OGN Tracker implementation on ESP32 devices. It works with HELTEC and TTGO boards with sx1276 RF chip for 868/915MHz The quickest board to run is the T-Beam from TTGO as it includes GPS, RF chip, battery circuit and holder, optionally as well a small OLED display. Yout to solder BMP280 or BME280 pressure/temperature/humidity sensor.
The initial code is written for and tested on HALTEC LoRa 32 module with sx1276 and 128x64 OLED display. Most likely it can be easily ported to other ESP32 devices, as these are very flexible for the I/O assignement. If you need to change the pins assigned to various periferials, see the top of the hal.cpp file.
The most recent features added to the OGN-Tracker, they might not be all working perfectly fine and may need further development to be really useful.
When you compile the code with WITH_LORAWAN the OGN-Tracker can talk to the LoraWAN network. The intention is to use TheThingsNetwork and it is arranged already that packets send to the "ogn" application defined there are decoded and merged into the OGN APRS data stream thus position reporting still follows the same data path and is displayed on the tracking webpages.
To use this feature you need to register your OGN-Tracker with the TTN and "ogn" application, thus you need to send to us your 64-bit CPU ID and we will register the device and send you back the application key which needs to be written into the OGN-Tracker.
Note: LoRaWAN GPS trackers using the Cayenne Low Power Payload (LPP) can now be connected to our TTN application, and the position report would be merged into the OGN APRS stream. Conect us for AppEUI and AppKey to use for configuring the device.
IGC files recorded on the SD card
For OGN-Trackers with SD card connected, IGC files are recorded., as well as internal log files are copied over to the SD card in order not to be lost when newer files overwrite them.
Wi-Fi Access Point
When compiled with WITH_AP WITH_WIFI and WITH_HTTP the OGN-Tracker creates a Wi-Fi access point when you can connect with the smartphone and access the status, configuration and log files stored in the flash memory.
Note the the ESP32 takes about 80mA more when the Wi-Fi AP is enabled thus total current consumed is about 200mA.
When compiled with WITH_STRATUX, WITH_WIFI and WITH_HTTP the OGN-Tracker can serve as source of GPS and pressure data (if pressure module present) to the Stratux. The OGN-Tracker connects to Wi-Fi access point created by Stratux Raspberry PI and send GPS and pressure data to port 30000. Once the OGN-Tracker is connected to Stratux, it is possible to connect to its HTTP interface to access status, setup and log files.
To compile the code and flash the ESP32 module: install the ESP-IDF
To compile and flash the ESP32 board you need to install the ESP-IDF v4.0 Start with:
git clone -b v4.3 --recursive https://github.com/espressif/esp-idf.git
If you are doing this on a Raspberry PI and see error messages about virtualenv you may need the following:
sudo apt-get install libffi-dev
pip install --upgrade virtualenv==16.7.9
If you see errors about openssl/opensslv.h then you need:
sudo apt-get install libssl-dev
Then, in order to be able to make projects you need to run
To get the OGN-Tracker source code from this github repository:
git clone https://github.com/pjalocha/esp32-ogn-tracker.git
If you want to use the OLED display with the U8g2 library you need to install it in components in the project directory:
git clone https://github.com/olikraus/u8g2.git
To choose the configuration file for the T-Beam
cp T-Beam.cfg main/config.h
To compile and flash the board
To see the console output and thus to check if the ESP32 is alive
For minicom setup use 115200bps /dev/ttyUSB0 serial port and turn hardware and software handshake OFF. It is important, otherwise if you type something it won't be sent to the ESP32. Press Ctrl-C to list the internal state and parameters. To change parameters, use $POGNS like this:
Wiring the GPS
Wiring is fairly flexible, as the ESP32 can easily redefine the I/O signals. You need to avoid pins which are already used: the list normally comes with every ESP32 module. You can choose the pins after their placement on the board, for example such, that all wires are soldered on one side. Wiring for various modules has been chosen but if needed can easily be changed.
HELTEC v1 and TTGO boards without GPS
For the original HELTEC board and similar TTGO boards without the GPS you need to wire the UART GPS follow the pins defined in the hal.cpp
// wire colours for VK2828U GPS
#define PIN_GPS_TXD GPIO_NUM_12 // green
#define PIN_GPS_RXD GPIO_NUM_35 // blue
#define PIN_GPS_PPS GPIO_NUM_34 // white
Note: I have seen GPSes where red was ground and black was power thus be carefull !
Note: If you use an MTK GPS change the definitions in the config.h accordingly.
RXD and PPS need to be relocated because now they are connected to DIO lines of the RF module, thus they were relocated to pins 39 and 38.
GPS is already wired and the definition is in the hal.cpp.
Wiring I2C (pressure sensors and/or OLED displays)
For devices with an OLED screen the I2C pins are already defined and you should follow these, as there is one common I2C bus in use. For devices without we still use the same I/O pins.
HELTEC v1/2 and similar TTGO boards
#define PIN_I2C_SCL GPIO_NUM_15 // SCL pin
#define PIN_I2C_SDA GPIO_NUM_4 // SDA pin
#define PIN_I2C_SCL GPIO_NUM_22 // SCL pin => this way the pin pattern fits the BMP280 module
#define PIN_I2C_SDA GPIO_NUM_21 // SDA pin
I2C pins are arranged such that they are next to GND and 3.3V and fit the pattern of most I2C modules so for example to solder a pressure sensor like BMP280 just a 4-pin header is required.
Wiring LCD display
In this arrangement all signals are on one side of the board except for the VCC line
Note: the SDA/SCL naming suggest this display is interfaced with I2C but actually it is an SPI device with the CS being constantly active.
There is as well an LCD code for the M5 stack, which is already wired to the ESP32 thus no additional wiring is needed. There you need however to wire other devices like the RF chip and pressure sensor.
Console dialog and configuration
Use minicom and connect to /dev/ttyUSB0 (on Linux) for configuration set 115200bps and turn the hard- and soft-handshake OFF. You shall see stream of NMEA sentences. You can give the following commands:
Ctrl-C - lists internal state, internal log files and current parameter values. Ctrl-L - list internal log files Ctrl-V - hold the NMEA stream for 1 min Ctrl-X - restarts the system
To set parameters send $POGNS with parameter name and value like
the parameter value changes and all parameters are writen to internal flash thus they are preserved across system restart or repower. To list all parameters with their values send Ctrl-C (software and hardware handshake must be OFF).
Note: more recently, the internal log files can be accessed through the WiFi Access Point and HTTP interface. The drawback is higher power consumption due to WiFi.
OGN-Tracker can be connected via Bluetooth from Android devices. The BT port is like a serial port and carriers the same data as the USB serial port.