[aprssig] APRS in-dash display

Shawn Stoddard stoddard at pobox.com
Sun Jan 17 07:46:45 CST 2016


What are your plans for connectivity? Strictly RF, via the Internet, or both?

With regards to the PI there are some products that address this issue. I'm still researching. Be glad to talk off-list. 

> On Jan 17, 2016, at 00:24, Greg D via aprssig <aprssig at tapr.org> wrote:
> 
> Hi folks,
> 
> Picking up on a thread I started a while back...  Not sure if this will lead to something permanent or not, but I tought I'd give it a try.
> 
> I got access to the back of my car's in-dash unit, and the video input connector.  It's meant for use with a back camera, which I currently don't have (though it's on the wish list...).  Found a VGA to RCA adapter box, and fired up APRSIS32 which was loaded on a small laptop.  Here's the result:
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> http://home.wavecable.com/~ko6th/aprs_dash_display.jpg
> http://home.wavecable.com/~ko6th/aprs_laptop.jpg
> 
> Given the difficulty, if not questionable legality, of controlling a GUI-based laptop while driving, I think the next steps need to include:
> 
> 1.  Replace the laptop and VGA adapter with a Raspberry Pi.  VGA output is built-in, also much better power draw and small size. (The car is a sports car, so no room for anything bigger.)
> 
> 2.  Replace APRSIS32 with YAAC (for Raspberry Pi compatiblity).
> 
> 3.  Probably still need a keyboard for full control while parked, but add some fixed key switches tied to keyboard shortcuts for the common stuff while driving.  During the earlier exchange, Andrew figured it was a "simple" matter of a Java library to bridge the swtiches to keyboard shortcuts...  Hope he's right.
> 
> 4.  The Pi will boot itself when the car turns on, but I need a way to automatically safely power down the Pi when I turn the car off. Any ideas on this?
> 
> Anything else I'm missing?
> 
> Greg  KO6TH
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