Re: Marine radio question

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Posted by tleemay on June 26, 2006 at 16:57:56:

In Reply to: Marine radio question posted by Dark Diver on June 24, 2006 at 10:37:50:

Here's what I did once;

Take a scanner that can hear the marine frequency desired, say
channel 16. This scanner will have to be within the ADR (area
of dominate reception) of the frequency, in this case,
somewhere near the coastline. Make sure the scanner is running
on shore power and not batteries.

Have the scanner setup to receive channel 16 manually to keep
it locked in, that is don't let it search in channel scan mode.

Take the earphone or external speaker jack outout into the sound
card of your DSL dedicated computer. Designate a full time
audio port to stream to a website with. Embed on a website a
url extension link with the assiciated streaming audio port on

When you want to hear what's on channel 16, just point your
browser to the website addy and click on the link to hear the
audio stream of channel 16.

You could do the same with a scanner that's not in manual,
actually scanning and "reporting" channels that have active
traffic on it, but for most people that could be too confusing
do listen to unless you are really used to it.

In my case, I used a single scanner to scan between 16 and 69
to listen to the LA harbor area traffic. I couldn't choose
between either of the channels to single one out to listen to,
but it did give a good idea of what was happening out there.

I no longer use this type of configuration. I replaced it with a
40 ft push up with a Shakespear 5202 on top. It picked up
traffic from Ventura to OC, but not much else, and even then it
wasn't the best of quality.

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