September 13, 2013 by aubreykloppers
16 Sept 2013 – and without any further delays, here is the build:
- Raspberry PI (512MB)
- SD Card (4GB)
- WiFi dongle (D-Link DWA-121: Wireless N 150 Pico USB Adapter)
- http://www.bobrathbone.com/raspberrypi_radio.htm Internet Radio Plan
- Old broken Plastic Valve Radio
- Various bitz-n-pieces.
WiFi Network on PI:
How to generate:
wpa_passphrase <ssid> <passphrase> >
Setting up a news feed (SABC):
After working more than a week through various instructables(.com), RPi projects and general internet searches, I finally got to a project that not only works, but works right! If you cast your eyes over to http://www.bobrathbone.com you will find a section on Raspberry Pi. Have a look and read through his page and then download his Constructors Manual here:
It is the most complete, in depth manual I have found and it works 100%.
What I taught myself:
- Never change 0v with 5v on an LCD, you will burn it! (Wasted Cost: R80)
- Do not try to replace buttons with Rotary Encoder Switches, it does not work (Wasted Cost: R120)
- Do not try to solder too many components together, wires break, rather use a stripboard for your projects (Wasted Cost: R150)
- Do not solder buttons, rather use push-on “Spade connectors”. (Wasted Cost: R25)
- Get your soldering up to scratch… You will need it.
Done and tested:
Ok, that done and said, the project was tested last night after creating a PCB (Stripboard) layout, soldering it and connecting everything:
- I have created to SW environment with a couple of radio stations. (Including BOK and KFM)
- I have connected the RPi to the 2*16 LCD and displayed the streaming information to the screen.
- I have created the PCB with all the resistors and connections.
- I have connected the buttons and the UP/DOWN-LEFT/RIGHT-MENU structure works 100%.
- Restore a radio-box (Old radiogram) to fit components into.
- Decide if an AMP will be built into the box in (1). If so, decide how it will interface into the entire system.
- Add decal and more onto the restored box.
TO BE CONTINUED...
The post below is old and serves just as a reminder that not everything works first time…
Ok, this post will also be ongoing.
What I intend to do is use a Raspberry PI as an Online Radio Streaming device for my wife.
the first thing that I have to do is get all the components together. Some of them are quite easy to source, some of them quite difficult:
- Raspberri PI – TICK
- WiFi Dongle
- LCD Screen (16×2) – TICK
- push button – TICK
- rotary encoder switch
- potentiometer – TICK
Of all the components (except the encoder) was available locally. I have to ship one of these more than 3000km!
The system will be built into an old Radiogram I found.
Progeress report – 29 August 2013:
Finally got my radio-stations configured and got my head around the ‘Pandora Streaming’ technologies. Updated the RPi archive I made with the latest SW, Images and instructions. Now to start the physical work…
More to follow….
Some reading to do: