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Using a Ham Radio to Listen to Indy Car Drivers

If you’ve wanted to listen in to team radio and track announcements- now you can do it yourself for about the same price as rental! Plus you’ll be able to do it every year afterwards at no extra cost.

>>> View Frequencies List <<<
>>> Download Chirp CSV Frequencies export file <<<
>>> Bonus Frequencies to Try <<<

Cars are input on channels that correspond with their number. So if you see a car pulling into the pits, or watching the lead change- perhaps a crash just happened- you should be able to type in the car number into your radio to skip directly to that frequency.  All car and track frequencies are set with “Duplex off” to avoid accidentally transmitting on these frequencies.

Frequency List

Official Guide

Chirp CSV File

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Bonus Frequencies

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I use CHIRP to program my Baofeng radio, and then export it to a CSV file that anyone else can use to import, or use as reference for a different programming method. You are free to use it and share with your family and friends. All driver frequencies are taken from the official spotters guide. Additionally, I have added in frequencies that in the past have included the PA system, race officials, broadcast radio feed, and TV feeds. Some of these might not work- but they are there to experiment with. (Channels 116-127)

I’ve added the NOAA weather frequency on channel 000 for this year.

Finally- my export includes local Indianapolis repeaters and national calling frequencies for HAM operators. You must hold a Armature Radio License in order to transmit on these frequencies- but you can always listen! (Channels 100-115) (Learn more about obtaining your HAM license here)

When choosing your radio- make sure you don’t forget your programming cable! Inputing all this work by hand will take some time, and the $20 cable is probably worth it!

 

Gear

Radio

Baofeng UV-82 (the radio I use)
Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band (spare battery and earpiece!)
Baofeng UV-5R FIVE PACK!!

Adapter to make Headphones work
Headphones

Howard Leight 1030110 Sync Noise-Blocking Stereo Earmuff (Same day Prime eligible)
Howard Leight by Honeywell 1010390 Hi-Vis Radio and MP3 Ear Muff (built in radio)
3M TEKK WorkTunes Hearing Protector, MP3 Compatible with AM/FM Tuner

Earbuds – use your own, and then add some standard headphone ear protection (saftey, and better ability to hear radio transmissions)

3M Peltor H10A Optime 105 Earmuff (hearing protection only- use your own earbuds)

Programming Cable

Programming

Chirp Programming Software

Download Chirp here: http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Download
Learn how to install Chirp and necessary drivers here: http://www.miklor.com/COM/UV_CHIRP.php

The Miklor site is the best out there for Baofeng info! http://www.miklor.com/

Other Chirp compatible radios
If you already own or want to buy something other than the Baofengs listed above- the Chirp software should be able to program any of the following radios.

AnyTone

  • AT-5888UV
    Also includes the Intek HR-2040
    Also includes the Polmar DB-50M
    Also includes the Powerwerx DB-750

Alinco

  • DR-03T
  • DR-06T
  • DR135T
  • DR235T
  • DR435T
  • DJ596T
  • DJ175T

Baofeng/Pofung

  • F-11
  • UV-3R
  • UV-5R and variants
  • UV-6
  • UV-82/82L/82X
    Also includes the GT-5
  • UV-82C
  • UV-82HP/82DX/82HX
  • UV-B5/B6
    Also includes the BF-V85
  • BF-666S/777S/888S
    Also includes the GT-1
  • BF-F8HP
    Also includes the BF-A58
    Also includes the BF-F9V2+
    Also includes the GT-3TP
    Also includes the UV-5RTP
    Also includes the UV-5R7W

Baojie

  • BJ-UV55
  • BJ-9900

BTECH

  • UV-2501
  • UV-2501+220
  • UV-5001

Feidaxin

  • FD-150A
  • FD-160A
  • FD-268A
  • FD-268B
  • FD-288A
  • FD-288B
  • FD-450A
  • FD-460A

Icom

  • IC-80AD
  • IC-2820H
  • ID-800H
  • ID-880H
  • IC-208H
  • IC-2200H
  • IC-91/92AD
  • IC-V/U82
  • ID-RPx000V/RP2x
  • IC-2100H
  • IC-2720H
  • IC-T70
  • IC-T7H
  • IC-T8A
  • IC-Q7A
  • IC-W32A
  • IC-746
  • IC-7200
  • IC-7000
  • ID-31A
  • ID-51A

Intek

  • KT-980HP

Jetstream

  • JT220M
  • JT270M
  • JT2705M (use QYT KT-UV980)
Juentai

  • JT-6188 Mini (use QYT KT8900)

Kenwood

  • TH-D7A/G
  • TH-D72
  • TH-F6A
  • TH-F7E
  • TH-G71A
  • TH-K2
  • TK-260/270/272/278
  • TK-260G/270G/272G/278G
  • TK-360/370/372/378
  • TK-760/762/768
  • TK-760G/762G/768G
  • TK-860/862/868
  • TK-860G/862G/868G
  • TK-7102/8102/7108/8108
  • TM-271A
  • TM-281A
  • TM-D700
  • TM-D710
  • TM-G707
  • TM-V7A
  • TM-V71A

KYD

  • NC-630A

Leixen

  • VV-898

Puxing

  • PX-2R (UHF)
  • PX-777

QYT

  • KT-UV980
  • KT8900 (same as KT-8900)

Retevis

  • H-777 (use Baofeng BF-888)
  • RT-B6 (use Baofeng UV-B5)

Sainsonic

  • GT-890 (use QYT KT8900)

TYT

  • TH-UV3R
  • TH-UVF1
  • TH-9000
  • TH-9800

Yaesu

  • FT-1D
  • FT-50R
  • FT-60R
  • FT-90R
  • FT-817/ND
  • FT-857/D
  • FT-897
  • FT-1802M
  • FT-2800M
  • FT-1900R/2900M
  • FT-7800R/7900R
  • FT-8800R
  • FT-8900R
  • FTM-350R
  • VX-170
  • VX-2R
  • VX-3R
  • VX-5R
  • VX-6R
  • VX-7R
  • VX-8R

WACCOM

  • MINI-8900

Wouxun

  • KG-UVD1P/UV2D/UV3D
  • KG-UV6D/UV6X
  • KG-UV8D

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