Raspberry Pi WSPR Bucket Beacon

It was a snowy lousy day here which was a good excuse to stay in and play with the Pi I had kicking around. I used the software and instructions from the package located here . Whipped together a lowpass filter that could be plugged in easily for the 20m band. Powered the package with the battery from my old IC-02AT and a LM2577 based module to get the voltage right for the Pi.

Here’s all that junk together before it went in the bucket.

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The guts of the bucket beacon

This was all tossed in an kitty litter bucket to keep the snow out and taken out in the backyard. A quick and dirty 20m dipole was strung up between a couple of trees a few feet off the ground. In the picture you can just make out the bit of red signal wire strung to the the 1:1 balun that the bucket ties into.

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I really wasn’t expecting much from this 2 hour cobble, but the result was actually quite decent. From my QTH in Waterloo I reached out to as far as Edmonton, Dallas, and the west shore of Florida.

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A pretty neat little project for a Friday afternoon.

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