WORT’s First Solar-Powered Broadcast

September 15, 2013  by Rebecca Kemble

On Saturday, September 14, 2013 Madison’s community-owned and -operated radio station WORT made history with it’s first solar-powered broadcast.

WORT 89.9 FM community radio station at 118 S. Bedford St. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

WORT 89.9 FM community radio station at 118 S. Bedford St. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

The broadcast was part of the anti-commercial, pro-community Boombox the Wasteland event that “seeks to reclaim and revitalize the unused space at Union Corners, on Winnebago and S. Sixth St., by creating an atmosphere of community and vitality. The live broadcast will infuse the day’s activities, which include roller skating, sculpture, planting, dance troupes, parades, grilling, arts and crafts, double dutch, skateboarding and hanging out.”

People were encouraged to bring their boom boxes and tune them to 89.9 fm to amplify WORT’s broadcast of an eclectic mix of a wide variety of music throughout the neighborhood.

The juice for the broadcasting equipment began with two photovoltaic panels atop an H&H van:

Photovoltaic panels atop H&H van. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

Photovoltaic panels atop H&H van. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

The electricity powered all the DJ, mixing and transmission equipment at WORT’s table:

WORT station manager Norman Stockwell and DJ Bad Sister Heidi staffing the remote radio station. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

WORT Operations Coordinator Norman Stockwell and DJ Bad Sister Heidi staffing the remote radio station. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

WORT Operations Coordinator Norman Stockwell explains how the signals from the mixing board are decoded into digital form for transmission over a wireless device back to the studio:

Norman Stockwell and digital encoder. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

Norman Stockwell and digital encoder. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

The signals were sent through an internet hotspot back to the station, where they were sent back out through the airwaves via the transmission tower:

WORT satellite dish and transmission tower. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

WORT satellite dish and transmission tower. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

From the station the signals were transmitted back to the dozens and dozens of boomboxes scattered throughout the wasteland:

Just one of the many boomboxes tuned to 89.9 fm on Saturday. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

Just one of the many boomboxes tuned to 89.9 fm on Saturday. Photo by Rebecca Kemble

A grand time was had by all.

DJ Ted Offensive and Norman Stockwell enjoy the view. Photo by Lisa Wells

DJ Ted Offensive and Norman Stockwell enjoy the view. Photo by Lisa Wells

About these ads

Tags: , , ,

2 Comments on “WORT’s First Solar-Powered Broadcast”

  1. Jon Miner (@jjminer) September 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    Norm is not the Station Manager, he is the Operations Coordinator. As a collective, WORT does not have a station manager: http://wortfm.org/?page_id=520

    • wcmcoop September 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      OK thanks – I will correct the article.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,207 other followers

%d bloggers like this: