WISHLIST

Every dollar that comes in here at WOOL goes goes right back out again for stuff like music licensing and tower rent and insurance. (There’s not even any payroll: we’re all volunteers here, every one of us.) Stuff like maintaining and upgrading the studio’s equipment and infrastructure ends up taking a back seat because those bills have gotta get paid first. Boring.

So we’ve made a wishlist to spice things up! You can earmark a financial donation for some particular piece of gear… Maybe you have an area of expertise, or you know a guy who knows a guy… Maybe you have a different idea. It’s all good.

In addition to being tax deductible, we’ll gratefully sing your praises. There’s no shame in accepting accolades for being awesome. If you represent a business or organization, we can totally work out recognition messaging that stays within the bounds of our noncommercial broadcast license while building your brand with our excellent listeners. Or we’ll absolutely honor you with an anonymous halo if you prefer.

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

(Any link to any seller below isn’t an endorsement, just a matter of convenience. There may be better prices and options. We’ll be happy to do the shopping if you’d like.)

Wishlist Items, sorted by Cost:

$5 to $50

$50 to $100

$100 to $200

$200 to $300

$300 to $400

$400 and up

Also see: Stage 33 Live

We’ve been brewing up a performing-arts variety show featuring live local music, theater, authors, comedians, etc. The main impediment is the necessary equipment. We’d just buy it if we could; all in, it’s less than $5000. But it’s money that our scrappy little community station just doesn’t have. For more details on the project and what’s needed to pull it off, click through to www.stage33live.com

Earmark a financial donation:

Or you can mail a check to:
WOOL-FM
PO Box 110
Bellows Falls VT 05101

Broadcast production

This is equipment used by the program hosts in the studio in the course of doing their shows.

Headphone distribution amplifier

Purchased with funds raised at Pizza Night 2016 at Orchard Hill Breadworks! THANK YOU!

Rack-mounted CD players

The one we have (an older version of the dual Stanton below) is still working, but it’s had to be replaced three times over the last 11 years, and we’re about due for another breakdown. Tray-type is preferred over slot for maintenance reasons. An alternative may be two separate single players.

Direct-drive turntables, mixer

Two is better than one; two plus a submixer is ideal. We’ve found out the hard way that consumer-grade turntables don’t hold up at all well.

Articulating microphone boom arms (2)

DONATED by Anonymous!

Electro-Voice 309A Shock Mount (2)

DONATED by Anonymous!

Broadcast console

DONATED by Rhode Island Public Radio! They upgraded their studios, and we were able to get our hands on their old one. Now to get it wired up…
Earmark a financial donation:

Or you can mail a check to:
WOOL-FM
PO Box 110
Bellows Falls VT 05101

Studio infrastructure

This is equipment that’s either passively integral or actively assistive.

Replacement shockmount cords

DONATED by Jeffrey Starratt and Cheryl Gay Sherwin!

Articulating computer monitor arm(s)

Positional monitors would allow program hosts to adjust screens to their personal requirements so they can more easily access PSAs, news, weather, audio files… providing improved content more professionally – but not impeding visibility when guests are in the studio. Here’s a $300 dual-monitor example from www.ergoexperts.com. And here’s a $130 single-monitor one from Staples.

LCD USB mountable monitors, 16” or larger (3)

To replace two existing small monitors (they’re old enough that they have VGA connectors) in the studio, and add a third to improve the program hosts’ content and delivery. These are around $100 each and readily available online and at office supply / electronics stores.

Rack Mount Slide-On Clip Nuts

We have equipment racks. We also have equipment screwed into two-by-fours. Putting the equipment into the equipment racks seems sensible. We need these to do that.

Miscellaneous cables and adapters

• 1/8″ headphone extension cables, stereo, 36″ minimum (6)

• 1/8″ male-to-male cables, stereo, 24″ minimum (3)

• USB extension cables, 36″ minimum (4)

• VGA-to-USB adapters (3) (for our old monitors)

• PS2-to-USB adapters (3) (to connect old mice)

Office phone/answering system: base + satellite

A high quality home system would work too. We have a single line. An internal VOIP system that can email voice messages would be awesome, but we’re not going to count on anything like that. We don’t have any specific makes or models to recommend.

Terabyte (USB) drive

DONATED by Jeff Starratt!

Barix Exstreamer 120

DONATED by Anonymous!

Earmark a financial donation:

Or you can mail a check to:
WOOL-FM
PO Box 110
Bellows Falls VT 05101

Live performance broadcast equipment: see Stage 33 Live
We’ve been brewing up a performing-arts variety show featuring live local music, theater, authors, comedians, etc. The main impediment is the necessary equipment. We’d just buy it if we could; all in, it’s less than $5000. But it’s money that our scrappy little community station just doesn’t have. For more details on the project and what’s needed to pull it off, click through to www.stage33live.com

Earmark a financial donation:

Or you can mail a check to:
WOOL-FM
PO Box 110
Bellows Falls VT 05101

Administration

The under-appreciated work that keeps the wheels on. Without this, there’s no WOOL. And just like everything else that goes on here, it’s all 100% volunteer powered.

Office supplies

• Regular old 8.5 x 11 white paper
• HP 98 ink cartridges (black)
• “Forever” postage stamps
• Paper towels
• Toilet paper

Desktop computer

The one we’re using for all the behind-the-scenes drudgery dates back to the Windows XP days. It won’t last forever. Any current windows machine will do; pretty much any desktop tower at Staples or Best Buy in the mid-$300 range. (Without meaning to sound snooty or ungrateful, we’ve had used desktops donated in the past but they’ve always turned out to be heartbreak and frustration.)

Earmark a financial donation:

Or you can mail a check to:
WOOL-FM
PO Box 110
Bellows Falls VT 05101

Local area emergency handling

We monitor three primary emergency alert sources (two in Vermont, and one in New Hampshire) as part of the Emergency Alert System.

EAS monitors (3)

We were able to purchase one with some of the Silent Auction 2015 money… and an angel who wishes to remain anonymous subsequently purchased the other two!

Antennas for EAS monitors (2)

DONATED by Anonymous!

Miscellaneous equipment for local emergencies

Relative to the preceding, having the following in the studio would be useful in civic and weather emergencies:

• NOAA weather radio – for example, Midland WR-120, $33
• Emergency band scanner – we aren’t knowledgeable about these

Earmark a financial donation:

Or you can mail a check to:
WOOL-FM
PO Box 110
Bellows Falls VT 05101

Emergency infrastructure

In the wake of hurricane Irene, there were people in our broadcast area without power and phone, cut off by washed-out roads for days. Their only source for local information was WOOL. A robust emergency infrastructure to maintain broadcast autonomy requires two important things: keeping the studio powered, and a means to get the signal from the studio to the broadcast antenna on Mt Kilburn.

Uninterruptible Power Supply

To keep the studio alive when the power goes out, we have several small Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) units on mission-critical equipment that provide up to 20 minutes of battery power. When one of the batteries runs out, the studio ceases to function. A big goal is a whole-studio power-backup with a lot of autonomy, something like a Tesla Powerwall, which is available through GMP. For extended power outages lasting days we’d require a generator, which may be a bridge to cross later – however, we’d be perfectly happy to take steps in any sequence.

Studio-to-transmitter link (STL)

The other piece of the broadcast autonomy puzzle is moving the signal from the studio to the antenna. Currently, we’re using two separate third-party service providers to do this. Ideally, the station would have its own dedicated wireless STL. This has been a back-burnered long-range goal.

Earmark a financial donation:

Or you can mail a check to:
WOOL-FM
PO Box 110
Bellows Falls VT 05101

Miscellanea

Video security system

Unfortunately, theft and vandalism are a reality everywhere. Home video security systems with three or four cameras and a big DVR are on the market for less than a couple hundred bucks; it seems like a good deterrence, pretty cheap insurance over the long haul, and a way to help identify perpetrators if something were to happen.

A nonfunky upright vacuum cleaner

DONATED by Jeff Starratt!

Earmark a financial donation:

Or you can mail a check to:
WOOL-FM
PO Box 110
Bellows Falls VT 05101

Power upgrade





To graduate from our low-power license to the full-fledged Class A noncommercial license awarded to us by the FCC (the first time in over 30 years that a community group in the northeast was awarded one of those), WOOL took out a substantial ten-year loan from the town of Rockingham’s Revolving Loan Fund to buy the necessary broadcast equipment. That was the first time that our community-owned, all-volunteer radio station has taken on debt, and hopefully will be only one. Donations in any amount earmarked to help pay down this loan are gratefully accepted — a one-time donation, or an ongoing monthly amount conveniently charged to a credit card or deducted from a bank account.