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Emergency (and Other) Updates From Home

If you have some simple recording equipment in your home, it isn't necessary to drive to the radio station at night or during the weekend to update the contents of your radio station. Using simple FTP (file transfer protocol), you can transfer updated weather forecasts, closure notices, and other important information from the comfort of your home.

At the TuneTracker computer end, assure FTP is enabled, and a username and password has been established. Log into your local area network router, and set port forwarding of port number 21, directing it to the IP address of your TuneTracker computer. That will assure that when you come in from the outside via the Internet using FTP, you'll be routed to the correct computer.

At home, use a decent sound card and microphone. Don't use mics that plug into the mic-input on the sound card. Use a mic that can be plugged into a preamp or small mixer, and send the output of the mixer to the line-in of your sound card.

Record your announcements using whatever recording/editing software you like. A good, free one for Windows and Linux is called Audigy.

Then, using your radio station's IP address, plus your username and password as specified in Haiku® Network "Server" preferences, log in via FTP and upload the file to the folder of your choice on the TuneTracker computer. If you want to replace the currently-running weather, you can use the same filename and folder as the original forecast, overwriting it. Our current favorite free FTP program is called GoFTP, available online.

The ideal scenario teams FTP with VNC. If you have TT Anywhere on your TuneTracker computer, you can use a free VNC tool like RealVNC to log in from home, bring the screen up live, and do drag and drop editing to add-in special reports, closure notices, etc., that you have uploaded via FTP.



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