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.
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.
Chirp CSV File
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!
Adapter to make Headphones work
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)
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
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