Well everyone has got one.

So what can the Raspberry Pi do for me in the shack?
The answer is quite a lot.

For years I have been happily using my PC for CAT control and Digimode working but I had never tried the Raspberry Pi. A quick look around the Linux pages on DX Zone reveals plenty of software and utilities.

What I was really interested in, as I sell the products, was CAT control and Digimode packages. There are a few CAT control programs such as Grig and a few bespoke to certain transceivers but not a huge selection. However the "clincher" is that Fldigi has been written for Linux. This is a fully featured CAT control, logging and Digimode package that is relatively easy to set up and use.

But there was a problem........

Although any of the Raspberry Pi models would be Ok for CAT control as this is not processor intensive, early models lacked the power to process the received signals for digital mode working. The Raspberry Pi also lacks any audio input port. This can be overcome by buying a cheap USB sound dongle with both Mic in and Headphone out 3.5mm jacks. 

However, the latest incarnations of Raspberry Pi with the quad core processor are more than adequate to control your transceiver and to operate digital modes.

So what is my setup?

I am currently testing a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B with Raspbian Jessie 2016-05-27 installed on 32gb Micros SD card.

I carried out a "sudo apt-get update" command to get the latest program versions from the repository. I then installed Fldigi by using "sudo apt-get install fldigi" to install the Fldigi program. Really simple to install. This creates a new Ham Radio program group with Fldigi available to run.