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Ham Radio Airborne Mobile Setup

Since I got my pilot license back in 2016, I’ve been wanting to bring the radio in the cockpit for some airborne mobile ops. Although I did set up some APRS tracking of me flying once, I’ve been putting off figuring out all the logistics of some basic 2m operation in the airplane.

While I’ve found some people who have installed a mobile radio into their aircraft, I rent the airplane I fly, so I need something portable. This means there are really two main aspects that need to be handled in terms of making it happen: managing audio with the radio and optimizing the antenna situation. I’ve solved this by using a handheld radio with Bluetooth audio capabilities and a custom suction cup mount for the antenna to keep it vertical and near the window.

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Raspberry Pi METAR Ticker Display

When I was still in graduate school a few years ago, my office was in the center of a building which meant no windows and no way to quickly see the weather outside. This motivated me to make a project that would display the current weather on my desk. Being a pilot, I thought using the local METAR would be nice because I could also use the VFR, MVFR, IFR, and LIFR as quick designations for the weather and whether I could go flying after I was done for the day.

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