Radio Listening Software
If you're a user, post your installation and user experiences here!
The package contains two binaries, fm and fmscan. To pick up all stations even with very weak reception, I issued,
$ fmscan -d /dev/radio2 fmscan -d /dev/radio3 -t 18 -i 0.1 Scanning range: 87.9 - 107.9 MHz (0.2 MHz increments)...
Nice and clean. I added an antenna, but still got weak reception. This is very useful for testing the radio and finding the stations; does it support directing the sound to a file? I try various combinations and end up with this to get 100% volume:
$ fm -d /dev/radio3 89.9 65535 Radio tuned to 89.88 MHz at 100.00% volume
Weird. I don't see a way to record; do I need to use sox? I don't know if I'm getting any sound, as I don't have speakers on this box.
Sox is what gnomeradio uses to record and it thankfully sends commands it uses to standard out.
for wav file:
sox -c2 -w -r32000 -tossdsp /dev/audio -r 44100 -c 2 -w -twav /tmp/foo.wav
for mp3 or ogg:
sox -c2 -w -r32000 -tossdsp /dev/audio -r 44100 -c 2 -w -twav /tmp/fm_fifo &
lame -S -h -b 128 /tmp/fm_fifo /tmp/foo.mp3
oggenc -Q -b 128 -o /tmp/foo.ogg /tmp/fm_fifo
Clearly a more sophisticated application. There's only a debian package for i386, so I'll need to build from the tarball. Since I'm mainly interested in remote recording, I'll try fmtools and radio first.
I tried gradio on Debian amd64, as it's available; it's very basic. If you don't have the card on /dev/radio, start with
gradio -d /dev/radio2
No recording capability, stable gui, minimal functionality -- tuner and volume. I had to hand-edit the .gradiorc configuration file to get station presets; I may have missed some way of doing this through the gui.