I added two new functions to the RFM69 library: readTemperature() and rcCalibration(). Thanks to John for contributing.
- readTemperature() function reads the internal CMOS 8bit temperature value, it’s fairly useful for situations where temperature varies a lot and RC calibration would be needed.
The Gateway example has been updated to reflect its usage.
- rcCalibration() will trigger a calibration of the internal RC oscillator. This is automatically performed at power-up according to the Semtech SX1231 datasheet section 4.3.5. But it can be triggered with this new function, as John has mentioned in the forum that when temperature changes, the RC oscillator will be affected, and a dramatic temperature shift will result in a frequency shift as well, causing a link to possibly be broken (for instance when your receiver is inside your house at room temperature and the transmitter is outside in bitter cold winter).
With the combination of these two functions, you can now recalibrate the RC based on temperature change, and also report a rough ballpark of what the temperature is. If you need more accuracy, a separate temperature sensor like the DS18B20 should be used.