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TeensyMaestro

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  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    Hi Phil, did you connect the 3 - 5 v line on the display board to one of the 3.3V lines on the Teensy board? If it is getting sneak power through one pf the other lines, you may see the white screen, but nothing else.

    I don't think reloading will help, if it discovers the radio and shows the connected pop-up, then the software is OK.

    Can you take a picture of the Teensy and display boards? I might be able to spot something that is amiss.

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    Forgot to mention... All of the ground connections on the Teensy are in common, and all of the 3.3 V pins are in common, so no need to connect them together. You do need to power the display from 3.3 V, not 5 V or you run the risk of knocking out the Teensy.

  • Phil VK4KW
    Phil VK4KW Member ✭✭

    Hi Len,

    The display board is connected to the Teensy board 3.3V line.

    I had to do a bit of work yesterday so I'll get to looking at the project today and then send you a picture of the boards. I'm going to check the wiring again as well as for any solder splashes.

    73,

    Phil

  • Phil VK4KW
    Phil VK4KW Member ✭✭

    It's alive! 😀

    Found a link wire which was open circuit - not very impressed with the manufacturing quality of the connector wires I bought so I might swap them all out at some stage as I can't trust them now. Also found a tiny solder splash across two tracks on the breadboard - this was my fault of course.

    Teensy seems to be happy now. Still no MUX chips delivered here, so I'll start looking at installing encoders but not the digitals obviously.

    Thanks Len........

    Phil

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    Hey, allright!! Nicely done Phil. Even without the MUX boards, you get a fair amount of functionality out of the encoders.

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    Sharp-eyed viewers might notice that Phil's display shows two slices, both labeled "A" and both TX indicators highlighted in red. This shows that Phil has two stations (GUI Clients) connected to his Flex using MultiFlex.

    The first station to connect is shown on the left and the second on the right. With this arrangement, a pair of stations sharing a Flex and each having a TeensyMaestro can easily see where the other is operating.

    I would guess that a pair of Maestros in SmartControl mode would behave the same way. If anyone knows otherwise, please correct me on this.

  • Alan
    Alan Member ✭✭✭✭

    Len

    In MultiFlex, the Flex Radio Server assigns slices on a first come first serve basis. So, the left portion has Slice (0), and the right has a piece (1), or maybe the other way around, but each is assigned the slice letter (A).

    The problem arises in your situation, which GUI client is each slice number bound to? Have you considered building in a GUI client selector?

    The Maestro, in Smart control, has a client selector on the front screen.

    Alan. WA9WUD

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    Hi Alan, yes the TeensyMaestro has a client selector and is bound to whichever client is selected. This can be changed on the fly by the user with a menu item in the TeensyMaestro.

    It sounds like the Maestro behaves the same way. I suspected this, but wasn't sure, so thanks for the confirmation.

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    TeensyMaestro V1.032 is now available on GitHub:

    ***************************** V 1.032 ***************************
     Added functionality to make the Encoder 9 (CW Speed/Menu Select) control user assignable
      (MMConfig and Misc Menu) to any of the following functions:
      CW Speed, Mic Gain, RF Power, Tune Power, WNB Level, Mon Level, VOX Level, VOX Delay, Band.
     Added code to accommodate non-US license classes (up to 5 classes) for Phone and CW/Digital.
    

    A special thanks to Phil, VK4KW for suggesting both upgrades to the TeensyMaestro. The first part of this upgrade allows you to use the MMConfig.ini file to select default behavior for the CW Speed / Menu Select encoder. A menu item lets you select the desired behavior on the fly.

    The second part is the ability to specify license class names in the configuration file. We are no longer locked into US license classes. These license classes are used to detect and report out of band operation.

    Phil, I hope that your MUX boards are getting close, I am anxious to see how your build is going!

  • Phil VK4KW
    Phil VK4KW Member ✭✭

    Just loaded the HEX file - all is well. 🤤

    Thanks Len.

    The MUX chips are nowhere to be seen as yet. The so-called 'tracking' shows them to still be in the USA, but they could be sitting in an aircraft or a customs hall somewhere and not have been 'scanned' yet so the website will only try to show the latest info / location that it has been told......

    I'm now researching how to make the front panel of the Teensy a more professional finish than my usual efforts. I'm thinking that either a laser cut approach or possibly some sort of a 'sticker' would be the way to go. I've not idea about a company to provide either service however or if they would require the design in a particular file format to allow manufacture, so my search continues....

    I'll let you know and send a photo or two when the MUX chips arrive. I've also not got the pushbuttons yet either..... 👍️

  • Phil VK4KW
    Phil VK4KW Member ✭✭

    A quick question:

    I've been trying to modify the text of the Panel layout FPD file to suit my needs - but it won't let me save the file.

    Error message reads as:

    3:04:20 PM: can't open file (error 2: The system cannot find the file specified.)

    3:04:20 PM: Error while opening file: ''.

    There is no text showing in the original design so I'm thinking that there is no text to show? Or is this a symptom of the hiccup, possibly?

    Even before modifying the file it was upset and wouldn't let me save it. 'Save As' doesn't work either.

    It refuses to export too, saying that it can't find the file - the one that is there and already open.

    The file permissions seem OK and I'm logged in as 'Administrator' - so what am I missing? Is it protected for modification by an alternative means, possibly?

    I'm using Front Panel Designer version 6.35.

    73,

    Phil

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    Hi Phil, I'm glad the new version is working. With just me doing the testing, I always have a little trepidation when I release code.

    I am on jury duty this week so I won't be able to look at the front panel software until this evening. Front Panel Express provides that software, so you might want to reach out to them in the meantime.

    If you want a really good looking (but expensive) front panel, Front Panel Express does an excellent job of custom engraved aluminum panels.

    Sorry it is taking so long for your MUX boards and switches. That seems to be the new norm...

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    Hi Phil, finally getting back to you about the front panel. I can edit it, so I will try attaching a copy here to see if that makes a difference.

    Be sure to extract all before invoking the Front Panel Designer.

  • Phil VK4KW
    Phil VK4KW Member ✭✭

    Thanks Len.

    This is what happens if I try to save the file. I extracted the original into a dedicated folder, started Front Panel Designer, opened the file and then tried to save it but to no avail.....

    Very puzzling......

    Phil

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    Hi Phil,

    Hmmm... Not sure what the issue is. You might want to reach out to Front Panel Express and see if they have any suggestions. No one is making this project easy for you!

  • Phil VK4KW
    Phil VK4KW Member ✭✭

    It's really weird.

    I have installed the software twice, using different versions and get the same result. I ran the software as 'Administrator' and install to the default folder location.

    I wonder if the 'work' file itself has to be located within a specific folder, else the software can't find it...?

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    Hi Phil, What happens if you start a new file, save it and see where it lands and then locate the one you are trying to open there.

    Just a thought...

  • Phil VK4KW
    Phil VK4KW Member ✭✭

    Hi Len,

    We seek him here.... we seek him there...... we found the ****.

    Solved it! The software is snotty about where it is happy to work with files. I created a folder on my Desktop and it happily saves to there without an issue. The bloke at Front Page is puzzled as to why the software is fussy, but at least I can work on the panel design to tweak it to my needs now.

    Yay!

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    Excellent!! I can't wait to see how it looks. Do you have any of the controls wired up yet?

  • Phil VK4KW
    Phil VK4KW Member ✭✭

    Hmm.

    I'm not sure what triggered the '****', but anyway...... it's not the first computer / software puzzle I've encountered recently!

    No controls are wired as yet. I'm keen to get the panel made, the bezel installed and then mount the encoders etc to allow wiring to happen. I've not yet received the push buttons yet either, but I could wire the remainder once I get the completed panel, but that's likely to be a while off as I've not finished the design yet let alone emailed the file for manufacture.

    Phil

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    One suggestion; make a cardboard (or something) version laid out the way you plan to do with Front Panel Express. Temporarily mount and wire the display and a few controls to get a feel for the ergonomics. I went through 4 layout revisions before I settled on the layout that you see in my pictures. Some things that seemed logical at the time, were surprisingly poor... When I kept turning the wrong knob, I realized that I needed to re-think the layout.

    Initially, I only mounted the slice A controls. After a couple of revisions, I mounted everything except for the CW message buttons. I made one more change after that and tested it for a couple of weeks. Then I took the plunge and cut and drilled the panel. So far - no regrets!

  • Phil VK4KW
    Phil VK4KW Member ✭✭

    Well, I got the MUX chips delivered today.

    No indication as to why they took so long. However, one of the boards is damaged and another has been requested. Initially, as I don't have a need for the CW part of the design, only one chip is needed. I', thinking of including the second MUX to allow future functionality that I'd like to experiment with.

    The front panel people didn't want to supply only a one-off panel so I'm now resorting to printing the deign onto some clear plastic sheet which I'll glue onto the metal panel directly.

    The gods seem to be against me on this project!!

    Phil

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    Never a dull moment!! I am glad that you finally got at least one good MUX board. There are two unused spots on the first MUX, so you have some flexibility that way. The second MUX gives you an additional 16 buttons to go wild with when you are ready.

    My front panel is just plain printer paper with a clear ABS plastic sheet over it. Not as nice as an engraved, anodized front panel, but it came out better than I expected.

    Are you planning on printing on the back side of the sheet? If you do that, the lettering will be inside and stay protected. You just have to print a mirror-image.

  • Phil VK4KW
    Phil VK4KW Member ✭✭

    It's been a while......

    I finally got hold of the pushbuttons and the second MUX today. Seems like ages to wait for this stuff.

    I've resorted to making my own front panel due to supply hassles, but I was wondering how other people were fixing the screen onto the back of the front panel? I see that the screen has some holes which might be used to mount via bolts, possibly? My metalworking skills are not wonderful so getting a professional finish is likely to elude me - unless someone knows of a good way to achieve it. I can't seem to find a suitable bezel to mount the screen within, which is a shame as this method would hide any less than wonderful metalworking issues. Maybe there's a supplier I haven't found yet that might supply them?

    73,

    Phil

  • KD0RC
    KD0RC Broomfield, COMember, Super Elmer Moderator

    Hi Phil, I used countersunk 4-40 (3mm would be ok) screws to hold my display in place. I used a nibbling tool to cut the rectangular hole in the front panel.

    My trick is to print the front panel on plain paper. I cut out the display window with a sharp hobby knife. The paper is then sandwiched between the panel and a clear plastic sheet. The paper hides any anomalies in the cut out and the plastic protects the paper.

    I use a black marker on the edge of the display cut out to reduce the reflection from the cut edge.

    Hopefully that will give you some ideas.

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