Here's a little update as to where things are at for our big move!!
We have just been informed that the electricity supply to the Emerald Hall will be switched off on Monday morning, 29th January 2018. As such, we regret to inform you that program broadcasting from the Emerald studios will cease after Waking The Neighbours at 9pm Sunday 28th January. The live stream through 3mdr.com will also cease.
Installation of the broadcasting equipment has already commenced. The Emerald production room as been stripped of all equipment and transferred to Upwey South. All internal and external cabling for telephone and internet has been installed. Telstra has been booked to connect the new lines to the network on Wednesday 31st. Electricians are also on the job.
The transmission link from the homestead to Kallista will be the big test. 3MDR’s long serving technician, David Miller, will be putting in the hard yards to get 3MDR broadcasting from Forest Park’s main studio as soon as possible. David will be ably assisted by a number of volunteers to minimise any “off air” time.
We hope that the interruption to normal programming will be kept to an absolute minimum. We’re working as hard as we can with the resources available to make the switch as seamless as possible.
3MDR will still be on air from Sunday 28th January with Larry Lyrebird laptop playing tunes and announcements direct from the transmitter site. However, there is a high probability that 3MDR will be off air when connecting the transmitter site in Kallista to the new studio link coming from Upwey.
All being well programming from Forest Park Homestead will have commenced by Monday 5th February. We can’t guarantee this but we’ll certainly do our best. And should all go extremely well, programming may resume sooner.
Our new postal address is:
P.O. Box 1229, Upwey, Vic 3158
Phone numbers for studio and administration will be advised as soon as connected.
Thanks again to all those that have volunteered and/or offered to assist thus far…the work has been awesome and we appreciate your time. We do hope everyone gets the opportunity to contribute to the setting up of Forest Park Homestead over coming months. We’re sure you’ll enjoy broadcasting on 3MDR in the historic Forest Park Homestead.
The address is Riley Rd Upwey South. From the top of Upwey township, travel south on Morris Road, turn right into Griffiths Rd and left into Riley Rd. The entrance is on the left as you enter Riley Rd. It is a 2 minute drive from Upwey township. If catching public transport, The 699 (Belgrave through Upwey) bus will drop you off at the Griffiths/Morris intersection. We are contacting Yarra Ranges Council to arrange street signage to lead the way to the new studio.
We hope to see you there soon.
More progress reports will be issued as we make progress.