RolandRadio2020 – my new hobby :-)

I am rebuilding the whole RolandRadio-System. New Server, new radio automation software, new homepage, new functionality. New everything.

First we have bought a completely new radio automation hardware. Some nice “games-pc”. All this modern stuff like SSDs, HDMI, 8.1 soundcard and everything build in an very very old 19 inch full-metal rack-case from the late 90s. Heavy stuff but horrible fast. Running Windows 10 and mairList 6.2 Professional for the radio automation. And a new monitor, keyboard and mouse. Total cost for this setup? Roundabout 600 euros for the hardware and about 1400 euros for the software. 2000 euros in total.

Old Server-Case, but ultra-fresh hardware and software: RolandRadio2020

Thats what i call a nice hobby 🙂 But hopefully this invest will help run RolandRadio for the next ten years or so. The old system runs 24/7 since 2013 and is still running, but the mainboard is weak and reboots are kind of gamble. So new hardware is needed.

I’ve set up the hardware a few days ago and today i temporarily installed mairlist, the license, imported the database of the old (and still running) RolandRadio and started to clean things up to have a nice and stable chiptune-radio-station.

Cleaning up the Database of the radio automation software – takes its time.

Also i have tested the stream and set up a new beta streaming-mountpoint on streaming.rolandradio.net called rolandradio2020. My own streaming server is running since the beginning and I should also update this server and add some https-protocol to it. But that’s hopefully the last thing i will do on this project later thisor next year.

So thats it for the moment. If you want to participate in any way on RolandRadio i will be happy to hear from you,

Building a new RolandRadio

At the moment i build a new rolandradio.net radio station annd also move the whole old radio station data and music files to a new server system.

as the old radio station server conatins a lot of music not fitting the concept of rolandradio.net i first migrated all data, converted the database into the new mairlist 6.2 format and after that deleted all unwanted sound-files from my drive. Now i am deleting the obsolete database entries. This takes horrible long. As the path of the drive changed the database-manager tries to detect the file, times out and deletes the entry in the database. Nearly two hours of wasted time 🙂

Reset #30-Party was fun.

To be the only German on a French CPC-Party is not that weird as I expected, A lot of the French CPC-guys speak English and they use it. So understanding was not that problem at all.

I tested STarKos-Tracker and found some irritating bugs, but Thargan made clear, those are features and he will not code them away 🙂 So I found some nice “hidden” features instead. To participate on the music competition, I used Soundtrakker on which I remembered all of the shortcuts and also how to switch the info-slices on the software. So I made a nice little sound. I expected to get under the top three at the competition and as I was the only one who take part at the competition I surprisingly made the third place. Yay! Better than at the revision 🙂 I’m a happy Kangaroo.

Here is the track as MP3: 

Reset30-Party

Oh, have I mentioned, that my car broke and had an engine error. So first as I arrived in Coutances I went to the local Ford dealer, and with hands and feet I declared my car broken 🙂 And they checked it and repaired it within 40 minutes. Lucky me. 50 Euros and a “Zündkerze” later everything was well again.

Here are some pictures: 

 

 

On my way to Coutances

Since the french CPC people came to Erlangen to visit the CPC-Klassentreffen in 2001, I wanted to show my respect to the french CPC-scene and wanted to visit Coutances to go to the RESET-Party there in June. But it’s a 10 hour trip from Stuttgart / Dettingen an der Erms. And that’s really heard. So good luck for me, that my husband Marcus wants to visit Paris and lucky us: Its Christopher Street Day in Paris on Saturday. Yay \o/

So we go by car tomorrow on Thursday to Paris, I stay one night and continue my trip to Coutances. So it’s now 6 hours to Paris and 4 hours to Coutances. That is not so bad?

Two days before our trip we recognized that we need an emission sticker for our car to go to Paris. Like the “Umweltzone” in Germany. Damn. Only bookable online and needs 4 weeks to get the sticker by snail-mail. Luckily a copy of the invoice also helps to show the inspectors that we have paid our environment fees 🙂 If not it will be a fine between 65 Euros up to 400 Euros. Seems to depend how old your car is and how bad your CO2 emission is 🙂 My Ford Tourneo is a year and a half old now and no diesel driven engine 🙂 So everything seems perfect.

Sticker on Brainblaster’s CTM644

I will take Nilquaders CPC with me to Coutances. He also wanted to visit the RESET-Party but he never made it. It’s a nice mixture of things I take with me. Targhan is willing to show me how his STarKos-Tracker works, so I take my MegaFlash NG and the MegaFlash DP with me. Nilquader’s CPC, Brainblaster’s CTM644, Thriller’s and Marabu’s Floppy Discs. That’s funny. I also need to take a multiple power-outlet with me, cause our socket is a little different to the french one. Crazy things you need to think about before traveling 1000 Kilometers.

I am the only German who registers at the party. One Serbian and guess what: a lot of French people. But I am sure it will be a nice event. Hopefully some of the CPCists speak English, cause “Je ne parle pas un mot de français”. 😀 And if the don’t like me or don’t understand me, I can grab my Soundtrakker 128K and the tunes I found on some floppy disks and do nice music for the next Revision-Party. Now that Nectarine Radio is dead – I start making tracked music again? Stupid me. If I can take some pictures of the trip to France I will post them here.