As Brian put it in one of his recent presentations about the DRAWS
platform, the intent is in "putting the Amateur back in Amateur
Radio". This is rather fitting given that the R-Pi was devised for
much the same purpose, to be educational.
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The DRAWS platform is an experimenters board (HAT) with loads of
capabilities as Ryan noted. Being based on Linux provides a learning
opportunity for the OS of choice for many things going forward.
Linux is reasonably easy to learn. The nice thing is that learning
Linux on the DRAWS does not limit where you can go with Linux in
It all comes down to if you just want to plug something in and use
the tools provided to play radio or if you want to open the
hood, dig around in the innards, get your hands dirty and learn more
about what you are doing at a lower level. All while bringing new
technologies to play.
On 6/15/2019 7:08 AM, Ryan W Leathers
Michael asked the question about the usefulness of
the DRAWS with a rig like the IC-7300.
The DRAWS is much more than a sound card and
digital modes interface. It is a convenient way to get highly
accurate GPS position, clock, run a variety of interesting
applications for rig control and digital modes without a bulky
PC or laptop, and it does all this using the same 12v systems
you already have for portable / mobile use.
The question for me is not about duplication of
signaling style capabilities. Rather it is whether or not one
plans on mobile / portable operation. This is where features
like the GPS, small form factor, and power really put the
DRAWS in a class of its own, at least in my opinion.
There are other ways to run digital modes on
Linux in the shack, so DRAWS is just another option there. But
in the field it's a different story. Nothing else comes close.
On Sat, Jun 15, 2019, 12:11 AM
Michael Starling <mkstarling@...
Have enjoyed your videos. Am a computer guy but not much UNIX
background. Have gotten a 3b+ up and running with an ICOM
Wondering what your opinion is of the value of the DRAWS HAT
is with that radio given that it already has the equivalent of
a signal link built in.