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General Discussion / Re: Trying to get my head around this!
« on: September 10, 2015, 09:26:10 am »
Admin can correct me if wrong but ...

You should use it in conjunction with (but not connected to) your mode S xponder.
It receives ADS-B (mode S transmitted by others) and sends and receives PilotAware broadcasts which are detected between nearby PilotAware units.

It uses the GPS signal from your device running SkyDemon (or another GPS attached to that device).

I understand Pi 2 is not yet supported but probably not far off.

I have no idea what a RTL820T2 is, so can't help there!

General Discussion / Re: Setting up the software
« on: September 10, 2015, 09:20:33 am »
Win7 might not see all partitions on the Card, because some linux based file systems (the Pi uses those) are not recognized by windows systems.

I suspect this is only a problem if you've used the SD card with a Pi before, or on Linux or similar.

A new card, or one that's been used for a camera etc with the default full-size partition formatted FAT(32) should be good to go to just copy the files onto it unless I've missed something.

General Discussion / Re: Enhancement Requests
« on: September 08, 2015, 07:31:30 pm »
What modding was required ?

You need to desolder the two 'pod' headers as the lid for the Tontec case won't fit with these in place. You don't need em. If you cannot be bothered to desolder, then just wiggle side to side a few times and the pins break at the PCB plane and the header will fall off. I couldn't be arsed to desolder as the tip on my pump is worse for wear but if I was making for someone I'd do it properly.

Because of the prototyping pads, I elected to insulate the ARF but it's mounted on a strong double sided sticky foam tape.


Cool - thanks for that and the photo.  :)

General Discussion / Re: Enhancement Requests
« on: September 08, 2015, 03:35:04 pm »
I'll do it later - I'm just timing how long my ChargePak holds up to run the thing. Looking good so far.

The slice is nice  ;D but it needs a bit of modding to fit the case, but it gives a nice bit of support and structure and makes soldering up a doddle. I'm surprised no one else has used the thing.

Thanks - that would be appreciated. What modding was required ? I've ordered one as well as the Pod so will decide which way to go when I get all the bits. I will probably end up building at least one more so no probs having some spares :-)

General Discussion / Re: Enhancement Requests
« on: September 08, 2015, 02:52:59 pm »
Now all working perfectly!

And running happily off a charge pak

Neat! That's using the Slice of Pod ? Could you post a pic of the other side of the SOP board ? Would be interested to see.

General Discussion / Re: ADS-B receiver only
« on: September 08, 2015, 02:06:59 pm »
Hi David,

As Andy explains, an ADS-B system is perfectly feasible in a technical sense, but not really in the spirit of PilotAware.
The purpose of PilotAware is safety.
Safety is enhanced through visibility and mass deployment.
By making the system as cost effective as possible we want to try and saturate the market, but of course if we have installations which are ADS-B only then that is not helpful to those who do not have ADS-B transponders, but wish to be seen by those that do.
Take a look at this close call at around 1:00 into the video

I had an interesting discussion with somebody at the LAA rally who asked could he setup a receive only and turn off his transmitter, I wasn't sure if he was pulling my leg or not  :-\

Regarding a first stage build, I wholeheartedly agree that it is a good confidence boost to see traffic on the NAV screen, but I would emphasize this should be seen only as a preliminary testing phase.

I know there have been discussions on other forums to only build an ADS-B In system, I think we should discourage this, and may even put a timeout into the software when an ARF is not detected, this would allow for testing of a partial system, but would discourage intending to use this as a final build.

I hope you don't find this unreasonable, but I think for the cost of an extra £30 on such a low cost system, this is something upon which we should not compromise, do you agree ?



General Discussion / Re: Android
« on: September 08, 2015, 07:49:47 am »
Thanks Lee.
You are correct in that I'm working in Java. Bit of a learning curve for me. It's been a long time since I've done any Java coding and even then, not to a high standard. However, making progress.
I'll keep you posted.
Hope the show was a good time and big success.
BW, Chris

Hi Chris - I do Java s/w dev for a living - let me know if you get stuck. I've not ventured into Android programming yet but Java no problem.

General Discussion / Re: Progress
« on: September 07, 2015, 05:48:30 pm »
Thanks for this pic Bob - exactly what I'm going to do when the bits arrive  8)

General Discussion / Re: Raspberry Pi Model B (not +)
« on: September 05, 2015, 08:07:30 pm »
I've got a couple of original model Bs so would be interested in how you get on.
I might try the same in the mean time!

General Discussion / Re: Regulator board & ARF Board
« on: September 05, 2015, 07:46:20 pm »
Potentially interested in 1 too

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