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TV dish alignment using GPS


Those of you who regularly need to realign a satellite TV dish will find this gadget extremely valuable. Caravan owners and campers on long journeys who crave their home TV channels can now keep up with developments in sports, news and the soaps back home with the help of the SatFinder. This GPS based design includes a database containing positional information of a number of popular TV satellites. With the help of GPS data it calculates the precise angles to find the satellite first time!

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* TV dish azimuth and elevation angle display calculated from GPS data for 33 preinstalled TV satellites
* Display of GPS positioning data (geographical latitude and longitude)
* NMEA (RMC) input
* Input signal data rate switchable between 4800 and 9600 bps
* Input signal level switchable between RS232 and TTL
* Programming language: BASCOM-AVR
* All stored satellite data can be reprogrammed
* Source and hexcode files both free to download
* ISP interface for microcontroller programming
* Test pin for serial data output (TTL level, data rate same as serial input data)
* Operates from 12 V supply (external power from 8 to 15 V)
* Supplies 3.3 V or 5 V to the GPS module
* Supply current (no GPS module connected and without LCD backlight) approx 30 mA at 12 V
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Component list
R1 = 220Ohm
R2 = 680Ohm
R3 = 4.7kOhm
R4 = 22kOhm
R5 = 10kOhm
R6,R7 = 470Ohm
R8 = 68Ohm
P1 = 10kOhm trimpot (horizontal)
C1,C4 = 100µF 25V radial
C2,C3,C7 = 100nF
C5,C6 = 22pF
C8 = 10µF 25V radial
D1,D2 = 1N4148
D3,D4 = LED, 3mm, low current
T1 = BC547B
IC1 = LM317T
IC2 = ATMEGA8A-PU, programmed, Elektor # 100699-41
IC3 = LM2950 3V3
JP1 = 2-pin pinheader, lead pitch 0.1 in. (2.54mm), with jumper
K1 = 2-pin pinheader, lead pitch 0.1 in. (2.54mm)
K2 = 3-pin pinheader, lead pitch 0.1 in. (2.54mm)
K3 = 6-pin (2x3) pinheader, lead pitch 0.1 in. (2.54mm)
S1,S2 = single pole switch
S3,S4 = pushbutton, 1 make contact, e.g. Multicomp # MC32830
X1 = 8MHz quartz crystal, e.g. Vishay Dale type XT49S-208M
LCD1 = 2x16 characters, e.g. Lumex S01602 D/A
PCB # 100699-1

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