WB6RQN Flight Over Pacific Continues After Engine Problem

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  1. KQ6XA

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    Brian Lloyd WB6RQN / Aeronautical Mobile continues the Project Amelia Earhart 80th Anniversary Flight round-the-world this week. He will be active 21-30 July on ham radio HF frequencies while in flight over the Pacific Ocean, stopping at several islands. As a tribute to the Earhart flight, Brian will drop flower leis as he overflies Howland Island. He is the first solo aviator to re-trace the original Earhart-Noonan equatorial flight of 1937. The route has taken him through the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Oceania. The circumnavigation flight destination is Texas, USA.

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    Yesterday, Brian Lloyd said "I have even higher respect for Amelia Earhart now that I have flown 20,000 miles in her shoes. I am talking about flying the plane and dealing with the issues that come up as part of the flight. She was sole pilot in her plane as I am with mine. Speeds are comparable and I have had to deal with the same weather she did."

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    Brian comments further, "My engine quit out over the Pacific, North of Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. I thought I was going swimming but then it looked like I might have to do a forced landing at Great Barrier. I got it running again well enough to make it back to the airport at Hamilton, New Zealand."

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    The problem turned out to be a contaminated fuel and a clogged fuel filter, which led to vapor-lock. Brian Lloyd's airplane, Spirit, has since undergone considerable maintenance while in New Zealand. During that time, repairs were made to his engine, fuel system, and HF radio. Spirit is a single-engine Mooney M20K 231 propeller-driven aircraft, modified for extended range and equipped with modern avionics gear.

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    The HF radio system includes a Micom 3 transceiver, autotuner, and a belly wire antenna. While airborne, Brian's strong HF radio signal and sensitive receiver have enabled him to talk with ham radio operators all over the world. He utilizes the built-in ALE (Automatic Link Establishment) of the Micom 3 radio to initiate and respond to ham radio voice SSB calls.

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    How to contact
    Ham radio contacts with WB6RQN / Aeronautical Mobile are invited on the following frequencies (kHz)

    • 14346.0 USB Voice and ALE,
    • 18117.5 USB Voice and ALE,
    • 21432.5 USB Voice and ALE,
    • 7296.0 USB Voice and ALE,
    • 7185.5 USB Voice and ALE,
    • 5731.5 USB Voice and ALE.

    For direct ALE contact, dial up an "Individual Call" to WB6RQN. Brian usually responds immediately by SSB voice, unless he is busy with flight piloting priorities. Operators in North America may have more favorable HF propagation to the Pacific area of the flight during in the afternoon and night hours. Those without ALE capability may want to try tail-ending an SSB voice QSO, or coordinate a call with one of the ALE operators in the HFLINK.NET chat room.

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    Schedule

    Estimated Flight Schedule : Date : Days : Airport_ID
    Hamilton, New Zealand 21-July
    Pago Pago, American Samoa : 22-July : 1 : NSTU
    Howland Island overflight : 23-Jul : 0
    Lihue, HI, USA : 23-Jul : 2 : PHLI
    Honolulu, HI, USA : 25-Jul : 0 : PHNL
    Hilo, HI, USA : 25-Jul : 2 : PHTO
    Oakland, CA, USA : 27-Jul : 1 : KOAK
    Atchison, KS, USA : 28-Jul : 1 : KK59
    Kestrel Airpark, TX, USA : 29-Jul : : 1T7

    *Note: Dates are approximate and subject to change without notice.

    More Information
    Project Amelia Earhart
     

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  2. NL7W

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    Cool, Brian!
    Continue flying high!
     
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  3. W7UUU

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    Wow!! Now that's a special event station indeed!!

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  4. ZL1PDT

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    Hi, I am on freq of 14,346 and is listening here in NZ, Pieter ZL1PDT
     
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  5. KQ6XA

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    Update
    Estimated Flight Schedule : Date : Days : Airport_ID
    Hamilton, New Zealand : Estimated Departure 9 AM 23-July local time (22-July 2100UTC)
    Pago Pago, American Samoa : 23-July : 1 : NSTU
    Howland Island overflight : 24-Jul : 0
    Lihue, HI, USA : 24-Jul : 2 : PHLI
    Honolulu, HI, USA : 26-Jul : 0 : PHNL
    Hilo, HI, USA : 26-Jul : 2 : PHTO
    Oakland, CA, USA : 28-Jul : 1 : KOAK
    Atchison, KS, USA : 29-Jul : 1 : KK59
    Kestrel Airpark, TX, USA : 30-Jul : : 1T7
    *Note: Dates are approximate and subject to change without notice.

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  6. KQ6XA

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    It will be interesting to see who can work Brian while he is overflying the Howland Island area.

    Back in 1937 there were reports of Amelia Earhart being heard on harmonics during her flight and immediately after the flight disappeared near Howland Island.

    Some of the reports were on 18 MHz, as far away as Florida.
    Copying a harmonic signal was common back in the earlier days of radio.
    The tube transmitter in Earhart's plane didn't really have harmonic suppression.

    When I first started operating in the mid-1960s, during the peak of Solar Cycle #20, I remember copying many harmonic signals on the 15 meter and 10 meter band from hams working 40 meters or 20 meters.

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    During Earhart's flight in 1937, solar cycle #17 was peaking, and HF propagation on the higher frequency bands was so much better than it is today.

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  8. W5BIB

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    LOL... I won't even try (being a CW only operator) but, I'll sure be watching DXsummit / GPS tracking & listening to SSB.

    p.s. Bonnie,... I think Brian owes you a big ole "Texas Steak Dinner" !! ;)

    Steve / W5BIB
     
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