Thinking of Raspberry Pi? It's easy!

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by MW1CFN, May 10, 2018.

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  1. MW1CFN

    MW1CFN Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is just for those of you who, like me, thought getting a Raspberry Pi to run your digi modes is just too complex or somehow 'lesser' than running on a more 'mainstream' unit.

    I'm very happy to say my experience was of an easy set-up, with the added advantage of the board (most of us have a spare HDMI screen and keyboard lying around), costing around 1/10th the price of a basic laptop. Also a bit more convenient to power from 5V (at 2.3Amps or so), rather than stepping up to 19V for a laptop.

    Overall, other than for things like games, the current Pi is now a very capable all-round computing solution. If you look up advice online, you may well find a lot of it is outdated. A number of functions are now, much more conveniently, available from the graphical interface of Raspbian (the OS), without the need for ventures into issuing obscure commands.

    Again, this is to encourage folks, not an invitation to troll.
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  2. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    The RPi3 B+ looks like a nice box to play with.

    Have Fun.
  3. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's a very fun platform, I have an original RPi polling my Peet Bros Wx station and uploaded the data to the internet, as well as decoding a data channel on VHF using an RTL-SDR device, and it's been doing this for many years now. I have the 2nd and 3rd models doing various other tasks in my house - dirt cheap computing.
  4. K6CLS

    K6CLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't bother with the laptop or desktop any more. RPi 3 is my main system. Good enough.

    That said I dream of building a maxed out Ryzen system!!
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  5. KA8NCR

    KA8NCR Ham Member QRZ Page

  6. WQ2H

    WQ2H QRZ Lifetime Member #214 Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    The RPi3's are amazing.

    I got one set up as a Direwolf ARPS digipeater (headless) with a $24 Boafeng HT. Unbelievably, and it's been running 24/7 for about a year now.

    Just picked up another one for a headless WSPR 20m beacon. A little more complex because I added an MFJ QRP tuner and an RF filter. But one thing is certain - everybody loves Raspberry pie........!


    Jim, WQ2H

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