Important Docs to Keep on the Raspberry Pi

by CHZ

Let’s talk about what important documents/information you should keep on your Raspberry Pi…..just in case.

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Temporarily Offline November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

Is that a green screen or a neighbor?

Brian Jurkowski November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

Another great video, Jason! As always, thanks for sharing.
Hey, you should consider joining the YouTuber's Bunch!
We started a comment-thread on that video where people are asking to see you on there!!

Patrick Dickey November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

This is probably not something you'd want to do, but I'll suggest it anyhow. For things like the ARES Manual, NIFOG, and the fillable ICS forms, maybe add an option in the Build-a-Pi script to download and save them to a folder on the Desktop.

rttakezo2000 November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

How many times have you been told you look like Lee Van Cleef?

Xander Marks November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

First of all, great idea!! Not a new one, for I do the same on my laptop. Great minds think alike…😉😉
What you might consider is making and installing a HTML page on the Pi that contains links to important webpages of files (local as well as global). Granted, you'll need an Internet connection for the global pages/files, but if the Pi is already a server, at least the local links should make it easier to browse the local files and make some for of security easy implementable. Especially in situations like for instance fieldday or (heaven forbid) an emergency situation where a large gathering of people is concerned.

Curtis Ayers November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

Very good ideas, tnx.

Jim Weisgram November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

You might have copies of documents that are recommended to have in emergencies.

These aren't ham specific at all. I keep a set of documents on my laptop in a special folder. Insurance, drivers license, property deeds, medical prescription and medical insurance info, etc.

Having these on my pi makes sense, I can power the pi easier than other options in a grid down situation. Just need a pi and a tablet.

FEMA has a list of suggestions at

I actually keep these electronic copies in my password manager but I do like the idea of keeping them in GitHub.

Ham Radio Crash Course November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

Killer idea! Having a backlog of good prepper docs is something alot of us do already, but why not put it on the pi!

chancha807 November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

I am not p.c. savvy. Do you sell a Raspberry programmed and all set up ready to go? I want to use it for APRS.

Mad Carew. November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

Go back 200years men were men and sorted problems or died…made us who we have forgotten we are!!!

Paul Ward November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

I like using Screens instead of VNC Viewer on iOS and Mac. You need to do an additional step in the pi’s VNC options: right-click VNC menu bar item > Options. In Security, change Authentication to VNC password. In Users, select the standard user and create a password. You can then add the pi in Screens with those credentials. I also add the field Pi twice: once with my home WiFi, and again with the Pi’s hotspot. The mouse emulation on Screen is almost native in Raspian, especially if you’re actually using a mouse with the iPad.

Edward Raybould November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

I think that using the Raspberry Pi is a great idea. It never would have occurred to me. Let's say that I'm storing some owner's manual on the Pi and they are in PDF format. Is there a PDF reader for the Pi?

NFG November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

It’s not worth making a video on but you might want to think about using encfs for more sensitive information like contacts or passwords lists. Also check out Samba, it allows you to map shares over the network with any computer.

Donald Smith November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

For us new hams, is there a easy way for us to know how to put things on there. On my laptop I have a folder with many things in it. but I am very new to the Pi and how things can be done. This is always a learning experience!

AD6DM Dennis November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

I never considered that my ham radio pi could be a repository for important files, but it makes perfect sense.

Lonnie Webb November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

Is there a digital version of nifty cards? I try to always carry one.

Passwords, but don’t put it on your pi acct!

John Portune’s antenna docs.

Joseph Bondi November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

Hey there Jason!

I keep a set of pre-generated Azimuthal maps for my home QTH in my folder. I have one for 800km, 2000, 4000, 8000, and 12000 km. This provides a good reference for knowing the heading of your QSOs.

I also make sure to store all my Amateur Radio documents in one folder on my computer. I can copy it to any device or USB stick I need it on, and ibknow where to find stuff because the folder structure is exactly the same.


John Konrad November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

I would also suggest some basic army survival and medical books plus the USMC's excellent MCRP 8-10B.11 antenna Handbook

Lee Alder November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

That is a good idea! I keep a backup or the SD card (on another sd card).

The Tech Prepper November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

This topic really spoke to my inner prepper. This was a very comprehensive list. I was missing the contact list and radio bag check list. I would add the band plan to the list. Keep up the great content. I a have 3-ring field binder with most of these docs as hard copies.

Don Hensel November 27, 2020 - 2:49 pm

I glued a SD card adapter in my pi case with a clone of the one in the pi.


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