I've just issued a new release 201801061. The major changes are that it introduces the DATV Express as an output Device for the Signal Generator, and also allows the use of electronically-controlled attenuators on the Signal Generator. A future release will also allow the attenuator to be programmed to a set level for each band for the DATV Transmitter, so that you can adjust transmitter drive on a per-band basis.
The option is also introduced to apply 333KS QPSK modulation to the DATV Express Signal Generator or Portsdown Signal Generator Output. The level can then be adjusted whilst viewing the transmitted spectrum to allow the correct level to be set whilst monitoring spectrum regrowth.
The receive/signal monitor switching has been improved; only a single screen touch is now required to exit from receive, and the signal parameters are cleared from the screen after each receiving session.
Signal Generator details are here: https://wiki.batc.org.uk/Portsdown_Signal_Generator
Output Attenuator details are here: https://wiki.batc.org.uk/Output_Attenuator
Thanks to Ray M0DHP for writing the Attenuator control code and for testing and offering constructive comments.
Yes me again! The build and testing continues and I've hit an issue, not sure if it's me. The Portsdown works great on all modes with the Pi camera but I've just acquired an ex CCTV camera and although all seems fine on H264 I'm getting the circular constellation if I try MPEG2. I've tried various frequencies and SR's but always the same. Software version 201801061
Is the camera directly USB-connected to the Pi, like a webcam, not via EasyCap? If so, one thing to try is setting the Portsdown audio mode to “none” or “beeps”. I’m not sure if there’s a menu button to do this - you may need to use PuTTY to open a console session to set it - it’s under System Setup.
- H264 mode
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Not a problem that I have seen before. However, please go into the console, go to System Setup, and then option 8 "Audio Input". Use the down arrows and then the space bar to select "no_audio" and press enter.
Then see if the problem is still there.
Do you have anything else connected by USB? Mic dongle? RTL-SDR?
Do you still have a PiCam connected?
Does the MPEG-2 Test Card (selected on Menu 2) still work?
Went into console and selected no audio, still the same. H264 with both Pi cam and composite input both work, Pi cam MPEG2 and Card MPEG work just not composite MPEG2. As for USB devices, there's the Easy-cap and a usb sound card dongle, no RTL-SDR. Pi cam is still connected as it's built into the front panel of the Portsdown.
Easy-cap changed and now have working MPEG2 composite. Beats me how it was working for H264 but not MPEG2 but now we're 100%. I can now concentrate on building a PA for 146.5MHz. One step closer...