7 months ago •
It's almost the August 20th deadline! Here is an introduction to the Smart Antenna Tracker:
The mechanical portions of the build are going great! I have dusted off my woodworking skills and started building an attractive yet light weight base for the antenna tracker. Anticipate pictures within a week!
Also, I am seriously considering some ServoCity gearboxes that will make the build sturdier and will save some space on the PCB.
Fun Fact: The Smart Antenna Tracker is going to look like it fell out of a Portal video game. A happy accident!
8 months ago •
I have ordered my PCB from ITEAD and a whole bunch of parts from Digikey. Digikey didn't have a HM-TRP module but a quick google search revealed a few suppliers. Now we play the waiting game. ITEAD can take up to a month to reach your doorstep.
Now I can start working on the mechanical potions of the build! This might be my greatest challenge so far. Stay tuned!
8 months ago •
When I finished my eagle board I went to digikey and began sourcing my parts. I found out that one of my power ICs was no longer available so I had to change one of my buck convertors. Then I decided to change out my Accelerometer/Magnetometer for a LSM9DS0 which is a 9DOF IC including an Accelerometer, Gyro, and Magnetometer. This will help me sleep at night knowing I will have very good attitude awareness of the antennas.
Also if you read my last log entry you will notice I had some trouble getting a .GKO from the CAM job provided by ITEAD studios. A .GKO is a board outline file. Unfortunately, the CAM job provided by ITEAD does not produce a .GKO but it does produce a .do and a .GML which appear to be similar. I was unsure which file I should send in to I emailed ITEAD's customer service.
ITEAD opened a service ticket and immediately closed it. I did not get a response from them. Two days later I sent them a nasty gram and I got this response.
Maybe I am doing something wrong, but this customer service sucks. I used ITEAD once before and I think I just renamed my .GML to .GKO. I'll try it and see what happens.