Running an SDR on a Raspberry PI with “Fuzz the Pi Guy”
Today we welcome a new friend, “Fuzz the Pi Guy”
Fuzz has a large YouTube channel and has a ton of SDR and Raspberry Pi Videos.
Fuzz and I discuss how he uses his Software Defined Radios and how he keeps costs down by using a Raspberry Pi as as his computer for many of these projects.
What You Will Learn in This Week's Podcast:
- SDR stands for Software Defined Radio, where you plug your hardware into power on one end and your computer on the other end so the computer software can interpret the signal.
- The Raspberry Pi is essentially a low-cost computer to help teach computer science in schools, and is now used for things like hosting Minecraft servers, learning Linux, and running SDR programs.
- Fuzz has a YouTube channel where he primarily demonstrates Raspberry Pi projects and tips, as well as a wide variety of small electronics content.
- He’s using a new setup that involves a Raspberry Pi 3 with an RTL-SDR dongle, connected to a 2m 70cm homemade antenna to receive his local Phase 2 frequencies, uploaded to Broadcastify using the new free software OP25.
- Using this setup, Fuzz essentially created a Phase 2 scanner for under $100.
- The FlightAware website gives a good introduction to using the Raspberry Pi with an SDR that can get you set up in under 15 minutes.
- The Raspberry Pi has the best support system out there for any Pi hardware, but Fuzz has been working with the Atomic Pi lately.
- This setup provides an inexpensive alternative to buying a pricey scanner if you don’t mind troubleshooting and problem solving to get going.
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