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The archive works by connecting to the live stream and making a copy of that. So when the live stream is not available, there are gaps in the recording. Our logs show quite a lot of outages in the connection to WMUH’s live stream. This is usually a consequence of problems at the stream server. The outages are visible here.

Hi Tom,

Thank you for the link. The graph sheds a lot of light on things. Out of curiosity:

  1. If WMUH keeps a backup of what went out over the air (prestream of course), would you be able to use that in order to repair gaps in the station’s stream?
  2. How does the level of outages on WMUH’s stream compare to other college radio streams? IMO, more than one minute per year might be barely acceptable but that’s just me spitballing.

Thanks,

Bill

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Hi Bill,

Spinitron’s archive service is designed to be very low cost and fully automatic. It does not offer a way for client stations to patch or otherwise edit the recordings.

Some stations have very reliable streams. But engineering stream reliability depends on what’s causing outages, which varies a lot. A common issue is that stream encoders are unreliable in software, hardware, power supplies and network connections. Another is the network connectivity between the encoder and the stream server, which in some situations is hard to make reliable.

So I don’t want to make a statistical comparison because not all station’s situations are comparable.

Hi Tom,

Thank you for the thoughtful answer. Since I am merely a community volunteer who hosts a show, I cannot say where the weak point(s) is (are) in WMUH’s stream. I’ve let the station manager know of the massive outages. (Thanks again for the link.) It’ll be up to him to troubleshoot and take appropriate action(s) if there is money to do so.

Cheers,

Bill

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Hi Tom,

I was listening to the playback of the February 17th episode of Thought Radio™ (WMUH from 6:00 am to 8:00 am). Just before 7:00 am was due to play, the recording jumped to the second track on Jeff Back’s “Blow by Blow” album.

Would you be so kind as to post a link showing WMUH’s stream outages during that time period? I suspect that the station’s streaming issues are yet to be resolved.

Thank you,

Bill

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There are a lot of gaps in our coverage from WMHU

https://ark3.spinitron.com/cgi/avail/?station=WMUH

Thanks. That looks suspiciously like the link that you previously gave me. May I use that at any time to get the most recent seven days of stream coverage?

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It displays the most recent 14 days.