7. Arduino

Last Wednesday we discussed the Raspberry Pi computers and some applications of value to ARES members.  Tonight our topic is another inexpensive computer – the Arduino.  Arduino computers are used to construct projects similar, but not identical, to the Raspberry Pi.

Something I forgot to mention last week was that books have been published to help users of both the Arduino and Raspberry Pi program and build projects for these devices.  Some books are even Amateur Radio specific.  The ARRL at www.arrl.org/arrl-store and Amazon at www.amazon.com sell these titles, as do other vendors.

Back to the Arduino, some projects identified that might have ARES applications include antenna switches, an APRS tracker, beacon controllers and a software defined radio.  Vendors of Arduino and its accessory boards include MCM in Springboro and Amazon online.