Thanks for the advice. Greatly appreciated. There are so many things involved with the set up and operation of a station, many of which I still do not understand. For instance, how to stream from a certain port on my PC? Where is this port and how do I set my live stream to it? I don't know about other countries, but here in the U.K, if you want to broadcast legally you need to licence your station with PRS and PPL. This costs money and also requires the regular reporting of reliable and accurate listener stats. Retrieval of stats is apparently straightforward when using the services of a paid stream host, but becomes much more of an issue when trying to set up and broadcast by means of free stream hosts. So, unless I can find a reliable free stream host who can deliver reliable stats, I am unlikely to be able to get underway anytime soon. All of this is pretty frustrating, as in the future and once things get going a bit, hopefully I can afford paid streaming, but if I can't get reliable free streaming with stats to begin with, then I am likely never to get going. In reply to the second response posted here by member DoubleQ , yes, you are correct in your observation that I have been trying to get started broadcasting since 2008. For the record, and not that it matters, but I am just one individual who is trying to set up a small-scale internet broadcast with the primary intention of raising a bit of money through advertising which can then be donated to charities helping less fortunate people. I have just a little knowledge of electronics and radio, but not nearly enough to make setting up this whole thing simple by any means. What's more, I am still struggling to get together equipment and software for automated playout which will be used when no one is available as a volunteer to broadcast live. This whole process is hampered by having to work to very tight margins, which makes trying to find serviceable equipment and good automation software much more challanging. For every step forward with this process, it seems I then take a couple of steps backward! For example, I recently came across some very impressive automation and playout software advertsied on the web, the creator of which asks only for a donation. I enquired as to how much for the donation and was given a figure which I could still not afford. The message on their website says that if it is impossible to meet the requested donation, to please get in touch and something can be worked out. I duly contacted the creator and explained my situation, and that I am setting up for charity, in the hope that they might be kind enough to further reduce the donation, but sadly no response has since been forthcoming. This is the same problem I face every time, as few people in this world seem prepared to help those who, in-turn, would like to help others. I personally consider this a sad testiment to the uncaring attitude of so many people in this modern age. Still, I shall persevere and maybe one day I'll manage to achieve my objective and be able to pass on the fruits of my labours to those less fortunate than myself.
Briefly returning to the first part of my post, can anyone here suggest reliable free automation and playout software, to include support for multiple soundcards, advert/event scheduler, multiple virtual cart machines, etc. Also, does anyone have any experience with using http://freestreamhosting.org/
who advertise totally free streaming with stats? Also, it was recently suggested to me that I obtain and read a copy of the CMA List. Apparently it contains the answers to most questions someone setting up a small-scale community station, such as myself, might need. I visited their website, only to find the CMA List is now out of print. Does anyone know of a similar list, or website, where I might find the answers to all my technical questions relating to the set up and operation of a small-scale internet broadcast?
Any sensible, helpful and constructive advice gratefully received.