this time thelittlemonkey is monkeying the famous Pirate Radio project:
1960’s Siemens radio belonged to my mother, and it was my primary source of music when I was a little kid.
Recently I built the Pirate Radio Kit with the pHAT Beat/RPi0W from Pimoroni and was so happy with the overall results; nice sound, highly functional vlc-radio, push buttons, the looks…
I had this Speaker pHAT and a RPi Zero (1.3) lying around, so I wanted to test the SD card I made for the original Pirate Radio. Duplicated the image with
dd and flashed copy on a new SD card. Boom! It worked out of the box!
The vumeter is not working, but that’s not an issue, I’m not going to look at the blinking leds while working and listening to radio anyway.
Used a mini breadboard to build the button controls for Volume Up, Volume Down, Next Station and Power Off:
and soldered the few wires to Speaker pHAT header.
Little strips of Velcro was used to attach the stuff to the back and side of the radio. I wouldn’t dare to crack the beautiful insides of this classic radio! Only two wires from Speaker pHAT’s terminal going into the radio’s speaker.
Push buttons on a breadboard will do for now.
The sound of this modernized classic radio is True Retro :)