HamPi 1.0 image, some clarifications #etcher #xz #hampi #w3djs #dd


 

HamPi 1.0 is the current image, the W3DJS Raspberry Pi Ham Radio Image V2.0 was a beta which was replaced by HamPi 1.0

If the information you are using references  "W3DJS Raspberry Pi Ham Radio Image V2.0", it is out of date and should be discarded.

BalenaEtcher is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux but is not the only way to copy the image to a SD Card (or SSD/HD/USB Drive).

Linux (and Mac users) can uncompress HamPi_v1.0.img.xz  with
 xz -dv HamPi_v1.0.img.xz
Which will leave the file
 HamPi_v1.0.img
Then you can use dd to copy it to the SD Card with the input file being if=HamPi_v1.0.img 

MAKE SURE YOU ABSOLUTELY KNOW HOW TO USE dd, IF YOU DON'T, USE BalenaEtcher OR ANOTHER RAW IMAGE COPYING PROGRAM.  dd WITH THE WRONG ARGUMENT FOR YOUR OUTPUT FILE (of=) CAN OVERWRITE YOUR BOOT DISK.

If you want to use a USB attached drive for your boot drive on a Raspberry Pi 4, you need to upgrade the firmware, see https://tynick.com/blog/05-22-2020/raspberry-pi-4-boot-from-usb/  (This is a general Raspberry Pi issue, having nothing to do with the HamPi image.)

The torrent seed file can be obtained from http://hampi.radiowaves.ca/HamPi%20Image%20v1.0.torrent

See the original release announcement for alternate download sites for .tar files if not using the torrents.

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John D. Hays
Kingston, WA
K7VE