Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dan Srebnick, who notes that the Raspberry Pi 4 mini computer was unveiled this morning by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
I love the Raspberry Pi and own a number of models that I’ve employed in various projects. For example:
- A FlightAware ADS-B feed
- A LiveATC feed of airport KHKY
- A desktop computer for my kids to learn Python and do homework
- A headless remote unit for transferring large files and archiving the full Shortwave Radio Audio Archive
- A Raspberry Pirate FM transmitter
- Two RACHEL-PI systems (English and French) I’m evaluating for use with ETOW
- A stand-alone SDR station
What excites me most about the Raspberry Pi 4 is the improved processor speed and larger allotment of RAM (up to 4 GB). This could make the Pi a more effective stand-alone or portable SDR station. The dual monitor capability could also be a big bonus. And, of course, GigaBit ethernet speeds will help make the Pi a better/faster connected device.
When the Raspberry Pi 3B+ was introduced last year, I hesitated one day and had to wait weeks for the second shipment. Not this time! I purchased two 4GB units (in two different shipments as most suppliers have a maximum of one per customer) and hope to receive them by mid-July.
If you’re interested in pre-ordering the Raspberry Pi 4, check out the Raspberry Pi Foundation website for recommended resellers.
Do you plan to grab a Pi 4? Would you like to share a recent project with us? Please comment!