Raspberry Pi 3 Ham Radio Projects
Okay what’s a Raspberry Pi 3 you ask? Simply put, it’s a very small, very inexpensive, linux based pc board. The Raspberry Pi 3 is the latest, fastest and best of all the models. It features built-in Bluetooth and wireless too. Just add a micro SD Card, HDMI monitor, keyboard, mouse, power supply and you have a very small and very inexpensive PC. Don’t expect too much though! It’s not anywhere near the processing power of even an old laptop.
Raspberry Pi 3
Can it run apps? Yes it can! It runs DXSpider very effectively. In addition to DXSpider I tried out ownCloud and it runs fine too. OwnCloud is a open source, self-hosted file sync and share app platform. It allows a user to access & sync files, contacts, calendars & bookmarks across devices. That might come in handy for some of you.
Raspberry Pi 3 DXSpider
Currently my little Raspberry Pi 3 is just running DXSpider v1.55 and I have three partner nodes. It is running good and I have my HRD Logbook connected to it.
I’m very new to this, but after reviewing a few tutorials online I was able to install DXSpider and get it running. At first there were a few issues, but I have most of them resolved now.
My Pi is connected to a cable modem router via ethernet cable. It is a static IP address on my router and the router is configured with the Raspberry Pi’s IP as a DMZ. This allows the ports from the Internet to pass through to the Pi. The url is pi.K0PIR.us and it;s using port 7300. I also setup SSH and VNC.
What More Can It Do?
So other than DXSpider I haven’t tried any other ham radio apps. I’m considering a few to run my Icom 7300, but haven’t decided on which apps just yet. Maybe a logging program and rig control program. I hear Fldigi works good with Linux and that might be fun to try. I’m not going to get into anything extravagant. Just keep it as simple as possible. In other words, I’m not intending on using custom cables or using the GPIO pins.
A good way to purchase a Raspberry Pi 3 is to buy a kit.
While there are a few articles out there installing DXSpider on the Raspberry Pi, there are not any specifically for the Pi 3 and the Pi 3 is slightly different than the older models. The OS, Raspbian, is different and the Pi 3, unlike the others, comes with built-in wireless and Bluetooth.
I’ll show you how to get it setup and ready for DXSpider, so look for that next and a video installing DXSpider. Then later we’ll configure partner links.
Interested? Stay tuned.
You can buy a Raspberry Pi on Ebay
UPDATE: Connecting a wireless keyboard and mouse to the Raspberry Pi 3 is easy and if you have a spare monitor that uses VGA cable you can use a HDMI to VGA adapter.
Are you using Raspberry Pi for anything? Please comment below.