this commercial announcement, then the freeware)
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MicraTek Software Presents...
Stuff you might like.
to view my Arduino Sketches. I have been playing
with this little toy for a few months and find it useful
for some tasks. Experimenting with a functional web
server to run on the Arduino. Many you will find
won't actually function. They just return predefined
page and picture. Not useful!
Click for NMEAgent
Remember where you installed this software. After
installing it, overlay the resulting .EXE file in the install
folder with the .EXE from the following link to be completely
Click for latest NMEAgent Software
Updated (October 14, 2014) and tested on Windows 7 (Win 8
Aug 10, 2014: View up to 50 GPS, WAAS and Glonass SVs.
Sep 14, 2014: Now GPS and Glonass simultaneously from Holux
M-215+ and Canmore GT-321R. Others as I get one or data from
Oct 18, 2014: Updated program to better handle a problem one
of my GPS units created where it put a PRN in the wrong
place for a while.
- Click on a PRN, Az, El or SS box on the Sat
Information screen and the PRN will flash 3 times on the
Sat Positions screen.
- Added track smoothing which makes the PRN
tracking form look a lot nicer. It was a pain to
do but is there now.
- Also added a sort on the Satellite Information
screen to allow presentation by PRN, Az, Elev or
Signal Strength. Click on a row header to see
that sort next update. It does not do it
immediately since the data is destroyed immediately
after it is presented each cycle. I have to wait
for the next update then sort and present that new
- Still some more fine tuning to be done but I
think it is just about to be functionally stabilized
for a little while.
If you have having trouble with a feature, please
record a file (built into the program) and send it to me at
the email shown on this page so I can run the file and see
where the problem is. Otherwise, I will not be able to find
or fix it. Thanks.
The preceding two links download .ZIP files.
If you do not have quality ZIP/UnZIP capabilities, please
download an excellent FREE ZIP handler (and SO much more)
named jZip from www.jZip.com.
(No, I don't get any money out
of this recommendation. It is just a very good program I
use a lot.)
Here is a graph showing the tracks of GPS and
Glonass satellites over a couple of days.
In the preceding image, GPS satellites are tracked in blue
and Glonass sats are tracked in red. GPS (USA) PRNs are
32 and less. Glonass (Russia) PRNs start at 64 and go
up. The center of the plot is in Vallejo, CA, near the
cities of San Francisco and Napa near 38° 08'N / 122°
12'W. I can almost see "over the top" from here but not
You can see a couple of interesting things from this plot
from the free NMEAgent program. GPS sats have a lower
inclination than do Glonass sats. That means that
Glonass sats go closer to the north and south poles than do
GPS sats. GPS sats do not hit the same track every
time. It is general "knowledge" that GPS sats are in the
same place in the sky every day, twice a day. While that
is somewhat true, they precess across the sky and the orbit
time is about 4 minutes short of making it to the same place
every day. But Glonass sats, while about 45 minutes
short of a repeating orbit, hit orbits which precess across
the sky in about an 8 day repeating cycle. You can see
the rather regular pattern of the red traces around the
pole. These tracks were recorded across a couple of days
by NMEAgent software. The numbers on the chart are PRN
numbers. Since Glonass sats don't have well associated
PRN numbers, these are the ones assigned as of the date this
track was recorded - Sep. 2, 2014.
These days, there are many GNSS receivers that are without
a display. This makes them cheaper. They can be
plugged into various devices and those devices become the
display for the GNSS receivers. Google Earth will accept
NMEA input from a GNSS receiver connected to a compatible
device speaking NMEA data. That is how this display was
developed. The track was partially developed using a
GT-321R and partially from a Holux M-215+. The Holux
sees only one WAAS sat but will not track it. The
GT-321R will track either GPS+WAAS or Glonass. So a
complete picture can be developed but it needs input from
both. I am hoping to find a receiver that will display
GPS+WAAS+Glonass. There is supposed to be a uBlox based
unit which will do this as of their release 8. As of
now, these units are not widely available. I will try to
get one when they do become more generally available.
PyGPS - Python GPS
Reader (Almost complete
now. Just a few tiny things to fix up.)
See/Get the source code
Here is the main screen with information about the
GPS sats and where you are. I wrote this to try to
learn Python. I wanted a full screen product running
on Raspberry Pi. This is it (for now). It is not
the best language I have ever learned but it is adequate
as long as you have access to the web for help and answers
to questions. I took a course from LinkedIn and bought
the very good intro book by Simon Monk. Those two
learning platforms and lots of years of programming got me
started. This is the product of about 3 weeks of
learning everything just before I did it. It is a
rewrite, and in some respects better, than the VB version I
did many years ago (see above). This is only for a
Linux platform for now. Maybe that will change in the
future. Or not...
And this is the SkyView screen showing where the sats
are relative to you, who is at the little dot in the
middle. North is up. You can see the track being
left as they move. Blue is GPS, Red is GLONASS and WAAS
should be green but the Holux GPS never gets a lock on it so
it is always shown as disabled in gray.
The left screen grab is soon after starting a run. Then
the a screen after many hours of laying down sat tracks.
Also coming, menus for changing sat track size and
enable/disable and anything else that's useful. There
are a couple of smudges on the left screen near the 45¨ ring
where WAAS sats came and went without moving.
Dual Display Demo LED Matrix 8x8x8 from Arduino
Get the software here.
Zip format. Last updated 06/23/2017. Demo code
and library code updated. "keywords.txt" file
added with 3 color highlighting for keywords and
Dual Display LED
Matrix 8x8x8x2 Clock for Arduino Mega,
ESP8266, WeMos and, just maybe Arduino Uno.
Get the software here.
ZIP format. Last updated 07/06/2017. This uses
the same library code that the demo, above,
uses. keywords.txt is not updated. I
will take care of that soon and re-upload.
Most of the terms are there but some have been
changed and are not there. The library files
are in the ZIP and need not be moved into a format
IDE library. Just unzip, compile change CS pin
assignments and download to your device and they
will be available and used. The CS in the ZIP
is set for ESP8266 pins D1 and D2.
Click to see the most intelligent Funetic Alfabet to have ever been
It will help you to clarify your traffic on noisy
radio circuits or even when speaking with someone in a noisy
area. Try it. You might like it! Once you see
it, you will understand why it is named "Funetic Alfabet".
Words you have
probably Never Heard
Click to see a list of words that you, most probably, Have Never Heard.
You should start immediately using these words before they
become too popular and boring. Use them to spice up your
everyday speech and make really give you more than a passing
glance as you show off your oral ejaculations in everyday
intercourse. Now if you think that is dirty, go look up
Click on each to have an enjoyable few minutes. If you
like it, go buy the CD!
The following two are
from Henry Butler a
fine piano player and blues singer.
I took a very short
piece of music and looped it many times. It puts my brain
into a meditative state. It runs over 60 minutes and is, to
me, very pleasant. Let me know how it hits you...
And one for
Are you Alice?
Anybody seen Alice? We need her in the restaurant!
And now some
space music. This is an album of music from the Space
Oddesy Orchestra and Choir.
You have never heard of them. This is the only album so
far. Give them a listen.
Cut 01-Space Oddesy Choir-Floating Over Saturn
Cut 02-Space Oddesy Choir-Delving into Saturn
Cut 03-Space Oddesy Orchestra-Duet at the Core of
Cut 04-Space Oddesy Orchestra-Christmas on Mars
Cut 05-Space Oddesy Mens Chorus-Breakfast on Venus
Cut 06-Space Oddesy Choir-It's So Hot on Mercury
Cut 07-Space Oddesy Orchestra-Traveling to the Outer
Cut 08-Space Oddesy Orchestra-And We're Gone
Official name: Alameda County Central Railroad Society.
Click here to see the
official web site (but no pictures).
are some pictures
of the Pleasanton, California Model Train Layout.
They have put a LOT of work into this and it looks really
good. Of course, it take a good photographer, too,
right. I hope you like the work of the layout builders
and the photographer (me).
Note: About 70 more pictures were added in
early October 2014.
Enjoy this in-depth look at a very nice, large model train
Decorated House in or near Vallejo, CA
If you have anything to offer to be included in these
lists or requests for software updates,
please write. Click the Contact me, above for the email
And, if you are
me, and I know I am, here is the HTML manual
for the Sony DSC-HX100V.
Tha... Tha... Tha...
That's all folks.