Raspberry Pi radio built in an old Bakelite case with rotary knobs

Listen to stations from around the world with a Raspberry Pi radio project housed in a retro Bakelite case.

Raspberry Pi radio built in an old Bakelite case with rotary knobs
Published by Mason @ PC Game Spotlight 8 months ago


Raspberry Pi Radio Project in a Retro Bakelite Case

A Raspberry Pi radio project allows you to listen to stations from around the world using the internet. Built inside an old Bakelite radio, the device uses a custom interface, screen, and tuning knobs to provide a unique listening experience. The screen displays a world map, with a crosshair overlay to allow you to pinpoint stations. The knobs themselves are rotary encoders, and allow you to tune with ease. While the Raspberry Pi 4 powers the device, it uses the internet to access stations, rather than receiving radio waves.

Internet broadcasting allows for listening to stations globally, so long as the Pi has an internet connection. If you're interested in building your own, the project uses a Raspberry Pi 4 connected to a 5-inch LCD screen and a 30-watt speaker. The source code isn't shared yet, but the blog mentions plans to share details and code on GitHub.

Thankfully, the blog does provide information about the setup of the rotary encoder knobs. For a closer look at the project, check out the Reddit thread shared by trustMeIAmANinja below.

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