I've just checked all of the following plugins, GPS works in each one,but AIS does not. Used NavMonPC on 100x speed with 38400 baud, with Hartmut's nmea file on the website. Checked each alarm for each version various ways.
Version 3 is basic and version 5 has Sean's commit for June 11 fix code reverted back. We need to figure out why AIS signal is not getting through.
watchman_win32_pi110_v03_pi.dll - is working with GPS alarm, basic version
watchman_win32_pi110_v04_pi.dll - GPS alarm doesn't work (Rick found it did), Test button for alarm sound, expand and contracts, highlights alert in red.
watchman_win32_pi110_v04-2_pi.dll - GPS alarm work too. test button for alarm sound, expands and contracts for alarms, highlights alert in red
Note: Version 04-2 is the same as v04 but with one line of code changed back June11 "fix bug" in watchman_pi.cpp I reverted back to previous, the following:
I played with different version of the plugin watchman and different VDR files.
I found that problem was NOT with plugin itself, but with VDR file!!!
My mistake, If I used VDR file "Rausch.nmea" from File Thingie 2.5.7 I had no GPS alarm on all plugin versions, but if I used my own VDR file, I always had GPS alarm working on all plugin versions. So, there was no plugin fault, but wrong VDR file with missing some NMEA sentences inside. Sorry again for false alarm about plugin!
I attached two screenshot with:
- v04_2 with Rausch.nmea VDR - no GPS alarm!
- v04 with my own VDR file - GPS alarm works!
and I attached also my VDR file with only GPS sentences for testing purpose
kubek, Have you noticed Watchman popping up when you've dismissed it? -How does this work? Is it supposed to always be running in the background?
I think I was getting Alarms without having the Watchman clicked. I think it was v04-2.
The AIS signal is not working for me. Why? Does Watchman have an AIS collision alarm? 3 miles? Within some interference zone?
Also, I found that it would be nice to have:
1. Popup message should say what the alarm is and condition not met.
1. Specific sounds for each alarm type. -Need different wave files.
2. Alarm Settings for loudness and duration, persistance and frequency.
3. Second Back up alarm with similar settings.
4. Button for reset and dismissal of all alarms.
I think I found that raucsh file was not working with VDR so I changed to NavMonPC and used Hartmut file which is very good.
I relabeled all Nmea files for location and type and put the back up on FileThingie, also yours with "GpsOnly". Thanks. Opencpn Beta - File Thingie rguser rgpass
Let me know how that Version 04-2 modification (reversion) works please. I have no idea what Sean was fixing, maybe we'll find out.
-- So should we actually be using Version 04 of watchman, not 04-2?
(Version 04-2 reverts the June 11 "fix code", for the wrong reasons - your problem about not receiving gps signal due to rausch.nmea not haviing gps nmea cog!!!)
I try to play with "Off Course Alarm" and I have doubt how it works.
- Value "Off Course By >" can be changed from 0 to 180 - my understanding - that is a max error for course without alarm.
- Value "With Course of" is 0 to 10 - but in my opinion this should be value of COG, and also button "Current Course" should set this value, If I try to change it to value above 10 than it is set to 10 again.
kubek, I am having trouble getting my head around the entire Off course alarm.
Would you mind explaining to me how:
1. How you think the author intended it to work.
2. How it actually works.
3. How you would like it to work.
I think the Depth alarm is a good one. What features?
Maybe after we figure some of this out, we should make a two comprehensive Flyspray entries under Plugins (1. Watchman Bugs 2. Watchman Feature requests)
Sorry for my english, "I agree with your wish list and I think that "depth alarm" will be also a nice to have feature." I think that nice to have feature is depth alarm also.
I think that in "Off Course Alarm" is a bug that in "With Course of" field should allow us to set value from 0 to 360 and if you press "Current Course" button - it should fill-out this with COG from GPS.
The "Off Course By >" it is working fine.
Only we need to unblock "With Course of" from 0-10 to 0-360
and "Current Course" button should populate this value from COG
I agree with you about Flyspray entries under Plugins.