HOWTO: Use Icecast as a backup STL for Nautel transmitters (Part 2)

In the last post on this subject, I walked you through how to setup your Nautel transmitter to pull audio from an Icecast server. This can be used on a permanent basis if your station does not have a terrestrial microwave or T-1 link normally used as your STL. However, since the quality of Internet connectivity can vary, some stations do prefer to have a non-Internet link for STL purposes.

That said, you can still use the Icecast server as a backup to your normal STL. This works for us because our normal streaming service (for our website and various apps) uses Icecast, at a high bitrate (192Kbps MP3.) We simply tie the Nautel to that stream as an additional listener.

Once you have two presets (STL and Internet) configured, you can switch between them at-will, or as needs arise. However, it is also possible to configure your Nautel to switch automatically in the event of an outage.

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HOWTO: Use Icecast as a backup STL for Nautel transmitters (Part 1)

Anyone who’s done any broadcast work can tell you that STLs aren’t perfect. Whether you’re using microwave or T-1, at some point, you’ll have an outage. I’ve run into this recently with one of our stations, where we apparently have a water intrusion issue on our link somewhere. Get the right amount of rain, and you’re off the air (or at least, broadcasting The Sound of Silence…)

One of the nice things about Nautel transmitters is their ability to pull audio from an Icecast or SHOUTcast server. I’d looked at this before, but never was able to figure out exactly how to make it work from the documentation provided. I recently sat down and started toying with it again, and successfully made it work.

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2018 New Year’s Resolutions

Welcome one and all! It’s 2018! Yeah, I know, we’re actually a few days into 2018 at this point… However, I’ve been a bit under the weather (to say the least) for the past week or so, and I’m just now starting to get back to my usual self. (Apparently my body doesn’t like this constant warm-cold-warm-freezing weather shenanigan that is going on, especially with these teens and single-digit temperatures this week!) For one, it’s completely killed my voice, which has made life interesting considering I work in broadcasting as well as do voice production. I digress…

At this time of year, everyone is busy making New Year’s resolutions. Okay, so by this point in the year, most “normal” people have already had their resolutions made for about 48 hours, and are well on their way to forgetting about the remaining one or two of them they haven’t failed on yet. But, anyone who knows me, knows I’m far from being a “normal” person. Thus, I’ve taken the time this year to think through my New Year’s resolutions. The goal: Make some resolutions I feel like I’ll actually keep, make them public, and stick to them — even if it means making them a few days “late” so-to-speak.

And now… I present to you… my 2018 New Year’s resolutions!

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