Regarding the weather, you won in NY. But you are closer to Alaska
For the RC and telemetry I use the TBS Crossfire, since I already have transmitters and receivers from my copters. The range is exceptional and the transmitter fits in the external slot of the Taranis. So I have everything in one device including Blutooth.
There is not much to adjust at Crossfire and Craft & Theory. The baud rates and parameters of the serial interfaces balance themselves.
So far everything works - only sometimes felt a bit slow.