Resurrecting a Childhood Radio with a Raspberry Pi

The just about magical significance that people placed on inanimate objects is a wierd factor that psychologists battle to know, however which is simple. There’s a motive {that a} guitar performed by Eric Clapton is value lots of of hundreds of {dollars}, however an similar guitar utilized by a no one would possibly solely be value a pair thousand — as if the guitar in some way retains a few of Clapton’s essence. That motive isn’t rational, as a result of people aren’t rational. Haluskz owns a radio from their childhood that stopped functioning, and the identical energy of nostalgia motivated them to resurrect it with a Raspberry Pi.

This VEF 206 radio, in its pre-restored situation, was almost nugatory to the remainder of the world, however had deep significance to Haluskz because it had been within the household since their childhood. It is a Latvian radio made through the nation’s pressured inclusion within the USSR. It doesn’t obtain most of the frequencies in use at present, which relegated it to little greater than ornament. Haluskz wished a manner to make use of it once more and located inspiration from Martin Mander’s Dansette Pi web radio undertaking. Following Mander’s design philosophy, Haluskz rebuilt their classic VEF 206 radio with fashionable elements whereas retaining the unique aesthetics.

Haluskz discarded just about the entire radio’s unique components and saved solely the case. The dials look unique, however are fashionable components chosen to match the look of the damaged classic knobs. Inside, the whole lot is fashionable. Parts embody a Raspberry Pi 2 Mannequin B, a Pimoroni Pirate Audio 3W stereo amp, a rotary encoder, an RGB LED-capped potentiometer, a Wi-Fi dongle, a small speaker, and a few buttons.

These elements are all commonplace for an web radio undertaking like this, however Haluskz’s implementation is particular. They took excessive care to combine all of these components whereas retaining the outside as unique as attainable. They did must make some cuts into the radio’s enclosure, however you wouldn’t be capable to inform simply by wanting on the completed product. And since it accommodates a Raspberry Pi, it might probably play streaming radio from the web by way of Wi-Fi. It’s an ideal manner for Haluskz to maintain their childhood radio within the household for many years to return.

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