Lightify Lampen mit Hue verwenden

Für den Preis einer Hue Lampe sind zwei Lightify Lampen zu haben, doch das Hue System ist verbreiteter… Wie lässt sich eine Lightify Lampe in ein Hue System einbinden?

Die Lightify Lampen (Osram) verwenden, wie auch die Hue Lampen (Philips), das Zigbee Protokoll. Die Implementierungen sind nicht standardisiert, weshalb beispielsweise die Kopplung über Seriennummern oder das vollständige Ausschalten der Lampen dank unterschiedlich realisierter Parameter nicht direkt funktioniert. Die Hersteller sind bemüht die Kompatibilität mit Firmware-Updates sicherzustellen.

So funktioniert das Einbinden der Lightify Lampen:

  1. Falls die Lampen zuvor mit der Hue Bridge gekoppelt waren, dann:
    Reset der Lampen: 5x hintereinander die Lampe jeweils (a) 5 Sekunden an, dann (b) 5 Sekunden aus
  2. Verbinden der Lampen zur Lightify Bridge über die Lightify App
    (Die Bridge wird nur für das Firmware Update benötigt)
  3. Firmware Update der Lampen auf neuste Version durchführen
  4. Reset der Lampen: 5x hintereinander die Lampe jeweils (a) 5 Sekunden an, dann (b) 5 Sekunden aus
  5. Lampen einschalten
  6. In Hue App nach neuen Lampen suchen
    => Die Lampen tauchen auf und lassen sich vollständig ausschalten!

QRP Appliance?

A QRP Appliance comes to live. It contains:

  1. KD1JV Tribander
    1. with speaker mod
    2. power supply mod
  2. Elecraft T1 Tuner
  3. American Morse Paddle
  4. Power Poles

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Verified All-Band TRX for the Yaesu FT 817 ND

The information available on the web may be misleading: the jumper enumeration is ambiguous and little information on the extended range exists.

I have summarized the information on how to enable all-band TRX on the FT 817 ND in the picture below.


Elecraft T1 ATU in FT 817: Done.

As described in I have successfully integrated a T1 tuner into my FT 817. My tuner was sensitive to noise on the 9V rail – using the 12V rail from the data port and some blocking capacitors I finally got the tuner working.evernote-camera-roll-20150207-145037

Hack for Archiving Google Drive

Problem: Archiving of Google Drive documents does not work with the google drive app. Why? Google Drive App stores only links to the cloud (i.e. .gdoc, .gsheet).
Solution: Write a script and use a cron job🙂

which gdrive >/dev/null || echo "Missing gdrive. Get it here:"
_archive_filetype ()
find "$google_drive_dir" -name "*.$from" -print0 | while read -d $'\0' file
id=$(sed 's/.*"doc_id": "//;s/".*//' "$file")
bd=$(dirname "$file")
cd "$bd"
gdrive download --id $id --format "$to" --force

_archive_filetype gdoc docx
_archive_filetype gslides pdf
_archive_filetype gsheet xlsx

Connect Morse Key to Iphone

How to connect morse key to an iPhone? Using the buttons on the standard headphones does not work, as the apple interface does not provide low-level access to low-level events like button-down. The idea (R1, R2) will be (1) put a signal to one stereo channel (2) receive the same signal on the input channel (small resistor will simulate mic) (3) detect tone level changes for input channel -> real time-morse (4) put side-tone & co to remaining stereo channel.

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  • 1(Tip) – Key (Ground)
  • 2 – Ear (Contact)
  • 3 – Ear (Ground)
  • 4(Ground) – R2(46,6k) – Key 1
  • 4(Ground) – R3(22k) – Key 2
  • 4(Ground) – R1(1k) – 3

I got a prototype running with irmc-ios (R4) and the same physical interface also works with iMorsix (R3).

(R1) Hijacking Power from […] Audio Interface
(R2) Sources: hijack-main
(R3) App: iMorsix
(R4) App: irmc-ios

Upgrade Audi Concert 2 to Bluetooth A2DP

Cars manufactured about 10 years ago often do not provide bluetooth audio support. Here I describe a proven setup with bluetooth (A2DP and HFP) for an Audi with the built-in radio “Concert 2” and the built-in hands-free system. I use two different audio devices for music (A2DP) and telephone (HFP). For recent firmware versions (iOS 7.x) of the iPhone it is possible to use multiple bluetooth audio devices.

Audi Concert 2

Audi Concert 2 with Hands-Free System

HFP: I have chosen not to replace the built-in hands-free system, because the microphone position and the active noise canceling is way much better in this (old!) system, than in recent radios (i.e. JVC KW-AV60BT, SONY MEX-N500BT). The iPhone adapter charges the phone and connects to the roof-mount antenna inductively.

A2DP: The Concert 2 radio has a CD changer interface, which is used by the GBL3AU2 for providing A2DP (and HFP optionally). This way the original radio is preserved. Audio works very nicely and changing songs via steering wheel, too. For all other functions I use my iPhone. This is not a disadvantage for me, because even though other radios mentioned above claim to provide “full” iPhone support, they do not in reality (Errors in title names, errors in album names, wrong playlists, no covers, …).

I think the dension gateway is an elegant solution for a minimal invasive upgrade to bluetooth audio. The gateway is available for more cars.