It's notable that Sutton, who runs the WTR operation from a spare room in his home near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, cannot get wireline Broadband Internet Access... so "Wireless Tech Radio" is streamed, live, using a Broadband Wireless Internet Access link from a local Wireless ISP.
This morning's show was probably our best yet as the Host and co-Hosts are settling into their stride with the show. The first of today's three segments was "Wireless news of the week", and we didn't get through half of the items that were in queue. Our second segment was an interview with David Gell, VP of Engineering for Solectek talking about the NLOS characteristics OFDM systems. The final segment was an interview with Jack Unger, author of the excellent "Deploying License-Free Wireless Wide Area Networks." All three segments were full of interesting bits that you simply won't learn about elsewhere.
For example, co-host Schafer discussed last week's meeting at the FCC between a new "task force" on Broadband Wireless and a small group of Wireless ISPs. Unger is a sought-after speaker, instructor, and consultant on the subject of building Wireless Internet Service Provider operations and his all-day class was one of the primary draws for ISPs attending the recently concluded ISPCON.
Wireless Tech Radio is, for the moment, a labor of love (it's surprising how little the microprocessor and PC revolutions have impacted the ability to mix and manage multiple audio sources; Sutton has a considerable investment in audio mixing hardware that would be at home in any small radio broadcaster), but like the small Wireless ISPs that it regularly features, WTR will rapidly become a force to be reckoned with, providing news about Wireless that simply isn't available through any other venue. Highly specialized realtime content like WTR has come of age because the tools are getting better and with user broadband connections, the Internet is now a more-than-viable distribution medium.
Not to mention it's so very cool WTR's production audio feed is being delivered from Sutton's mixing console and streaming encoder to the streaming server via Broadband Wireless Internet Access.
Copyright (c) 2004 by Steve Stroh. This article originally appeared on Corante / Broadband Wireless Internet Access.
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