The HIRSC Team has made an official decision on the future of the West Hawaii Scanner Feed through Broadcastify following an equipment theft incident that occurred on Saturday evening (January 2nd) and announces a new thing coming.
Published by: HIRSC - Administration and Moderating Team
The HIRSC Team is, unfortunately, having a very bad start to 2021. As many of our followers are aware, theft of multiple receiver/decoding equipment stored external lock box was stolen yesterday evening (Saturday, January 2nd) result in yet another outage of the West Hawaii Scanner Feed.
Immediately following the incident, the HIRSC - Hawaii Island and Administration Team Members began discussing the future of the West Hawaii Scanner Feed. After a very long discussion that took place on Sunday morning (January 4th), the HIRSC Team has made the call to officially end the service of providing the West Hawaii Scanner Feed (Traditional In-Audio Feed) through Broadcastify going forward.
It was not a very easy decision to make, but our HIRSC Team felt it was in the best interest of our own team members to allow another party or group to take over services going into 2021.
One of the many reasons why we have decided to officially end it under the HIRSC Team watch was due to the many technical issues we've encountered over the past couple of years related to maintaining the feed on a 24/7/365 basis. Probably our biggest was power outages which required our team members to be present at the host location following power restoration and restarting the computer and all applications, this was especially challenging when our team went on vacation and coordinating with family members of the HIRSC Team to assist in that process.
This decision will not affect our operations in any way as all HIRSC team members have their own personal scanner setup (and we also do have access to a private link to scanner feed the HIRSC Team uses monitoring the entire island) and still have the ability to monitor the activity happening around Hawaii Island (including in areas not currently available). We will still continue to provide updates on incidents around the Island of Hawaii or any incidents or events that have affected residents from the State or Island of Hawaii.
We would like to thank the community for their support over the last 2 years of the West Hawaii Scanner Feed through Broadcastify and feel it's the best time to pass the torch to another party to handle.
While that door is finally being closed, the HIRSC Team is about to open a new door to an even better opportunity that we know many will love and know it's a giant leap into the digital era. So stay tuned to HIRSC Team Updates on that new chapter that will be posted in the coming weeks. We will give you a hint, its application outside of Broadcastify.
If you are interested in taking over the West Hawaii Scanner Feed through Broadcastify, please feel to contact us and we will let you know the requirements, equipment, and software needed to get the services going, however, you will need your own scanner, computer, and other equipment to run the feed, will not be provided by HIRSC Team.
Again as a note to the community, the HIRSC Team was not compensated in any way for providing the West Hawaii Scanner Feed and it's solely done on a volunteer basis. All equipment purchased and used for the feed was paid out of pocket by HIRSC Team Members on the Island of Hawaii.