Likely if you are reading this you have already checked out my basic guide to getting started with the Raspberry Pi. In that, I have covered the very basics to get you going with a basic OS install, change password, run updates as well as hardware needs and recommendations.
Now let's take it a step further and do something with all this!
I will be adding more sections here as time allows, but as I have previously mentioned a Raspberry Pi can be used to:
- Decode ADS-B and MLAT data from Airplanes, Helicopters even Baloons
- Decode Digital modes with WSJT-X (FT8, JT65, JT9, WSPR, MSK144)
- Receive Weather Satellite images
- Function as an iGate for APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System)
- Transmit WSPR with simple add-on Hardware
- Run GNU Radio and SDR (Software Defined Radio)
- Create hot spots for DMR, Yaesu Fusion C4FM and D-Star systems
- Even use an everyday ham shack desktop computer
- And much, much more!
I will at this point assume that you got a basic setup and you got the operating system booted up successfully and familiarized yourself somewhat with the basics. If not, no problem, I will try and be as detailed as possible and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me via the webform. Pictured on the right is an example of a firefighter plane with its trail as recorded during the 2019 Sonoma County Fires
If you are going to be running ham radio applications on your RaspberryPi, which I assume is why you are reading this, it is good to stay organized. You can start by Installing a ham radio folder. You do this with: $ sudo apt-get install hamradiomenus
To get a list of current ham radio applications available for the RaspberryPi you can visit here: http://raspberryconnect.com/raspbian-packages-list/item/71-raspbian-hamradio
You can also visit Add/Remove Programs to perform some of the installations.
I will now go over a few recommendations I have for use with the RaspberryPi.
- CHIRP - Programming software for a variety of Radios
- $ sudo apt-get install chirp
- Website: https://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Home
- WSJT-X 2.0 - Digital mode decoding software for FT8, JT65, JT9, WSPR, MSK144, etc. Please note anything with version 1 as of the end of 2018 is now obsolete.
- Download: HERE
- Website: http://www.physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx.html
- FLdigi - Universal digital decoder program, does most modes and is a nice compliment to WSJT-X
- $ sudo apt-get install fldigi flmsg flwrap
- Website: http://www.w1hkj.com/
- Gpredict - Satellite Tracking Porgram
- $ sudo apt-get install gpredict
- Website: https://sourceforge.net/projects/gpredict/
- XLOG - Logging Program for ham radio
- $ sudo apt-get install xlog
- Website: http://xlog.nongnu.org/
There are a TON of Ham Related Projects you can build with you Raspberry Pi, some of them you will find on this website. Here are some to get you started:
- Setting up a PiAware ADS-B & MLAT Aviation Receiver for FlightAware
- Setting up a Ham Radio Computer - WSJT-X with RPI (Coming Soon)
- Setting up a MMDVM Hotspot with Raspberry Pi (Coming Soon)
In addition to this website of course, here are some other good places to find more information on the RaspberryPi and related items:
I really hope this helps someone and if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me!
If you find something incorrect and/or have an update, I would really appreciate if you could let me know by contacting me. I like to keep things as up-to-date as possible. Thank you! - Lucas / W6AER