WSJT-X 2.0 with Raspberry PI3 and SDRplay RSP1

WSJT-X and FT8 are enjoying increasing popularity. K1JT’s software, Joseph Hooton Taylor, is really easy to use and incredibly powerful. With modern radios, especially SDR transceivers, a PC or Mac, it has become really easy to establish worldwide radio connections. Even with bad antennas and low power, incredible ranges are possible.

For the reception and the monitoring of the FT8 frequencies a Raspberry PI3 with a SDRplay RSP1 on any screen is enough. Since I want to build myself a small portable digital HF scanner I use the original 7 inch touch screen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Admittedly, a bit small, but it works.


Get a fast SD card. I am using a ScanDisk Extreme with 32GB. If the SD card has been used before it is recommended to format it before.

Download the latest Raspberry RPI3 image from SDRplay.

Unpack the image and transfer it to the SD card. I use for it:

Take the SD card and insert it into the Raspberry PI3. Connect the screen, mouse, keyboard, SDRPlay RSP1 and power and start the operating system.

The EASYplay selection menu appears. Just test the RSP by starting GQRX. This program is also ideal for small screens.

Not important for the further procedure, but recommendable. Open the applications menu, preferences, Raspberry Pi Configuration. Activate VNC under Interfaces. This allows you to remote control the Raspberry Pi with a VNC client. The hostname is: raspberrypi, the user is: pi and the password root is: raspberry. Then, under Localisation, make the necessary settings for your country. Last but not least right click on task bar, under geometry position right and under Advanced minimise Panel when not in use. Then you have more space on a small screen. Finally, restart Raspberry Pi so that all settings take effect.

Install WSJT-X with the PPA from Greg Beam

For more information have a look here:

Call LXTerminal and enter the following commands:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following to the end of the sources.list file:

deb xenial main 
deb-src xenial main

Ctrl-X to save and exit

Now update your system

sudo apt-get update

and install WSJT-X

sudo apt-get install wsjtx

Confirm every questions until installation with yes and if finish


Thats it… Have fun…

If you are interested in using FLdigi with the Raspberry please read my older article.