[mythtv-users] Re: MythTV + ARS + AntennaWeb = MythRotor?
nate.strickland at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 15:09:46 EDT 2004
you can build a homebrew ir blaster at about $8 parts if you have some
basic soldering skills, or are willing to learn.
On Sun, 3 Oct 2004 22:18:16 -0700, Jason <potuncle at enjoyingeugene.com> wrote:
> I think I found the solution:
> http://www.starkelectronic.com/rotor.htm (item on top of page)
> It's a rotor that has a IR controlled programmable controller. I could
> get a IR blaster and set it up just as if I had it controlling a cable
> box or satellite tuner.
> Otherwise, I'd need a pretty heavy-duty stepping motor to hold and turn
> the 12 foot long antenna. Neither I, or my neighbors, would want
> several of those antennas mounted on my roof...
> The rotor and controller is a great deal at $70, but is there a less
> expensive alternative to the IR Blaster at $50?
> On Oct 3, 2004, at 8:14 PM, myth joe wrote:
> > Couldn't one hack the motor control in the optional tracking module of
> > motion?
> > http://motion.sourceforge.net/tracking/
> > Alternatively, couldn't one get several antennas, pre-position them,
> > and mux-select them?
> > On Sun, 3 Oct 2004 16:18:11 -0700 (PDT), potuncle at enjoyingeugene.com
> > <potuncle at enjoyingeugene.com> wrote:
> >> I found the conversation below very interesting because I have had the
> >> idea in my head for a while to put a rotor on my directional antenna
> >> and
> >> somehow make MythTV control the rotor to point the antenna in the
> >> optimal
> >> direction for whatever station we are recording or watching.
> >> With my MythTV box I already have plenty of stuff to watch, so I have
> >> no
> >> need for cable or sattelite at this time. I can get about 12 local
> >> channels with nice crisp images if I can rotate my antenna.
> >> Otherwise, I
> >> can leave it pointed in one direction and still get most of those 12,
> >> but
> >> many of those don't look very good.
> >> So, yes I'd be very interesting in doing what I can to get MythTV to
> >> control a rotor.
> >> Jason
> >> On Thu, 9 Sep 2004 22:28:04 -0400, Nathan Schiffer
> >> <edgeofepsilon at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>> It occured to me that this could be the makings of a great MythTV
> >>> addon. I looked for rotor controllers online, and found one called
> >>> ARS (Antenna Rotator System, http://www.ea4tx.com/products/ars.htm ).
> >>> They're currently working on making drivers for Linux, but it's still
> >>> in beta (they're seeking testers).
> >>> So the question is - is anyone interested in making an addon that
> >>> would query AntennaWeb (it would only have to be once, the user could
> >>> even do it), then stores the locations and rotates the antenna when
> >>> the channel is changed? The frontend wouldn't be much, a manual rotor
> >>> screen would be nice, and some sort of indicator on the HUD to say
> >>> that it is tracking to a station. And if the extension would
> >>> automatically adjust the position based on the signal strength, that
> >>> would just be the cat's meow. You have to admit, it would certainly
> >>> be something unique that only MythTV would have.
> >> There's one minor hiccup in this. With an antenna, or basic cable
> >> setup you can split the incoming feed across multiple cards and record
> >> more than one thing at a time. If Myth were to rotate an antenna, you
> >> could potentialy lose channels. Either folks would need to limit
> >> their antenna to one card, risk recording static, or a LOT of work
> >> would have to go into the scheduler of Myth so that it could take
> >> antenna orientation into account.
> >> I'm not saying it's a bad idea, just that it's a lot more complex than
> >> it seems on the surface.
> >> edgeofepsilon at gmail
> >> Sep 10, 2004, 4:12 PM
> >> Post #3 of 3 (29 views)
> >> Re: MythTV + ARS + AntennaWeb = MythRotor? Remove Highlighting [In
> >> reply to]
> >> Great idea - you could call the extension "MythDirection."
> >> On Fri, 10 Sep 2004 09:02:27 -0400, Donavan Stanley
> >> <geckofiend at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>> There's one minor hiccup in this. With an antenna, or basic cable
> >>> setup you can split the incoming feed across multiple cards and
> >>> record
> >>> more than one thing at a time.
> >> Basic cable obviously has no problems, and if you have an antenna
> >> plugged in you should be used to signal noise.
> >>> If Myth were to rotate an antenna, you
> >>> could potentialy lose channels. Either folks would need to limit
> >>> their antenna to one card, risk recording static, or a LOT of work
> >>> would have to go into the scheduler of Myth so that it could take
> >>> antenna orientation into account.
> >> It knows which channel it's going to record, point the antenna there.
> >> If there's a conflict, have a default direction. Say, what direction
> >> the antenna was pointing to begin with. You can't get worst results
> >> than you did before.
> >>> I'm not saying it's a bad idea, just that it's a lot more complex
> >>> than
> >>> it seems on the surface.
> >> That's exactly the purpose of this post - to determine feasibility. I
> >> hope someone picks up this idea. I've noticed there hasn't been many
> >> new extensions lately.
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