AA6E’s Tiny Python Panadapter on a Raspberry Pi

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Well, what a learning curve this has been! After about 20 hours work, and a bit of expense, I now have a working Panadapter / Waterfall for my Elecraft KX3.

Is it a PX3? Of course not, but it shows what is happening around the frequency I’m listening to (good when trying to make contact with a DX Station working split), it’s a fraction of the price and is available now. I still have a PX3 on order though!

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Here’s a quick video of it working (on Instagram):

Woohoo! My Tiny Python Panadapter is all working! #hamr #kx3 #tpp #rpi #adafruit #pimoroni

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I am a total newcomer to Linux, Bash Scripts and Python programming, but with lots of Googling, some emails from friendly amateurs, patience, coffee and beer, I muddled through and have a working device. Because I’m kind; I’ve documented the entire process for you to follow 🙂

http://www.tigerstyle.co.uk/blog/M0JMO-Tiny_Python_Panadapter-Raspberry_Pi_Setup_Guide-v1_2.pdf

Have fun and let me know when you get yours working! I’m @JoshMurray on Twitter.