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Title: W5A Amelia Earhart Operation Jun 24 - Jul 7 2012
Post by: KB5YLG on June 10, 2012, 08:17:35 PM
W5A - Amelia Earhart Last Flight Commemoration



Led by KB5YLG and sponsored by Tri-County Amateur Radio Club of North Texas WC5C, the W5A operation will be QRV Weekends all day, and evenings during the work week. Operators will include KE5NCS, KE5SCG, KG5OA and others, in a truly back yard operation, June 24 - Jul 7, 2012.
 
Amelia Earhart's last flight departed Lae, New Guinea, on July 2, 1937. 2012 is the 75th anniversary. There are four prevailing theories of her demise, (1) that she was lost at sea after running out of fuel. (2) that she landed in the Marshall Islands and survived, taking on a new identity and surviving to old age in New Jersey, (3) that she landed in Saipan or neighboring island and was executed by the Japanese in Saipan, and (4) that she and navigator Fred J. Noonan made an emergency landing on Gardner Island (now Nikumaroro), and survived days or weeks before succumbing to the elements.
 
One of the amazing things to consider is how no in situ test has ever been made of the pre and post loss radio messages. Much data was collected at the time of the disappearance, and that data has been evaluated and analyzed repeatedly, but no one has ever tested. Was her loss one that could have bdeen prevented as simply as paying close attention to the communications?
 
Well, here's to the memory of beautiful American personality, and the 75th anniversary of her disappearance. May she rest in peace, and may the truth be know.
 
QSL Cards and original art certificates offered, $2 to cover cost.
 
This special even operation will be conducted with an antenna modeled after the antenna atop her Lockheed Electra L-10E, and will be SSB and CW, and 50 watts, as was her power level operating AM and CW in 1937.
 
The logged data will help establish a baseline data set for comparison purposes in future studies.
 
Regards and 73!
 
http://www.wc5c.org

David KB5YLG


Title: RE: W5A Amelia Earhart Operation Jun 24 - Jul 7 2012
Post by: AC4RD on June 14, 2012, 09:21:44 AM
One of the amazing things to consider is how no in situ test has ever been made of the pre and post loss radio messages. Much data was collected at the time of the disappearance, and that data has been evaluated and analyzed repeatedly, but no one has ever tested. Was her loss one that could have bdeen prevented as simply as paying close attention to the communications?
 

David, I've read all or nearly all the books about her last flight, and far and away the best of them, the ONE book about AE's last flight to read, is by a fellow ham and his wife.   Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved, by Elgen Long, W7FT, and his wife, does a superb job of collecting source material and presenting it in a logical, convincing way.   In addition to being a ham, Long is a veteran over-water pilot.  He has a real gift for explaining things clearly, and the Longs' book is far and away the best one on the subject, IMO.  Give it a read!  And I'll be listening for your special-event station!  73 GL!
  --ken ac4rd


Title: RE: W5A Amelia Earhart Operation Jun 24 - Jul 7 2012
Post by: W3HKK on June 19, 2012, 08:28:09 PM
I was just in Hawaii. In Hilo, along the bay is Banyan Drive, with it's awesome  Banyan Trees, planted by  notables like Babe Ruth, Richard Nixon, King George V, and...Amelia Earhart.  Each has a brass label with the date and name of the donor.

So in another way, she lives on.



Title: RE: W5A Amelia Earhart Operation Jun 24 - Jul 7 2012
Post by: KC7YE on June 20, 2012, 06:50:49 AM
I will try and work W5A. Have family connection to search, uncle was crew member, USCG cutter Itasca and took part in search. Was buddy with one of the radiomen (RM).