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    modification to original schematic for p9 power

    jim,

    what exactly would need to be changed on your schematic to allow for "power on pin 9". from the looks of it, it would take just connecting the 12v line to pin 9 (in addition to the connection between that line and data for fooling the v1)

    the reason i ask is because i was interested in making the v1 wireless with a product like this:

    http://www.socketcom.com/product/CS0...asp?View=Specs

    i would probably add resistors to bring the voltage down a little (the adapter states an "absolute maximum" of 12v), but does this sound plausible to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatshortkid
    jim,

    what exactly would need to be changed on your schematic to allow for "power on pin 9". from the looks of it, it would take just connecting the 12v line to pin 9 (in addition to the connection between that line and data for fooling the v1)

    the reason i ask is because i was interested in making the v1 wireless with a product like this:

    http://www.socketcom.com/product/CS0...asp?View=Specs

    i would probably add resistors to bring the voltage down a little (the adapter states an "absolute maximum" of 12v), but does this sound plausible to you?
    Yeah, run the 12V line to pin 9 and it should work to provide the power.
    Sounds plausible to me. I don't know if you would have any problems getting this to work or not. You probably won't be able to control muting from software though since I use DTR to control the mute, and it appears this device does not support the flow control pins. But seems like a cool solution...

    Jim

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    Hy,

    About the serial2BT, I did found the same idea last week )
    Ok, no matter...

    Else, as I said, I've done the schematics two times and the Mute function works!!
    LOL
    SoftOne still tells me that nothing is connected, and it doesn't workn but I can mute....

    Maybe because my local store gave me 2N2222A in front of 2N3904....
    Do you think that it could be the reason ?

    Thanks a lot

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    Jim: I was thinking about ideas for the sounds there needs to be A LOT! I dont want to even move my eyes from the road, so i think a voice would be the way to go. On startup it could say "Valentine one loaded, All bogeys / Logic / Advanced Logic" then when a single threat comes you could have the strenth be a single sound that that speeds up with strength (obviously). Then the valentine blinks to tell which one is more dangerous, so there would need to be 3 sounds per band "Laser/K band/Ka band/ X band front/side/behind" And i guess it would change to whichever one is blinking. But next comes the number of bogeys. Im guessing with a seven segment display there can only be 9 bogeys at most (if you get more youre probably caught anyways). So you could either have all the sounds made in one file which would sound good like "3 Ka bands to the side" or break them up, which might sound bad "3" "ka band" "side" So I guess 9x4x3=108 files is huge, but would sound good. Or 9+4+3=16 files but might sound bad. For that matter could we have microsoft speech read the text for us, then we could choose voices and what it says, then no files! Then the only sound needed would be the strength. Any other ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by contaygious
    so does that mean you got ur cable working with mute? can you make me a really really long one
    Yeah it works with mute, check post #195 it has pics. It can be as long as you want it, the DB9 would plug into the back of the computer, then you would run a "really really long" phone cable from the accesory port to your computer. It looks like zpilott got a usb one working. So i guess it just matters whos software works better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatchStick
    Jim: I was thinking about ideas for the sounds there needs to be A LOT! I dont want to even move my eyes from the road, so i think a voice would be the way to go. On startup it could say "Valentine one loaded, All bogeys / Logic / Advanced Logic" then when a single threat comes you could have the strenth be a single sound that that speeds up with strength (obviously). Then the valentine blinks to tell which one is more dangerous, so there would need to be 3 sounds per band "Laser/K band/Ka band/ X band front/side/behind" And i guess it would change to whichever one is blinking. But next comes the number of bogeys. Im guessing with a seven segment display there can only be 9 bogeys at most (if you get more youre probably caught anyways). So you could either have all the sounds made in one file which would sound good like "3 Ka bands to the side" or break them up, which might sound bad "3" "ka band" "side" So I guess 9x4x3=108 files is huge, but would sound good. Or 9+4+3=16 files but might sound bad. For that matter could we have microsoft speech read the text for us, then we could choose voices and what it says, then no files! Then the only sound needed would be the strength. Any other ideas?
    I've been working on the audio via wav files, and trying to figure out exactly how I want it to work. I want to be able to support a gradient audio tone just like the regular V1 alerts using beep wavs, (so that it beeps faster when the signal gets stronger) but I also want it to work well for people who want to use other sounds such as voice etc. You'll have the option to play it once, loop it, etc etc when an alert occurs. I'll also consider the other things you mentioned...

    I think the voice alerts are a great idea, with the Valentine you have the option to relay a lot of information to the driver via audio without him having to look at the display at all. I think the "9+4+3" idea would be the easiest, especially if I also add signal strength to the mix!

    I did release a small update to the software, v1.2. I added the ability to resize it (remembers the size and position), an option to hide the titlebar, and the option to hide the mute button, and a few other tweaks. If you size it really really small, don't expect the words on it to look too pretty
    You can download it here:
    http://www.kc8unj.com/radar/softone120.zip

    As of right now, I am still going to be focusing on the audio alerts. I'm actually working on passing it out to another thread so it doesn't cause display lag etc... I was also thinking: as far as skins go, rather than re-invent the wheel, maybe I'll just eventually add support for zpilott's skin format.

    Jim

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    sweet job matchstick! looks good, i must have missed those pics, so does it matter if it's serial or usb for the software?

    I already got 4 usbs, so a serial would be better since I have no more usb ports left...

    Nice updates Jim! I'm going to a mute command to my road runner girder file to use with your software, is there a specific keyboard command i could send? Or could i just capture the mouseclick somehow?

    BTW the automute function is sick!

    Thanks!

    One thing, the text is a little jaggedy, anywy to fix this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by contaygious
    sweet job matchstick! looks good, i must have missed those pics, so does it matter if it's serial or usb for the software?
    For jims, i think it needs to be serial, for zpilott's it needs to be usb, until either one of them accepts the other. Serial appears to be much cheaper ($5 vs about $40) but usb seems to work more often (according to the number of successes)

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    Quote Originally Posted by contaygious
    Nice updates Jim! I'm going to a mute command to my road runner girder file to use with your software, is there a specific keyboard command i could send? Or could i just capture the mouseclick somehow?
    I'm not sure, but I don't think so.
    What I can do is set up the software to accept the press of a hot key..I'll try to make it so that a key is configurable in the software.


    Quote Originally Posted by contaygious
    One thing, the text is a little jaggedy, anywy to fix this?
    I've already got a pretty good fix for it, should be ready in the next version. However, it will only look good when "maintain aspect ratio" is selected...

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    thanks-sounds great! yeah mine is selected...that's why i was confused about the jaggedyness
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