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Coolwind Posted - 16/07/2011 : 19:07:00
This is a preview of a nice device I have been working on lately.
It will be soon available through a reseller in Czech, our friend Wolf of http://www.wolf-gear.com who kindly sent me one unit to work on.








This is a 3 inches display device, with a neat TFT LCD which is fully visible under direct sunlight.
The device is sized a bit smaller than a Garmin Oregon, but has exactly the same display, with a diagonal of 7.6cm .
Garmin owners know that their devices have a beutiful screen, and the FunTrek makes no exception. The resolution is 240x400 or 400x240 in landscape mode.

Let's look at this device compared to a MIO400 under sunlight.



Notice the shadow: the sun is almost perpendicular, and in July at 14pm is particularly shining (photo taken in a full bright day).








I have shown this unit at the airfield, and people just said "perfect" concerning the visibility in the sun.

There are interesting things about this device:
1) Thanks to an efficient light sensor, it can automatically self adjust backlight to economize batteries. Using auto backlight, LK can run for several hours while recording (approx. 8-9 hours).
With full backlight on, 3.5 hours are nevertheless granted.

2) Backlight control is available during usage of LK. This means that you can anytime change settings.

3) It has a barometric sensor, thus providing baro altitude to LK.

4) It has a digital compass and a 3 axis accelerometer (G sensor) which is available to LK, though not yet used.

It connects (and recharges also) to PC using a classic MiniUSB plug.
Internal memory (2G) appears as a flash disk. It also has a MicroSD card slot. I have a 4G sd card, total 6G memory. Lots of space.

The internal GPS is very sensible, as you would expect from an outdoor unit such this one: it is waterproof and it was born as a bike computer.

There are only two constraints:
1- Screen size (3 inches) may be too small for some people, depending on the usage
2- There is no real sound, only a beeper (buzzer). So LK will beep, instead of playing sounds. However, I did not find this to be a problem.

This is a real jewel in my opinion (also for the size :-) ).
LK is undergoing support for it, and can already manage power supply, screen of course, and internal sensors.
In the nearest page mode, all values are perfectly readable making it a perfect companion for safety flights.

There is no bluetooth or serial line available over miniUSB.

Another bigger unit (4.3 inches with the same display) is awaited from Holux in the very next months.










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Coolwind Posted - 10/04/2014 : 18:48:42
You can try first by resetting the device , switch off and on as usual I mean, and run LK normally.
The problem with Igo is that it is reconfiguring the gps asking for updates from it only after some seconds, while LK would like to receive it once a second!
On some PNA it is sufficient not to run Igo before LK, after a restart. Not a big problem after all.

If the clock in LK is advancing every second, in real mode with a real gps fix, then it is ok. If it is still advancing every some seconds, then it is a problem.
tdavid Posted - 10/04/2014 : 17:49:58
Ups I did it !!!
Uninstalling it will solve the issue or I have to do something else?
Coolwind Posted - 10/04/2014 : 17:42:26
If you installed Igo, it is the reason.
tdavid Posted - 10/04/2014 : 17:41:44
Can be any setting I had modified?
Or any navigation software I installed on the 130 had changed something?
I guess the first times I used the delay was not a problem. May be Im wrong, but now I guess is more than 2 seconds ...
Coolwind Posted - 10/04/2014 : 12:49:06
each gps position is related to a precise time. You can check that the time shown on LK running on Fntrek is the same as LK running on another gps. If so, and it is quite sure to be, then the positions are correct too.
Remember that intrinsically you are looking at a trace which is always 1 to 2 seconds late (gps get the position updated, transmit it to LK, and at an 1 second interval we update the map).
tdavid Posted - 10/04/2014 : 12:32:19
Hello all
Im very impressed with this LK8000 on the Funtrek 130 I bought last year.
Now I have been using it for some paragliding flights and I found a problem during thermal circling.

It seems the gps position is delayed several seconds, so when you see you are passing besides the core and is time to tight the turn is in fact too late, you are actually exiting the thermal...

I dont know if this is a settings problem like smoothing gps position or if it is normal.
wolf_pg Posted - 03/02/2014 : 18:35:11
quote:
Originally posted by lemonydes

Somebody can help me with the instalation of the LK8000 to the Funtrek 130 ?


hi... you will get complete info, files, links, etc. by email. it is rather difficult to react to requirements immediately, or in hours.

thank you to your patience.

w.
lemonydes Posted - 03/02/2014 : 17:22:53
Somebody can help me with the instalation of the LK8000 to the Funtrek 130 ?

What I did now.

1.Upload the LK8000 folder to the SD Card
2.Create links in the "app" folder on the SD Card for the LK8000-PNA.exe and for the rotate tool in the sys folder (Copy from Smartmaps, with rewrite of the name and path to the files)
3.Made my personal icons in the app folder, place the link to the files in the previous file.

But now I am stucked. Can not find the programs in the Holux system. If I follow advice from Wolf (one of the previous page) go to Aplication-Click the Wheel and I do not see my maps. :-/

Am I missing something? or something is wrong with my approach? Thank you in advanced for the help :)
TiGuy82 Posted - 16/10/2013 : 21:36:57
quote:
Originally posted by MC65

Could someone explain how to load LK8000 onto a Funtrek 132.
I have downloaded the software from the website and have tried many ways to put it onto the SD card but no luck in it loading onto the gps. Am I missing something simple here or is it a complicated process requiring file name changing etc.
Thanks in advance,
Mike



Topic about Funtrek 132: http://www.postfrontal.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6988
MC65 Posted - 16/10/2013 : 18:51:59
Could someone explain how to load LK8000 onto a Funtrek 132.
I have downloaded the software from the website and have tried many ways to put it onto the SD card but no luck in it loading onto the gps. Am I missing something simple here or is it a complicated process requiring file name changing etc.
Thanks in advance,
Mike
markeaust Posted - 30/09/2013 : 01:46:37
Greetings All,

I also have one of these and have managed to corrupt the software by accidentally deleting the "app" file from the main unit's internal memory.

Would someone kindly please assist me to restore the unit to a workable state. I have tried reloading the firmware via XIP.BIN withouot success.

It would appear Wolf has a bit of experience here and any assistance gratefully accepted. I'm planning a ski tour next week and would like to get this thing sorted soon.

Thanks in advance.

Cheers,

Mark
janpol Posted - 10/08/2013 : 11:59:04
Now I see it depends on the Auto Backlight status. If it is set to "ON" (the default), the backlight status of the FunTrek is overuled by the LK8000 software. Set it to "OFF" and your problem is solved.

Menu -> Config -> Config -> Lk8000 Setup -> System setup -> 22 Sytem -> Auto Backlight

You have to exit LK8000 and I think even power off and on the Funtrek to get it working.

If you select "Auto Backlight" and then "Help it is explained:
Set automatic backlight for this device. Max brightness and no timeout if on external power, otherwise max brightness and a 5 minutes timeout on batteries. After timeout screen blanks to save energy. This is working for HP31x, Funtrek and Royaltek devices.
janpol Posted - 09/08/2013 : 16:51:21
I don't think it has something to do with a second hand unit. I did buy a new FunTrek 130 PRO and it is exactly the same.

But for me it is no problem. I like to have a high level of light during a flight. I have to use an external battery otherwise the display is not bright enough when the sun is not shining at the display.
wolf_pg Posted - 05/07/2013 : 09:34:55
quote:
Originally posted by CloudSucker

Hi there,

I have the Funtrek 130 Pro with LK8000 installed.
............
Cheers,

-Paul.



Hi Paul,
It looks, that you buy some second hand unit, where somebody made some un/intentional changes in unit OS/AP.... please, drop me an email, I will make attempt to provide you some solutions.
Cordially
CloudSucker Posted - 05/07/2013 : 00:30:15
Hi there,

I have the Funtrek 130 Pro with LK8000 installed.
Everything works except the backlight management.

a) Everytime I start LK8000 I have to set the automatic backlight manually.
b) When LK8000 has started (after selecting FLY on the start screen) the screen does not blank out anymore (backlight completely off), while the backlight does blank out before that. Also, after exitting LK8000, the screen does not blank out so it looks like a setting of the device that is caused by running LK8000.

I did choose Funtrek as the device in the settings of LK8000 and autobacklight is ON in the menu.

Can anyone help me to make this work?

Cheers,

-Paul.

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