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KaRadio DVT-01

I packed everything in my little case.

It's really a mess in there, with cables flying around and every card floating, not fixed on the inside. But it looks quite cool ! I removed the old radio antenna to use its hole to pass my USB cable.

Here's how it looks !

As you can see, I let the rotary knob (it's a simple angular potentiometer, in fact) from the amplifier out. It holds with a little nut that was provided with it. The buttons you can see are all fakes, they belonged to the old radio and I forgot to remove them (in fact they're simply glued to the back). 

Maybe I'll find some tools to make a nice-looking front panel when my stuff arrives. I'll ask people around me to lend me their tools... 
In the end, the radio would have a 20x4 LCD screen to display artist + title and useful infos (like the IP or the volume when you change it from the website, maybe). I think I'll need two more buttons to change the station. I won't bother myself to add a volume control for the KaRadio software, I'll keep it fixed and I'll only change the volume with the analog potentiometer from the amplifier I already have.

So that's what I'll add : two buttons to change the station, and a screen to display stuff. And a MCU to control all of this. Volume control will stay analog with the potentiometer.

See you !


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