And here (tada) is the first Beta test version of the Radar Overlay PlugIn.
Requires OpenCPN Version 3.0 or later. Install as usual for PlugIns. Enable by Toolbox->Plugins.
Right-click on the chart, and from the context menu open "Radar Control" to set some options.
In slave mode:
Start the radar in the chartplotter
. Wait for warmup/spinup, and get a nice picture on the plotter.
On the OpenCPN computer, click the new Radar icon in the toolbar.
The toolbar radar icon has a little colored status annunciator in the lower right quadrant. In slave mode it indicates the following:
Red: No radar data available at Ethernet interface.
Amber: Radar PlugIn in standby.
Green: Radar PlugIn active.
There is lots left to do in the PlugIn.
1.Allow manual gain/range control
2.Allow specification of radar heading source.
3.Improved image processing
But this is a simple start, and should verify the interface with minimal complexity.
Lets see some pictures