Portsdown Transmitter User guide

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The Portsdown transmitter has been designed to provide an easy way to “get on air” with Digital ATV at a relatively low cost covering all of the commonly used modes so enabling it to be used on ATV repeaters but also for RB-TV Dx working.

This user guide is in a number of sections which cover detailed descriptions for hardware and software, how to build and configure the system, some advanced features and an FAQ.

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System specification

Building the system

  • Portsdown hardware Detailed description of the Portsdown hardware and a shopping list of what you need to buy and where to buy it.
  • Assembling your Portsdown How to put all the hardware together - you need to read this!

Portsdown Software

Configuring and controlling the system

  • Initial setup You must follow these steps before using your Portsdown transmitter.

Once you have configured the system, you can control the Portsdown transmitter in one of 2 modes: through the console using a second computer or by the use of the Rpi touchscreen - you will set which mode you want to use during the initial setup.

  • Touchscreen mode How to use your Portsdown transmitter using the Touchscreen LCD only
  • Console mode Use this mode to configure your Portsdown and change pre-set configs (such as SR and Freq) used in touch screen buttons.
  • Changing system setup How to change Portsdown transmitter settings when in Touchscreen mode
  • QPSKRF or Ugly mode Notes on this special test mode and the limitations when using it
  • Setting up the WiFi How to set up the WiFi on the RPi3 Portsdown Transmitter

Advanced features

The Portsdown is not just a DATV transmitter but has several advanced features which are or may be available in the future:

Additional information

Filters and driver amplifiers are not part of the Portsdown project but VERY important

The Portsdown user's community including a map showing where user locations

An index of all Portsdown pages

You may also find this index of TLAs useful when reading the manual!

Portsdown transmitter FAQ

And of course we need an FAQ page for those people who don't read the manual!