Archive for category: Raspberry Pi

RTL-SDR on Raspberry Pi…

July 28, 2014 | Raspberry Pi, Software Defined Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Just a quick note. I have been meaning to try out the combination of the Raspberry Pi with one of the popular $20 RTL-SDR dongles, to see if the combination would work. I was wondering how well it would work, how hard it would be, how much of the available (small) CPU power it would […]

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Some continuing short bits on SSTV….

March 16, 2014 | Amateur Radio, Raspberry Pi, SSTV | By: Mark VandeWettering

Nothing too exciting going on, but minor bits of code and play have been done, so I thought I’d update. First of all, there is a program for decoding SSTV on the Pi, called QSSTV. I don’t have a proper sound setup on the Pi yet, so I couldn’t test it live on the air, […]

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Additional Experiments with SSTV, with some ideas….

March 9, 2014 | Amateur Radio, Raspberry Pi, SSTV | By: Mark VandeWettering

Previously, I had written an encoder for the Robot 36 SSTV mode. I chose this for a simple reason: it appears to be the most common mode used in downlinks from satellites, such as the ARISSat-1. It’s not a bad choice, and presents reasonable quality in just 36 seconds. Today, I decided that I should […]

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SSTV travels through the Ether! A minor success!

March 8, 2014 | Amateur Radio, Raspberry Pi, SSTV | By: Mark VandeWettering

So, this morning I played around a bit more with my Raspberry Pi code to try to see if I could make an SSTV beacon. The idea was to use two existing bits of code, raspistill and my own SSTV encoder (robot36), and glue them together with a small bit of Python. The code uses […]

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Some thoughts on SSTV and the Raspberry Pi…

March 6, 2014 | Amateur Radio, Raspberry Pi | By: Mark VandeWettering

Today I found an interesting Instructable on running SSTV on the Raspberry Pi. It uses an interesting bit of software which uses the Pi to directly generate an FM signal. Strictly speaking, I doubt this is a great idea without some outboard harmonic filtering, but it’s cool that it could be done. I recalled that […]

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Raspberry Pi Camera NoIR…

February 10, 2014 | Raspberry Pi | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’ve been playing around with the Raspberry Pi Camera for a number of different purposes, but one thing is pretty apparent right off: while the quality overall is quite good, it’s not very good in low light. Because at least part of my potential application is watching the night-time activities of wildlife (most likely my […]

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Streaming Video From the Raspberry Pi Camera…

February 6, 2014 | Raspberry Pi | By: Mark VandeWettering

First of all, let me get this off my chest: video over the web is a hideous Tower of Babel. With that basic complaint, let me start by saying that this project started with a Raspberry Pi and the Raspberry Pi Camera. Previously, I had used the Pi with a USB webcam and had connected […]

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An $8.88 WiFi adapter for my Raspberry Pi…

February 2, 2014 | Raspberry Pi | By: Mark VandeWettering

I was out running errands the other day, and found myself at Fry’s Electronics. I needed to pick up a VGA extension cable to replace one that had inexplicably become bad, and as I often do while wandering around, found myself doing a bit of window shopping. (Not Windows shopping, I’ve had enough of that.) […]

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Arduino Bumper Shell, created with OpenSCAD

March 2, 2013 | Arduino, My Projects, Raspberry Pi | By: Mark VandeWettering

Last week, I got a chance to experiment with a Replicator 2, and printed some brackets for my robot project. I designed them using OpenSCAD, which is kind of a scripting language for solid shapes. It can export in STL format, which I then used MakerWare to drive the Replicator 2. The picture at the […]

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Using the Raspberry Pi as a wireless webcam server…

February 7, 2013 | My Projects, Raspberry Pi | By: Mark VandeWettering

The other day, I was walking around in Fry’s Electronics, and noticed that they had HP HD-2200 webcams on sale for a mere $6. I thought to myself: hey, even if the camera is crappy (and it is) that is simply too cheap to pass up, and grabbed one. Last night, I decided to try […]

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The Raspberry Pi, and the WiPi USB dongle, with questions about power…

February 6, 2013 | My Projects, Raspberry Pi, Robotics | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’m having lots of fun with my Raspberry Pi, and I’ve decided to launch one of my crazy spare-time projects: inspired by this article detailing the construction of RUDEBOT, a kind of mobile tablet robot, I decided to build a robot of my own. But, anything worth doing is worth changing and adapting, so I […]

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A new little computer: the Raspberry Pi…

January 6, 2013 | Raspberry Pi | By: Mark VandeWettering

Sorry it’s been a while since I wrote anything here. The simple fact is that I haven’t done a lot that’s very interesting lately. But Carmen did buy me a Raspberry Pi for Christmas, and I’ve been playing with it a bit. As it happens, we had a power outage over on the 26th, and […]

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