Here we go again – Sainsonic AP610 APRS microphone with a twist

 

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Sainsonic was kind to ask me to review their newest APRS product.  A mic with integrated TNC, GPS and BT.   In China this device is also known as AVRT8, which has been on the market for a while but not in EU/US.  This is my short review about the mic (first thoughts) and I will update it along the way I get more experience with it and also from the feedback of you people who read this blog. So feel free to participate and ask some questions. We got an open line to Sainsonic and from my opinion they are quite helpful people. 

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Okay, back to microphone itself. Sample kit is packet with:

– mic
– prolific-chip based usb programming and charger cable

I must assume that the instruction sheet/manual booklet comes with the actual package.
 

Mic specs:

– compatible with baofeng uv5r, prob also with wouxun and kenwood handhelds with the right connector
– internal tnc based on avrt8
– internal gps
– battery for the tnc/gps (charged via usb-port on bottom)

Mic opened. Picture is from the yo27.com forum:

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To get this unit working you need to do few basic steps:
– programming via avrt8 config application which  is pretty straightforward once you get it working)
– configuring your basic data: callsign, beacon value, status etc.
– starting to use the mic either with HT only or with HT and iphone/android via BT-TNC interface
 

Ive had now one week of fun with this device and here is the pros/cons:

– application (as many Chinese based) need work to do before you get it working, for example on this case you need from two to four .dll downloaded separately before the configuration app can start working. This is something that Chinese vendors should already to do better.
– atleast on sample kit USB-port is not protected at all
– there is no indication how big is the internal battery or how long it will hold its charge
+ huge fun factor with this one, just add any* (*baofeng, wouxun) with right connector to your handheld and you have a 5W tracker for bike, hike etc!
+ price is okay
+ sainsonic support is better than the original developers 

 

I will continue to update this post along the summer, so stay tuned! 

 

 

URL and screenshots for the software:

http://www.sainsonic.com/sainsonic-ap610-bluetooth-talk-speaker-black.html

Radio 

 

Changing the Olympus OM-D E-M5 LCD Screen

 

Hi, 

This post is not directly related to HAM (radioamateur) hobby, but as this camera is very important tool for me and there was not so much instructions how to replace the screen correctly I thought  I will share my own experiences. 

I accidentaly broke my LCD while using excessive force when trying to unscrew my filter in top of my zeiko 12-20mm lens.  So yeah, got thumb in wrong place and the LCD broke and died. 

After that I started to google which is cheapest way to fix / replace the screen.  Price tag on local Olympus store / dealer for the part and fix would be easily over 200euro so that was not an option. 

Again Ebay was an friend and for about 70eur (including shipping/handling) I ordered new LCD screen from Hong Kong (link below). 
Also as being cautious about the happening I inspected what would protect the LCD better in the future and ordered hard screen on top of the LCD  (link below).

 

Here is the tools used: 

 – screen wipe (to remove any stains and stuff from the screen when changing it)
 – 28 part phone/small electronics toolkit for the screen and screws
 – new LCD screen
 – hard screen protector 

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On this picture you can clearly see that the LCD screen is badly damaged:-/

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Here is the new replacement part!

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Start the disassembly first by removing tree (3) screws and spaces from bottom of the lcd frame.  Keep the screws and spaces in good safeplace or you will loose those tiny ones!

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After that remove four (4) screws from the top of the LCD frame. 

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Now you should be able to carefullu pull apart the plastic bottom cover from the frame. Please note there is wire connected! 

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This is how it looks from the other side. Remove wire cables (just lift the locks carefully up and remove cable).

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Wires removed. Remove the center unit and put it on same way on top of the another LCD unit. I used electrician tape between the center unit and the LCD frame as the tape in picture was not in good shape after peeling it apart. Rewire those two cables back to unit (position it first correctly).  There is no pictures about the new unit and its rewiring but it should look exactly the same as the original one (without the tapes). 

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Now comes the hard part:  Push old LCD screen out from the plastic frame. Only way todo this is to push is outside from the frame. Inspect the LCD screen and you see it only goes to one direction. There is 2-way adhesive tape keeping it glued to the frame. Try to preserve it as you need it later if you dont want to put new tapes in the same spot.  After the tape has been removed put the new LCD screen back to its place by using the 2-way adhesive screen. Carefully put the main wire cable back to unit (dont forget the plastic bottom cover) and power up the camera. If you have cables tightened and cable locks on you should be able to see picture and use the touchscreen.

 

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After youve inspected everything works correctly you can vise versa put the screws on (dont tight too much) and then youre done! 

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It works again!

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I also applied hard lcd protector which should keep the screen a bit safer. That I doubt but extra protection is a plus.

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Installation of protector is easy, just peel of inside tape, clean the lcd screen from dust & stuff. Put it into its place. Carefully push it to the screen and remove the top (outside) part of the tape too.

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Links for Ebay:

LCD Screen: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171500807939?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
LCD Screen protector: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/230903781053?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Update:  If you happen to damage adhesive tape in the frame you should replace it completely. It just wont hold the new LCD screen in its place. 
I am looking for good 2 side adhesive tapes which could be used with this certain model.
Update2: I managed to tape it back to frame by  heating the frame and carefully pushing lcd into it. With girlfriends hairdryer🙂

 

 

51TNC, review of this multipurpose APRS TNC

 

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Hi, today I will be doing a very short review about the mystical 51TNC APRS-box which is made in China.   Just add ingredients such as proper data-cable + HT/Rig and you can  turn it into iGate/Digipeater/Tracker or even WX-Station.  

51TNC-box comes with the following set: 

  • 51TNC-box
  • PSU (without the adapter thought)
  • TTL to USB serial Interface
  • RJ45 network-cable
  • Yaesu/Kenwood compatible 6-pin data cable
  • 51TNC-box should also be equipped with bluetooth (for ie aprsdroid), but my model was lacking it! (damn ebay seller) 

Different usage profiles: (link to bigger picture HERE)

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Ive been mostly testing and using it as iGate so got no experience on the Digipeater Side. However I have verified it works nicely on both RX/TX. My current setup is SainSonic GT3MK2 handheld, proper  data-cable from taobao-seller, and the TNC-box.  You can track me on:   http://aprs.fi/#!call=a%2FOH2FXD-10&timerange=3600&tail=3600

PEOPLE having problem to startup program check that you have atleast .NET framework 4.0 installed! This is depency I noticed just a while ago!

Configuration is done via TCP/IP API and this time I need to say that the software provided is actually quite usable.  Here is some screenshots for the application itself. Please bear in mind that default IP is 192.168.1.120 so you need to configure your LAN / routing for that network too🙂

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Plus:

  • software is ok, its even in english and works quite good
  • box is easy to configure
  • price/quality/usability 

Minus:

  • bluetooth module missing (ebay sellers fault) , not needing it anyway on own projects
  • cabling (yaesu/kenwood cable) was a bit loose, not good quality
  • missing psu-adapter
Few notices after longer use:
  • when you have SQL open on HT it wont TX (not manual or automatic), my friend oh6elf pointed out that it is important to tune audio level not too high. Im using 16ch kenwood VHF HT now as RX and it is a bit less than “nine a clock”.  You can test this yourself by sending RF test on Beacon page, tune your HT volume until TXD light wont anymore light up when you try to send a packet. When it does not lit anymore tune volume a bit down and repeat. Thanks “ELF” for support :-) 

URL:

Original Site I got my inspiration:

http://9w2svt.blogspot.fi/2014/06/the-network-weather-station-aprs-tnc.html 

Software you will need:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xyuz5yl3a58lybj/APRS%2051TNC-ENG.zip?dl=0

Taobao-Seller for the 51TNC box and wouxun/baofeng/kenwood data-cable:

http://bh4tdv.taobao.com/

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.1.w4004-5392156381.4.gKV6jp&id=21564524426

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z10.1.w4004-5392156381.12.gKV6jp&id=15049152761

Taobao-agent site Im using:

http://taobaoring.com

 

Original manual: (in chinese):

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3zi71xw5x994sst/APRS%20%E7%BD%91%E7%BB%9C%E7%89%8851TNC%E6%89%8B%E5%86%8C20140302%E7%89%88_BH4TDV.pdf?dl=0

 

NEWS:

I noticed that app needs atleast MS .NET Framework 4.0 installed. Try with that and report back to me if possible!
I have mailed to developer and requested more data about the device: howto aquire newer firmware, and howto update it (serial cable included in box should do it).
I have also requested would there be DNS addition to the TCP/IP settings in the future.  

 

 

Hear you in the APRS-NET! 73 de OH2FXD-7/9/10  

Radio

 

 

PS. Here is more pictures for the item if anyone interested ^__^

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Into to the Wild with Sainsonic AP510 APRS-tracker

 

AP510

APRS is great amateur radio-based system for sharing tactical information among other ham fellows. For my usage I was looking for a low cost, small and batterywise solution on my hiking trips. I had Kenwood D72 HT earlier, but it ate its battery after 6hours of continuous APRS usage. Not good for longer hiking trips.  Also when travelling in real wilderness without GSM and expensive satellite phones it would be nice for have a faint possibility to send location data via APRS.  Of course I carry my HF QRP station also with me, but thats for the long distance calls and emergency use. 

One of the late nights I came into a Ebay site with AP510 device. Okay, 1Watts output not so good but batterywise, small, and bluetooth connectivity for aprsdroid. Started to sound interesting doesnt it🙂

This is my review for the AP510 and what Ive noticed with it after playing with it for 3 months. If any questions please drop mail to my mailbox oh2fxd (a) sral.fi. 

Internal

 Here is the most interesting specs first:

–  Price range 100-150eur (including shipping/handling)

– SIRF4 GPS module (very nice)

– Based on AVR Mega 64 SCM 

– VHF Module, 1W output.

– Stock VHF-antenna

– 3,300mAh battery Will last about 28-36 hours with 20second beacon interval. Of course will last longer when you wide the interval, 10minutes could be okay for hiking as you move slow anyways.

– 18B20 Temperature Sensor (-40C ~ +99C) How cool! This is measured inside the machine though, if you want to measure outside temperature you need to modify your tracker.

– microsd slot supports 4G FAT16/FAT32 card for KML format internal track logging (not yet tested)

– Bluetooth connectivity for IE aprsdroid 

  

— FILELIST —

Configure app, Update app and firmware hex:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hrb2cpddde6xzzy/20141008.zip?dl=0

MsComm32.ocx files:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2mp6jwecv6age8l/mscomm32.zip?dl=0

 

Update

Update AP510 on windows (or virtual win-environment). Examples are from Win 7.  You should do this first as youre firmware is older than the application pack my blog is sharing. So first upgrade, then configure! .

  •  Plug cable and install Prolific drivers.
  • Shutdown tracker, and connect it to programming cable.
  • Open up the update software –> File -> Load –> 2014008(RX free)AVRT5.hex –> Operate —> Download —> Press Power-On button on AP510 until process is complete on the application.  If the update fails, repeat. 
  • Restart tracker and you should be good to go for next step.
Things to bear in mind with update application:
  • On Windows 7 update software may need MSComm32.ocx files (for serial communication). You can download them here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2mp6jwecv6age8l/mscomm32.zip?dl=0
  • Unzip and copy to: C: \ Windows \ system32 folder, I installed 64-bit Win7 system so copied to  C:\Windows\sysWOW64 folder
  • open cmd-promt, execute code regsvr32 C:\Windows\system32\MSComm32.ocx  ( or C: \ Windows sysWOW64\MSComm32.ocx ) 
  • This should promt that register is success. If not try running cmd-prompt as administrator.
 

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UPDATE: Configure AP510 on windows/linux/osx using CHIRP, for this you need daily-build as AP510 support was released 13 days ago!

UPDATE2: I have successfully tested on windows 7 chirp daily 20122014 build and it works nice! Pictures in end of this post🙂

http://trac.chirp.danplanet.com/chirp_daily/LATEST/chirp-daily-20141220-installer.exe

OR: Configure AP510 on windows using the manufacturer app (or virtual win-environment). Examples are from Win 7.

  • Plug cable and Install Prolific drivers (if not done allready)
  • Shutdown tracker, and connect it to programming cable.
  • Open AP510 configure application, select proper com port and read configuration
  • Press AP510 power-on button until you hear beep – release and read should be succesfull
  • Modify your settings and write back.
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Things to bear in mind with configure application:
  • callsign needs 6 digits, use space-key to fill up the “gap”
  • frequency need for digits after comma “.” ie.  144.8000
  • if you have problems to write settings to AP510 please change keyboard and locality to US (I know this is weirdest thing)
 
 
PLUS: 
  • price
  • form-factor

MINUS:

  • antenna connector is loose, you cant tighten it up very well with certain antennas.
  • software is bugged, but improving!
  • installing software can be pain in the ***
  • 1Watt is not much. 
Improvements:
  • Antenna could be better, changed mine to GT3MK2 antenna which seems to perform a bit petter. For hiking maybe halfwave dipole in your backpack? 
  • Software needs to be more userfriendly or product wont sell. (as people likes todo things in easy way)
  • Upgradeable LCD for heading etc (ive seen some projects for this allready)
  • Better support for the product, now I dont know any.

 

 APRS information:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_Packet_Reporting_System

APRSDROID:

https://aprsdroid.org/

Yahoo groups:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/AP510/info

Video for configure & update:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmtVvKav_LU

Seller (ebay):

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AVRT5-APRS-Tracker-VHF-with-GPS-Bluetooth-Thermometer-TF-Card-Support-APRSdroid-/400684060070?pt=UK_Mobile_Phones_Communication_Ham_Radio_Receivers_Transceivers&hash=item5d4aa18da6

Seller (taobao):

no link provided, you can actually buy this a bit cheaper from China via taobao and using taobao-agents to make a purchase. I will do another blog entry about using such agent-service.

Japanese site for newest files (use google translate if needed):

http://www.y027.com/dvbbs8/dispbbs.asp?boardid=5&Id=829

 

UPDATE2:  Some pictures of awesome Chirp support for AP510!

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Using AP510 with Xastir via BT serial interface (OSX tested):

Xastir

 

  

Thanks for feedback kd7lxl, oh2khz!  & 73 to all you ham-bros and sisters out there! ^___^

Raman

Baofeng/Pofung handheld design by SainSonic what?? Review of GT3 MK II

 

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In 2014 SainSonic brought mk2 version of the GT3 handheld (copy from Pofung/Baofeng).  This special model is designed by SainSonic and got some nice improvements compared to other Baofeng models.

Price for this HT is around 40 to 55 euro (including shipping). As the actual UV5R cost these days around 30 euro you may not be interested to buy another chinese handheld which cost 10-25 euro more but in my opinion it is worth of the money.

Tech specs for a starter (atleast most interesting ones):

  •     RX/TX  VHF/UHF  136-174, 400-479.995 MHz
  •     Dual Memory/Frequency display, possibility to listen two separate freq/memory (not real two RX thought)
  •     Output Power 5/1W
  •     VOX
  •     128 memory channels, 50 ctss and 104 dcs
  •     1750Hz burst tone (for repeaters)
  •     FM-radio with 65 to 108MHz range. (4meter RX possibility?)
  •     Channel step 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz

on new firmware versions have atleast 2 or 3 different burst tones:

ptt + band = 2100Hz tone

ptt + a/b = 1750Hz tone (normal)

I assume this is Baofeng/Pofung way to try make firmware more compatible with their all handheld models so they dont have todo separate firmware images. This is my wild assumption, you can correct me if I am wrong.

 

plus 

+ good rx (some modification improvements done compared to UV5R) see picture below:

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+ overall the antenna seems to be a bit better than other OEM baofeng antennas.

+ easy to configure with chirp (donationware awesome programming app)

+ look/and feel (sturdy, dust/water proof, not sure about IP-ratings)

+ audio (both receive and sent are reported as OK, seems not to suffer about tinning voice as with other older models)

 

minus:

– firmware is different on batches, may and caused some misunderstanding ie. with burst tones. (also manual has not been updated within the firmware changes)

– charger dock is bad as always (need two hands to put it on charger)

 -mobile charger needs the charger dock

– headset which comes with the kit was as bad as with all the chinese handhelds. (well it works but cheapest possible)

 

feedback:

I aquired few units for my ham-friends around Finland and here is what I got as feedback:

– One charger was not working (opened it,  it had blown capacitor and indication led was off from the board)

– one headset was not working

I aquired few “baofeng” monophone mics which were advertised as for UV5R/GT3MK2. One worked on both units, second did not work on any.

So the connector must be a bit different than on normal units or the connector (mic/headset) has some design flaw. I actually went a bit further and compared one stock uv5r, and two gt3mk2.  uv5r and one gt3 workd with the microphone so I digged deeper with the handheld which did not work as expected.   Mic connector on the handheld was buried deeper on the “faulty” unit, prob 0.2-0.5mm difference, this caused mic part not to work at all.  This was fixed by manually turning suitable drill bit few turns on the plastic (on the radio side)  so the mic connector would go in better. Joys of finding simple fixes hi. (this fix is done by you at your own responsability) 

Connector pinout for the general mic is  from miklor.com site:

Baofeng mic pinout from miklor site

overall:

Compared to its price range and compared to uv82, uv5r etc it is very nice handheld on its price range. My favourite handheld for last 4months.

 

What could be improved:

Real squelch,  faster scanning options.

 

Where to buy:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Baofeng-Pofung-GT-3-Mark-II-USB-Cable-V-U-136-174-4-00-520MHz-Ham-2-way-Radio-/191191659271?pt=UK_Mobile_Phones_Communication_Ham_Radio_Receivers_Transceivers&hash=item2c83e93307

 

Other reviews:

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/11789 

http://radioblogi.blogspot.fi/2014/12/baofeng-pofung-sain-sonic-gt3-mkii.html in finnish(by oh6gzt)

 http://www.radioddity.com/us/baofeng-gt-3-two-way-radio-dual-band-uhf-vhf-136-174-400-480mhz-2014-latest-version.html

 

Awesome Baofeng related site:

http://www.miklor.com/

Baofeng/Pofung similar item (with different antenna)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BAOFENG-B-580T-A52-Dual-Band-VHF-UHF-136-174-400-520Mhz-Radio-UV-5R-Earpiece-/111299748634?pt=UK_Mobile_Phones_Communication_Ham_Radio_Receivers_Transceivers&hash=item19e9fb631a

 

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 73 de OH2FXD

Building a complete ADSB receiver unit from A to Z

Tracking

Good day Sir! Reporting for duty!🙂 Today Im going to explain howto build complete ADSB-receiver unit using various of projects. This includes to build your own reception antenna, reflashing android based “mini-pc” to linux, installing rtlsdr stick to it and various of apps. This project consist of following parts:

  • RTLSDR (cheap DVB-T stick used as SDR-receiver)
  • Rikomagic MK802IV (android based computer turned to Linux box)
  • Homebrew 1090Mhz 1/4 wave GP-antenna
  • Homebrew casing for the whole setup
For getting MK802IV & RTLSDR you can buy em from ebay for decent price. Links provided:
 
 
For information what is ADSB you can find from this wiki-link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_dependent_surveillance-broadcast
 
 
As in radioamateur hobby we will start with the most important part first: Antenna.  It is important to use an antenna which has optimal match for the frequency you are going to use it. So forget the dvb-t antenna which comes within the RTLSDR stick and concentrate on making a better antenna yourself. For this project you will need:
  • either good coaxial cable (rg58/rg213)or soldering sticks(copper)
  • UHF- or N-based chassis connector.
Antenna build instructions done by Atouk:  http://www.atouk.com/wordpress/?wpdmact=process&did=Ni5ob3RsaW5r
 
1/4 GP-antenna is very effective antenna for this kind of setup (and small). If you feel adventurous you can also start building antennas like Collinear. I even tried a collinear antenna but it failed to work properly as it seems that this type of antenna needs a lot of “air” to be effective ie. installing on the roof. So back I were into the drawing board and my 1/4 wave GP-antenna.  I improved the reception by adding 4 more groundplane sticks (not seen on pic) and as they were leftovers from the failed colliniear antenna project they were 196mm long. I did not cut them back to original lenght for 1/4 as the antenna seemed to work much better than every antenna Ive built earlier for ADSB-reception.
 
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Next its time to grab your MK802IV and start configuring Linux (picuntu) on it! This beauty is equipped with quad core arm cpu, 2GB ram, 8GB flash mem. Ability to mount microsd card up to 32GB and by default runs Android. This is going to change thought as we need Linux OS for better hacking🙂
 
Rockchip Rk3188 Quad Core Cortex A9 Android 4 2 Mini PC 2g DDR 8g Flash Blue Tooth WiFi TF Card 1080P Flash11 1 RKM MK802IV 

Download RKBATCHTOOL from rikomagic and install drivers from url http://www.rikomagic.co.uk/support.html Check part: MK802IV Mini Pc and correct serial number from your stick!

Download rest of the stuff gathered from here (720p kernel and rkandroidtool): https://www.dropbox.com/s/n5x9p0juhco4plo/Linuxium-MK802IV-720.zip

 

Unzip both zips and navigate to RKBATCHTOOL folder ie: IV_AP6210_20130905_1080P –> Batch tool+driver1 v 1.7  –> driver –> Start DriverInstall.exe 

After installing the drivers on your pc.  Connect microusb to your sticks OTG-port (while stick is connected to TV and running)

On Android OS -> go to settings -> USB -> Connect to PC [X] -> Windows should recognize device and install Riko USB Mas storage drivers.

On PC start RKANDROIDTOOL and press switch.  Windows should be able to recognize the new driver and install it. Voila now you are in android loader!🙂  

 

For first task is to Erase IDB -> Erase IDB Button

 

Then pickup the necessary files downloaded from dropbox and push RUN.

 

Loader/parameter/kernel/boot/system are the needed files for working firmware.

 

image should be created and reflashed to a stick.  reboot after it is done and I wish you luck!🙂

 

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After the image is flashed stick will be rebooted and you can login user is : linuxium  p:  p

 

At this time I added a new user, new password, added new user to /etc/sudoers for easier access.

 

More nfo: http://www.freaktab.com/showthread.php?7209-Now-available-Ubuntu-Lubuntu-or-Xubuntu-on-the-latest-MK802IV-or-T428

 

Now it is time to configure WiFi-access on your fresh Picuntu install so you can actually plug the stick off from TV.
 
Check what networks (SSID) available:
 
iwlist wlan0 scan 
 
Edit your interface reference file:
 
vi /etc/network/interfaces
 
# interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8)

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-ssid *************
wpa-psk *************

Restart network:
 
sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart 
 
After installing Linux on the RikoMagic MK802IV stick its time to do some basic confguration and install packages:
 
apt-get install screen nc socat yourfavouriteditor 

After building the antenna, installing Linux and putting all together its time to install some applications for doing the ADSB-data dumping:

  • RTLSDR
  • Kalibrate-RTL
  • Dump1090
First install some depencies needed for the builds:
 
sudo apt-get install git cmake libusb-1.0 libusb-1.0-dev autoconf libfftw3-dev

Download needed software via git:
 
For a starter make sure you are in example your $HOME directory
 
git clone git://git.osmocom.org/rtl-sdr.git
git clone git://github.com/MalcolmRobb/dump1090.git
 
Compile rtl-sdr:
 
cd rtl-sdr/
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../ -DINSTALL_UDEV_RULES=ON
make
sudo make install
sudo ldconfig
sudo cp ../rtl-sdr.rules /etc/udev/rules.d/

At this point replug RTLSDR stick!
 
Compile kalibrate-rtl:
 
autoreconf -i
cd kalibrate-rtl/
git checkout arm_memory
./bootstrap
./configure
make
sudo make install
 
Compile dump1090:
 
cd dump1090/
make
 
After compiles are finished it is time to check some parameters and put then into your adsb-rx script:
 
(at this point it is good to hook up your antenna to rtlsdr stick)
run rtl_test -t first to check max gain for your stick (write it down)
 
example here:

Found 1 device(s):
0: ezcap USB 2.0 DVB-T/DAB/FM dongle

Using device 0: ezcap USB 2.0 DVB-T/DAB/FM dongle
Found Rafael Micro R820T tuner
Supported gain values (29): 0.0 0.9 1.4 2.7 3.7 7.7 8.7 12.5 14.4 15.7 16.6 19.7 20.7 22.9 25.4 28.0 29.7 32.8 33.8 36.4 37.2 38.6 40.2 42.1 43.4 43.9 44.5 48.0 49.6
No E4000 tuner found, aborting.

run kalibrate_rtl to check ppm correction:
kal -s GSM900
kal -c 100 (pick one of channels you got ie. ch100) 
 
example here:
 

iffe@goobie:~$ kal -s GSM900
Found 1 device(s):
0: ezcap USB 2.0 DVB-T/DAB/FM dongle

Using device 0: ezcap USB 2.0 DVB-T/DAB/FM dongle
Found Rafael Micro R820T tuner
Exact sample rate is: 270833.002142 Hz
kal: Scanning for GSM-900 base stations.
GSM-900:
chan: 6 (936.2MHz + 1.177kHz) power: 235085.65
chan: 19 (938.8MHz + 2.352kHz) power: 103046.92
chan: 21 (939.2MHz + 1.752kHz) power: 746103.29
chan: 25 (940.0MHz + 2.333kHz) power: 95518.88
chan: 28 (940.6MHz + 3.229kHz) power: 159665.01
chan: 32 (941.4MHz – 30.576kHz) power: 435084.78
chan: 39 (942.8MHz + 3.019kHz) power: 182267.86
chan: 49 (944.8MHz + 2.896kHz) power: 161003.24
chan: 76 (950.2MHz + 4.080kHz) power: 780821.91
chan: 80 (951.0MHz + 5.363kHz) power: 593942.56
chan: 113 (957.6MHz + 10.826kHz) power: 271638.56

I will pickup the highest channel found on scan:

iffe@goobie:~$ kal -c 113
Found 1 device(s):
0: ezcap USB 2.0 DVB-T/DAB/FM dongle

Using device 0: ezcap USB 2.0 DVB-T/DAB/FM dongle
Found Rafael Micro R820T tuner
Exact sample rate is: 270833.002142 Hz
kal: Calculating clock frequency offset.
Using GSM-900 channel 113 (957.6MHz)
average [min, max] (range, stddev)
+ 12.301kHz [12251, 12350] (98, 26.953159)
overruns: 0
not found: 1
average absolute error: -12.846 ppm

write down the ppm value!
 
Now after you have finished these challenging tasks it is time to start dumping some ADSB data:
 
Run dump1090
 
cd $HOME/dump1090/
screen ./dump1090 –gain 49.6 –ppm –12.846 –net –interactive –agressive
 
You can also create startup script for future use ie:
 
vi/joe/pico/nano(your favourite editor)  $HOME/adsb-rx
 
#!bin/bash
cd /home/$USER/dump1090
screen ./dump1090 –gain 49.6 –ppm –9.087 –net –interactive –aggressive
 
chmod + $HOME/adsb-rx
cd $HOME
./adsb-rx
 
Now you can access your webserver by localhost or via your LAN when you know your host IP-address (localhost:8080 lanip:8080). Make sure 
firewall is not blocking your access to tcp/8080 port.
 
Remember you can also direct ADSB data to external hub or ie. Virtual Radar run by win32/64 or another Linux running VR via mono.  Also there may be option to 
share data to PlaneFinder in future🙂
 
Here is some example commands:
 
unstable stuff (forking may cause problem)
socat TCP4:localhost:30002, fork TCP4:targethost:30001
 
better but nc dies if no connection:
 
nc localhost 30002 | nc targethost 30001

You can check my server on http://adsb.deviate.fi:8080

For the last I saved up some installation pictures how I did case mod for the sdr+mk802+antenna for ultimate portable adsb unit🙂 Comments welcome! I will try to keep this blog entry updated more often as my fine tuning is fully completed🙂

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UPDATE:  (not directly related to adsb receiver unit) but I played along with Wine on OSX + adsbscope and here is current range map I got for today!

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Have fun and 73 de OH2FXD🙂 You can contact me ifreq@FREENODE ##RTLSDR

 

ft-950 and 32usd band-scope project – see what you hear

 First.. thanks for this site (and various of others) to give me idea to start playing with cheap bandscope project with rtlsdr-stick (dvb-t)

http://www.tarapippo.net/gnuradio/ft950.html

I have been playing with rtlsdr for quite long, and after aquiring a Yaesu FT-950 I was ofcourse going through what I can do with the rig and accessories.  Then after some lucky google search I came to tarapippo’s site and got the idea to test bandscope myself.

Here is what you need in general:

rtlsdr compliant dvb-t stick 10 euro  in ebay like here : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/390613356279?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

bnc to mcx adapter 9 euro in ebay like here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/230961193408?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

tmp to bnc adapter 5 euro +shipping from funk amateur: http://www.box73.de/product_info.php?products_id=1990

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Instructions:

  1. start to remove many many screws from the bottom of the ft-950
  2. all screws are off and time to flip cover open!
  3. there ya go, now to locate scope-plug
  4. scope-plug located, which states clearly “scope” and is connected to 50ohm dummy. remove the dummy.
  5. took the dummy off from the plug and taped it in here.
  6. now spot hole in the left upcorner from where you will insert the tmp->bnc cable.
  7. mp-adapter looks like this. I had to squeeze it a bit to get it through the rigs back panel ventilation holes.
  8. then comes the “hard” part. push tmp cable toward the hole in left up corner and use pliers to pick it up from the hole.
  9. then connect it to the scope-plug and youre done!🙂

 

After that you can connect the bnc-adapter to bnc-mcx and mcx to dvb-t stick and to your computer.  

Then you can startup your favourite SDR-software, tune to 69MHz and start catching signals on HF. Some SDR software (like HDSDR)

supports also CAT-controlling.  There is 3 images in the bottom of this blog, and listed in order 15m/digi ,  20m/ssb, 40m/ssb.   73 de OH2FXD !🙂

 

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