Displaying BATC Streams on Your Portsdown
From software version 20180715 (Stretch), the capability to display selected streams from the BATC Streaming Server has been added to the Portsdown. This can be selected from Menu 2 using the "Stream Viewer" button.
Once selected, the stream is displayed on the touchscreen (Waveshare or Element 14 7 inch) and if you are using the WWaveshare screen, the stream image is output on the RPi's composite video output. The stream audio is output on the audio terminals on the 3.5mm jack.
Note that the stream appears jerky on the Waveshare screen due to the low update rate (3 Hz?), but is smooth on the video output or on the Elelement 14 screen.
Selecting the Stream
The stream menu is pre-programmed with 8 well-used BATC streams, however these can be changed by the user from the touchscreen. Simply press the "Amend Preset" button, and it will turn red, signifying that you should select the Preset button that you want to reprogram. After touching the chosen preset, you will be asked to enter the new streamname. BATC streamnames are generally the relevant callsign in lower case, for example "gb3hv". After pressing enter, you will be asked for the label that you want to appear on the preset button; this should not be more than 8 characters long otherwise it will not fit. After pressing enter, the Stream Selection Menu will reappear with your new stream.
When you selct a stream, there is a delay of about 5 seconds while the software (omxplayer) is loaded. If present, the stream will start to run with a