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Bote's Streaming Audio Page

Updated 2020.07.30

What Is Streaming Audio?

Streaming audio feeds like mine allow you to hear the scanner radio anywhere in the world that you have an Internet connection. You can listen on your desktop or laptop computer using WinAmp or other media player, or on your phone or tablet using its built-in player or the HTML5 web page players in the Listen Links pane.

My streaming audio feeds listen to fire department and railroad radios around Fort Lauderdale and Key West, Florida. It's a niche hobby and I put these up mainly to listen to them myself, but you are welcome to tune in if they interest you.

What You Need To Listen

Desperation

If you just can't wait to listen properly, use the HTML5 player widget in the Listen Links pane to the right. This is bare-bones, but at least you'll be able to hear with no fuss. Google's Chrome browser is a little better for streaming audio like this. You should still use WinAmp on a PC for maximum listening enjoyment.

WinAmp

You should listen to these feeds using WinAmp, as that does the best job that I have found. It is free. Rumors of the death of WinAmp are premature, WinAmp is NOT dead! It is widely used. Shoutcast was written by the same people as WinAmp so they were made for each other, and Icecast follows on the heels of Shoutcast. There are numerous plug-ins and skins for it to enhance your enjoyment of it. Plus, you don't have to be insane or totally high to figure out how to use it like those Brand-X players.

Here is a WinAmp equalizer file that will make the audio a little easier to listen to. It rolls off the highs and the bass a little bit for better communications-grade audio.

VLC

VideoLAN player is freeware and displays channel tags. It's not as compact as WinAmp nor does it have all the skins and other fancy features, but it's a quick and simple way to listen.

Mobile — Scanner Radio

Gordon Edwards wrote Scanner Radio, an app for Android and iPhone that is homed to Broadcastify, but allows you to add other feeds (like mine) as favorites.

Scanner Radio for Android is freeware and displays channel tags.

You only have to do this once. Open this web page in your phone's web browser. Copy the URL above the desired feed player in the Listen Links pane (hold and select Copy Link).

Now switch to the Scanner Radio app. Touch the hamburger menu -> Browse directory -> Custom scanners -> tap the + (plus) button, then type a friendly name, paste the URL into the next field, and tap ADD. Add this to your Scanner Radio favorites to return to it easily. Repeat these steps with all the feeds you wish.

Other Players

Windows Media Player will work, but it does not display channel tags to tell you what you're hearing. Plus, you must sell your soul to Bill Gates in order to use it. Apple's iTunes also works on mp3 streams, but can be inscrutable in its operation.

Online Sites

There are quite a few sites with Android apps that pirate my feed as their own. Each one has its own quirks and I can't say how well they work, so good luck to you!

TuneIn Radio works, and they finally got my feed details mostly right.

The Server

The server is Icecast version 2.4.0 running on a linux box at a friend's place in Colorado.

The Software

Currently VSThost improves the audio before sending it to the server with RadioFeed. I plan to test Cantabile as an alternative.

A couple of plug-ins to VSThost provide some frequency equalization to band-limit the audio and volume leveling to smooth out the large dynamic range between the whisperers and shouters. This works better on digital radio channels as the white noise on analog channels fools TriLeveler, which is designed strictly for the vocal tract.

The streaming software on my end is RadioFeed. It is simple to set up and works reliably. You can find configuration instructions on Radio Reference.

Feed Tips

For useful tips on setting up and optimizing your own scanner radio feed see my Google Document for all the details.

The Feeds

Bote's F.E.C. Ry Feeds

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If there is a noteworthy railroad incident and I am aware of it, I will post it on my Twitter feed.

Since BrightLine passenger service has been suspended to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, only freight trains remain. But, construction of the passenger extension between West Palm Beach and Orlando continues, so as the radio codeline is replaced by fiber optic cable these radio streams will be the only way to know where FEC trains are because we will lose our hobbyist view into their ATC system.

Hardware

Radio: AirSpy R2 for Bote's Florida East Coast Railway feeds. They aint cheap, but they're good! And they're not stuck in the past like old Motorola junk.

Format

The stereo audio streams at 32kbits/sec which is economical on your mobile data plan. Some frequencies are heard on the Left channel while others are heard on the Right channel since it's possible that multiple channels will be active simultaneously; I've separated them to minimize conflict.

Software

SDR-Console runs the SDR dongle and simultaneously receives multiple frequencies, so it's better than a scanner.

The advantage of using Software-Defined Radio is that I can set the software for true narrowband receive to get better signal/noise ratio than typical scanners will provide.

→ Location: Oakland Park, Florida, U.S.A.

Listen to Bote's FEC Ry Fort Lauderdale Streaming Scanner Feed — Icecast server mount point /fecftl

The fully qualified uri to Bote's F.E.C. FtL Feed to copy and paste into your WinAmp player is
http://listen.trackstreamer.com:8000/fecftl.m3u

Search for "F.E.C. Ry Fort Lauderdale" on TuneIn Radio

Since the F.E.C. operating crews do not call signals (except for that brief time a few years back) this is mostly a quiet feed. The most activity around Fort Lauderdale occurs in the morning as a few southbounds descend on Lauderdale Yard while at least 2 local trains try to squeeze across Port Everglades interlocking to do their work.

Otherwise, the Tri-Rail and sporadic CSX freight traffic can be heard pretty much around the clock. When radio propagation is good you will hear the SX1009.1 defect detector immediately south of Oakland Park Blvd and most trains calling the Manatee SX1008.5 and the SX1010.8 southbound distant signal to Whalen.

If I ever get motivated to improve the antenna system here (or move this feed to somebody's highrise condo--hint, hint) it will hear better, but for now it's barely adequate.

Normal program audio includes:

Bote's Mixer Board

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.

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Listen to Bote's Mixer Board Fort Lauderdale Streaming Scanner Feed — Icecast server mount point /botemixer

The fully qualified uri to Bote's Mixer Board to copy and paste into your player is
http://listen.trackstreamer.com:8000/botemixer.m3u

Search for "Bote's Mixer Board" on TuneIn Radio

This feed will be up for the near future. No promises.

Program

Less chatty.

Normal program audio includes:

If there is a noteworthy fire or water rescue incident and I am here to control the scanner I will focus on that as warranted. Also, I will post it on my Twitter feed.

The beach patrol calls the roll at quitting time every afternoon and are generally whiny and annoying so I rarely have that bank enabled.

Hardware

Radios: Uniden BCD99T scanner for the Fort Lauderdale fire Mixer Board feed.

Audio: A Mackie 1202 mixer board no longer feeds this stream, so it's just another boring fire scanner feed. That is how it got its name, though.

Format

The monaural audio streams at 16kbits/sec with a sample rate of 22050 samples/sec. It sounds pretty great.

Bote's Wild Feed

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.

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Listen to Bote's Wild Feed — Icecast server mount point /botewild

The fully qualified uri to Bote's Wild Feed to copy and paste into your player is
http://listen.trackstreamer.com:8000/botewild.m3u

Search for "Bote's Wild Feed" on TuneIn Radio

Program

Can get busy at times.

Normal program audio includes:

If there is a noteworthy fire or police incident and I am here to control the scanner I will focus on that as warranted. Also, I will post it on my BoteRadio Twitter feed.

Listening Tips

The map below shows the areas meant by "east Broward County", roughly every jurisdiction east of I-95; Florida's Turnpike forms the western border of some of them. Even though I concentrate on eastern Broward County, a good portion of fire departments all over Broward County are covered by the dispatch channels on the Wild Feed so you will hear much more. I'm trying to keep the traffic manageable instead of trying to be all things to all people. Plantation has its own trunked system as does Coral Springs, while Pembroke Pines has its own segregated talkgroups on the Broward County system. Don't worry, there is plenty of fire traffic to keep your ears busy without everybody else.

East Broward County Fire Stations
Dispatch Jurisdiction Fire Stations
2 Deerfield Beach 4, 51, 66, 75, 102, 111
5 Lighthouse Point 22
5 Pompano Beach 11, 24, 52, 61, 63, 103
5 Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Sea Ranch Lakes 12
1 Oakland Park 9, 20, 87
Mixer Board Wilton Manors 16
Mixer Board Fort Lauderdale fire 2, 3, 8, 13, 16, 29, 35, 46, 47, 49, 53, 54, 88
2 Port Everglades 6
2 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport 10
2 Dania Beach 1
2 Hallandale Beach 7, 60, 90

Hardware

Radios: BCT15X scanner.

Format

The monaural audio streams at 16kbits/sec with a sample rate of 22050 samples/sec. It sounds pretty good.

Bote's Southernmost Feed

Location: Key West, Florida, U.S.A.

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Listen to Bote's Southernmost Feed — Icecast server mount point /botekyw

The fully qualified uri to Bote's Southernmost Feed to copy and paste into your player is
http://listen.trackstreamer.com:8000/botekyw.m3u

Search for "Bote's Southernmost Feed" on TuneIn Radio

Program

Normal program audio includes:

If there is a noteworthy fire or police incident and I am here to control the scanner I will focus on that as warranted. Also, I will post it on my Twitter feed.

The 1/4-wavelength high band groundplane antenna erected in early June 2010 served well, but had to be replaced with a discone. The scanner can hear local VHF marine traffic in Key West bight in addition to the usual trunked system talkgroups.

If you hear a ton of paging tones going out you know it's a pretty big incident most times. When it gets to be too much I disable the Monroe County fire group to get a break from the endless "medical emergency" calls.

Key West only uses one pair of paging tones for all calls, so you'll get accustomed to hearing them.

Listening Tips

The map below shows Monroe County fire stations along the Florida Keys. Key West has fire stations numbered from Station 1 on up. I think Key West also has a Station 9 so that can be confusing.

Hardware

Radios: BCD996T scanner fed by a 1/4-wavelength high band groundplane antenna about 20 feet up.

Format

The monaural audio streams at 16kbits/sec with a sample rate of 22050 samples/sec. It sounds pretty good.

Bote's Mobile Feed

Location: Anytown, U.S.A.

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Listen to Bote's Mobile Streaming Scanner Feed — Icecast server mount point /botemobile

The fully qualified uri to Bote's Mobile Feed is
http://listen.trackstreamer.com:8000/botemobile.m3u

Program

I only operate this mobile feed on long road trips where there will be something interesting to hear.

This feed has whatever my mobile scanner is receiving, usually railroad traffic, but could be public safety, ham radio, or aircraft audio. Check the channel tags in the stream, my Twitter feed, and my TrackStreamer blog for the latest.

Hardware

Radios: BCD996P2 scanner.

Format

The monaural audio streams at 16kbits/sec with a sample rate of 22050 samples/sec. It sounds pretty good.

Happy monitoring!