Console mode

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The Console provides a means to configure all aspects of the Portsdown Transmitter Software, as well as providing an interface to operate the transmitter.

Entering console mode

If your Portsdown transmitter is normally configured to boot up and be used in Touchscreen mode and you want to change some parameters such as station name, simply follow this procedure.

The process is very similar to initial set up and is done by using an external PC running an SSH Terminal application such as Putty.

  • Connect the RPi to the same network as your PC, and turn the Portsdown on. If you already have a touch screen on your Portsdown, note down the IP address displayed when the system boots.
If you do not have a touch screen connected use the IP Scanner program to find the IP address of your RPi.
  • Open Putty and enter the IP address of your RPi and open a connection. At the logon prompt enter the default username of pi and the password. The default password is raspberry - but you may have changed this.

As the Portsdown transmitter is still in touchscreen mode, the putty window will be showing the keyboard commands - try pressing a button on the Touchscreen and you will see the command displayed.

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To exit Touchscreen mode press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys on the PC keyboard simultaneously - the Touchscreen will go blank, the console menu will start automatically and you will see the following screen:

Note, if the console menu does not appear and you end up at the Linux Command Line, you can get back to the Main Console Menu by typing: /home/pi/rpidatv/scripts/menu.sh menu

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You can now make any changes you require (see initial setup for details on options) and as long as you do not change the autostart configuration, the Portsdown will automatically boot back in to Touchscreen mode when restarted.

Note - in all menus press the up and down PC keyboard arrows to highlight the item that you require and then the space bar to select it (don’t forget this!). Then press Enter to make the changes and return to the main menu.

Menu options

This page lists the menu options that are available as at Software Version 201710081.

                  Main Menu
 │                0 Transmit 437 Mhz, 333 KS, FEC 7/8.                            │
 │                1 Source   Select Video Source (DESKTOP selected)               │
 │                2 Output   Configure Output (QPSKRF selected)                   │
 │                3 Station  Station call setup                                   │
 │                4 Receive  Receive via rtlsdr                                   │
 │                5 System   System setup                                         │
 │                6 System 2 Advanced System Setup                                │
 │                7 Language Set Language and Keyboard                            │
 │                8 Shutdown Shutdown and reboot options                          │
       Source Menu
│    ( ) CAMH264       Pi Camera, H264 Encoding                              │
│    ( ) CAMMPEG-2     Pi Camera, MPEG-2 Encoding (for old Sat RX)           │
│    ( ) FILETS        Play a Transport stream file (.ts)                    │
│    ( ) PATERNAUDIO   JPEG Pictures From File (no audio)                    │
│    ( ) CARRIER       Carrier with no Modulation                            │
│    ( ) TESTMODE      Testmode for Carrier Null                             │
│    ( ) IPTSIN        Transport stream from network                         │
│    ( ) ANALOGCAM     Analog (EasyCap) Video Input                          │
│    ( ) VNC           Show PC Desktop via VNC                               │
│    (*) DESKTOP       Show Touchscreen or Raspberry Pi Display              │
│    ( ) CONTEST       Show Contest Numbers                                  │
│    ( ) ANALOGMPEG-2  MPEG-2 and sound from Comp Video Input                │


                        Output Menu
 │                     1 SymbolRate  Symbol Rate Setup                        │
 │                     2 FEC         FEC Setup                                │
 │                     3 Output mode Output Mode                              │
 │                     4 PID         PID setup                                │
 │                     5 Frequency   Output frequency(MHZ)                    │
 │                     6 Caption     Callsign Caption in MPEG-2 on/off        │
      FEC Menu
 |    ( ) 1  1/2                                                              │
 │    ( ) 2  2/3                                                              │
 │    ( ) 3  3/4                                                              │
 │    ( ) 5  5/6                                                              │
 │    (*) 7  7/8                                                              │
     Output Mode Menu
│    ( ) IQ           IQ output for Portsdown filter modulator board         │
│    (*) QPSKRF       UGLY Test Mode.  RF from pin 32. No modulator required.│
│    ( ) BATC         Stream to BATC.TV                                      │
│    ( ) STREAMER     Stream to other Streaming Facility                     │
│    ( ) DIGITHIN     Use Digithin Modulator Card                            │
│    ( ) DTX1         Use DTX1 TS Extender Card                              │
│    ( ) DATVEXPRESS  Use DATV Express connected by USB                      │
│    ( ) IP           Transmit on IP network                                 │
│    ( ) COMPVID      Output PAL Comp Video from Raspberry Pi AV Socket      │
             Receive Menu
│    1 Receive DATV  Use the RTL to Receive with same settings as transmit   │
│    2 Start RTL-TCP Start the RTL-TCP Server for use with SDR Sharp         │
│    3 Stop RTL-TCP  Stop the RTL-TCP Server                                 │
             System Setup Menu
│            1 Autostart       Automatic startup                             │
│            2 Display         Display type                                  │
│            3 IP              IP Address                                    │
│            4 WiFi Set-up     SSID and password                             │
|            5 WiFi Off        Turn the WiFi Off                             │
│            6 Enable DigiThin Not Implemented Yet                           │
│            7 Set-up EasyCap  Set input socket and PAL/NTSC                 │
│            8 Audio Input     Select USB Dongle or EasyCap                  │
│            9 Update          Check for Updated rpidatv Software            │
     Autostart Menu
│    ( ) Prompt             Log-on to Linux Command Prompt                   │
│    (*) Console            Log-on to Portsdown Console Menu                 │
│    ( ) TX_boot            Boot-up to Transmit                              │
│    ( ) Display_boot       Boot-up to Touchscreen Display                   │
│    ( ) TestRig_boot       Boot-up to Test Rig for F-M Boards               │
│    ( ) Button_boot        Boot-up to Button Control                        │
│    ( ) Keyed_Stream_boot  Boot up to Keyed Repeater Streamer               │
│    ( ) Cont_Stream_boot   Boot up to Always-on Repeater Streamer           │
│    ( ) Keyed_TX_boot      Boot up to GPIO Keyed Transmitter                │
     Display type Menu
│    ( ) Tontec35   Tontec 3.5 inches                                        │
│    ( ) HDMITouch  HDMI touchscreen                                         │
│    (*) Waveshare  Waveshare 3.5 A LCD (default)                            │
│    ( ) WaveshareB Waveshare 3.5 B LCD (alternative)                        │
│    ( ) Console    Network Console                                          │
       Advanced System Setup Menu
│      1 Set Presets       For Touchscreen Frequencies                       │
│      2 Set Presets       For Touchscreen Symbol Rates                      │
│      3 ADF4351 Ref Freq  Set ADF4351 Reference Freq and Cal                │
│      4 ADF4351 Levels    Set ADF4351 Levels for Each Band                  │
│      5 DATV Express      Configure DATV Express Settings for each band     │
│      6 Contest Numbers   Set Contest Numbers for each band                 │
│      7 Viewfinder        Disable or Enable Viewfinder on Touchscreen       │
│      8 SD Card Info      Show SD Card Information                          │
│      9 Factory Settings  Restore Initial Configuration                     │
│      10 Back-up Settings Save Settings to a USB drive                      │
│      11 Load Settings    Load settings from a USB Drive                    │
                 Language Selection Menu
│                1 French Menus    Menus Francais                            │
│                2 English Menus   Change Menus to English                   │
│                3 German Menus    Menüs auf Deutsch wechseln                │
│                4 French Keyboard Needs reboot after setting                │
│                5 UK Keyboard     Needs reboot after setting                │
│                6 US Keyboard     Needs reboot after setting                │
           Shutdown Menu
│    1 Shutdown now            Immediate Shutdown                            │
│    2 Reboot now              Immediate reboot                              │
│    3 Exit to Linux           Exit menu to Command Prompt                   │
│    4 Restore TouchScreen     Exit to LCD.  Use ctrl-C to return            │
│    5 Start Keyed TX          Start the GPIO keyed Transmitter              │
│    6 Start Keyed Streamer    Start the keyed Repeater Streamer             │
│    7 Start Constant Streamer Start the constant Repeater Streamer          │
│    8 Start Test Rig          Test rig for pre-sale testing of FM Boards    │
│    9 Button Enable           Enable Shutdown Button                        │
│    10 Button Disable         Disable Shutdown Button                       │