Raspberry Pi 3 Ham Radio Projects


I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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Keith, G6NHU
6 years ago

Very much looking forward to your step by step guide for this. I’ve bought a pi-3 specifically to run dxspider and I’m falling down at the very first step in the guide I’ve found. Interestingly, you’ve commented on the guide that I was looking at so clearly there is a way. I’ve been using *nix at a very basic level for a lot of years but not actually doing much admin work for a long time so I’m very rusty when it comes to the terminal.

Keith, G6NHU
6 years ago

Actually I’ve managed to get it all running now without too many struggles. I didn’t set up a static IP address, I just set up an address reservation in my router so it would never change. Having said that, I’ve since installed pi-hole (thoroughly recommended btw) and as part of the procedure, that will configure a static address anyway.
I’m not using VNC, I’m doing everything by ssh.
I’ve been using the SV5FRI guide (as you did) and the only thing really different is the very first line when setting up the account specifically for dx spider and that’s because -m isn’t supported on the latest Raspbian release so I did some research and discovered that I could just leave it off.
I’ve got the service running with the new script, got it autoconnecting to one node and will add an extra few.
This is replacing an old computer with XP running AR-Cluster and it seems the big difference I need to be aware of is that with DX Spider, I need to have the remote sysop add me as a node rather than just let the software sort it out by itself. Previously I could connect to any cluster without any interaction from the remote sysop, it’s not quite like that with DX Spider.

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