Short version - OpenCPN
not generating autopilot
commands ($PG or $EC for APB/XTE/RMC/GLL etc. info).
I've been using, and upgrading, OpenCPN
since the early days (release 1.2?). My system works well, drives the autopilot
etc. I'm away in Mexico
so I'm still using 3.02 for now.
Some friends were having a lot of BSOD crashes on Win 7 with Nobeltec
so I suggested installing OpenCPN. They downloaded 3.2 and I helped them configure and get it working on Win 7.
We have it seeing charts
, locating with a puck GPS
on one USB port, receiving and displaying AIS
info and echoing lat/lon and SOG/COG back to the AIS/VHF combo on a second USB port, altogether much better than they had with Nobeltec
. We also are getting Mag HDG on the dashboard plugin, I assume from the AP, on the same USB port but a different COM port to the AIS
. This port is configured as the AP (output) port and has the correct Raymarine
ST6002 sentences in the "include" box. This USB goes to a hub which seems to work OK.
When I look at the datastream, I see $GP, $AI and $APHDG coming in and $GP echoing out to the AIS as selected, but no $EC (or $PG as I get from mine) anywhere. AP says "no data" on track.
I'd like to fix this for them, and I'd like to know what I'm doing wrong so I can get 3.2 running for myself too.
Even more odd, I also uninstalled 3.2 and tried with a new install of 3.02 with the same result, so I'm even more confused. Is it possible this is something I got working with an earlier version, and continuous upgrading has preserved a switch or something?
Any help appreciated, apologies for the alphabet soup.