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Lightbulb Autopilot Wireless Remote Control

I've developed a wireless remote control for ST1000 / ST2000 autopilots. The genuine Raymarine remotes are very expensive so I decided to make one myself. Search youtube for ST1000 remote control to see a couple of videos of the prototype I made which had an LCD display for testing purposes. I've since made everything into a small, neat box. I'll try to get some video of it in action out sailing tomorrow.
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Re: Autopilot Wireless Remote Control

Nice!

Got any details, parts list, circuit board, etc? I'd jump on the opportunity to buy a kit I could solder together myself.

Edit: Oh it's an arduino project... cool.

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Re: Autopilot Wireless Remote Control

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Nice!

Got any details, parts list, circuit board, etc? I'd jump on the opportunity to buy a kit I could solder together myself.

Edit: Oh it's an arduino project... cool.

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Hi Chris,

I haven't really thought about 'kits' but I could let you have a pre-programmed microcontroller, two remote transmitters & receiver and a circuit diagram for $75 plus postage if you want to build it yourself. The microcontroller and the transmitters/receivers are the heart of the system - the rest of the parts are discrete components which you can get anywhere as well as a box to put it all in.

I should also point out that I'm a hobbyist - not a commercial enterprise!

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Re: Autopilot Wireless Remote Control

Well I had no luck with getting any video done yesterday. We were in a hurry to get to the start and had no time to muck around. I did have my sports cam in use but it keeps getting condensation inside it which makes everything look foggy. Next time I'll put the camera in its case after letting cool dry air from the car air conditioner blow over both the case and the camera for a few minutes.
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Still no new video but I have now added 'Wind Mode' selection as a function. Now by pressing Buttons a and B together you can put the autopilot into Wind Mode. Of course the autopilot must be receiving data from a wind instrument before it will enter Wind Mode, so for my testing purposes I had to program my test remote to send (made up) wind data also.

Here's a direct link to a video of a remote being tested (not with Wind Mode though)

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At last I've got the first batch of printed circuit boards for my remote controls. I'll be using these from now on and am very happy with them!





I'll post some shots of a completed one soon.
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Re: Autopilot Wireless Remote Control

I haven't posted here for a while. The remotes have been keeping me busy as they have been quite popular and are now installed in boats in the US, Canada, Thailand, the UK, New Zealand and of course Australia. One has gone to Germany too.
I've since created a website (not sure if I'm allowed to post a link to it so I won't) and am working on a new model remote as well as a NMEA to WiFi bridge.

Here's a photo of the finished product...

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Re: Autopilot Wireless Remote Control

What is your contact information please?

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Hi there Brad. My email address is info@madmanmarine.com.

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Re: Autopilot Wireless Remote Control

Since my email isn't doing too well, what are you charging for the remote setup? Other details please.

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