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== Operating Modes ==
 
== Operating Modes ==
  
* Separate RX and TX — possibly only one of them, possibly both.
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The operating mode for the controller depends on what kind of radio is used. For now, the following options are considered:
* Simplex TRX
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* Duplex TRX
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; Receiver Mode
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: The radio is only a receiver or a transceiver where tuning via CAT is only possible in receive mode. In this case, Gpredict shall perform Doppler tuning on the downlink only.
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; Simplex Mode
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: The radio can be tuned via CAT both in receive and transmit modes. Gpredict will perform Doppler tuning on the donlink and uplink depending on the PTT setting.
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; Duplex Mode
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: The radio is a full duplex transceiver like the IC-910H or FT-847. Gpredict will perform continuous Doppler tuning  using VFO_MAIN for uplink and VFO_SUB on the downlink regardless of the PTT setting.
  
 
== The Controller Algorithm ==
 
== The Controller Algorithm ==

Revision as of 17:22, 15 March 2009


Contents

Objectives

The first beta version of Gpredict 1.0 included a simple Doppler tuning algorithm that could adjust the receiver frequency and even take external frequency changes (e.g. tuning dial) into account. While it was a very good first cut at automatic Doppler tuning, the shortcomings were quickly identified. For example, it didn't take the PTT status for simplex radios into account and so Gpredict kept on sending RX correction commands to the radio even when the user was trying to transmit.

Clearly, a more sophisticated algorithm is needed and this page describes the design and prototyping of that algorithm.

Requirements

  1. Gpredict shall be able to perform Doppler tuning for both uplink and downlink.
  2. Gpredict shall be able to take external frequency changes into account, e.g. when the user turns the dial.
  3. Gpredict shall be able to perform Doppler tuning using a receiver, a simplex transceiver, or a duplex transceiver.
  4. Gpredict shall take into account that there might be transverters in the loop.

Operating Modes

The operating mode for the controller depends on what kind of radio is used. For now, the following options are considered:

Receiver Mode
The radio is only a receiver or a transceiver where tuning via CAT is only possible in receive mode. In this case, Gpredict shall perform Doppler tuning on the downlink only.
Simplex Mode
The radio can be tuned via CAT both in receive and transmit modes. Gpredict will perform Doppler tuning on the donlink and uplink depending on the PTT setting.
Duplex Mode
The radio is a full duplex transceiver like the IC-910H or FT-847. Gpredict will perform continuous Doppler tuning using VFO_MAIN for uplink and VFO_SUB on the downlink regardless of the PTT setting.

The Controller Algorithm

The control algorithm will need the following parameters:

Doppler
The current Doppler shift at 100 MHz.
SatRX
The downlink frequency at the satellite. This is set by the user on the Gpredict control panel or automatically if the uplink and downlink frequencies are locked, or if RadioRX is changed externally (e.g. via tuning dial).
SatTX
The uplink frequency at the satellite. This is set by the user on the Gpredict control panel or automatically if the uplink and downlink frequencies are locked, or if RadioTX is changed externally (e.g. via tuning dial).
RadioRX
The downlink frequency of the radio.
RadioTX
The uplink frequency of the radio.
RadioPTT
The PTT status of the radio. When available, this is used to switch between RadioRX and RadioTX tuning on simplex radios.
UsePTT
Flag indicating whether the PTT status on the radio should be polled and taken into acount (i.e. don't set RadioRX when RadioPTT = true).
PrevRX
The RadioRX frequency set during the previous cycle. This can be different than RadioRX in that the user may have turned the tuning dial since the last cycle.
PrevTX
The RadioTX frequency set during the previous cycle. This can be different than RadioTX in that the user may have turned the tuning dial since the last cycle.

There are also other user interface parameters like Engage and Track that influence the overall functionality, but these parameters are outside the scope of the controller algorithm.


Separate RX and TX

In this situation the user has two physically separate radios for uplink and downlink. This also covers special cases like only one way correction (up- or downlink) and cases where a simplex radio is used which can not be controlled via CAT while in transmit mode. There are no special prerequisites for this operating mode.

Pseudo code


/* Receiver chain */
if ((UsePTT = true) AND (RadioPTT = true))
    return;
endif;

read RadioRX;

if (RadioRX != PrevRX)
    update SatRX;
    calculate SatTX if locked to SatRX;
    PrevRX = RadioRX;
else
    /* update Doppler correction */
    RadioRX += SatRX * Doppler / 100 MHz;
    PrevRX = RadioRX;
    write RadioRX;
endif;

/* Transmitter chain */
if (UsePTT = true) AND (RadioPTT = false))
    return;
endif;

read RadioTX;

if (RadioTX != PrevTX)
    update SatTX;
    calculate SatRX if locked to SatTX;
    PrevTX = RadioTX;
else
    /* update Doppler correction */
    RadioTX += SatTX * Doppler / 100 MHz;
    PrevTX = RadioTX;
    write RadioTX;
endif;

Simplex TRX

In this situation the user uses the same radio for uplink and downlink but in simplex mode, i.e. can not receive and transmit at the same time. The prerequisites for this mode are:

  • Radio is set to split mode. Gpredict will not care about VFO A and B — it will simply send uplink or downlink correction to the active VFO.
  • RadioPTT can be read
  • Radio can receive SET_FREQ commands via CAT in both receive and transmit modes.


Pseudo code

/* Are we in RX mode? */
if (RadioPTT = false)

    read RadioRX;

    /* did user change RX frequency on dial? */
    if (RadioRX != PrevRX)
        update SatRX;
        calculate SatTX if locked to SatRX;
        PrevRX = RadioRX;
    else
        /* update Doppler correction */
        RadioRX += SatRX * Doppler / 100 MHz;
        PrevRX = RadioRX;
        write RadioRX;
    endif;

else   /* we are in TX mode */

    read RadioTX;

    /* did user change TX frequency on dial? */
    if (RadioTX != PrevTX)
        update SatTX;
        calculate SatRX if locked to SatTX;
        PrevTX = RadioTX;
    else
        /* update Doppler correction */
        RadioTX += SatTX * Doppler / 100 MHz;
        PrevTX = RadioTX;
        write RadioTX;
    endif;

endif;

Duplex TRX

Implementation

Tests

Conclusion