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Your receiver is online, now what?

You are probably reading this page because you have just shared your receiver on the GlobalTuners network, or are considering doing so. If your receiver is online already: thank you, it is greatly appreciated!

Account upgrade

When your receiver is on-line and open to the public, and your account has been upgraded to the Site Operator level, you will find a few new options on the website. First of all, you'll benefit from the same privileges as Premium Members: no more advertisements and direct audio recording on all receivers.

In the left side menu, you will find the ADMINISTRATION section, allowing you to navigate directly to your own receiver(s) and providing access to the software downloads and documentation if you ever need them again.

Managing your receiver

On your receiver's information page, you will also find an Administration section, showing some useful information and links to manage your receiver.

Tags

Here you can assign tags describing your receiver. These tags can help new users find your receiver via the search functions in the receiver list.

Edit location

On this page you can edit most publicly visible information about your receiver. Add a location by moving the pin on the map and upload a nice image from your location. You don't normally need to change the Node/server, Radiotype and UnrealMedia alias. You may change the UserLevel to the Normal or Premium user level if you want to restrict access to your receiver. The Site operator level should only be set when a receiver is not functioning properly, to completely disable public access.

Upgrade

This link shows in bold when new software is available. Click it to update the software to the latest version. Normally you don't need to update the software, but it might improve stability or add new functions to the software.

Status

Here you can inspect the receiver's status and see who's logged in. There are buttons to restart the server; Soft restart will re-initialize the receiver and apply most settings, Restart server will completely restart the software. You can use the Stop receiver button to temporarily take the receiver offline, allowing it to be used directly or via other software. Use the Start receiver button to put it back online when done. When users are logged in to your receiver, you will also see buttons to Kick and Kick&Ban each user. You may use these buttons when an user is violating the Terms of Service of GlobalTuners. Kick&Ban will ban the user from all receivers for 24 hours. Please only use these buttons if the user violates the rules! Do not ban users for other reasons!

Configuration

On this page you can adjust the receiver configuration. You can set up the default frequency (which is set when the software first starts). The operation of the Volume depends on the type of receiver, usually you don't have to change it. You can optionally set up the receiver to change back to the default frequency when no one is logged in, this is useful if you want the receiver to monitor some frequency while it's not in use.

The other settings usually don't need to be adjusted if the receiver is working. If the receiver does not have a stereo audio output, it's best to set the Audio Channels mode to Mono. If you have a slow internet connection or want to limit the amount of traffic, you can disable the High quality and Medium quality audio streams. You can change the receiver type if you replace the receiver, and set some receiver specific options. For Icom radios, the CI-V address has to be set in decimal format while Icom documents it in hexadecimal format, so you will have to convert it. Most settings use sane defaults when left blank. You can also select the audio input device, if the receiver uses a soundcard to feed the audio to the PC.

Bandguides

This page allows you to set up bandguides for your receiver, listing a set of frequencies you recommend others to try. This will help your listeners to find something to listen to. There's a dedicated page about setting up bandguides: How to create bandguides for your receiver.

Log

Here you'll find a complete log of everything that happened on your receiver. All conversations, tuning operations, administrative actions and errors. This is very helpful to diagnose problems with the receiver and to investigate complaints from other users.

About nodes and receivers

In GlobalTuners terminology, a receiver represents a radio receiver (physical or virtual), which can be tuned to one frequency and has one audio stream. If a physical radio can simultaneously receive multiple frequencies (some Icoms and SDRs can do this), they have to be set up as separate receivers on GlobalTuners.

A node is one instance of the GlobalTuners URadioServer software. A node can host one or more receivers in one installation of the software. While each receiver is operated independently, some resources can be shared by hosting multiple receivers on the same node: TCP ports, other network connections and software files.

In the Administration panel (info page) for your receiver, you will find a link to the node it is associated with. On the node information page, you will again find several links for administrative tasks: Edit & configuration (TCP port number, relay mode, off-line e-mail notification), Advanced configuration (you should probably not change anything here), Status, Upgrade (update the software to the latest version) and Log. Access to some of these options may be restricted due to their sensitive nature.

Frequently asked questions

  • Want to use your receiver directly, or using other software on your PC? Go to the Status page and click the Stop receiver button. Optionally disconnect the receiver from the computer. When you're done, plug the receiver back in and use the Start receiver button to put it back online.
  • Want to block certain (illegal) frequencies? See the Advanced RadioServer features or send us a support ticket and we'll help you to set it up!

Other documents

We have some more documents describing advanced options and uses of your receiver. You'll usually not need those, but they are here in case you do.

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