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Raspberry Pi + svxlink = Low power echolink node

What is the easiest way to get echolink node up and running on raspberry pi? Surely, get a premade image which has everything inside. I've created one image which can fit into 2GB SD card for this, just follow the following steps to get it up and running:

For hardware, you need to have the following:


For software:
  1. Download the following prepared image from google drive, it is based on raspbian-2015-02-16 image and has pre-installed svxlink-14.08. raspi-wheezy-svxlink.img.zip (mirror: raspi-wheezy-svxlink.img.zip)
  2. Unzip the file and copy it to your SD card using the following instructions that can be found here.
  3. Boot up the RasPi, if you do not have an HDMI monitor, you may want to access the RasPi from your terminal emulator (putty or the like), connect the RasPi to your router via CAT5 cable. 
  4. To find the IP address of your RasPi, just go to your router status and look for the hostname raspberrypi. 
  5. Use SSH connection, logon to the RasPi using the default username/password which should be: pi/raspberry
  6. If you've bigger SD card then the 4GB image, you may want to use fullest capacity of the SD card, run the raspi-config command as sudo:


  7. Edit the following config files for svxlink (command):


  8. To tune the mic/speaker, use alsamixer:


  9. You should be done with the configuration, you may run the svxlink now to test it out.


  10. Your node should appear in the echolink now. Try to use your PC or android client to connect to your node and see if it is working. You may need to configure your router to allow echolink to work, use port forwarding and forward the UDP port 5198-5199 and TCP port 5200 to your RasPi IP address.
  11. If everything is working as expected and you want to run svxlink as a service, follow the steps here. The link to auto start the server has been vanished, so the best to do an autostart of the svxlink is by running the following command (if the /etc/init.d/svxlink is not present, copy the script over from the source under distribution/debian/etc/init.d/):