Raspberry Pi 3B with new DVB TV µHAT

Saturday morning, we got home and found my new µHAT waiting for me on the door mat from The Pi Hut at £22.99 including delivery.

I grabbed the nearest Raspberry Pi 3B that wasn’t already being used for a project.



Unboxing the Hat… Not much in there.


The hat, some standoffs/spacers, an ariel socket, a header extension and some screws for the standoffs.


Fir the header extension.


Push the Hat onto the GPIO pins on your Pi. Screw the spacers into place. I couldn’t use the third spacer on my model of Pi as there is no hole to attach. Push the ariel socket into place on the end of the Hat until it clicks and locks in place.


The guide says use the latest the version of Raspbian. My Pi already had a fairly recent o/s, so I decided to boot it up and do the updates.


Wanted to find the unique serial number for my Pi..


Started doing the updates…


Updates all done, ran the command to install the TV software.


And it failed.


So started again from scratch but this time started with a fresh copy of the latest Raspbian image. It worked this time.


Omce installed, a wizard starts and asks you to create login credentials for the administrator.


Once the TV software is installed on the Pi, it acts as a streaming TV server which you can access from other computers. You are asked to go to a PC and enter a URL to access the server remotely but this didn’t work. Tried again but using the Pi’s IP address and you receive a login request for the administrator credentials you set up earlier.


Then the wizard starts for configuring the TV software and channels. I found it fairly intuitive but here is the full guide.


After the software finds the channels, you click on a TV icon next to one of them and here I am watching BBC One on my Laptop being streamed from the Raspberry Pi.



Testing a Sega Master System Console

Another console for testing. This was a car boot purchase and you never know if they will actually work or not. You have to take chance that the seller is being honest when they say it works.

As I haven’t dug out any games yet, I could only test this with the built in game, Super Hang On. It is also missing its RF lead so had to borrow one from an Intellivision temporarily.

Below is me not playing Super Hang On very well:

BBC B Microcomputer, Cub Monitor & Cumana Dual Disk Drive

This is another retro console i’m testing from my collection. Its a bit rough but still works. It has a missile command games ROM fitted. The Microvitec Cub monitor still works well but the Cumana disk drive doesn’t seem to want to read disks at the moment. It shows Fault 18 at 0/0 when trying to read a 5.25″ disk.

In the video below, you can see me testing the Missing Command game really badly. Think I need a joystick. Using the cursor keys is fiddly.

Amstrad PC 1640 HD 20

When I srtaed my first job after leaving school at a business equipment company, one of the first business computers I learnt to use was the Amstrad PC1512 and then the 1640 with a whopping 20MB HDD. I couldn’t believe how much room these drives had at the time.

This is one I picked up some time ago on Ebay with an external floppy drive, DMP 2000 printer and some 5.25″ disks.

I’v e had to move many of my retro consoles from their location in my office back to my house. Although this is going to be a huge headache, it also gives me a chance to fire up all the systems, test and play>

Here is a video of me playing Comic Capers on the Amstrad.


Build Your Own R2D2 by Deagostini Issue 86

Another big build this issue. Build time about 15-20 minutes including reading the steps in the magazine as you go along.


First step, build the tool arm..



You cant see it clearly in these pictures but I managed to put the screw into my fingers twice causing them to bleed. ouuuccchhhh!


Fit the arm to the tool compartment…


Fit the tool compartment door to the tool compartment..


Install the tool compartment to the side panel..


Now, join the three side panels together to make one half of R2D2…


All done.. One more issue and i’m all caught up!

Build your own R2D2 by Deagostini Issue 84

This was another issue that took about 30 minutes including some testing and a small problem.


Assemble the pivots firstly.


Assemble the clutch.


Assemble the clutch linkage



Fit the arm assembly


Installing the arms…



Fit the motor


Use the Test PCB assembly again and use the buttons to open and close the arms. When I did this at first, the arms were not properly opening. I took the assembly apart again and rebuilt ensuring the clutch was properly positioned and the 2nd attempt all went well.



R2D2 by Deagostini Issue 83

This was another more involved issue and took about 15 minutes to build and test.


Assemble the tool compartment.


Fit the tool compartments


Install the ultrasonic sensors.


Test the sensors by connecting them to the Test PCB’s


Testing the sensors using the Test PCB. The green LED should light up and when you block the sensor should go out.

Finally, fit the sensor panel to the body panel and you’re all done.