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TinyTrak4 & Bluetooth

I was recently contacted by Byon (the developer of the TinyTrak) asking me if I was a user of APRSdroid. As I have an Android phone (HTC Desire A8183) I certainly do use APRSdroid! so I was asked to test out a serial bluetooth device for use with the TinyTrak4.

Here's an image is of the TT4BT (the name as appears via Bluetooth) The unit draws power from the TinyTrak4 including voltage pass through so you can supply power for your GPS. For my testing I'm using the Byonics GPS2, the Bluetooth adapter is using the HC-05 module, I'm not going to cover the specifics of this module, but to say that Byon has set it for a serial speed of 19200 baud (factory default is 9600 baud) You won't be needing to make any adjustments to this module!

The setup within APRSdroid is fairly straight forward, The only thing I altered was the channel number used from no entry (auto detect) to channel 1 although because of only having the one device this wasn't essential. Included below is a rough pictorial guide on how to set up APRSdroid with Bluetooth.

The settings required for your TinyTrak4 (using firmware 0.67) is to simply set AMODE to KISS and ABAUD to 19200 baud. As you will be using APRSdroid to generate your position you're not required to have a GPS connected to your TinyTrak4 (as APRSdroid is using your phones internal one!)

You can contact the author of APRSdroid via GitHub or on the IRC channel #aprsdroid on the FreeNode network.

Further details on the TinyTrak4 you can contact Byon on the following link

 I've purposely kept this brief as there are other resources that cover the specifics of these two devices from their respective developers, I didn't see the need to recreate their content! 😉

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TinyTrak4 & Bluetooth

I was recently contacted by Byon (the developer of the TinyTrak) asking me if I was a user of APRSdroid. As I have an Android phone (HTC Desire A8183) I certainly do use APRSdroid! so I was asked to test out a serial bluetooth device for use with the TinyTrak4.

Here's an image is of the TT4BT (the name as appears via Bluetooth) The unit draws power from the TinyTrak4 including voltage pass through so you can supply power for your GPS. For my testing I'm using the Byonics GPS2, the Bluetooth adapter is using the HC-05 module, I'm not going to cover the specifics of this module, but to say that Byon has set it for a serial speed of 19200 baud (factory default is 9600 baud) You won't be needing to make any adjustments to this module!

The setup within APRSdroid is fairly straight forward, The only thing I altered was the channel number used from no entry (auto detect) to channel 1 although because of only having the one device this wasn't essential. Included below is a rough pictorial guide on how to set up APRSdroid with Bluetooth.

The settings required for your TinyTrak4 (using firmware 0.67) is to simply set AMODE to KISS and ABAUD to 19200 baud. As you will be using APRSdroid to generate your position you're not required to have a GPS connected to your TinyTrak4 (as APRSdroid is using your phones internal one!)

You can contact the author of APRSdroid via GitHub or on the IRC channel #aprsdroid on the FreeNode network.

Further details on the TinyTrak4 you can contact Byon on the following link

 I've purposely kept this brief as there are other resources that cover the specifics of these two devices from their respective developers, I didn't see the need to recreate their content! 😉

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Images in posts?

I've just noticed that most of the images that should be visible within posts appear as broken links!  All the images are on the server, there seems to be something wrong within WordPress, or mySQL.

At first I thought no problem, that's an easy fix…  No its not! as this will require me to edit every post and relink the files. Now having just on two and s half years of blog posts, that would be rather time consuming!

So for the moment, broken image links it is until I either find a semi/fully automated way of fixing the problem it's going to remain.  😐

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Just some thoughts…

Well as the last week & a half have been pretty hectic, I've not had much time to even look at my blog, little lone write something worth while. There has been lots happening with Clare, but I'm not going to discuss/talk about that in this post, only to day what I just said!

On my Android front, there has been two updates released for the custom ROM that I'm currently using (T-Mod) these have really only been minor fixes (ROM based off LeeDrOid) some of the fixes were for applications I've not even used!

On the 6th of October, Icinga unified release 1.2 was let loose at the OSMC in Nürnberg, so far the response has been very positive for both companies & users of Icinga! So a big thanks goes out to the Icinga Team for their hard work & dedication towards the open source community. Oh yes, the surprise release of a mobile Web UI at the OSMC was a show stopper! Loss of "ohh & ahh" I've yet to set it up on my Icinga service, but when I get the time I certainly will be.

On the amateur radio front there isn't much to mention either! But version 0.67 of the Alpha Code was released from Byon, this addressed some issues that crept into release 0.66 Again I've yet to update my two TinyTrak4 units to the latest firmware.

Now as I've not really had that much to say, here's an image of Maisie …

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TinyTrak4 (its been a while!)

Well it has been quite a while since I last spoke about the TinyTrak4 So I suppose I should really start with a summery of feature changes in the latest Alpha Code.

source: tt4_alpha_v0.60.zip / readme.txt

Changes in v0.60
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Added 9600 baud decoding and DEC96 command
Added BANK, BNKMODE and COPY commands
Added DDIST command
Renamed DIGI123 to PATH123
Removed PPATH12
Added HEADERLN command
Added DMETRIC command

Changes in v0.59
———————-
Fixed Bug with message sending timers

Changes in v0.58
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Fixed SSID bug on digipeater callsign insertion
Added digipeated packets to PKTOCOM
Fixed bug parsing L in MIC-E dest call
Added TRNKMODE command
Added PAVP command
Fixed ^T temp when >= 100
Improved supply voltage reading

Changes in v0.57
———————-
Fixed a bug that prevented entering commands over 15 chars in the config menu

Changes in v0.56
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Prevented sending of KISS Data Frames
Changed DIGIID to do callsign insertion, rather than substitution
Removed digipeated and serial generated packets from PKTOCOM
Fixed GPS Database Errors caused by GPS Waypoint from positionless weather reports
Added parsing of messages through IGATES (third patry)
Added parsing of messages without IDs
Added basic configuring via keyboard & display – Use F5
Changed default CDLEVEL from 8 to 20
Added RPATHDISP command
Added LEDS command

Changes between v0.54 and v0.55
———————-
Added FRAWDISP – Force packets to be displayed raw instead of parsed
Added HRAWDISP – Disables display of unparsed packets
Added EXPORT – Displays settings in a format that can be re-loaded
Added WYPTXT – Sends Waypoints to TEXT ports in addition to GPS ports
Added PKTICOM – Enables sending decoded packets to the computer TEXT and KISS ports
Added PKTOCOM – Send generated packets back to the computer
Added $PGRMW support (for altitude)
Added Variables in the status text (temp & voltage) ^V ^T ^t ^1 .. ^7
Defaulted > before BTEXT
Defaulted TOSV to true
Fixed support for GPSs with 3 digits after decimal in position

Changes between v0.53 and v0.54
———————-
Properly fixed MIC-E decoding Hemishpere decoding bug

Changes between v0.52 and v0.53
———————-
Fixed decoding short KISS packets (15 bytes long)
Fixed Altitude, course, speed bug in Waypoint output
Added GPS Relay (GRELAYBITS and GRELAYRATE)
Added GPS timing support for GPSs with 5 sec updates
Fixed TOSV bug
Fixed MIC-E decoding Hemishpere decoding bug (MIC-E L code)
Gave more time to enter menu with 3 ESC
Added APRS Compressed mode encoding

Changes between v0.51 and v0.52
———————-
Added keyboard decoding, UI Modes, and Text Messaging
Added Weather mode for Peet stations
Added WPERIOD and WXPOS commands
Defaulted DUPETIME to 30 seconds
Improved Carrier Detect Code
Changed LCD code organization

Changes between v0.5 and v0.51
———————-
All interrupt code re-written to improve occasional hangs
RXAMP should be about 1/4 of the value in the previous verion

Changes between v0.4 and v0.5
———————-
Display Altitude properly when missing as —
Display weather data, and changed position display
Added TXTDISP command (to display incoming serial text)
Enabled Power LED after first LED sweep
Changed ABAUD and BBAUD to full numbers (not div100)
Fixed SFFDELAY typo
Fixed Statusrate option type bug
Fixed Altitude lost due to incoming packets bug
Added NODISP command (disable display for digital telemetry)
Improved High Res Telemetry Clamping
Renamed PDELAY, TDELAY, BDELAY to PPERIOD, TPERIOD, BPERIOD
DESTCALL defaults to APTT4, and % restores that
Added PPATHING command (Proportional pathing)
replaced MICEMESSPATH with MICEMESSAGE and SSIDROUTE
Changed volts to be 10*volts in low res
Added DMSDISP option (display in DMS rather than DMm)
Added GWAYMODE command ($PKWDWPL & $PMGNWPL Magellean support)
Added MICETMV command and format
Changed MT-TT4 defaults
Added FILTERCALL command (BUDLIST)
Added SSIDROUTE command
Added TSTATUS command
Renamed TSB to SBEN
Renamed SBFDELAY SBSDELAY to SBFPERIOD SBSPERIOD

Now as I haven't posted a change log before some of its content is now obsolete/substituted for new commands or functionality. There has also been some confusion when loading the Alpha Code, and then connecting a GPS and expecting the TinyTrak4 to just work! well you do need to configure it first! and just recently Byon has released a simple UI to achieve this. I must add, the the TinyTrak4 has two serial inputs and the default settings for those are that…

Serial Port 1: Speed: 19200 Parity: none Bits: 8 Stopbits: 1

Serial Port 2: Speed: 4800 Parity: none Bits: 8 Stopbits: 1

You need to make a custom Y cable (or purchase one from Byon) to access the second serial port as the DB-9 is wired to a non-standard meaning that if you attempt to use off the self cables the second serial port is in assessable! So once you have the Y-cable sorted then you have access to both serial ports.

I've successfully got my TinyTrak4D monitoring the ISS for APRS packets, and each morning there is something different displayed on the LCD screen!

I'm also making slow progress on the re-build of the TinyTrak4 wiki

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TinyTrak4 Alpha Code v0.52

Well Byon has been busy with further development on the TinyTrak4 firmware code. The new Alpha Code update, introduces the ability to add a keyboard directly to the unit, making this into a portable APRS messaging tool. To take advantage of this feature you will need the 4×20 compatible LCD add-on unit to make use of this!

I've yet to test the extra functionality as I need to get a mini 6-pin din socket to add to the back of my TinyTrak4D. Once I have this done I'll post my testing results and post some pictures as well…  😀

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TinyTrak4D as Sat-Gate for ISS

A few days ago I put my TinyTrak4D onto the ISS packet frequency of 145.825MHz.  Well was I surprised to see this morning some success !!!

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TinyTrak4 wiki update

I've made some updates to the TinyTrak4 wiki. I've yet to complete this but I'll get back to it soon! I have to admit that it has taken a little longer to get sorted than I thought it was going to! As I use Linux these days I've been using Virtual Box to run Windows-XP so that I can get the screen shots! this has proven time consuming (but not a hindrance!) to review the changes you can visit the following link…

http://www.vk7hse.org/wiki

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TinyTrak4 Wiki

I'm attempting to put together a Wiki for the Byonics TinyTrak4 packet tracker.  Now the concept behind a wiki is great but learning the "lingo" has been interesting! but I'm slowly getting there! Please look at the following URL to access…

http://www.vk7hse.org/wiki/

I'd appreciate any feedback and or additions.

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TinyTrak4D

UPDATE: the gallery plug in was removed so images are no longer available

Here are some photos of my TinyTrak4D. As you can see the case size is rather large compared to it's contents! However, I'm planning on placing a small switch-mode power supply in there so that I then have the option to either use mains power or portable DC. The current firmware I'm testing is the TinyTrak4D Alpha Code 0.4 This gives the functionality of a Tracker, KISS TNC & Digipeater!

For more details on functionality & firmware updates please visit Byon's website at… www.byonics.com