In order to follow this guide, you will need:

  • Raspberry Pi
  • 4GB or larger microSD card with a Raspbian image
  • SDR radio dongle
  • LNA
  • antenna with sufficient gain
  • Internet connection configured on Raspbian
  • knowledge of Linux command line

The radio, LNA, and antenna, can be purchased through Outernet either individually or as a kit. You may also want to have:

  • HDMI monitor
  • HDMI cable
  • USB or wireless keyboard
  • USB or wireless mouse

This guide is written against the following version of Raspbian:

Raspbian version May 2016
Kernel version 4.4
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We will not go into the details of how the Raspbian microSD cards are created. That is left as an exercise for the reader.