Pirate Radio takes advantage of the on-board wireless LAN and Bluetooth on the Pi Zero W, and uses pHAT BEAT DAC and amp to pump out up to 3 W of mono audio with 16 RGB LEDs that are ideal for using as a VU (volume unit) meter.
Assembly time: 30 minutes.
Assembled size of Pirate Radio is 135 × 85 × 70 mm (W × H × D).
- Dual I2S DAC/amplifiers (MAX98357A)
- 3 W per channel
- 2x push fit speaker terminals
- DIP switch to select blended mono or stereo modes
- 16 RGB LED pixels (APA102) in 2 rows of 8
- 6 edge-mounted push buttons
- Software installer and ALSA VU meter plugin
- 5 W 4 Ω speaker with pre-soldered wires
- 3-layer blue acrylic enclosure
- Pi Zero W with single core CPU and built-in wireless LAN and Bluetooth
- Adaptor kit
- 50 cm USB A to micro-B cable (power your Pi from an existing charger or computer)
- Python library
- Female and male headers require soldering
The Python library
will allow you to control the LEDs independently, if you wish, and to program the buttons to do whatever you desire.
Note that if you're using Volumio
, you can use their GPIO buttons plugin
to assign functions to the buttons on pHAT BEAT.
Included in the kit:
- Pi Zero W
- pHAT BEAT DAC and stereo amp. with VU meter and six buttons
- Male and female 2 × 20 pin headers
- Single 5 W 4Ω speaker
- Blue acrylic enclosure
- 50 cm USB A to micro-B cable
- USB A (female) to micro B (male) adaptor
- Mini to full-size HDMI adaptor
- Sticker sheet (personalize your Pirate Radio!)
- Comes in a reusable kit box