[aprssig] APRS in-dash display

WD8ARZ wd8arz at ix.netcom.com
Sun Jan 17 08:58:25 EST 2016

Please stay on this reflector and continue this interesting topic here 
for all of us to enjoy and learn from too .... please .... thanks.

73 from Bill - WD8ARZ

On 1/17/2016 8:46 AM, Shawn Stoddard via aprssig wrote:
> What are your plans for connectivity? Strictly RF, via the Internet, or both?
> With regards to the PI there are some products that address this issue. I'm still researching. Be glad to talk off-list.
>> On Jan 17, 2016, at 00:24, Greg D via aprssig <aprssig at tapr.org> wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> Picking up on a thread I started a while back...  Not sure if this will lead to something permanent or not, but I tought I'd give it a try.
>> I got access to the back of my car's in-dash unit, and the video input connector.  It's meant for use with a back camera, which I currently don't have (though it's on the wish list...).  Found a VGA to RCA adapter box, and fired up APRSIS32 which was loaded on a small laptop.  Here's the result:
>> http://home.wavecable.com/~ko6th/aprs_dash_display.jpg
>> http://home.wavecable.com/~ko6th/aprs_laptop.jpg
>> Given the difficulty, if not questionable legality, of controlling a GUI-based laptop while driving, I think the next steps need to include:
>> 1.  Replace the laptop and VGA adapter with a Raspberry Pi.  VGA output is built-in, also much better power draw and small size. (The car is a sports car, so no room for anything bigger.)
>> 2.  Replace APRSIS32 with YAAC (for Raspberry Pi compatiblity).
>> 3.  Probably still need a keyboard for full control while parked, but add some fixed key switches tied to keyboard shortcuts for the common stuff while driving.  During the earlier exchange, Andrew figured it was a "simple" matter of a Java library to bridge the swtiches to keyboard shortcuts...  Hope he's right.
>> 4.  The Pi will boot itself when the car turns on, but I need a way to automatically safely power down the Pi when I turn the car off. Any ideas on this?
>> Anything else I'm missing?  -  Greg  KO6TH
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