(Continued from my comments on the 'OTHER' thread.)
After I overcame my problems with the Lowrance equipment
, I now have the 3G radar up and running. I'm getting radar signals on the OpenCPN
display and it tracks range as I zoom the chart range in and out. So, I'm thrilled. I have it running in my garage and on the top of the car, 30 miles inland. So I have no idea if it is a true signal, but by golly it's up and running. The next step is to mount it on the boat and take it down to San Diego
(trailer boat.) That way I can have an actual chart and compare the overlay with the chart.
That's not that simple, since I have to remove (and eventually sell ) the JRC radar that's presently installed.
A few comments. I have a sequence where I turn on the radar first and then bring up OpenCPN
. And I run the signal through an Ethernet hub, so that I can see that both interfaces are active. I used Wireshark to verify that data is coming through.
Finally I ran the radar directly into the computer. That worked well. I used both a crossover cable and a straight cable. Couldn't see any difference.
I am absolutely thrilled.
My only request would be to have the range displayed, since the radar picture just shows the objects it sees, which may not be correlated to the range at which the radar is set. Some range icon would allow one to check the range. However, as presently configured, the radar does track the chart scale, at least in the garage.