Re: Files clean-up in Windows PHSNA folder

Nick Kennedy

On Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 10:21 AM, Pravinkumar nivar_p@... [PHSNA] <PHSNA@...> wrote:

                             It is good at last the unnecessary files are deleted and clutter is avoided .

I got rid of all the .exe and .ino files that aren't needed.  I think there's a good reason to leave the old versions for a short time, in case there's an unforeseen bug or incompatibility with a certain system. But after a couple weeks, they should go.

  Also please combine those two files (PHSNA-VB.ino and morse.ino ) into a single folder so that it may be easier for new members like me to work with it.

This would introduce some added complexity as I don't think Yahoo Groups allows nested folders and I want everything needed for the Windows PHSNA software to be in one folder.  I could put the two in a common folder and then zip it and add the zip, but again you remove some complexity and add some more back.

To help users who are totally new to Arduino, I added a file called ARDUINO_HOW_TO.TXT with some very basic step by step info.  Of course it's impossible to cover every problem that could crop up.

A kind request to those who are responsible for the software portion of the PHSNA - please make the code as user friendly as possible so that those without much exposure to the intricacies of the software can also easily use it and realise the system without doing research how to manage the code itself!

There is no requirement to do anything with the source code but load it into the Arduino IDE and send it to the Arduino.  The main file does have a comment regarding changing the flag for AD9850 versus AD9851.  This is not mandatory and is only there because I wanted the DDS/Arduino portion of the hardware to come up running on a defined frequency even without the Windows program.  

Hope all will take it in a good spirit. Once again thanks for all contributors for their time,efforts and kind graciousness without which the PHSNA might not have born. 



Nick, WA5BDU 

From: "kennnick@... [PHSNA]" <PHSNA@...>
To: PHSNA@...
Sent: Sunday, February 1, 2015 9:08 AM
Subject: [PHSNA] Files clean-up in Windows PHSNA folder

First, I made a slight revision to the Windows version User's Guide which is now called "PHSNA User's Guide 1r35a.PDF".  This document includes a discussion of which source files must be compiled and sent to the Arduino to make it work with the Windows version of PHSNA, and some of the file names weren't accurate.  So that was just a minor correction.

Secondly, I'd like to delete all of the outdated source code and executable files from the folder.  Although they are marked "archival", I can see how the whole process of selecting and processing the right files could be confusing enough for a newcomer without having the extra junk in the folder. So if I don't hear any strong objections, I'll get rid of the clutter later today.

Let me just revisit what this folder is for and what's in it.  

PHSNA exists in several flavors including the original version where the Arduino talks to a terminal program on a PC or any other hardware platform, then the version in which the Arduino talks to a Windows application running on a PC.  There's also the NAT portable device which now has its own Yahoo group, I think.  And there could be even more I'm forgetting.  Add to that the variations in hardware and I can see how a newby could have a hard time figuring out where to grab on.  (Jim has some good guidance in his PDFs on the site though.)

Now, where was I?  Oh yeah, all the files needed to run the Windows version of PHSNA are located in the folder Windows PHSNA.

The windows program is called PHSNA.exe.  No installation is required; you just run it.  It has two small text files containing user preferences and calibration info:  Parameters.txt and memories.txt.  These go in the folder with the main file.

Along with that, the Arduino source file PHSNA_VB.ino must be compiled in your Arduino IDE and sent to the Arduino.  One additional source file called Morse.ino must be located in the folder with PHSNA_VB.ino.

Simple, eh?


Nick, WA5BDU

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