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Joining the Live Bandscan

Last updated on January 15, 2019.

Note: These instructions will focus on Windows users. Users of Linux or Mac should e-mail me with any additional questions.

Joining the live bandscan requires only a few items.

The HDHomeRun receiver has two tuners and attaches directly to your home network. The HDHR2 or HDHR3 receiver can be found used or refurbished for around $50 on eBay or Amazon. I can also recommend the HDHR5, which is currently new enough that it will be hard to find used. While the HDHR4 also works, there have been some issues with how it reports signal levels on channels without stations actively being received. Do NOT buy the HDHR Prime for the live bandscan; it is a cable-only receiver.

Once you have your tuner, install the official software from SiliconDust. (If you are using Windows XP, the latest official software no longer works, but I can provide an older version that does.) Once the official software is installed, you need to e-mail me with a few details:

Then I need to do some server-side configuration and send you the code to install and run for your operating system. The software runs from the command line, and has several useful switches:

If you run it without any switches, it will default to using tuner0 on the first tuner it finds. To run it with switches in Windows, (press Enter wherever {Enter} appears):

If you encounter any problems, e-mail me.

One Mac user sent me this pointers about running the software:

Separately, here are some instructions a user sent me for using a Raspberry Pi:

  1. Install a clean Raspbian OS on the Raspberry Pi.
  2. Update Raspbian OS.
  3. If rebooted enter:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev
  4. sudo cpan JSON
  5. sudo cpan LWP
  6. Create the "tvdx" directory under /home/pi
  7. Create the "bin" and "etc" directories in the "tvdx" directory and place the Bandscan software in the correct directories.
  8. Download the Linux Silicon Dust HDHomerun GTK fireware for the model you have from:
    libhdhomerun (source)
    HDHomeRun Config GTK (source)
  9. Follow the instructions for HDHomeRun Config GTK instructions on the download page.
  10. Edit the bin/scan_tuner.pl file with your site information. Make sure you know where the hdhomerun_config file is located on your system. It could be in /usr/local/bin or /usr/bin. Point the my $CONFIG_PROGRAM line in the scan_tuner.pl file to the correct location.
  11. From the tvdx/bin directory enter ./scan_tuner.pl and see if there are any error messages. If so, correct and rerun. If no error messages come up, the spots are being sent to the main server and should begin to show up on the main map shortly.

Once the software is known to work, you will want to set your computer to run it automatically, in the background, every time it starts. In Mac and Linux, you should be able to use crontab as normal to automate the process (please e-mail me with questions). In Windows, the process is more complicated:

If you have any further questions which are not answered here, please let me know. Enjoy!

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