Build A Weatherproof Listening Station To Keep An Ear Out For Local Flights
Please, Do Not Attach A Laser To It!
If you enjoy FlightAware but are looking for even more information about the planes in your area Hackaday has an interesting project for you. They’ve linked to steps on building a housing for an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system, capable of broadcasting to your cellphone over LTE so you can listen in remotely as well as reboot it if it runs into issues. This specific project is designed to be mounted up high and require a minimum of maintenance but there is no reason you couldn’t use this as a ground station.
An LTE modem pipes the data back to the Inter, a GSM-controlled outlet allows remote reboots, and a UPS keeps the whole thing running if the power blips atop the 15-m building the system now lives on.