[mythtv-users] Re: MythTV + ARS + AntennaWeb = MythRotor?

myth joe mythjoe at gmail.com
Sun Oct 3 23:14:19 EDT 2004


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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