RPI Modification for Wsjtx-Portable
-Built-in sound card (usb type)
-Built-in GPS (usb type)
-Added power connector on the side
Note: Wstjx-Portable can be used without any modification. You do not have to do it my way. However, it is recommended to add Power connecter.
I have a few Raspberry Pi (2) to spare.
I used Raspberry Pi when teaching embedded Linux to graduate students.
(If student had a problem with kernel while pratice, I could easily change the sdcard at any time.)
Anyway, I had several RPI2s that I do not use now and I wanted to make it a bit more Portable.
I want to move all the connectors to the left to make a case for Wsjtx-Portable
Disassemble the sound card.
I removed the USB connector to make space on the left.
Disassemble the USB type GPS. This is also simple.
I have to put two on the empty space.
Connect the line to USB.
I used a shielded line, but I do not recommend it. It is too thick to be flexible.
Connected sound card
if you want to follow, please make GPS line longer. If you lengthen the wire, you can change the GPS position according to the situation.
RPI has built in sound card and GPS.
GPS should be able to do this.
If you cover the LCD, GPS is not visible.
You must be able to do this in order to receive satellite signals.
If all the cables are on the left side and only the power is on the top side, It seems to be difficult to make a case.
On the back of the RPI there is a point where you can connect the power line.
The wires I used were a bit thick so I had to widen the holes so I could pull it out.
The hole can be easily widened by turning it back several times with the screwdriver.
As with GPS, the wires are a bit short.
For Wsjtx-Portable we have made two ways of power supply.
First to USB to RPI Power connector for external battery connection
Use this. On the left side of the RPI is a flashlight external battery.
It can be used with devices such as the FT-817 with built-in battery.
Below is for general radio use. 3A DC to DC converter.
I made it up to here and found that I made a mistake.
You could combine the two jacks on the sound card into one. Anyway, communication does not need stereo. I had already attached, so it was annoying to re-open.
In the next version, I want to try out Sound In, Sound Out, and Power as one jack.
The completed version of the test.
I easy can make a case because I collect all the connector in one side
Below is a test video of RPI modified for Wsjtx-Portable.
Thanks for reading
Ph.D Ian Lee