Key West feed kerflooey

UPDATE 2021.04.23 - Bote's Southernmost Feed has been restored to service thanks to the efforts of a loyal local listener. The screen was blank no matter what we did so a power cycle brought it back to life. Aint Windows 10 great??

The Southernmost Feed has gone off into space (again). And Windows 10 was supposed to be so solid and reliable. And today is Wednesday which typically follows Tuesday, which is the big Windows Update day, so...I thought I disabled all that automatic update stuff so that I could supervise it to prevent THIS EXACT PROBLEM.

As soon as a local contact person can make it over to the feed site to reboot it, the thing will be back online, but that likely won't happen until tomorrow. This is a hobby, after all.


Comcast Up and Down

UPDATE 2021.04.07:  Comcast has been stable for the better part of 24 hours so I'll declare things up and running again. Now the trouble is that I have a new public i.p. address, so I have to update that address in the other end of my point-to-point VPN links, which is not going well.


Comcrap has been up and down all morning (mostly down) so the Broward area feeds have followed suit. 

 I'm not declaring that things are back up until at least tomorrow. Comcast's app first said it would be repaired by 3PM, then when I checked an hour later it said by 4PM. Extending the promised repair time is their oldest trick in the book.

Just be patient. You be patient, sir, or you won't get anything.


New Marine Feed, Broward CAD Down

It looks like Broward fire is no longer transmitting their USDD Computer-Aided Dispatch calls over a talkgroup on the old Project 16 trunked system, so I abandoned that and lit up a new VHF marine feed on Broadcastify.

I'm looking for a host in a tall condo near the beach to host the thing for better coverage. For now it's about 3 miles from the ocean and can hear vessels calling Oakland Park and Sunrise bridge tenders, but not the bridges themselves since they transmit at very low power.




Host Outage

19:38 - The web host for listen.trackstreamer.com is experiencing a major outage tonight. My feeds will come back online when they do. 

No E.T.R. yet.

UPDATE: OK, I think it's REALLY back on. Crappy Friday + weekend for the techs working this problem at the co-lo facility, though.


Broward County Goes P25

 You might have noticed that the old Broward County Project 16 analog trunked system has recently gotten very quiet. That's because they have switched over to their shiny new Project 25 digital trunked system.

Because it is new and we are hobbyists and not the radio shop, we don't know all the new talkgroups and need to map them out. This takes time and a coordinated effort by interested hobbyists who know their favorite areas well enough to infer what the new talkgroups are used for when it is not obvious.

As of right now only Bote's Mixer Board still hums along with Fort Lauderdale public safety stuff. Bote's Wild feed will go silent when Broward Fire Dispatch 1 switches over to the new P25 system. I hope to find the time to develop a suitable receive setup for the new P25 Phase 2 (TDMA) trunked system.

Stay tuned.


Non-Hurricane Isaias Update

I took down the antenna for the F.E.C. Railway Oakland Park feed in anticipation of high winds from Hurricane Isaias, but that storm turned out to be a nothingburger for SoFLA. So the antenna is back up and you can once again hear all the exciting railroad action on both Florida East Coast and CSX/SFRTA/Tri-Rail on the same feed.

The right channel carries the road frequency while the left channel carries everything else. You will find it an effective combination.


Key West feed Windows Updates

UPDATE: All Windows Updates have been applied, weirdness corrected, now streaming normally (until the next update!)

Bote's Southernmost Feed is in the midst of a massive Windows Update and will return when they have been applied and rebooted about a billion times.



Please refresh your DNS or restart your player to pick up the new DNS entry pointing to listen.trackstreamer.com (which is the same as listen.botecomm.com now).

It might be a little bumpy the nexty day or two, but it should even out once I get everything settled down. I'm trying something that might not work.

UPDATE 1: 2020.05.15 11:35 EDT - Well, that didn't work. Still more configurururing to figure out. Computers, huh?

UPDATE 2: 2020.05.16 10:17 - So far, so good. Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.


Feed Update Summary

FEC Boca/Villa Rica feed DOWN, no E.T.R.; needs a new hard drive and maybe an entirely new approach.

FEC Oakland Park is up, but with the crappy antenna system doesn't hear very well. I can hear more sitting in my car out front. One of these years I gotta order proper connectors and mounts to get it hearing better.

Mixer Board (Ft Lauderdale), Wild Feed (east Broward), and Southernmost Feed (Key West) public safety feeds all up.


I hope to develop a simple feed client setup that can be plopped down anywhere. I prefer to do it with linux since that is free (as in beer), but I do have pretty much the perfect setup figured out with Windows 10. The problem with Windows is licensing, which is not free (as in beer).

I had grandiose plans to put feeds along the CSX A-Line, but for now I'll stick to FEC, especially as they expand passenger service north to Cocoa and Orlando. Motivation is low since nobody really listens to my FEC Oakland Park feed. I guess it's because they can't take photos of trains through the feed; that's all that matters to "railfans" these days.


KYW Feed Black Screen

UPDATE 2020.01.06 - The Key West feed has been restored to normal operation.

The Key West feed has a black/blank screen and won't do anything useful. It's alive, though. Hopefully all it needs is a reboot which should be taken care of in the next couple of days.

My money is on another unrequested Windows Update restart going haywire. We shall see.