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.

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4 thoughts on “AA6E’s Tiny Python Panadapter on a Raspberry Pi

  1. Pingback: KX3 Companion | A Tiny Panadapter for Your KX3 With The Raspberry Pi

  2. Hello Josh, did receive my adafruit display yesterday and today everything is working, very good tutorial !!! is more easy now to see any band frequency activity on my KX3 🙂

    Jacinto Rebelo
    CU2ED

  3. Hi, forgot to say, I still didn’t receive the Griffin iMic, so I tested my Emu 0204 USB sound card and works 100% … and I didn’t have to use any audio isolator circuit, waterfall very clean.

    Jacinto

    • Hi Jacinto,

      I’m really glad you have got this working! I don’t think I can live without the panadapter/waterfall display now; it’s so fascinating to see the signals on the screen 🙂

      Good news that you have successfully used a different sound card too.

      Cheers!

      Josh de M0JMO

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