Last night I started broadcasting what I believe is LCEC Cape Coral on the right channel. I don't hear much activity, and I am considering to add the additional frequencies of surrounding areas to the scan. There is also a hum I noticed coming from the right channel scanner, and I will be adding a capacitor or two to its power supply output in the coming days.
So in summary, here is what is being broadcast:
Left Channel: Marine via a Pro 90 with a 102inch whip extending through the ceiling into the attic meeting the peak of the roof.
Right Channel: LCEC Cape Coral via a Pro 34 (circa early 90s) using stock rubber duck antenna near ceiling-level (for now).
I am currently experimenting with connecting a second scanner. Currently the left channel is Southeastern Cape Coral Area Marine, and the right channel is white noise, so if you are trying to hear marine, move your scanner balance all the way over to the left for the time being.
I had to shut down the feed this morning as the house lost power due to a small plane crash that took down power lines.
Story here: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/35832892/small-plane-crashes-near-downtown-cape-coral |
As soon as power is restored, I will bring the feed back online.
6/29/17 Update 2
There's been more activity today than a usual work week. I think some boaters are starting to ramp-up for the holiday weekend.
I'm thinking about adding a second feed, so that there would be a feed on the left channel, and a second feed on the right channel. I have an older circa 80s Radio Shack handheld scanner that I'd have to resurrect. I'm not sure what bands it picks up so I am not yet decided on what I would broadcast.
6/29/17 Update 1
Last night I determined that my UPS batteries had worn out, and that is what caused the outage yesterday. I have replaced the batteries and have been up and running since. I also put a delay on the .BAT file that launches ScannerCast in the event we lose power again, then it is restored, my modem and router will have time to come back online before ScannerCast launches. Before, after a power outage restore, ScannerCast would launch and stop working because it couldn't see the internet (DNS specifically) since the modem and router need a few minutes to boot up.
Also, I found a 102in CB antenna whip in the corner of my garage. I poked that through an opening in the ceiling, and extended it to the peak of the roof inside the attic. I have removed the rubber duck stock antenna from the scanner and connected the whip instead. I already noticed clearer reception to stations such as Sea Tow Dispatch and Sea Tow Radio Check.
This morning I heard several radio checks at dawn, several Sea Tow communiques, and some Cape Harbor conversation.
Happy listening folks!
6/27/17 Initial Write-Up
The receiver is a Radio Shack Pro 90 Trunktracker handheld scanner from the mid-90s scanning all marine channels with minimal squelch,
no with delay. I believe I may have locked out a few channels some time ago that had constant interference. The antenna used is the stock rubber duck type, and it is at ceiling level in my house which is 1/2 mile due north of the Yacht Club in the SE tip of Cape Coral.
You will hear most activity on weekends and holidays, and minimal activity through the week. There are often automated radio checks done and other transmissions. Being relatively close to Sea Tow dispatch (Del Prado Blvd.), you will hear many of these communications also. Sometimes Sundown patrol can be heard.
I use to have the scanner on 24/7 just sitting in the corner in my garage, and it would sound off something interesting now and then. I decided since it is always on, it would be nice to stream it out for anyone else who would like to hear it. Additionally, I could pick it up on my smartphone whereever I am.
ScannerCast is running on a Windows 2012 (R1) server, and it is set to autolaunch and to auto begin streaming when launched. Streaming is therefore self-healing in the event of a reboot. The scanner power supply and Windows server are on a UPS.
Modem: Motorola SB 6141 (DOCSIS 3.0)
Router: TP-Link Archer C2600
Internet speed measured April 2017: 80mbs DL & 12mbs UL
I am considering to extend an antenna into the attic at some point in the next few months to receive more range and therefore more activity.