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Raspberry Pi Image V0.6

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:45 pm
by sdrplay
This is the V0.6 release of the RPi image with SDRplay compatible software.

This is the first build to support the RPi4, however it still also supports RPi3

Note: During our testing using GQRX, we noticed high CPU load and some audio stuttering using RPi3B/+ with sample rates of greater than 500 kHz, so we recommend not using the RPi3 if you want to use GQRX. None of these issues were seen using the RPi4

The list of software on this image is: SoapySDR/SoapySDRPlay, SoapyRemote, Cubic SDR, GNU Radio Companion, GQRX, ADSB (Dump1090), QT-DAB receiver and the updated RSP TCP Server

Important Notes from the User Guide:

During our testing on both RPi3 and RPi4, if a HDMI audio device is automatically discovered on bootup, this seems to disable the 3.5mm audio output. Nothing we did to try to enable the 3.5mm audio output worked. If no HDMI audio device is discovered (for example we connected the HDMI output to a DVI monitor input), then the 3.5mm audio output works fine. We also tested using a USB soundcard and that also worked fine.

OpenGL Hardware Acceleration
CubicSDR uses OpenGL and the Raspbian OS includes experimental hardware acceleration of these libraries. We enable these when a HDMI video device is detected. However, in our testing, enabling these libraries when using an LCD video device causes the OS not to boot. This would appear to be an issue with the new Raspbian OS “Buster”, as this worked fine for the previous Raspbian OS “Stretch”. If this issue is resolved in a future OS build, we will enable these libraries for when an LCD video device is detected in a future release of the image.

Please note: This is a complete OS with software image. Writing the image to a micro SD card will wipe the micro SD card of any other data that is on there, so we recommend you make sure you have backed up any data on your existing micro SD card or you use a new micro SD card.

This video guide shows how easy it is to download the Raspberry Pi SD=card image and get up and running:

This document describes the image contents: ... _Guide.pdf

Please note the following:

1. This software is made available purely for the convenience of users to save them from having to build the software themselves from source code.
2. All software apart from ADS-B is provided by third party developers and SDRplay can take no responsibility for any faults or bugs and is unable to provide support. For any support for these applications, we recommend that users contact the original authors.
3. Where the RSPduo is supported by applications, it can only be used in single tuner mode.

List of known issues:

Will only work over LAN connections and locally. It will not work over Wide Area Networks

Some limitations with tuner hardware control
Audio only via USB and HDMI audio
CPU load is quite high and may cause audio stuttering


Download image from here: ... mg.xz?dl=0

OR ... 0.6.img.xz

This file can be burned easily using applications such as Etcher to put the image onto the micro SD card. -

Size: 1.70 GB (1,834,953,912 bytes / size on disk: 1,834,954,752 bytes)

SDRplay_RPi_V0.6.img.xz Checksums:

CRC32: 872713C4
CRC64: 5984959DF053C932
SHA1: 09AEE81434AC63D18818D8C0D03BB61499A8A58C
SHA256: DA7E8EEBB6ACA289316D6D9D487AF818F4F42C4994213C396E81B496B0F5EEAA

That's it - put the micro SD card into the Raspberry Pi micro SD card slot and boot the system. Allow the system to fully boot and you will see a GUI that will allow you to run each of the applications or read further information.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: For remote operation, the default username is pi and the default password is raspberry. So that the image can be used headless straight away, a key has been added. However it is recommended that you replace the key with a new one using this process…

sudo rm /etc/ssh/ssh_host_*
sudo dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server

Best regards,