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Raspberry Pi portable Ham Radio station

Discussion in 'General Ham Radio Discussion' started by Moleculo, Feb 16, 2021.

  1. Moleculo

    Moleculo Administrator
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    Apr 14, 2002
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    Late last year, I upgraded by portable station (mostly used while RV'ing) by adding a Raspberry PI 400 and 5V powered portable monitor to the mix.


    I found the Nexigo monitor on Amazon - was $150 when I bought it and now I see the price has dropped a bit.

    Both the Raspberry Pi 400 and Nexigo monitor run on 5v, so I just plug them into the West Mountain Rigrunner 4004/USB which is also what the KX3 and amp plug into. As you can see in the pic, the Raspberry PI 400 runs digital mode stuff quite well - in this pic, I'm running FT8 with WSJTX but I have also since installed and used JTDX and FLDigi. For the OS, I just stuck with the native OS that comes with the PI. Most of the ham radio apps show up in the PiPackages Add/Remove Software app and others are simple enough to install. One thing to remember is that RPI 400 doesn't have a sound card built in. I just found a cheap USB Soundcard (also on Amazon), which worked fine.

    This little portable setup is really convenient. It all neatly fits in a backpack and can be powered by some sort of portable battery. Of course, when running with an amplifier, the Rigrunner and a bigger battery is helpful. And, when you're done playing ham radio, the RPi 400 setup can do double duty as a RetroPie game console :)
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  2. Bow

    Bow Bastard Modulation Engineering

    Aug 13, 2008
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    Dude, have you tried the HamPi image?

    It has everything you could want for Ham radio...

    I have been running it on a Raspberry Pi 4 playing on FT8...

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