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Admin

USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« on: September 13, 2015, 12:47:54 pm »
Hi All

Just finished testing the integration of the UBlox-7 USB-GPS, one of these
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-GPS-Receiver-VK-172-Ublox7-Fast-10Hz-GPS-Glonass-RasPi-Win-7-8-CE-Linux-/252080341676?hash=item3ab128c2ac

And it works nicely.
This means I am now running the NAV software on my WiFi Ipad, position info and traffic info supplied by PilotAware, from the USB-GPS

At the moment this is hardwired to use a specific USB port on PilotAware

Thx
Lee

SteveN

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2015, 01:00:41 pm »
Brilliant Lee :)

ianfallon

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2015, 01:01:40 pm »
Neat!  :) keep us posted on s/w availability :)

trapdoor

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2015, 01:41:54 pm »
Excellent news. Happy to buy one in if you need additional testing/testers.

Mark.

SteveN

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2015, 02:01:03 pm »
I have a Globalsat ND-100S. These USB dongles are WAAS/EGNOS and knock the pants off the tablets especially in vertical resolution.
« Last Edit: September 13, 2015, 02:06:10 pm by SteveN »

Kevin W

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2015, 04:41:18 pm »
Great stuff, thanks Lee, looking forward to testing that.

trapdoor

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2015, 05:03:12 pm »
Hi Lee,

One of these MIGHT be more useful than another dongle hanging out of the side of the RPi...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281788291544

I'm slightly worried about the mechanical robustness of the USB ports with dongles and things hanging unsupported, especially on our fairly 'vibratory' aircraft coaming. This sort of GPS would also mean it could be positioned somewhere on the coaming to get a good signal.

Would you envisage almost any USB GPS working?

Richard

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2015, 09:34:56 pm »
Great News on the GPS .... Still a lot of thing hanging out of the Box.  How about adding the GPS internal and using something like this...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ublox-NEO-7M-GPS-Aircraft-Module-For-Arduino-MWC-IMU-APM2-5-Antenna-3v-5v-/291522612415?hash=item43e01a0cbf

Richard
Richard.
Europa XS

Wadoadi

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2015, 11:15:31 pm »
Like everyone is saying this is great! Well done Lee.
I assume the reason for it being USB is the lack of serial ports on the RPI!?

If people wanted to use a non USB GPS is there a GPIO - UART board available?

Sorry I'm new to the RPI, so leaning as I go!
« Last Edit: September 14, 2015, 11:36:17 pm by Wadoadi »

Admin

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2015, 09:57:14 am »
I assume the reason for it being USB is the lack of serial ports on the RPI!?

This is absolutely the problem.
I cannot find a GPS that uses SPI or I2C that has support for the RPi today.

One thought at the moment is to have an ARF with a SPI interface, thus freeing the UART.
There is already an SRF with a SPI interface, and the ARF is basically SRF + Amplifier

Wadoadi

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2015, 10:31:37 am »
personally I'm happy with the USB GPS (I have order one ready to test!), I will use sort leads between the DVB-T and the GPS to remove strain and probably apply some silicon to ensure they don't work there way out over time!

The other option is something like an I2C -> URART chip -> GPS but adds more complexity and expense as I doubt it will be off the shelf!

Admin

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #11 on: September 15, 2015, 11:59:21 am »
personally I'm happy with the USB GPS (I have order one ready to test!), I will use sort leads between the DVB-T and the GPS to remove strain and probably apply some silicon to ensure they don't work there way out over time!

The other option is something like an I2C -> URART chip -> GPS but adds more complexity and expense as I doubt it will be off the shelf!

I have just ordered one of these to try as well ....
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/VK-162-GPS-engine-board-Module-with-Antenna-USB-G-Mouse/32439292777.html

Wadoadi

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2015, 04:03:35 pm »
Is the support for the GPS in the current release? or is there a Beta with it in?
I hope to have my GPS end of this week :)

Admin

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2015, 04:44:37 pm »
Is the support for the GPS in the current release? or is there a Beta with it in?
I hope to have my GPS end of this week :)

I could get a beta uploaded for you to try
Let me know if you want to give that a go.

Wadoadi

Re: USB-GPS Working in PilotAware
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2015, 05:20:36 pm »
I'm only running it on the ground and without the ARF board until @JCurtis has them ready.

but yes i would like to try it and if it also helps you too that would be great, my USB GPS is due for delivery this Friday.