A. Micro Budget
Satellite: Receiving equipment can be very affordable. New and used Free-to-Air receivers can be found for under $100. Here are some receivers at Amazon. You’ll also need a dish that is at least 30″ to receive Ku-band.
Internet: You can use an existing computer to receive our stream, but that requires running a computer 24/7, so a better idea might be a cheap internet radio which would consume less power and be dedicated to audio receiving.
Operating system issues, reboots, or other such problems will not
afflict a dedicated audio receiver.
B. Medium Budget
Satellite: You don’t need to pay much more to get a receiver with decent audio
connections. At the time of this writing the rackmountable GeoSatPro DSR-R100 with balanced XLR outputs was only $185. Larger satellite dishes don’t cost much more and will collect more signal, meaning less chance
of rain fade. (Though, even the minimum 30″ dish doesn’t tend to rain
fade until very heavy rain, from my experience.) Also, you’ll need a
larger dish if you are in the weaker signal areas shown on our signal map.
Internet: The internet radios I linked to in the
micro budget section are good, but professional-level equipment doesn’t
cost much more. As of this writing, you can get the Barix Extreamer 100 for $195 and free shipping. The
Extreamer will feed audio 24/7 from our stream, and if for some reason
our stream fails, it can fall back to other streams or a flash drive
that you plug into the front of the unit loaded with MP3s. This nearly
eliminates the possibility of dead air (unless the unit itself fails,
which is highly unlikely as this is a professional, solid-state device).
For the backup MP3s LRN.FM recommends using MP3s that are of an
introduction-to-liberty theme. Here are some links to good MP3s,
including audio versions of Wes Bertrand’s “Complete Liberty”, The Tannehills’ “The Market For Liberty”, Dr. Mary Ruwart’s “Healing Our World”Spooner’s “No Treason” (or this version from Mises), Bastiat’s “The Law”, and the Liberty Radio Underground. Wondering how to hook your Extreamer up via wifi? Read about one possible solution here on the Free Radio Forum.