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

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.

NEXT: Raspberry Pi 3 DXSpider Installation

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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
7 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
7 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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