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Falcon Player Plugins / Re: Si4713 FM and RDS plugin - BETA version
« Last post by ShadowLight8 on December 12, 2018, 08:48:36 PM »
Hi ShadowLight8,

I can also confirm radio station needs to be in XX.XX digit format. 88.1 does not work (that was my issue), but 88.10 does. I'm going to hold judgement on range and sound quality at this time, as I'm testing directly in front of all my PC electronics at the moment and using the built in Pi audio. Setting power to 110 does reduce static & improve clarity a bit. A few issues:

1) It appears RDS is sending, but not the track info. MP3s have proper tags. My Zune (don't laugh) shows:

KSLB
88.1
Information
-ween

Where is it getting the 'KSLB' and 'Information' text from? So the -ween part is sending from the RDS Settings page, but no track info.

2) Should I be using the pin layout as you originally stated (5v), or the modified one suggested by Gilmax? https://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,8996.msg92366.html#msg92366
Thanks for working on this. If sound quality & range is good and kinks worked out, this might be a good inexpensive FM RDS option.


No judgement on the Zune :) I had to use my cars to test out RDS!


For what you're seeing:
KSLB - No idea...looks like call letters but radio-locator.com doesn't know anything about it
Information - RDS has a "Program Type" flag that can be set. I think I set the default to Information in the Adafruit_Si4713.py code. I can expose that as a changeable setting in the future. Check out the "Program Types" section here for the full list https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Data_System
-ween - Yup, part of the RDS station text. It's limited to 8 characters, so by default it sends out chunks every 4 seconds. If you tune to a normal radio station with your Zune, does it change periodically when listening to a single station? It might also be an artifact of the sound/range issue you're seeing. RDS doesn't get as far as the audio will from what I've seen.


Pin layout, I haven't had a chance to test using 3.3v, but if it work... :)


I just did some preliminary range testing with built in stock wire antenna, and it's very bad. With power at 110 or 115, if you're in the same room, it maybe will work. Setting it up on the opposite side of my garage inside in the same manner I have my Signstek, and it's a candle vs the sun. My Signstek 0.5w even in low power can travel for blocks, the Adafruit just barely manages to broadcast outside my garage, let alone inside the garage at opposite side. Tested with three different available frequencies, same results. If the range can't be fixed, it's a no go.


A quirk with this transmitter I ran into is that the Antenna Tuning Capacitor auto-setting feature doesn't always pick a good value. In my case, it sometimes pick ~150 or higher and I get nothing but static. Manually set it to 32, works great. Try a few different values 1, 50, 100, or so and see what sounds best. That should improve range too. You can test quickly by changing the value, saving, then use the "Execute GPIO reset" to have the board use the new value.

For the antenna, I have mine straightened out and taped to the wall, vertically oriented. If you change the antenna configuration, you might have to tweak the Antenna Tuning Capacitor as well.
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Falcon Player (FPP) / Re: FPP 2.5.1 Scheduler Won't Start in the middle of a schedule
« Last post by JonB256 on December 12, 2018, 08:39:22 PM »
Nope.  Not till I click the drip down.  It also says the next scheduled event is the next day.


Ok. That's normal. I thought maybe it never did.

Because nobody was outside, I pulled power to my Master Pi. (the Remote kept playing)
Waited 30 seconds. Powered back up.
When it started up, my Playlist did start and the Remote synchronized and restarted with it.
So, my Pi is not doing what yours does.  (running  v2.x-58-g91d954d5 (master branch) )

This is what my "schedule" file looks like:

1,First Night,11,17,00,00,22,00,00,1,2014-01-01,2099-12-31,
1,Wednesday Night,10,17,00,00,22,00,00,1,2014-01-01,2099-12-31,
1,First Night,9,17,00,00,22,00,00,1,2014-01-01,2099-12-31,
0,First Night,7,14,00,00,14,30,00,1,2014-01-01,2099-12-31,
0,First Night,7,18,00,00,18,30,00,1,2014-01-01,2099-12-31,
0,First Night,7,20,00,00,20,30,00,1,2014-01-01,2099-12-31,
0,First Night,7,00,00,00,00,00,00,1,2014-01-01,2099-12-31,

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Nope.  Not till I click the drip down.  It also says the next scheduled event is the next day.

Dennis the Menace
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F16V3 Pixel Controller / Re: F16v3 with or without SD functionality ?
« Last post by JonB256 on December 12, 2018, 08:00:04 PM »
It shows 5 modes in the drop down

E1.31/Artnet  (this is the mode it always ran before the Beta firmware)
Standalone
Remote
Master
ZCPP

No uSD card needed in E1.31. Even if it is there, it is ignored.

In Standalone, Remote and Master, it needs the uSD to function

ZCPP is more like E1.31/Artnet but improved efficiency and remote config

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Falcon Player (FPP) / Re: FPP 2.5.1 Scheduler Won't Start in the middle of a schedule
« Last post by JonB256 on December 12, 2018, 07:54:56 PM »
On your second picture, does it never show the sequences in that Playlist for manual playing?
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Falcon PiCap / Re: How to setup DMX output on PiCap
« Last post by JonB256 on December 12, 2018, 07:52:43 PM »
I did not remove the Terminate jumper when I first tried. Honestly, didn't even see the thing. :(

That application is still running using an ENTEC USB DMX-Pro dongle. I won't see it again until after New Years to test.

I have zero idea about the Hanson board.
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General Hardware / Re: Bench testing pixels
« Last post by Emuney18 on December 12, 2018, 06:21:33 PM »
I also like the SP105e controller. Super simple and foolproof.  Plus it's cheap enough that I can take it all over and not worry about spilling something on it or the kids breaking it by accident. I use a little 75w PS with it.


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Falcon Player (FPP) / Re: One sequence lags
« Last post by Todd on December 12, 2018, 05:27:16 PM »
Files are sent to you


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Falcon Player (FPP) / Re: FPP routing function
« Last post by Robertf57 on December 12, 2018, 04:46:32 PM »
 ;D Thanks CaptainMurdoch. That was the problem. Set the gateway on the BBB and now I can access it no problem. Unfortunately I haven't found a way to set the gateway of the controller (an AlphaPx 16) :-[
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F16V3 Pixel Controller / F16v3 with or without SD functionality ?
« Last post by jerryw on December 12, 2018, 04:05:51 PM »
Once b021 is loaded and working can the F16v3 work with or without the SD card?
Ie. stand along with SD card or xLights with no SD card?
Thanks,
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