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80m Net - 3.668MHz - Mon, 04/08/2019 7:00pm-7:30pm #cal-reminder

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80m Net - 3.668MHz

When:
Monday, 8 April 2019
7:00pm to 7:30pm
(GMT+10:00) Australia/Canberra

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Weekly 80m Net on 3.668Mhz.

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2019 European Sun Tour

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

The European Sun Tour for electrically assisted bikes/trikes is on again in 2019. Details are available at: https://www.thesuntrip.com/suntriptour2019-registration/
Kevin Crockett
VK3CKC
Axedale, Victoria

80m Net - 3.668MHz - Mon, 04/15/2019 7:00pm-7:30pm #cal-reminder

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80m Net - 3.668MHz

When:
Monday, 15 April 2019
7:00pm to 7:30pm
(GMT+10:00) Australia/Canberra

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Re: Lighting

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Successfully tested basic operation of installed rear lighting today.
Have added a small "dashboard" with repeaters for rear lighting. Most reassuring to see telltale dashboard indication that the lights are functioning as designed. Not much fun to find that the USB power plug has fallen out (happened on earlier trials) and the tail and indicator lights that you thought were being displayed, actually weren't there at all. A cursory glance at the dashboard and one returns to a calmer state.
A word of advice. I detest those micro USB connectors at any time. Add the vibration on a bike or trike and there connections can become iffy at best. They need to be firmly fixed in place (insulation tape) and prevented from vibrating. Vibration is the worst enemy of any connector. Hard wired would be best.
The next stage is to add the fancy lights for the Light The Trail ride from Axedale to Heathcote on April 26th. This will be a separate Arduino for a quick fix but will be incorporated into the lighting controller at a later date. After that comes LED additions for the front and a dedicated 5V power source from the onboard 12V battery.

80m Net - 3.668MHz - Mon, 04/22/2019 7:00pm-7:30pm #cal-reminder

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80m Net - 3.668MHz

When:
Monday, 22 April 2019
7:00pm to 7:30pm
(GMT+10:00) Australia/Canberra

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80m Net - 3.668MHz - Mon, 04/29/2019 7:00pm-7:30pm #cal-reminder

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80m Net - 3.668MHz

When:
Monday, 29 April 2019
7:00pm to 7:30pm
(GMT+10:00) Australia/Canberra

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Re: Lighting

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

A successful LED lighting trial for during the O'Keefe Challenge April 26 and April 28.
The Light the Trail Night ride included rear lights powered by a USB battery pack that ran the flashing tail light, indicators and even hazard lights at one stage. This was for riding from Axedale to Heathcote and back - about 66km. There was no diminishing of light output and no interruption to the lights with the USM power cabled firmly tethered to the battery pack to prevent it vibrating out. The battery pack indication was that it would have lasted 3 or 4 times that distance.
In addition to the rear lights, I ran a 3 metre long, 90-LED display lighting strip from one side, up towards the front and down the other side with 20 or so different display patterns. This lit up both sides of the riding trail and is an indication of what white side lighting and reverse lighting could do. Great. This was powered from my on-board 9AH 12V SLA battery via a simple 7805 (1.5A) regulator. I ran it all the way to Heathcote and back without any problems.
The Challenge ride, 42km from Junortoun to Heathcote only required the rear lighting. Altough not a great distance, it ran the taillight for the 7 hours duration and indicators/hazard flashers for 3/4hr less than that. This only depleted the battery pack by an indicated 25%,
I forgot to mention the dashboard indications were powered as well.
Improvements? Front lights, change colurs of dashboard display to mimic rear lights, a couple more 5V regulators to power all from 12V battery (might not suit you but you could use 18650s instead) and a power distribution panel from the battery. I now have to do it properly.
All in all, a very successful trial once I discovered that the cyclicly intermittent e-Assist USB outlet did not power the microprocessor reliably. Yippee!!

New file uploaded to pedalradio@groups.io

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This email message is a notification to let you know that a file has been uploaded to the Files area of the pedalradio@groups.io group.

File: BikeLights_V7.0d_48_LED_2019_05_02.ino

Uploaded By: Kevin Crockett

Description:
It's here, a complete front and rear trike lighting system: Indicators front and rear, hazard flashers front and rear, white flashing front running light that operates in unison with the tail light, reversing light, interior light, dashboard repeaters, and drive for an indicator reminder buzzer. File: BikeLights_V7.0d_48_LED_2019_05_02.ino.

You can access this file at the URL:
https://groups.io/g/pedalradio/files/BikeLights_V7.0d_48_LED_2019_05_02.ino

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80m Net - 3.668MHz - Mon, 05/06/2019 7:00pm-7:30pm #cal-reminder

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80m Net - 3.668MHz

When:
Monday, 6 May 2019
7:00pm to 7:30pm
(GMT+10:00) Australia/Canberra

Description:
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2019, Sunday, May 12: Bike Bendigo Monthly Ride

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

The monthly Bike Benigo Community Ride is on again tomorrow. Starts 10am from the piazza, on the corner near the fountain, progresses along Bendigo Creek Trail to the Botanic Gardens, Epsom. Trevor and I intend to be there.
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Kevin Crockett
VK3CKC
Axedale, Victoria

Re: 2019, Sunday, May 12: Bike Bendigo Monthly Ride

Graeme Knight - VK3GRK
 

Will be at Smeaton tomorrow, enjoy the ride!

Bicycle Network To Visit Bendigo

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Bicycle Network, the Victorian advocacy for better cycling infrastructure, plan to visit Bendigo on June 14 and June 15 in their endeavours to raise their profile in support of Bendigo cycle users. Specific details of their activities have not been finalised as yet but plans are afoot to include Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail, Bike Bendigo, and active members of the pedal radio group. I know that they plan to ride some bike trails and interview users.

Details will be posted as they become available.
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Kevin Crockett
VK3CKC
Axedale, Victoria

Sunday June 9 Bike Bendigo Community Ride

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

The monthly Bike Bendigo Ride is on again - from the piazza (fountain) and out the Spring Gully Trail. The weather might have other ideas.
Kevin Crockett
VK3CKC
Axedale, Victoria

Re: Bicycle Network To Visit Bendigo

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

I don't have any update details for the Bicycle Network visit to Bendigo. Nothing else has appeared and they don't seem to have followed up on requests for more information on their planned activities so that locals can join in. Strange!

Re: Bicycle Network To Visit Bendigo

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Bicycle Network has postponed their visit to Bendigo out of consideration for the Keating family and friends re the recent Kangaroo Flat fatality.

Weekly Meeting

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

To all members of this Group:

I am proposing a weekly, physical PedalRadio gathering at the Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club headquarters at the old Longlea State School, Longlea Lane, Longlea. This location is easily accessed from Bendigo via the McIvor Highway or, better still, the O'Keefe Rail Trail.

For those of you who would be interested in attending, what day or part of that day would be most desireable - morning, afternoon, weekday or weekend? Wednesday morning is not available. I am open to all suggestions. Weekend would probably be more attractive for many due to work commitments, etc.

Any thoughts?
Kevin Crockett
VK3CKC
Axedale, Victoria

Re: Weekly Meeting

Monica Crockett - VK3FMON
 

Hi Kevin,

My thoughts would be a Tuesday morning, then if needed would be able to run into the afternoon if required. I think that weekends  people have more commitments with families. Also would tie us up for going away.

Monica.
VK3FMON

Re: Electronic Accessories

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

I have uploaded an image of the free Ulysse Speedo app to the VK3CKC - Trikes photo album. This app has many features that do not require an Internet connection. Speed display is provided by GPS. I have used it off and on for a number of years. The paid version that I now have is only a couple of dollars from memory. I intend to have it displayed on a 10.1" tablet under testing on my Warrior. The tablet will also be used to control my video camera.

A really nice feature is the ability to launch any app from within the display once it is set up. Well worth a look.

Re: Planned Ride

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

Sunday, July 14, Bike Bendigo Community Ride

Officially starts in the McIvor Park Estate, Junortoun: at the playground on Inverness Drive, and finishes at the Strath Football Netball Club. I will be riding the O'Keefe trail to near where it crosses the McIvor Hwy, Junortoun, to meet up with anyone who wants venture ou from Bendigo on the Trail, planning to leave the Trail at McIvor Hwy about 9.40am to go to the playground at Inverness Street. I will be Tail End Charlie for this ride. We can go for a coffee at the Strath shopping centre after leaving the Football Netball Club.

Re: Electronic Accessories

Kevin Crockett - VK3CKC
 

My current trike construction has led me down a number of intermediate paths towards future electronic accessories for when it is completed. The first of these was the previously described lighting. I have almost completed the installation of a temporary "dashboard" to my Warrior trike to facilitate testing and shakedown. A suitable mount for a tablet has been fashioned. This tablet will be the main display and will show the Ulysse Speedo and also the image that my video camera is taking. In order to avoid a number of switches and wiring, I have a smaller tablet that will be used for a number of control functions including the lighting and stepper motor camera rotation.

How do I intend to implement all that? Research led me to a free downloadable computer app called MIT App Inventor. This app provides drag and drop creation of display and functionality with either a small screen device emulation or direct casting to your phone or tablet via WiFi through the companion app, MIT AI2 Companion. Together, these apps can create an installable app for your phone or tablet that will allow you to control an Arduino or similar micro. It is quite easy to use with little understanding of programming. Logic functions are also drag and drop. The process is to design the display and then drag and drop the required logic, connecting them like a jigsaw puzzle. There are many YouTube "How to" videos that can help you along. So far I have been positioning buttons and integrating speech synthesis that provides speech confirmation of the button presses. Much more to come yet.

Worth a look if you are looking for some design-your-own Android phone app operation.