We Have a Problem. Can You Help?
A vital piece of equipment in our main studio, the integrated console engine, has failed. Without going into the boring details (see below if you want the technical details!), this box is responsible for routing all the audio signals around the studio. Without it the studio is pretty much dead in the water.
For now we are managing to stay on air by using our production studio, but obviously that means we are severely restricted in the regular production work that we need to do throughout the week. And it also means we have no fall-back in the event of any other equipment issues.
We have sent the failed unit off for diagnosis, and possible repair, but this could take many weeks, and may not end up being a wise economic proposition.
So what we need to do right now is buy a replacement engine at a cost of just on $10,000.
We have been able to borrow from the operational funds that you so generously gave during our June Appeal to be able to place the order, but we need to replace that money as soon as possible. It will be needed to keep us going in the coming months.
So I’m asking if you can help us with that. Can you make a donation toward the $10,000? If so we’d really appreciate it.
Just click on the link below to go to the secure donation page. Or you can call the office on 4367 4042 and give your gift over the phone.
Thank you so much for considering this. Every little bit will help, so whether you can give a large gift or even just a few dollars, it will all be part of getting our main studio back on air as soon as possible! Again, thanks for standing with us in this time of need.
The Technical Details (for those who like to get their hands dirty!)
The unit that has failed is an Axia QOR.32 which is an integrated console engine for iQ mixing consoles that combines audio I/O, a console power supply, mixing engine and built-for-broadcast network switch into one easy-to-deploy package.
The QOR.32 provides 16 Analog inputs and 8 Analog outputs, 2 AES/EBU inputs and 2 AES/EBU outputs, 4 Microphone inputs with selectable Phantom power, 8 GPIO machine-control logic ports, each with 5 inputs and 5 outputs, an integrated network switch with 6 Livewire® 100BASE-T Ethernet ports and 2 1000BASE-T (Gigabit) ports with SFP, a heavy-duty Telecom-grade power supply with fanless convection cooling, and an industrial-grade CPU designed for harsh-environment reliability.
So that all sounds really cool, right? But what does it look like. Well the front is actually pretty boring:
but the back is much more interesting, giving a clue as to just how much this little box of tricks really does!: