, our programs, interesting tidbits about music and the arts etc. Have a look at this URL https://www.facebook.com/fm1075orange.
Mark Edwards spent hours learning WordPress and on improving this website. With the assistance of our Secretary (Lynn Edwards), the site now has a great deal of information about the station, our activities,our presenters and sponsors, station policies, and what’s going on around and about Orange, etc etc, Of course, a lot more needs to be done, so please bear with us!
Steve Centofanti has spent many hours installing program streaming software so that you can listen to our programs live on air via the Internet. This has involved installing additional high quality sound cards on a PC, and adding software alarms so that we are alerted to program loss.
Updating of the Program Guide is an important task, and Cody Bryant has been a great help in this regard, notwithstanding his studies. The Guide is needed for this site and by streaming software which displays music titles and artist names.
Computer and Associated Hardware
Many of our computers needed upgrading or replacement, and this entailed the outstanding work by Steve Centofanti and James Collins to set up and link new hardware and software. Our Control Room is starting to burst at the seams, and our equipment rack will soon be full.
Upgrades to the telephone system now allows multiple listeners to call in and talk to a presenter on our phone number 02 6311 1801.
Technical Activities 2015 – 2016
In the 2015-2016 Year the team carried out an extraordinary amount of work, including but not limited to:
- fitting out the new John Garnsey Memorial Studio with all necessary equipment, including a new console;
- rebuilding the Control Room with a new mobile equipment rack and adding cables linking the room to each studio – this was a huge job;
- replacing the sound-proofing on the walls of both studios;
- upgrading the telephone system;
- supervising upgrades to the studios’ electrical system to support a much heavier load;
- supervising the installation of air-conditioners in the lobby and JGM studio;
- installing new CD players;
- planning improvements to our web site; and
- setting up Outside Broadcasting (OB) equipment and conducting two OB events.
By the way, the photo at the top of this page shows the Control Room in 2015 prior to having a go at sorting out the bird’s nest of cables! Below is a photo of the remodeled Control Room, complete with a mobile rack, shelving etc.
Internet and Web Site Facilities
A modern-day broadcasting station uses and produces a vast amount of electronic data. During the 2015- 2016 period the Technical Team volunteers were heavily engaged in adding and/or improving our Internet facilities. This involved tripling the number of computers, running “Cat5” cables everywhere including climbing into the roof space, and setting up a web site.
New software was added to manage our vastly expanded music collection, for putting our programs to air by our presenters and automatically from a CBAA satellite link and from our music collection.
We are very grateful to David Cresswell and to Warwick Ford and his company’s staff for keeping an eye on, and maintaining, our transmitter on Mount Canobolas.
You can just see our small antenna mast in the distance of a photo below.