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Old 02-21-2013, 05:58 PM
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Default Amateur Radio (Ham) in the airplane

Does anyone have/use ham radio in their RV's? (the flying kind...)
What equipment do you use?
Any issues with repeaters?

Just curious; I'm about to become technician and trying to figure out if/how to extend it into the air.

*addendum, Not to discuss the safety aspects of non-aviation radio usage in the air and yes, I will do APRS.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:00 PM
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I do have a 2m transceiver in the plane but I've only ever used it as an APRS tracker (receive and triangulation). It's let's my hunt Russian bogies.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:23 PM
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I'm going to get one of those Micro-Trak RTG kits and hard wire it into the plane for APRS.
But I was curious if people chat as they fly around and if they did.. how.

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Old 02-21-2013, 08:04 PM
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In the (thermal powered) paragliding world 2M radios are the standard. I've run into quite a few hams who were surprised to hear us and they were even more surprised once we told them where we were...
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:08 PM
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Its super cool!
I was just listening to a guy on the rnav approach into alliance Fort worth on 443.675.

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Old 02-22-2013, 04:29 AM
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Gil,

I do have one of the APRS trackers but that is a "transmit in the blind" unit. I carry a portable 2m HT that has integrated APRS capability so I can receive APRS and know the source and position of the APRS units in my area.

I have considered adapting it to my audio panel but have not dug into that project yet.

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