There was a time when an amateur radio had many dials and switches and probably some boxes as well. Computers have changed all of that. Some transceivers have only a few buttons left or are even completely computer controlled. Where one ham could have a TeleType machine, slow scan TV monitor, and fax printer to receive satellite images at a time, it can now all be on a single computer that can Even be a Raspberry Pi. [F4GOH] has a post that walks you from the basics to installing SDR to many popular ham programs for digital modes, APRS, SSTV, and more. You can also download the seven-part tutorial as separate PDF files.

Even if you’re not bacon, you might find some of the software interesting. With OpenWebRX, you can listen to your software defined radio on the go. You can use other software to collect weather satellite data.

If you are a seasoned Linux user, you don’t need any early material. However, you will find some great pointers on using the ham-specific software and a good overview of the possibilities.

Amateur radio has changed a lot. If you think of it as people with loud big radios you might be surprised. The hobby is big enough that you can find anything from people talking on tiny radios around the world with a mix of radio and internet connection, to people bouncing signals off the moon or using amateur radio satellites.

[Dan Maloney] talked about how to do it Start on amateur radio for under $ 50. On the other hand, you may need another $ 50 for the Raspberry Pi. Of course, there are many ways you can do that Hack the equipment.