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Raspberry Pi 4 as ham shack computer

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by NU8J, Aug 7, 2020.

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  1. NU8J

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    I recently put into service a raspi 4 in the ham shack. I was just wondering how many others are doing the same thing? It is my desktop and seems to run everything just fine. I always watch the diagnostics and I haven't overloaded it yet. With the fan it usually runs around 50-55 c.
     
  2. BG6LH

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    Me too. My RPi is a model B4 4G RAM, as hot as yours, but without a fan. I run it for a 24x7 FT8 signal monitor.
     
  3. K6CLS

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    Yes I do that, too. How much RAM does yours have? Mine is 4Gb. Quite comfortable.
     
  4. US7IGN

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    I built a pi4-based media player into the audio system http://uarl.info/forum/index.php?topic=330.0 and very pleased with the result.

    I wanted to ask what programs do you use on pi4 for radio?

    My only radio program is N1MM, but is is only for windows.
     
  5. BG6LH

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    I’m using xlog on rpi. CQRLog is another option. But I think is too ‘heavy’ to rpi. It’s good for a Debian based radio station.
     
  6. KL7AJ

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    Software is the new homebrew. :)
     
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  7. N6YWU

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    I'm using a headless (no monitor) Raspberry Pi 4 as a USB device server for my RTL-SDR, SDRPlay RSP2, and AirSpy HF+ SDR receivers, and as as network transcoder for my Hermes Lite 2 SDR transceiver. The Pi 4 is sitting near the radios and antenna feeds. But by using the Pi 4 as a network server, I can listen to these radios over the network with rtl_tcp SDR receiver software running on my iPad or Mac from anywhere that I can get a good network connection.

    I'm also homebrewing my own software for both the Raspberry Pi, and for my iOS devices.

    I put one of those huge (but fanless) heat sinks that covers the entire top and bottom of the Pi 4 board, but which allows my Pi 4 to run cooler than my Pi 3B+ with just the 2 tiny heatsinks.
     
  8. KA9JLM

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    The RPi 4 is a nice little computer.

    As long as you are not doing a lot of heavy duty Video Rendering it will work fine.

    Most complaints that I have heard about them, Was getting hot and over heating.
     
  9. NU8J

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    I would definitely run a fan for using it as a desktop. Still impressed with it. I got the raspi 4 that has 8gb of ram. I use flrig for rig control of my IC 7300. Still having issues getting wjst to run, I am sure it is just user error. I am very impressed. Still a little of a steep learning curve with Linux and learning to run stuff from terminal window.
     
  10. KF5RRF

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    After reviewing this video, I picked up one of these Argon One For Raspberry Pi 4 cases off of Amazon for my Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB RAM. They currently run $25.00.

    I have yet to get the fan to kick in. There's several cases that help reduce the heat generated by the Pi 4 and the guy in the video mentions one other. I chose this one because of the cooling the fact that it puts all of the ports on the back along with having an actual power button.

     

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