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Raspberry Pi Amateur Radio Digital Clock @Raspberry_Pi #PiDay #RaspberryPi

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Great project + write-up from Instructables user rgrokett.

Amateur Radio Operators (aka HAM Radio) use 24 hour UTC (Universal Coordinated Time) for much of their operation. I decided to build a digital clock using the low-cost TM1637 4 digit displays and a Raspberry Pi Zero W instead of just a GUI clock. (Hardware is fun!)

The TM1637 driven display has four 7 segment leds with a center colon “:” between two sets of digits. It requires two wires to drive the display plus 5V + and Ground for a total of 4 wires.

For this particular project, I wanted the Raspi to get its time from NTP (Network Time Protocol) servers via the Internet. I am planning another version of this clock to run on an Arduino Uno and a Real-Time Clock module, for when no WiFi is available and for more portable operation.

I also wanted the clock to show the Local Time in 12hr and 24hr formats as well as UTC in 12hr and 24hr formats. The software is designed to let you use just UTC 24hr (typical hams) or different times on up to 4 different displays.

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