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wireless weather station using Ham radio, can it be done?

Apr 4th 2018, 07:16

AF7JA

Joined: Jun 11th 2016, 02:02
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I posted this on a different amateur radio forum. As stated, I am a computer apps/robotics teacher at a middle school and I was thinking about a weather station.

The response I got was a form of, "don't try using amateur radio for this application." As I mentioned in the quoted text, I am more likely to go with something that uses a hobbyist/experimenter band; but I would be interested in fairly weighing Amateur Radio for this application first.


I was thinking of a project for some of my more advanced students. I would like to send weather information from an Arduino based weather station to the classroom where the data would be placed into an Excel file. I was looking at this QRP shield, I realize that there are other ham radio shields, I am not set on any individual one at this point.

Here is my question. What ham radio information do I have to transmit with the weather information and what format does it have to be in?

Can I just include my call-sign with the serial data? Will having the transmitter randomly send my call-sign in Morse code be needed (not really random, at the end of each sending of information). I can see this working better outside of amateur radio bands. However,I am trying to decide on the basics at this point. I don't see many remote control toys around here so I do realize that I may be better off planning to use a hobbyist/experimenter band instead of Amateur radio (here is another example of hobbyist wireless, there are a lot of ways, or just use wi-fi); at the present I am just working on ideas and feasibility.

My concern here is how/can I do this legally.

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