Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by WX1FLY, Jun 5, 2018.
"Yes, but her transmitter is a mess!"
It seems that airline captains, and others in high skill high IQ professions, rarely suffer fools gladly.
Yet they keep coming back and posting here.
All the bowling alleys are closed. How's a guy with no interpersonal skills supposed to keep busy?
I never have operated in flight, however, I have flown on a Boeing 747 where the Pilot in Command is a ham. We met at breakfast the next morning and chatted ham radio stuff.
And they continue to bring a dull pocket knife to a gunfight.
The FCC, in the amateur regs, doesn't control what pilots can and can't do in the cockpit flying the plane, we all agree, right? The FAA and airlines take care of that.
So I'm trying to figure out why the FCC would tell us hams not to use the airplane radio gear to do some hamming. Here's my dumb example (not being a pilot):
Private pilot in his Cessna decides to check out the dx range of 2 meters using the aircraft radio. He tunes to 146.94 to listen for IDs from 200 miles away. Hits the PTT, the radio goes dead (blew the finals-hi swr on 2 meter band). Or keys the PTT and something in the navigational equipment fails because it is not filtered for 146 mhz, and the plane is unable to function. FCC wants to point to their rules and say "Not our fault, we don't allow our licensees to use that radio."
Who cares about her transmitter?
Private Pilot with a typical set of NavCom radios would not be able to use them on 2 meter FM. Those radios are all AM and the highest frequency is in the 136 to 138 mHz range on most Navcoms.