Software Controlled Aviation Radio Project for Arduino

A project in Wichita, KS by James Wiebe

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New Aviation Radio Technology. Fun for Arduino fans and aviation enthusiasts, allows scanning 8 aircraft channels.
Backers: 136
Average Pledge Per Backer: $175

Funded: $23,763 of $3,500
Dates: May 30th -> Jul 1st (32 days)
Project By: James Wiebe
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Latest News

Case + Battery is available as Add-On

June 26th - via:
Hi, Kathy had told me to make the Case + Battery available as an add-on. I didn't at first, but I should of. She was right, of course! :-) The Case + Battery should now be available as an add-on to any Reward. If I get a high volume of orders, I'll... (Read More)

Complete units with Case, Battery, Antenna now available as Reward!

June 26th - via:
Hey,  We appreciate all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I knew that if I pushed myself there was a possibility that I could get a prototype assembled with a 3D case. As of today, I have accomplished that. (I didn't start on the mechanical design until early... (Read More)


June 24th - via:
Hey everyone,  All three Add-Ons are now correctly available as Add-Ons. There are two antennas and one AM/FM trap with LNA. Best, James  (Read More)

THREE pledge rewards added

June 24th - via:
Hi,  Including today, there are seven days left in our KickStarter. Kathy, Cocoa and I are feeling a great deal of excitement and urgency as our Kickstarter winds down to a fantastic finish. We are hoping for a surge in pledges in the last few days.... (Read More)

Rev B1 Shines

June 21st - via:
I did field testing today with Rev B1, along with a tiny battery. Note that everything is now self contained! I went over to KAAO and did an ATIS reception test in my car. You'd hear the same quality sitting in your airplane on the ramp. Amazing... (Read More)

Awesome Demo of Scanning with rev B1 RF receiver board

June 20th - via:
Presented without edits, here is a few minutes spent monitoring various Wichita area frequencies this morning. Receiver board is revision B1. I recorded this with my iPhone leaning up against a speaker. If I had used Bluetooth, it would have been... (Read More)

Rev B.1 Receiver board is working great! Bluetooth link demonstrated as well!

June 19th - via:
No cuts, no jumpers. Rev B.1 RF receiver board is working great! I then proceeded to hook up some off-the-shelf Bluetooth TX/RX and record Wichita Approach. Here is the brief clip: I also worked on re-writing the Sketch so that channel scan was... (Read More)

SCARP B.1 Circuit Board PCB Arrive and I'm nervous

June 18th - via:
I'm nervous, just like getting in front of a crowd and giving a speech. The reason I'm nervous is because my B.1 version PCB for SCARP arrived earlier this afternoon, and I'm bringing them to life in front of a crowd (all of you!) The very first... (Read More)

Bluetooth; Musings on Aircraft Distant Listening

June 17th - via:
I'm expecting the SCARP B.1 board revision to be delivered to me tomorrow. It will allow many changes and improvements to SCARP to be tested and shown. I'm eager to share that with you. I'm also expecting in some Bluetooth audio TX/RX equipment,... (Read More)

Analyzing Antennas

June 16th - via:
Hey everyone, I went and analyzed several different antennas using my Vector Network Analyzer.  This produces a number called "VSWR". The quickest summary is that my roof mounted J-Pole antenna is excellent at its intended frequency (about 133 mhz),... (Read More)

Technical Update with PCB Layout

June 12th - via:
Hi! We are less than half way thru this KickStarter, yet we're approaching 300% of goal. That's invigorating! And we are also stuck at about $9800. Will someone please make an additional pledge to get us over the $10K level? Last week was spent... (Read More)

Distance Demo Clip

June 4th - via:
15 second demo published on YouTube. This is a great clip to share that is very short and gets to the point.  SCARP does distance. A reminder to everyone: this was produced using SCARP and a roof mounted J-Pole aviation tuned antenna, not a short... (Read More)

Incredible Start! We met our goal in the first weekend.

June 3rd - via:
Thanks to everyone for making a pledge! Kathy, Cocoa, and I really appreciate it. We met our goal in the first weekend. BUT, I'm hoping for a lot more pledges, and so today I created a quick demonstration video which demonstrates the sensitivity of... (Read More)

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