I had such great success with my Raspberry PI NAS that I decided to take a stab at running an APRS application with maps on a Raspberry PI. After searching the web I was not surprised to find that others have done something similar. Because I dedicated my original Raspberry PI as a NAS I obtained a second Raspberry PI model B along with some accessories from Adafruit Industries. Adafruit tests the accessories with the Raspberry PI so it eliminates the hunting for compatible accessories.
There are many websites that already exist for setting up a Raspberry PI NAS so I will not duplicate the steps here; however, these are some very helpful links.
My intent for the APRS-PI was to read the APRS-IS and display those stations near my location. My setup is:
- Raspberry PI Model B - Over clocked at 900 MHz
- Belkin 4 port powered USB hub
- SanDisk Cruzer Fit 16 GB USB Flash Drive for the file system
- Class 10 SD Card
- WI-FI USB dongle
|Raspberry PI APRS|
A monitor could be added to the Raspberry PI via HDMI or the AV video output but while one of the 3.5" or 4.3" displays may sound good the resolution is too low to be able to fully use the Xastir. It can be done and the map with the stations can be viewed but the pop-up boxes for making changes are mostly larger than the small screen's real estate and the dialog boxes will be off the screen.
As always YMMV but for a small, low cost, always on APRS device the Raspberry PI fills the need.