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County Tyrone Radio Ham Saves US Plane After Contact Lost:

from on November 16, 2012
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County Tyrone Radio Ham Saves US Plane After Contact Lost:  
by W8AAZ on November 16, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
What? I never heard this story, in the US.
County Tyrone Radio Ham Saves US Plane After Contact Lost:  
by N1VY on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
This story sounds really off base to me.

I live in Maine.

First off,why was this ham transmitting on frequencies that he is not authorized to use in the aircraft bands?

No Ham trancievers that I know of have the ability to transmit on these frequencies.

Although being an extra class ham,I also enjoy just listening to a lot of other frequencies.

I have a pocket sized VR500 Yaesu reciever that I listen to in bed when I can't sleep.

I monitor trans atlantic flights many nights.

The two main trans atlantic ground stations are Gander Newfoundland, and Shannon Ireland.

I can readily hear Gander, and sometimes Shannon.

Trans atlantic flights use either frequency 5616 or 8864.

Once they approach the United States, they make vhf contact on frequency 134.950 which covers the eastern air corridor of the United States, and they contact Boston Center on this frequency.

There is a remote station for this in Augusta, Maine, as well as other locations.

Further, if Boston had 95 mph winds, (I have a friend in Winthrop,Ma, just across Boston Harbor,and she didn't report 95 mph winds)which I doubt that they had during Sandy, planes would have been diverted to Gander Newfoundland,or Bangor, Maine.

When, in modern times, have you heard of an airliner"Getting lost"?

C'mon folks, this is 2012!

Airliners don't just "Get lost" in this day and age.

There are too many redundant navigational aids for that.

A ham transmitting on any of the above mentioned frequencies in the U. S. would be subject to immediate citation or worse.

Maybe this person would do well as a fiction writer.


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