January 12, 2019 at 1:01 pm | HP Projects | No comment

Sunshine Hospital Radio is the station for Weston General Hospital, Weston-Super-Mare. In 2018 they wanted some additional help with finishing their refit of Studio 1 in time for their 40th anniversary.

Technical assistance was given to finish wiring equipment to their Studio 1 mixing desk and to provide a unique ceiling lighting system for the studio.

Using an Arduino based controller and RGB LED strips, lights in the ceiling can be controlled based on events in the studio. Lights will normally be yellow to represent Sunshine, red represents ‘mic live’ when any microphone is on, and flashing purple indicates an incoming call, or to indicate a call is still on the line. The Arduino accepts NC and NO inputs from the Telephone Balancer Unit and Sonifex S2 mixer to control the light conditions.

Studio 1 with the ceiling lights. Yellow for normal operation, red for ‘mic live’, flashing purple for an incoming call.
The Arduino based RGB LED controller prototype, along with the second revision PCB.

Source code for the Arduino controller is on GitHub.

Further reading:
https://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/weston-general-hospital-radio-studio-refurbished-1-5659633

January 12, 2019 at 1:01 pm | HP Projects | No comment

February 27, 2017 at 7:45 pm | HP Projects | No comment

Wellbeans Initiative is a social peer network based in Bristol, UK. The organisation wanted a new website to replace their basic static one-page site, and wanted a simple Content Management System to make copy edits and new pages, a contact form and dynamically display events.

The site uses a bright and warming orange and purple colour scheme which is based off their logo colours. Easy to read web fonts are utilised, and simple but effective icons are used throughout the website.

Events use a events plugin which is styled appropriately to produce a simple list. Ninja forms is utilised to generate the contact form, and any future forms on the website.

February 27, 2017 at 7:45 pm | HP Projects | No comment

December 9, 2016 at 9:14 pm | HP Projects, Projects | No comment

Throughout my time at the University of the West of England, Bristol, I have been the main person maintaining the Hub Radio studios on Frenchay Campus. In 2015, the station relocated along with the parent Students’ Union to their new purpose built building, and Hub Radio received two rooms to locate their main studios in.

I was responsible for planning the studio relocation, taking into consideration the logistics of moving equipment safely, communicating with the University IT Services to ensure computer networking was set up correctly, and liaising with the University Estates department and Radica Broadcast Systems to ensure cabling was installed correctly for the studios and the AM transmitter.

The station now has two functioning studios, all with the ability to record or broadcast live. Each studio runs the PSquared Myriad Playout software, has a Voceware VClock display, has a dedicated phone line and aux inputs for laptops and media devices. Studio 1 is a 4-seat setup, while Studio 2 is a 2-seat setup with a separate DJ mixing area with Pioneer CDJs and Technics turntables. The studios are connected to a Allen & Heath IDR unit which allows for on-air switching and basic processing. Switching between automation and studio live on-air is controlled by software written by myself.

This has all been achieved with an extremely limited budget and small timeframe. Back end equipment was moved within a day, and Studio 2 was on air within three days ready for a live broadcast to thousands of new students.

December 9, 2016 at 9:14 pm | HP Projects, Projects | No comment

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