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Amateur Radio Newsline headlines for Ham Nation. June 7, 2017.

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KB7TBT, Jun 6, 2017.

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  1. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    He was flying on a very short flight, following the Air Traffic Control directed vector. There is a Brazilian Air Force training base near Natal, so perhaps they may have just been doing some interception practice or maybe they wanted to have some fun with him :)
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    Brian Lloyd plane Spirit intercepted by Tocano of Brazilian Air Force no problem Fortaleza to Natal Brazil 7 June 2017 photo ©2017 Brian Lloyd. CC-BY
     
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  2. KA1LWR

    KA1LWR Ham Member QRZ Page

    About 2145utc I saw his takeoff he was at 500ft and then he vanished from the site flightradar24.com
     
  3. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Update: 08 June 2017 at time 20:20 UTC:
    Brian Lloyd WB6RQN has landed his plane Spirit at the International Airport in Natal Brazil. He has completed his repairs which were done at another airstrip nearby. The revised flight schedule to Dakar Senegal has not been set yet.
     
  4. W6DF

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  5. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Almost half way to Dakar already today (Friday) but the last sat-com report on Live Tracking Map page was at 15:22Z, over an hour ago now, after consistent 10 minute reporting intervals (gulp) Hope that's just a sat comm transfer or internet data processing error. Has there been any ALE ham connections or is any body monitoring HF ATC?
     
  6. KA1LWR

    KA1LWR Ham Member QRZ Page

    He is not shown on flightradar24.com for some reason..
     
  7. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good eyes! Be aware its a turbocharged engine. The Mooney forum discussions indicate many prefer running up around 2600 RPM, especially at higher FL's (he is at 24.4 now), to help maintain low enough inter-cooler temperature. More strokes, more mass air flow.

    Brian has stated on FaceBook that engine monitoring and constant tweaking for optimum power / efficiency / safety take up the bulk of his work load and time during cruise. Along with ATC updates, it limits his OTA time and energy for hams. Self-spotting be damned, it's truly the "Single Op, Non-Assisted" category in this contest ;)
     
  8. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Probably out of range of radar now. He's in dark territory. The reason why HF comms for ATC (and/or SAT data) is so important.
     
  9. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Whew! There's a new ping on the Live Tracking Map now, 16:48Z, still FL 24+, on course, more or less. Slight deviation to north from direct Dakar. Wonder if he is dodging thunderstorms.

    I have heard some ALE and SSB action on 14.346 MHz but its been too weak to make out the conversation. I heard somebody calling WB6RQN, but not sure if contact was made with him or somebody else.
     
  10. W0PV

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