Based on the RPi 4 (of course) the software will control a video switcher either by RS232 or GPIO pins and will generate a carousel of images. On receipt of a valid signal from, for example, a Ryde receiver, it will switch to that input - when the receiver closes, the logic will play a key sequence, dekey the tx and go back to the carousel.
We recognise every repeater is different and so we intend this to be a core logic that can be used as the basis for your repeater. We have tried to think of the type of options users will want and Dave has put a lot of parameters in the SSH config file but we won't be doing specials! The code will be on Github so you can modify it to suit your own needs.
The requirement spec (attached) has only just been finalised and Dave has just started writing code - an initial release is targeted to be available at the same time as the next issue of CQ-TV.
Noel - G8GTZ
Not sure if this is any help but for several years we have used Aten/Vancryst 4 port HDMI switches for our repeater
https://www.aten.com/au/en/products/pro ... es/vs481b/ There is a + b models and also a new c
The repeater has a simple 8way CStech DTMF decoder, both are cheap and effective
When the repeater turns on the HDMI switch sees the first available input, which is a perminately "ON" Raspberry Pi with test patern
Since the switcher has actual press buttons the 4 open collector outputs of the CStech decoder short each switch to earth which works well
There is also RS232 available, but we've never used it
It is recomended that all inputs share the same resolution/standard video and HDMI silver dongles used when sources/sinks don't behave
Our old setup had quite a long delay between input switching, our new one it's quite fast
Cheers Roger VK5YYY
Dave G8GKQ has made significant progress on the beta version of the controller software which was tested on the GB3HV net last night.
As Rob pointed out in a previous post, viewtopic.php?f=82&t=7092#p25696, the HDMI switcher must be "seamless" to avoid crashing the subsequent encoder.
Due to the complexities/reliability of controlling switchers via RS232, the default control method will be via infrared with the ability to program remote control codes into the RPi controller. The controller will drive an IR LED (from an old remote control) via a GPIO pin. Hardware control of older types of switchers will also be available using a number of GPIO pins.
As most seamless switchers only have 4 inputs, it will be possible to drive 2 separate IR transmitters allowing a 2nd switcher to drive the first switcher thereby providing up to 7 inputs.
A wiki page has been set up where full documentation for the project will be made available. https://wiki.batc.org.uk/Repeater_Controller
Noel - G8GTZ
The wiki pages have been updated to give a comprehensive guide to designing a system around the controller and configuring the controller for use in your system.
The system can regularly be seen in use on the GB3HV sream - net night is every Tuesday at 8pm https://batc.org.uk/live/gb3hv
If you are a repeater keeper and thinking of upgrading your system we suggest you take a look!
Please post any comments, feedback and feature requests on this forum thread.
Noel - G8GTZ