These are the principal components:
- Arduino Due microcomputer
- Ethernet interface "shield"
- Display subsystem & software
- Encoder subsystem & software
- VFO subsystem & software
- Switch multiplexer subsystem & software
- Ethernet hub
- Power supplies
Now it is time to start bringing the various components together. A big step will be integrating the display subsystem with the encoder/VFO subsystems. This requires quite a lot of pin reassignment and some associated electronics to physically connect it all together. It also requires quite a lot of new software to connect up the Flex radio events to the display and to get the touch screen able to command the radio, etc. The controller software will now become quite complex, more completely resembling the final operational code. I suspect this work will take a few days.
I am also thinking about the physical implementation. There is likely to be a bit of a lead time in getting the front and rear panel CNC milling work done and getting them professionally painted/silk screened. My experience is that this effort is really very worthwhile, producing a controller that will be aesthetically pleasing as well as functionally capable.
|Is this the final panel layout?|
I'll write some more when I've got progress to report on the subsystem integration work.