Build your very own internet-connected radio with the Pirate Radio Kit!
This kit has everything* you'll need, including a Pi Zero W, new pHAT BEAT DAC and stereo amp, a 5W speaker, and a beautifully retro acrylic enclosure. It'll take you around 30 minutes to assemble everything** (check out the assembly guide for details).
Pi Zero W
pHAT BEAT DAC and stereo amp. with VU meter and six buttons
Male and female 2x20 pin headers
Single 5W 4Ω speaker
Blue acrylic enclosure***
50cm USB A to micro-B cable
USB A (female) to micro B (male) adaptor
Mini to full-size HDMI adaptor
Sticker sheet (personalise your Pirate Radio!)
Comes in a reusable kit box
*Just add your own micro-SD card
This kit takes advantage of the built-in wireless LAN and Bluetooth on the Pi Zero W, meaning that there's no longer any need for a USB Wi-Fi dongle.
There are three different software projects for your Pirate Radio: an internet radio, a Spotify streaming box, or an AirPlay speaker.
- Dual I2S DAC/amplifiers (MAX98357A)
- 3W 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
- 5W 4Ω 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
- 50cm USB A to micro-B cable (power your Pi from an existing charger or computer)
- Python library
- Female and male headers require soldering
Pimoroni provides a nifty one-line installer will get your pHAT BEAT configured and install our VU meter plugin for ALSA that uses the RGB LEDs on pHAT BEAT to display sound levels.
There is a Python library to allow you to control the LEDs independently, if you wish, and to program the buttons to do whatever you wish.
**Note that this is a soldering project, although you could use one of no-solder hammer headers!
micro-SD card not provided
Assembled size of Pirate Radio is 135x85x70mm (WxHxD).