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Bote's Streaming Audio Page

Updated 2017.02.23

General Info

TrackStreamer status update blog

Railroad Radio Online Feeds

boterail Twitter feed for noteworthy on-sheet and other railroad tweets on F.E.C., CSX, NS, or wherever I roam.

F.E.C. Ry feed, Fort Lauderdale, Florida * TESTING *

Bote's Mobile Feed, anywhere, any time; watch my boterail Twitter feed.

Fire And Police Scanner Online Feeds

boteradio Twitter feed for noteworthy incidents around Fort Lauderdale or the Keys.

Bote's Mixer Board, Fort Lauderdale, Florida * OFFLINE * hear Fort Lauderdale Broadcastify

Bote's Wild Feed, Fort Lauderdale, Florida * OFFLINE * hear Broward County Broadcastify

Bote's Southernmost Feed, Key West, Florida * ONLINE *

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. You should still use WinAmp for maximum listening enjoyment. Google's Chrome browser is a little better for streaming audio like this.

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.

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. VLC is freeware and can be buggy, plus its authors don't give a rat's ass about you unless you are streaming videos from one part of your house to another.

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!

The Server

The server is Icecast version 2.3.2 running on a linux box at a well-connected co-location facility in Dallas, Texas.

The Feeds

Bote's F.E.C. Ry Feed

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

TrackStreamer status blog

Listen to Bote's Mixer Board 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://colostreaming.com:8000/fecftl

This feed is testing while I improve the antenna system, receiver, and the streaming uplink box. For now it's mostly a demo.

Program

Mostly quiet. F.E.C. does not call signals.

Normal program audio includes:

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

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

Until the double-tracking project is ended there will be LOTS of chatter among maintenance foremen with trains asking permission through work limits, so that can be a good way to hear who is where.

Hardware

Radios: AirSpy 2 SDR for Bote's Florida East Coast Railway Fort Lauderdale feed.

Software

The streaming software on my end is LiquidSoap. It also provides some audio compression to smooth out the large dynamic range between the train whisperers and Jeff Bishop when he gets fired up! The monaural audio streams at 16kbits/sec with a sample rate of 22050 samples/sec. It sounds pretty good.

The SDR is operated by SDR# (SDR Sharp) which is developing into a whole new branch of the radio hobby. 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 any scanner will provide.

Bote's Southernmost Feed

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

TrackStreamer status blog

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://colostreaming.com:8000/botekyw

NOTE

As of early October, 2014 Monroe County, Florida has cutover to their new Project 25 trunked system with all new talkgroup numbers. I am adding the new talkgroups to the list as I discover them. If you have helpful information feel free to drop me an e-mail to tell me. Thanks!

Follow my progress on this online Google spreadsheet that tracks the talkgroups and their uses.

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.

With the erection of a 1/4-wavelength high band antenna in early June 2010 the scanner can now hear local VHF marine traffic and the Monroe County fire UHF repeater which carries paging tones and clear dispatcher audio. I also added the 5 interoperability repeater 800 MHz frequencies in case those are ever used down the Keys.

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.

Audio: Volume Logic, a WinAmp plug-in, via Virtual Audio Cable attempts to limit the dynamic range of the mumbling Monroe County mobile units, louder Key West units, and the very loud marine transmissions. It sounds pretty good, but it's not up to me to make them speak clearly into their microphones. YMMV.

Software

The streaming software on my end is Radio Feed. It is simple to set up and works reliably. You can find configuration instructions on Radio Reference. 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://colostreaming.com:8000/botemobile

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.

Audio: Dell laptop computer, Griffin i-Mic USB audio input, and tethered Android phone for mobile data access.

Software

The streaming software on my end is Radio Feed. It is simple to set up and works reliably. You can find configuration instructions on Radio Reference. The monaural audio streams at 16kbits/sec with a sample rate of 22050 samples/sec. It sounds pretty good.

Happy monitoring!


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