Q1: I am experiencing skips when listening to the streams
A1a: Select the correct stream... If you are on a
modem, be sure to only select the 24k streams as streams over 56k will skip
unless you are on a fast connection such as cable, DSL or 128k ISDN.
A1b: If you are selecting the correct bitrate and
still experiencing occasional skips, try a different server - one server may
have a better path back to you than another.
A1c: Try increasing the buffering in your player.
Q2: I am getting "queue full" or "too many listeners"
A2: Select another stream and/or server - we have
hard limits on the number of listeners per stream, based on our uplink capacity.
Once a stream is full it cannot take any more listeners and will generate the
errors you are seeing.
Q3: I want you to play my favourite song...
A3: Firstly, see if the song is already in the
Radio80s.NET Playlist - if it is you can simply
request it from there and it'll be added to the queue.
Q4: How can I help Radio80s.NET??
A4a: Donations! We put all donations directly against our monthly data charges - just use the PayPal icon on our webpage to make a donation.
A4b: Google Ads - click those Google ads - each time you click we generate micro payments
A4c: Relays! We always need more bandwidth for our growing listener base. It's expensive to provide feeds in this country, so if anyone is willing to host a ShoutCast relay (Linux or Windows) and can donate some bandwidth to help Radio80s.NET handle more *real* ad-free users, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
Q5: What gear do you use for Radio80s.NET??
A5: Lots of servers, but Here are
two pics of our main gear
1) The first server is a Compaq ProLiant 1850R with dual P3 600 CPUs, 2GB RAM, two 2DH RAID controllers and four U3 9.1GB disks in a RAID10 duplexed mirror array. This Windows Server 2003 machine runs the radio station software and serves the webpage via IIS 6.0 and ASP. It runs 3 ShoutCast streams for the 3 different bandwidths Radio80s.NET broadcasts on from our main ISP. It also feeds our secondary server via ShoutCast streams. It's CPU history averages about 60% usage for both CPU's while running a dual-band ACG/ DSP processor. This server also shares a network connection to a 6-drive DVD server that can host music for mix-nights and special occasions.
2) The second server is a Compaq Proliant 1850R with dual P3 550 CPUs and 2GB RAM, a 2DH RAID controller and two U3 18GB disks in a RAID1 mirror. This Windows Server 2003 machine the MP3 storage for the main server, plus it hosts three ShoutCast sessions that stream through our secondary ISP connection. It also provides the 64k & 128k ShoutCast sources for our internal XBOX MediaCentre, hifi's and other 'special events' like the occasional 128k stream for Severed's friends on weekends!
3) Both servers are VLAN'ed to a IPcop Linux router which
connects them to one of our two DSL connections. In the event of one DSL connection
failing for extended periods the Linux router will re-route
though the link that is up.
Q6: What is the Radio80s.NET playlist stategy?
A6: Above all, we want to offer a broadcast that
covers New Wave to Early 80s - we approximate that to mean '78 to '83 within
certain strict post-punk/new-wave/pop genres.
This station is part of the AudioRealm