Community Media/MARAA/Community Radio/Conceptual Clarity/Radio Components

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You need two components to make a community radio set up work:

  • Production
  • Transmission

In Production, you will need the following components:

  • Acoustics for your studio
  • Mixing Console
  • Hybrid Unit
  • Audio workstation with sound card
  • Microphones
  • Headphones
  • Flash recorders
  • Monitoring speakers
  • Cables and connectors
  • UPS
(Comment.gif: Only if your studio location is extremely dusty and very hot/humid, then you could go in for air conditioning)

In Transmission, you will need the following components:

  • FM Transmitter (50 Watts)
  • Antenna
  • Feeder Cable (Foam Feed) of approximately 50 meters

For community radio, we would recommend that you use Free and Open Source software which is now available for both beginners and for sophisticated users. Ubuntu Studio is a good option for an Operating System, while you could start Audacity for recording and editing.

As for your computer, the following configuration should be sufficient:

  • 80 GB Hard drive capacity
  • 1 GB RAM
  • DVD ROM (preferably DVD writer)
  • An external sound card (not critical but aim towards having one)

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