My First Raspberry Pi (RasPi) Post…GPIO

Reading and Writing to the RasPi GPIO using BASH

The gPIo of the Raspberry Pi

The top header is the gpio. It’s nice that it’s called the gPIo. How convenient!

I’ve finally taken some time to play with my Pi after getting some of the peripherals to work. I struggled getting the sound to work, but finally found a post that described what to do. I’d like to point out that I’m still using Debian Squeeze. That might be where some of my issues stem from. has the latest downloads, and many of the bugs that I deal with are probably solved by now in newer distributions.

What I have done is taken the time to play with the GPIO port using a Bash script. My Bash skills are not top notch, but with a little searching I can usually get things done. Here’s what I discovered using my simple Bash script. Continue reading

Packet Radio Using Remote Control Through SSH Server

Recently I have been messing with APRS and other packet radio transmissions, and I haven’t really found it to be all that enjoyable in its present form. Don’t get me wrong. I have had plenty of fun with it, but it hasn’t been what I want to do. My previous articles about getting Xastir up and running and sending packets through the ISS show that I enjoyed what I was doing, but the problem is that neither situations were very convenient. With APRS, I had to start up a laptop and initialize the TNC or I had to keep it running and risk killing the car battery. With the ISS I had to be ready to go at a moment’s notice, and since many of the passes were during work hours, I was not able to leave and drive to the clearing to make contact. Now, I think I’ve come up with a solution. Continue reading