There's always room for Pi in your Amateur Radio Go Kit. Top it off with the Pi-Go and plug right into your station power - or even your car

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Hi everyone! I just started a new Kickstarter project for the "Pi-Go". This is a topper for your Raspberry Pi that converts a typical 12V Amateur Radio Go-Kit power setup with Anderson connectors to the 5V needed to run the Pi and any connected USB peripherals. 5VDC @ 3A is made available from inputs anywhere between 10-16VDC. Great for your embedded auto computers as well!

License: TAPR OHL for hardware
Copyright: CC-BY-SA for supporting documents

The Pi-Go connects to the GPIO header and supplies a solid 5V at up to 3A for the Pi and its connected peripherals. The board is designed to maintain the 5V output with an input anywhere from 10V to 16VDC. A real fuse is on-board for over-current protection. Genuine Anderson Powerpole connectors are provided for direct use with the de-facto ARES power configuration.

Two momentary switches are provided on GPIO 23 and GPIO 25. If you're a fan ofAmateurLogic.TV, then you may have seen episode 76 where Tommy uses a Python script for shutdown and reboot. These two switches will work directly with that script, or they could be used for another purpose.

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  • 3 × 0.1uF Ceramic Cap - 0805 size CAP CER 0.1UF 50V 10% X7R 0805
  • 3 × 22uF Ceramic Cap - 1210 size CAP CER 22UF 25V 10% X5R 1210
  • 1 × 1800pF Ceramic Cap - 0805 size CAP CER 1800PF 50V 10% X7R 0805
  • 2 × PCB Pins for Anderson Powerpole connectors Anderson Powerpole 25A Pin Right Angle Bottom Low Force
  • 1 × 2x20 header socket (This on has a key, but it's not required) THROUGH-HOLE .025" SQ POST SOCKET

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  • Parts List / Watch out for fake Anderson connectors

    Bob Recny09/21/2015 at 19:56 0 comments

    I just added the parts list. All components are available at Digi-Key with the exception of the Anderson products. Those are available through Mouser or Newarki/element14.

    Beware of counterfeit Anderson connectors. Here's a picture of some suspect parts that I've seen. Good parts are on the left - ones purchased from an authorized distributor. The suspect parts are on the right - ones that I've picked up at various hamfests over the years.. Note the corrosion and inconsistency on the pins and the variations in the word "POWER" stamped on the edge of the connector. Some are upside-down, some are missing the "O", some aren't aligned, etc. Even the colors are not consistent.

  • Working on a couple updates

    Bob Recny09/15/2015 at 06:54 0 comments

    I've been requested to add a barrel jack for DC power in, in addition to the Anderson Powerpole connectors. I'll be incorporating this as well as a 2-pin header to tap the 5VDC for connection to the new, official RPi touchscreen.

  • Updated Kickstarter link

    Bob Recny09/15/2015 at 06:52 0 comments

    I updated the link to Kickstarter in the list at the left. I inadvertently copied the "dashboard" rather than the project itself.

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Bob Recny wrote 09/13/2015 at 18:41 point

Here you go:  It's also the star link under the GitHub one on the left.

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Sophi Kravitz wrote 09/13/2015 at 14:27 point

What is the link to the Kickstarter?

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