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Survivalism & Self Sufficiency Topics => The HAM Radio Board => Topic started by: kid_couteau on May 30, 2018, 08:38:30 AM

Title: Just sharing something I learned
Post by: kid_couteau on May 30, 2018, 08:38:30 AM
Hi All

I recently bought this Raspberry Pi kit from Amazon-
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C6EQNNK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Cost $49.99

Things I found out:

Easy to put together
easy to get the OS to run [Raspian]
Not too hard to configure definitely a learning curve but not too bad
Can be powered by Anker powerbank if it has 2.4 Amp port.
Chirp will work on it
Can be controlled by phone with VNC viewer [though I need to find a way to lock the IP address down.]
A tad slow with Youtube videos on full screen.

Overall well worth the money in my opinion.

Just sharing
Kid Couteau
 
Title: Re: Just sharing something I learned
Post by: Carl on May 30, 2018, 08:55:01 AM
  There is a certain 'beauty' to the minimalist approach with many things and these little PC's are GREAT! Safe from most all bugs and abuse and run capably with minimal support hardware. They make good Ham radio machines and even repeater controllers for the radio adventurist.
Title: Re: Just sharing something I learned
Post by: kid_couteau on May 30, 2018, 10:12:26 AM
Tell me more about repeater software for these please.  8)
Title: Re: Just sharing something I learned
Post by: Smurf Hunter on May 30, 2018, 11:18:18 AM
I suggest you closely watch CPU usage and heat.  While these are fantastic value units, and can manage mundane desktop apps with ease, if you rev them up they can get hot quickly.
Even running the WSJT-X software (FT-8) the CPU usage was nearly 100% just decoding the incoming messages.  Of course I had the usually applications like browsers also running.
Mine has shut down due to overheating a few times and I may have damaged it slightly.  If I build another, I'll consider adding external cooling fans.
Title: Re: Just sharing something I learned
Post by: Carl on May 30, 2018, 02:06:39 PM
  Here is one way ,many are out there:
https://www.rtl-sdr.com/building-a-homemade-fm-repeater-with-a-raspberry-pi-rpitx-and-rtl-sdr-dongle/

Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrtHzsZMfm8
Title: Re: Just sharing something I learned
Post by: desilou on May 30, 2018, 08:47:55 PM
List of a collection of tools, projects, images and resources for the Raspberry Pi: https://github.com/thibmaek/awesome-raspberry-pi (https://github.com/thibmaek/awesome-raspberry-pi)

A couple of tools I setup on the Raspberry Pi

RetroPie, https://retropie.org.uk/ (https://retropie.org.uk/).  Turns your Raspberry Pi into a retro-gaming machine.

Pi-Hole, https://pi-hole.net/ (https://pi-hole.net/).  Block ads on any device in your home network.  I set this up on a Pi Zero W.  It's nice that it also blocks ads and telemetry data for hardware devices like the Amazon Echo, Smart TVs, Roku, etc.  Good Bloomberg article about it: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-05-10/inside-the-brotherhood-of-pi-hole-ad-blockers
 (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-05-10/inside-the-brotherhood-of-pi-hole-ad-blockers)
Title: Re: Just sharing something I learned
Post by: kid_couteau on June 14, 2018, 07:26:37 AM
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XQJVXHL/ref=od_aui_detailpages01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Just got one of these
Works well but I feel is overpriced for what it is. Could be tougher.

Anyways just sharing this. It runs on 12 volts DC. It comes with a wall wart of course but its output is 12 volts. So I looked through my scrap box and found an end that works and put some Anderson powerpoles on it and plugged it into a 12 volt battery and voila it works.

Planning on making a Ras Pi in a box with solar recharge capabilities.
Why? Why not.  ;D
Title: Re: Just sharing something I learned
Post by: backpackman on July 02, 2018, 07:10:20 PM
I put one of these on my Amazon list. ;-)

Hi All

I recently bought this Raspberry Pi kit from Amazon-
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C6EQNNK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Cost $49.99

Things I found out:

Easy to put together
easy to get the OS to run [Raspian]
Not too hard to configure definitely a learning curve but not too bad
Can be powered by Anker powerbank if it has 2.4 Amp port.
Chirp will work on it
Can be controlled by phone with VNC viewer [though I need to find a way to lock the IP address down.]
A tad slow with Youtube videos on full screen.

Overall well worth the money in my opinion.

Just sharing
Kid Couteau