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Re: Another Off Topic: W*BH's GPS Clock

Mark M
 

Here's what I've come up with so far. I moved the status and sat count to the title bar as in the dual version, that freed up the line for the grid & lat/long. I also had a version that showed altitude in place of lat/long. As for the 10 digit grid, I didn't know there was such a thing. Interesting. It probably wouldn't be too difficult to add the additional digits.

73....    Mark    AA7TA


Re: Another Off Topic: W*BH's GPS Clock

Bruce Hall
 

Thanks Mark!   It will be fun to see this on the clock.   Let me know when you've got it working so we can compare notes.

I dabbled with it a bit over the weekend, too.  I have a version running on my clock that shows your current grid square with whatever precision you want, down to super-extended squares (10 digits, ~30 meter resolution).   I didn't know what my super-extended square was until yesterday.

Bruce


On Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 12:04 AM Mark M <junquemaile@...> wrote:
Quick progress report...

I found the grid calculation code (I really need to get some version control set up so I can find things easier) and I have it running in the single version. It shouldn't be difficult to add it to the dual version, hopefully in the next couple days. Stay tuned...

73...     Mark    AA7TA


Re: Another Off Topic: W*BH's GPS Clock

Mark M
 

Quick progress report...

I found the grid calculation code (I really need to get some version control set up so I can find things easier) and I have it running in the single version. It shouldn't be difficult to add it to the dual version, hopefully in the next couple days. Stay tuned...

73...     Mark    AA7TA


Re: Another Off Topic: W*BH's GPS Clock

Dave, G8PGO
 

Hi Bruce

Will look at that and give it another try and will see what Mark M comes up with for the grid code.
I will also have a go myself but don't hold out too much hope in that direction.

Several people at our club have expressed an interest in it so will have to get a few more boards don't
That's after 15 of them have finished building a version of your Morse tutor.

Dave, G8PGO


Re: Another Off Topic: W*BH's GPS Clock

Mark M
 

Hi guys...

I've also been playing with the code and am planing to add the lat/long and the grid square. I have it coded in another GPS clock I did a while back (based on another one of Bruce's articles) so it should be pretty simple to add the code (famous last words :) ). I'm working with the single version but I think it could be added to the dual version as well, just gotta find space for it on the display. Hopefully I'll have it running in a few days, just gotta get a round tuit first. ;)

I'll keep you posted...

73...     Mark     AA7TA


Re: Another Off Topic: W*BH's GPS Clock

Bruce Hall
 

Hi Dave.

I am glad you are having fun with the clock.   Your PCB looks great!

For the 3 items you mentioned:

1) "GPS TIME": this line of code is unused, so I removed it.  Thanks for the tip.

2) TFT eSPI:  any time you update your library, you will need to create/reinstall your setup file.  Bodmer describes this unpleasant side effect in his github documentation.   Try that first. 

3) I agree that the grid-square would be a nice addition to the project.   You could compute the grid square from the GPS lat/lon data.   Maybe I will program it some day!

Bruce

On Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 11:25 AM Dave, G8PGO <murzim@...> wrote:
Hi Bruce
Still playing with my version of the GPS Clock.
Looking through the code there is a line
#define TITLE            "GPS TIME"                // shown at top of display
But does not appear.

Also there was an update to the TFT_eSPI library in the IDE, I let it go ahead and updated the code on the clock and no display.
Fortunately had the had the old library on another machine to copy across, now back up and working. 
Are there changes to made with the new version of TFT_eSPI v2.2.23

Lastly a request as my coding skills are no good enough, is there a chance you could add some code to display the Grid Square on the same line as UTC.

Nearly finished putting the bits on to a PCB, just waiting for a voltage regulator.

Thanks for a great little project 
73
Dave, G8PGO


Another Off Topic: W*BH's GPS Clock

Dave, G8PGO
 

Hi Bruce
Still playing with my version of the GPS Clock.
Looking through the code there is a line
#define TITLE            "GPS TIME"                // shown at top of display
But does not appear.

Also there was an update to the TFT_eSPI library in the IDE, I let it go ahead and updated the code on the clock and no display.
Fortunately had the had the old library on another machine to copy across, now back up and working. 
Are there changes to made with the new version of TFT_eSPI v2.2.23

Lastly a request as my coding skills are no good enough, is there a chance you could add some code to display the Grid Square on the same line as UTC.

Nearly finished putting the bits on to a PCB, just waiting for a voltage regulator.

Thanks for a great little project 
73
Dave, G8PGO


Off Topic: W8BH's GPS CLOCK

Ken Kaplan
 

Hi guys.
Just finished Bruce's new project, the GPS Clock.
With only 3 parts (Blue Pill, Display and GPS Module), you can have
a nice accurate clock for the shack. I have been referring to a small
paper chart to convert local time to UTC. I am planning to install it in a
Hammond 1591XXSSBK box. A great addition to the shack!
73
Ken WB2ART
ps: also have some finished morse tutors if anyone is interested.

 


Re: Off-topic: WWVB clock

Dave, G8PGO
 

Bruce
Thanks

73

Dave, G8PGO


Re: Off-topic: WWVB clock

Bruce Hall
 

Dave,
I just added DEFINES to specify the time format for each clock.  It should work better now.
And that compiler warning is OK.

Bruce

On Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 2:12 PM Dave, G8PGO <murzim@...> wrote:
Hi Bruce
Started off with the Radio version but now on the Duel GPS version as I have a dead radio module.
GPS version seems to be working OK and had no problems changing time zones to the UK.
Do get this compile waning and am assuming I can just ignore it.
WARNING: library Timezone claims to run on avr architecture(s) and may be incompatible with your current board which runs on stm32 architecture(s).

Also been looking at having both clock diplays on 24h but changing #define USE_12HR_FORMAT  to false only changes the UTC clock to 24h.
What do I need to change for the local time clock

73
Dave, G8PGO


Re: Off-topic: WWVB clock

Dave, G8PGO
 

Hi Bruce
Started off with the Radio version but now on the Duel GPS version as I have a dead radio module.
GPS version seems to be working OK and had no problems changing time zones to the UK.
Do get this compile waning and am assuming I can just ignore it.
WARNING: library Timezone claims to run on avr architecture(s) and may be incompatible with your current board which runs on stm32 architecture(s).

Also been looking at having both clock diplays on 24h but changing #define USE_12HR_FORMAT  to false only changes the UTC clock to 24h.
What do I need to change for the local time clock

73
Dave, G8PGO


Re: Off-topic: WWVB clock

Mark M
 

Thanks for the quick reply, Bruce.

Both displays I've tried have the XPT2046.

When I look at the T_CS pin with a scope I see a bunch of pulses coming from the blue pill every few seconds. Polling?

I'll poke around some more and make sure I haven't done something dumb. Maybe take a look at the library code.

We can take this off-line if you'd prefer. OTOH there's not a lot of traffic here and it might be of interest to others.

73...    Mark


Re: Off-topic: WWVB clock

Bruce Hall
 

Hi Mark.

You are correct about wiring T_CS to PA2.   The first thing to check is your display module.   You may have a display module with a T_CS pin but does not have the XPT2046 touch controller chip.    Look at the back of your display to see if one is installed. 

Bruce

On Mon, Oct 5, 2020 at 8:15 PM Mark M <junquemaile@...> wrote:
Thanks Bruce!

I've done a  few GPS clocks, mostly based on the design on your web site but none with the graphics display. I had started hacking one from your WWVB design and came pretty close to the same result as yours. I like the dual display, tho, that's a nice touch.

I compiled & loaded both and they both work OK except that the single version does not respond to touch. Are there any wiring changes needed to enable touch? I connected the T_CS on the display to PA2, based on the settings in the User_Setup.h file but I may be misinterpreting it.

Thanks & 73.....      Mark    AA7TA


Re: Off-topic: WWVB clock

Mark M
 

Thanks Bruce!

I've done a  few GPS clocks, mostly based on the design on your web site but none with the graphics display. I had started hacking one from your WWVB design and came pretty close to the same result as yours. I like the dual display, tho, that's a nice touch.

I compiled & loaded both and they both work OK except that the single version does not respond to touch. Are there any wiring changes needed to enable touch? I connected the T_CS on the display to PA2, based on the settings in the User_Setup.h file but I may be misinterpreting it.

Thanks & 73.....      Mark    AA7TA


Re: Off-topic: WWVB clock

Bruce Hall
 

Mark,

GPS-based Clock using Morse Tutor parts ---

- Bruce


Re: Off-topic: WWVB clock

Mark M
 
Edited

That's really cool, Bruce. Thanks for posting.

Care to share the GPS version? I have some spare GPS modules along with enough spare MCT bits.

Not that I need another project.   :)

Thanks & 73.....

Mark       AA7TA


Off-topic: WWVB clock

Bruce Hall
 

It's way off topic, but if you have spare Blue Pills or displays from your Morse Tutor you may be interested.   

I did a quick and easy clock project using those components.

The receiver is designed for WWVB.  It can be modified for use with other time standards (such as DCF77 and JJY).  I have a GPS version running on my desk now.

Bruce


Pocket Tutor extra pcb's and built Morse Tutors

Ken Kaplan
 

Hi guys.
I have 2 pocket tutor bare pcb's, 2 morse tutors with 2.2 inch displays and 2 morse tutors with 3.2 inch displays.
All 4 work great.
Please email me at wb2art@... if interested.
I have no other extra parts.
73
Ken


Extra MCT PCBs - Anyone Need One?

Mark M
 

Greetings all...

I have five PCBs for Bruce's Morse Tutor that I don't need so I'm offering them to the group. These are the Rev. 2A boards from the Gerber files that Bruce posted. I'm not looking to make money on the deal, just want to cover expenses.

I'm asking $5 for one board, shipped (USA only, please). For more than one, $3.50 per board plus $1.50 to cover postage & envelope.  I'd prefer PayPal for payment.

We've built up 3 or 4 of these and they all work just fine.

Please note...these are bare boards...I can't supply any of the components.

If you're interested, please send me a private message.

Thanks & 73...     Mark     AA7TA


Re: Small updates

Ken KM4NFQ
 

Hello Bruce W8BH

THANK YOU for the small updates!
Also, thank you for posting the updates to the group.

Regards,
Ken, KM4NFQ "Not Fully Qualified"
https://groups.io/g/w8bhMorseTutor

On Fri, Aug 28, 2020 at 10:15 PM Bruce Hall <bhall66@gmail.com> wrote:

The code for the ESP32 version of MorseTutor was just updated. The following features were added:
- selectable start-up activity
- selectable text and background colors

The code for the STM32 version of MorseTutor (including PocketTutor) was also updated. This small update increases the number of possible color combinations.

On initial startup you will likely see a strange color combination. Go to Settings-> Screen to change your text and background colors.

The new code is posted here: https://github.com/bhall66

As always, make sure you have a copy of your current.ino or .bin file before you install the new code.

Bruce
w8bh.net

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