I’ve owned my Raspberry Pi for a while now. I purchased it around the time they were first introduced (early 2012). Not having a lot of knowledge in the Linux OS, the most I ever really did with it was set it up and play around with it. However, my reason for purchasing the RPI was to some how use it for amateur radio purposes.
As I have mentioned before on my blog, I also own a D-STAR Digital Access Point Dongle (DVAP). I purchased it in 2011 and had been using it connected to an older Windows XP machine. I wrote a “first look” post as well as one where I was experimenting on the DVAP range away from my QTH. However, in following my own advice given in my podcast, The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast episode 64 about the Microsoft Windows XP End of Life, I decided it was time to explore how the DVAP might be used with the Raspberry Pi.
In most situations, Google truly is your friend. Just doing a simple Google search for DVAP and Raspberry Pi led me to more information than I had time to read. However, the very first search result happened to provide all the information I needed to setup my Raspberry Pi to work with my DVAP dongle. Special thanks to Bill, AB4BJ who had blogged about his experience in setting up his Pi for DVAP purposes.
If you have a Raspberry Pi, a DVAP Dongle and a D-STAR radio sitting around your ham shack, it’s very easy to set it all up just as I have done. In the below picture, I have my ICOM ID92-AD, the DVAP Dongle and the Raspberry Pi setup. Once configured, the Raspberry Pi will function stand-alone (without keyboard, mouse and monitor). I can access the RPI via VNC from my iPad if needed.
Raspberry Pi running Debian Linux and the DVAPNODE and IRCDDB software. DVAP is connected to REF001A in Aurora, Illinois. Screenshot from iPad VNC session.
For now, my setup will remain in my ham shack. I know many build this setup for mobile/portable use. At the present time I do not have wireless capabilities for the RPI. I also want to see just how stable this setup is before making any additional changes. I was pleased to wake up this morning and find the RPI was still running and the OS was stable. Time will tell…
Until next time…
73 de KDØBIK