JTDX Raspberry Pi 3! Does JTDX work good on a small $40 Raspberry Pi 3? You bet it does. This is not something I thought would work well, but with a few adjustments in the JTDX settings it ran very smooth. WSJT-X runs good on a RPi3 too.
I am using my Icom 7610 with a USB cable, but whatever radio you’re using if it includes a USB Audio CODEC it should be a smooth operation. Even if you are using a SignaLink USB with your radio, the RPi3 should recognize the soundcard and you’ll see a USB Audio CODEC when setting up JTDX.
Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit
If you are new to the Raspberry Pi 3 I recommend getting a Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit. It’s a little more expensive, but, these come packaged with everything you need. Get one with a case, power supply, RPi3 Model B+ board, SD card with NOOBS (software) and you’ll be set to go. These have wireless and also have an ethernet port to make things really simple.
You’ll need to decide how to configure it. Do you want to run VNC or will it have a dedicated monitor keyboard and mouse? Start with my article Raspberry Pi 3 Ham Radio Projects.
There is an abundance of websites with information on how to configure the Raspberry Pi 3. Start with Raspberry Pi Documentation.
JTDX Raspberry Pi 3 Installation
First, if you already have a RPi3, get your Raspberry Pi 3 up to date.
Next, go to the JTDX website, download and install the latest evaluation version for the Raspberry Pi3. This version includes FT8.
I used the Raspberry Pi3 browser, downloaded the file to my downloads folder, then doubled clicked it to start the installation. It installed and also updated the dependencies for it to run.
After the installation I needed to restart the RPi3 so JTDX would show up in the menu.
JTDX Raspberry Pi 3 Settings
If you’re not familar with Linux or the RPi3, it will look unusual to you. No problem, just look at the screen captures below and the video. Click on an image to see a larger picture and use the back button on your browser to return to this page.
To keep JTDX running smoothly, try these settings:
- Decode> FT8 decoding>wideband decoding – fast
- Decode>FT8 decoding>narrow filter – deep
- Misc tab – Erase band activity window at start of decoding
If you have any questions, please ask them here. I prefer the comment section here or in YouTube over e-mail because your comments and questions will help others as well.