Jason KM4ACK has done an outstanding video series and detailed instructions about how to build out a Raspberry PI for Ham Radio operations. Recently I discovered Jason’s scripts and loaded up a Pi 3B+ I had sitting idle with some of Jason’s Ham Radio apps.
The primary reason for installing some of the apps on Jason’s list was to build a Pi for FT8 field operations.
Jason’s install scripts actually go way beyond just a bunch of separate scripts stored over at his github site. He has actually developed a graphical menu system which, once installed makes it simple pick and choose which Ham Radio apps are to be installed.
The first app I installed from Jason’s menu is the software to manage my GPS dongle.
Field testing the GPS unit resulted in an accurate system clock. The dongle unit does not provide for an external antenna. Use it outdoors for best results.
The second app I installed was the HotSpot / DHCP management software. Using the HotSpot setup I can connect to the Pi’s graphical desktop via VNC Server and VNC Client with my Kindle Fire.
Finally I installed FLRIG which I use to connect to my KX3. WSJT-X provides an option to use FLRIG as the “connected radio”. The CODEC for my IC-7300 is already built into the Pi’s kernel so FLRIG is not needed with the IC-7300.
Some of tje other apps I have installed and tested are:
As a bit of a QRP nut myself, I am always interested in QRP rigs with new features. The TX-500 caught my eye mainly because of the attached pandapter. Found this video review over on QRZ.com and thought I’d share it out to the other QRP nuts lurking in the bushes. Sure looks like a rather snazzy lil rig and includes some nifty features like:
160-6-meter ham bands, General RX coverage 0.5 – 56.0 MHz, SSB, CW, DIG, AM, FM, real-time panadapter, 32-bit floating-point DSP; low current drain 100 mA in rx, online updates and more…