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Shopping List for Node Construction

These are the ingredients needed to get your first node on the air.

The node can be constructed out of many different sets of components. If you are starting from some components purchased for another project or donated to your cause, you may have to tailor this list. For instance, there are several generations of Raspberry PI which will work for a packet node. The SDcard required for each may be of one of two different models, microSD or SD. The radio you are using may be one of the recommended models, or it may be something you had from a previous project. Different cables will be used for each radio.

This shopping list will be both vague and specific. Feel free to write to our email reflector to ask questions.

Raspberry PI

under $45

Must be Raspberry PI
1 B rev 2 600Mhz 32bit single-core
1 B+   600Mhz 32bit single-core
2 B    900Mhz 32bit quad-core
3 B    1.2Ghz 64bit quad-core or
3 B+ 1.4Ghz 64bit quad-core
ID and shop for Raspberry PI
Compatible SD card

about $8

For modern Raspberry PIs we use a class 4, 8GB micro SDHC card (left). Older units released before July 2014 use the class 4, 8GB SDHC card (right).
Click for Amazon microSDHC card

$49 each

TNC-PI general info 2016_03_TNC-PI_2_3_i6_08073_crop_x100
12v power supply and power distribution for radios.

$110 with fuse box

Power Supplies for Node 2014_i6_03993x267
Power for digital section

$25 including GelCel

Robust power for Raspberry PI 2015_i6_04390_yuasa_batteryx267
VHF/UHF radios

$50 or so surplus

Favorite Radios for Linking 2015_i6_04106___ADRO_nodex267
Antennas, coax, diplexer or triplexers if needed.

$70 per band or free

Antennas antenna_collagex267
TNC to radio cables

$10 parts+shipping

TNC-PI to Vertex FTL RJ45
TNC-PI to Kenwood TK mobiles RJ12
TNC to computer ribbon cable

$10 parts+shipping

Insulation Displacement Connector ribbon cable with 3 or more connectors to connect TNC-PIs to Raspberry PI.
Assembly details
Oscilloscope for receive alignment

$28 parts+shipping

Oscilloscope dso138_3228_267x100

$15 for wood for cheap and dirty

home-made wooden Node cabinets
201411_jenret_i6_03171sm 2015_01_w4rfq_made_node_box 2015_tadd_node_box_i6_04430x400

See also Base Box parts spreadsheet and Node Details, About Base Box

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