Tag Archives: June VHF

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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2021 June VHF Contest Report

After my experience in the 2020 June VHF contest, I decided to participate again this year with a better setup and more dedicated effort as a Single Operator Portable (SOP) station. After searching for good campsites around eastern Kansas, I booked a campsite at Fall River State Park (POTA K-2338) which is around 70 miles west of Wichita. This put me in a rural area with an open and secluded campsite to set up a mini Field Day operation for the contest right on the shore of Fall River Lake.

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