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Surveying Flood Damage From The Air With 2-meter Ham Ops

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W7NY, Jan 11, 2022.

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  1. W7NY

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    This flight takes us to Chehalis, Washington where recent storms caused significant flooding along the I-5 corridor.

    I flew into and out of Chehalis Airport where the north end of the runway was partially submerged.

    I conducted several 2-meter FM radio contacts on the return flight to Tacoma Narrows Airport where a slow taxiing airplane on the landing runway forced a go-around.

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  2. KO4CES

    KO4CES Ham Member QRZ Page

    My first aircraft communication was done on 2 meters with HR1LEO. Until now, I could only guess the scope of his antenna installation. The technical detail included in your narrative is interesting and appreciated.
  3. KG8ZQ

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    Crisp and professional. Thank you for sharing this.
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  4. WB6FQZ

    WB6FQZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very nice video....well done. TNX for NOT using obnoxious music-noise. I have a little time in a Cherokee...actually a Piper Archer. I am a non-currant fixed wing pilot. I learned to fly at Mojave and Tehachapi airports. I have about 950hrs. LEFT seat in helicopters. As you know, the right seat is the pilot in rotorcraft. For aeronautical mobile I used an HT with the antenna against the front windshield and a speaker-mike with an earphone. For video I used a hi-def camera with a tiny lavalier mic in the left earcup of the David Clark headset. This worked very well to alleviate the turbine/ rotor noise plus the video picked up the intercom and radio traffic. TNX for the update on the conix up there..............
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  5. KM6WWY

    KM6WWY Ham Member QRZ Page

    VERY nice video. Private SEL Instrument with about 1200 hours, no longer flying. Enjoyed the mixture of Air and Ham radio traffic. You are definitely cool, smooth and practiced at communicating while flying the airplane. Loved the how the camera showed the nose wheel perfectly on the centerline for every landing. Please keep them coming.
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  6. WB8VLC

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    it sounds like you solved your earlier noise issue into the 2 meter audio, was it an intercom grounding problem or a ground issue with the mags or something else that you found?

    Mike, down in Salem
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  7. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Love the video, Bill! It's really cool to have the "rear camera facing forward" like that - really makes for a super "like being there" video!

    I will keep an ear out for you again next time you're "air mobile" - I regularly monitor KTIW and KPWT (I'm in Burley, so very near to both)

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  8. DL6BCX

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    Well done! Happy that there is no music in the background.
  9. M7BTZ

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    Looks amazing, unfortunately, ops like this are illegal for all classes of license here in the UK maybe that will change in the future until then great video 73!

    Will, M7BTZ
  10. KJ7WT

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    Wow! I had heard of some flooding up there (most of my family lives in the Puyallup area) but did not realize how bad it was near Chehalis. Cool video, I'm just an "armchair" aviation enthusiast with a couple of hours of dual.

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