A simple improvement that I have done to all my RTL-SDR sticks is the hardening against electromagnetic interferences (EMI) or noise using a self made sheet metal housing.
The ADSB receiver OS image that I use provides several performance graphs including the CPU temperature. For receivers installed on a remote location that is maybe not enough to monitor what’s going on inside and outside the box. For that reason I decided to install additional temperature sensors in my ADSB receiver box. My choice was the the Dallas DS1820 1-wire temperature sensor. It’s easy to interface to an Raspberry Pi and the kernel comes already with drivers. Perfect for that purpose.
This upgrade is divided into two steps: 1. Connect the DS1820 to the Raspberry Pi and configure the kernel drivers – 2. Reconfiguring the collectd service and the shell script that is creating the performance graph so that the additional temperatures will be logged and plotted as well.
Here is a first upgrade for my ADSB receiver box – GPS precision time. The MLAT position calculation for aircrafts depends on a precise time. While there is already a time synchronization between MLAT receivers in a specific area it is also possible to add a precise time source to improve the calculation result. A GPS receiver is such source when equipped with a PPS (pulse per second) output. The PPS is a signal with a width of less than one second and a sharply rising or abruptly falling edge that accurately repeats once per second with low jitter. The GPS time and PPS signal are then used to sync the internal ntp time service and keep a low offset and jitter.
Setting up the piDrive is a simple task. Required is microSD card of at least 128MB size, the SD image below and an actual Raspberry PI OS image of your choice. Continue reading
Well, I’m very happy with the piDrive I got as pledge from the Kickstarter campaign. Work nice and smooth on a 24/7 base in my personal webserver. But while building some other stuff with Raspberries I had a demand for some more piDrives. Unfortunately the maker of the Kickstarter campaign no longer response, there webpage has not seen any updates for month, almost a year, and there shop shows the piDrive anytime out of stock.
So I fired up my layout tool and put together my own piDrive design, similar to the original one, also based on PL-2571B.