Building a Portable Digital HF station for use in various activations I have planned for summer/fall 2021. Hope to have the DRAWS/RADIO set up and running before this summer. I am NOT going to drag a FlexRadio Flex-6000 to some of the places I hope to operate from.
On the digital side I am using a Raspberry Pi (4B) with a specialized add-on bit of hardware, the North West Digital Radio DRAWS that will add a GPS/on-board clock and the necessary interfaces.
Initial intention is to us a SGC-2020 transceiver, but I may drag a TenTec Jupiter to my activations instead. I will use a keyboard and mouse to control the actual digital software for the activations, WSJT or perhaps fldigi.
The DRAWS is a neat bit of kit that should streamline my station and reduce the component count. That said it is as best semi-documented and a bit of a work in process intended for those willing to roll their sleeves up to get it configured, wired and going. Not very plug-n-play at all.
Raspberry Pi 4B and NW Digital Radio DRAWS HAT
Some courtesy definitions:
DRAWS = Digital Radio Amateur WorkStation developed by North West Digital Radio http://nwdigitalradio.com/draws/
Raspberry Pi = the series of small single-board computers developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation along with Broadcom. https://www.raspberrypi.org
Raspberry Pi HAT = Raspberry Pi extension board, both because it sits like a “hat” on top of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer and as the original meaning apparently was “Hardware Attached on Top” https://github.com/raspberrypi/hats/blob/master/README.md
A bit about the DRAWS lifted from the NWDR website: