Grab a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio broadcast and stream it to the world.
NOAA ALL HAZARDS Weather Radio transmitters operate with power from 100 to 1000 watts, with a reception range of 'city blocks' to 40 miles if everything is perfect. It often isn't for our location, hardware budget, etc. The frequency used is between Standard VHF television channels 6 and 7...and is narrow band FM with a maximum frequency deviation of 5 kHz.
...is so important, that several PWS team members audit the site consistently for quality and offline streams. We show you any last update times, and 'flag' any streams with issues, giving both users and providers the last observed streams status, or any station listing updates.
When the team sought NOAA/NWS approval, we agreed to strive for the best possible monitoring and presentation of NWR broadcasts. —Further Discussed and illustrated on the STREAM QUALITY page.
Once Online, Stuff will happen. Useful info and utilities at the following links:
...software (or device) which creates good to excellent 2 channel MP3 audio from your WxRadio output; at 32-64 Kbs (16 Kbs may produce minor aliasing), streaming both channels, with -4 to 0 db average, for best overall presentation. See STREAM QUALITY
— Quality starts with reception — If you've a lousy signal, no amount of fancy software or requests for help will improve it... even adding one of those so-called 'extension' accessory antennas may be a waste of money...
BUT — an external ¼ λ ground plane antenna can be dramatic — here's a quick and dirty-- if you can hear a signal, even noisy, this little home built ugly will clean it up.
(...any doubts, click the image, and listen as the antenna is connected to the receiver)
Stream to an online Icecast server:
We recommend: wxradio.dyndns.org SEE below
Stream it yourself locally
Your audio source may be single channel (mono) L or R. Some encoders allow 'splitting' on set up in some fashion, some do not. Simple mechanical solution is to use a "mono" to "Stereo" "splitter" adapter, which takes single source and splits to two channels for input to computer, or devices L and R line inputs-'both channels".
If your encoder has an option for "Mono" try that first, it may produce better stream quality than "Stereo". or "Joint Stereo" in some situations and configurations.
If your encoder has DB meters/etc, set average peak at -6db to -3db if possible. Don't 'listen'... watch. If there is excessive volume, you'll blast your listeners with a sudden high level stream they're not expecting. Too low a volume level they have to crank up their volume, then the next station is peaking "in the red", and that wakes up the baby ... and Mama's PO'd, So, set levels visually, rather than "it sounds good to me!".
Gotcha! → Signal Input → On most configurations, 'MIC' input typically expects lower signal levels than a receiver's earphone or line out signal...can result in much higher signal levels, especially if MIC has a 'boost' setting. Use the LINE Inputs if available!
Further Discussed and illustrated on the STREAM QUALITY page.
We've an Icecast Server just waiting for you, courtesy of a PWS friend, Crushed Box Software. Chris has made it real simple, free, and reliable...Simply point or change the encoder mp3 output to wxradio.dyndns.org
This means the streams are accessed directly from your device, within limits of your bandwidth, and number of 'concurrent' users you can handle... Setups vary, and such things as 'port forwarding' come into play... so we won't spend any time with that... follow the setup directions for your setup and situations.
IMPORTANT: BROADWAVE, and possibly others, may require a different ACCESS url other than suggested by your server's instructions. For Broadwave, ignore any 'add-ons' to the address.. supply us with an address such as "http://12.234.345.678/88:broadwave.mp3". There are illustration links on the "butt" and "M3W" encoders suggested above.
Understand that this may not be possible for various reasons. Furthermore, we cannot guarantee compatibility with another platform's streaming server.
ADDITIONALLY such may require different ACCESS url coding than you may give us, we may only spend a brief time attempting to interpret, and which they may change at their own whim. Just so you're aware: If you submit a QRA request for that stream, it may not be possible, you may be delayed while it is researched, or the request may be declined.
Cheers Welcome Aboard! Save a Life!
...and remember: — Excepting a fault in a NWR transmitter —
Quality and Reliability is the responsibility of each provider.
A daily, quick, online check of your stream will prevent many 'dead' or 'disabled' feeds.