Portsdown Displays

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Recommended Display 1 - Waveshare 3.5 inch Type A

The Portsdown transmitter is designed to be used with the Waveshare 3.5 inch Type A touchscreen which connects to the RPi using the GPIO connector. This is the recommended display and the ONLY display that is fully supported by the Portsdown software.

Recommended Display 2 - Element 14 7 Inch Touchscreen

The official Element 14 7 inch touchscreen works for almost all modes of the Portsdown after selection of Element14_7 in the display selection menu in the console. It does not currently work properly for FreqShow mode, and no Composite Video output is available from the RPi while using this display. However, it does look stunning!


Do not use any display which connects through HDMI. The HDMI output is disabled by default in the Portsdown software for 2 reasons: firstly, the HDMI output uses one of the clocks which is used by the DATV coding software and interferes with its operation; secondly, the Composite Video output is enabled for use with analog video transmitters, and use of this output disables the HDMI port.

Partially Supported Displays

Waveshare 4 inch Display

The Waveshare 4 inch display can be used, but new features do not always work with it, as modifications to the standard build are required to be tested and implemented by small group of users before being incorporated in the standard build. To use this display, select Waveshare4 in the display selection menu in the console. After new features have been added in an update (for example FreqShow in release 201801012) it may be necessary for existing Waveshare 4 users to select a normal Waveshare display in the console, and then reselect Waveshare 4 to load the required settings.

Waveshare 3.5 inch Type B

The Waveshare 3.5 inch Type B can be made to work by selecting WaveshareB in the display selection menu in the console. It is not recommended as a display, because it is not included in any pre-release testing.

Composite Video Monitors

The PAL Composite video output on the RPi is active (except when the 7 inch screen is used) and in some modes displays the same image as is displayed on the touchscreen, although there is no touchscreen control. Its primary purpose in this application is to be used as a signal source for Analogue ATV transmitters.

Screen Orientation

The image and touch maps of the 7 inch screen can be inverted (for example if you have used one of the older screen mounting boxes) by adding the line


to the /boot/config.txt file.

The image, but not the touch map, on the 3.5 inch screen can be inverted by adding the line


to the /boot/config.txt file.

Note Portsdown 2019 software includes these commands as standard