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Raspberry Pi Zero Pirate Radio Throwie

Raspberry Pi Zero Pirate Radio Throwie

The Raspberry Pi Pirate Radio is one of our favorite builds here at Make:, so it was an obvious pick to port to the new board. In case you missed our first crack at Pirate Radio, try it building it while you wait for your Pi Zero to arrive. PiFM was originally written by Oliver Mattos and Oskar Weigl, and revised by Ryan Grassel.


Pirate Radio is an extremely simple build: Cut and solder one wire to the Pi. The software installation and configuration doesn’t take too long either. Here is how we shrunk down the Pirate Radio into into a Pirate Radio throwie.


  • install the antenna on Raspberry Pi Zero (Solder the bare end of the wire to pin 4 on the Pi)
  • install Raspbian
  • install PiFM: open a terminal and type in the command below to duplicate the files in the remote code repository to your home directory on the Pi. git clone
  • launch PiFM and you can start listening the broadcast from any FM radio
  • if you like, put your Pi in a case with hot glued magnets, to have the throwie effect!

Full detailed guide: Make: