2020 with COVID-19

25/1/20VK3/VC-039 (Mount Gisborne)26/1/20 VK3/VC-007 (Mt Macedon)5/2/20 VK1/AC-040 (Mt Ainslie)7/2/20 VK2/MN-176 (VK2/MN-176)7/2/20 WWFF Sherwood Nature Reserve (VKFF-1996)16/5/20 VK3/VC-024 (Mt Beckworth)29/5/20 VK3/VC-032 (VK3/VC-032)7/6/20 VK3/VS-050 (Mt Leura)14/6/20 VK3/VS-004 (Mt Langi Ghiran)14/6/20 WWFF Langi Ghiran State Park (VKFF-0760)20/7/20 VK3/VC-018 (Mt Buninyong) COVID-19 has slowed up activating this year. There has been restrictions to movement since March. Whilst there were fires in central Vic, nothing […]

Web DB Server

A Linux LAMP server on a ARM processor (64bit Quad Core @ 1.2GHz) in a Raspberry Pi 3. The stack in this case consists of; Linux-raspi2 (5.3.0-1027-raspi2)(Ubuntu 18.04)Apache/2.4.29 10.1.44-MariaDBPHP 7.2 PHP is used to store then display the data. Apache for the heavy lifting. API The REST API is in a simple single PHP file. This is the interface to interact […]

Gateway

Ended up with two gateway devices. This was due to the devices occasionally hanging. A lot of time and debug code was used chasing why they were misbehaving. They just seam to go deaf. The main loop would check if a packet was available then process, …….// else try to parse packetint packetSize = LoRa.parsePacket();if (packetSize) {sendLoRaReceived(packetSize);} so with debug […]

Home Sensors – Software

Surprising how much software is required to support a couple of weather sensors. So the initial list was; Decoding and processing of data transmitted by sensors Gateway device between Lora and Linux DB server Apache PHP API hosted on DB Server Triggers or scheduled jobs in DB Web page for current status Data Storage MySQL Database Rollup / Summarise LoRa […]

Lora Sensors – Hardware

What have I been doing during the coronavirus lockdown, well playing with microcontrollers, This is a continuation of the experiments with Lora devices and have concentrated on developing nodes for measuring basic conditions inside and extended conditions outside. I have ended up with; ASR6501 based internal devices X 2 ESP32 based external Weather station ESP32 based Lora gateway Raspberry Pi 3 […]

Lora Sensors

Sensor Network Have been looking at deploying a sensor network for a while now. Live on land here. My desire is to deploy basic sensors around the block reporting conditions (temp, humidity..) and also to activate relays (water system) or actuators (chicken house door). They will need to be watertight and low power. This is not a surveillance network. Its a […]

Arduino Sensors – Sender

Arduino Sensors – Test Sender This is the code for the test devices based on Arduino UNO. The Duemilanove has hard coded values while the UNO a sensor. This is the code for 1 (Duemilanove with no sensors).  As the sensors come in will be adding to the sketch and simply un commenting the required calls for the target device. […]

2019 UTC Rollover

31122019 – VK3/VN-001 Mt Torbreck 01012020 – VK3/VC-006 Mt St Leonard in VKFF-0556 In – Yarra Ranges National Park 01012020 – VK3/VC-038 Archer Lookout in VKFF-0556 In – Yarra Ranges National Park In VK, ZL and JA we have UTC rollover late morning (11am EAST). This means double activator points can be claimed for activation as the UTC rollover is […]

31122019 – VK3/VC-019

VK3/VC-019 – Mt Warrenheip VKFF-2402 In – Mount Warrenheip Flora Reserve Quick activation to pickup Mt Warrenheip before the years end and to catch Peter VK3PF for a S2S. Setup with my back to the compound facing east with antenna ran out along the ridge. The undergrowth was a lot cleaner this year. The site was burnt out 2 years ago so […]

28122019 – VK3/VC-039

VK3/VC-039 – Mount Gisborne Mount Gisborne is a new addition to VK3. Its close to home being an hour drive so I decided to get it this year. Had a window to get out. Intention was to be out, qualify and get back in time to see daughter off and before the heat rolls in.  Park at the second gate n […]