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Ham Radio Links Search for Amelia Earhart's Plane with ISS Crew, Classroom:

from The ARRL Letter on March 30, 2017
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Amateur Radio Links Search for Amelia Earhart's Plane with ISS Crew, Classroom:

One of the enduring mysteries of the 20th century was the 1937 disappearance of famed aviator Amelia Earhart and her flight companion and navigator Fred Noonan, while she was attempting to circle the globe. It appeared that Earhart's plane went down in the South Pacific in the vicinity of Howland Island; her last-known radio transmission came from there. On February 18, a team from Nauticos -- with stratospheric explorer Alan Eustace and aviation pioneer Elgen Long, W7FT -- departed Honolulu for the vicinity of Howland Island, some 1,600 miles to the southwest, to complete the Eustace Earhart Discovery deep sea search for Earhart's lost Lockheed Electra. Nauticos provides ocean technology services to government, science, and industry.

The team has been conducting a sonar survey of about 1,800 square miles of sea floor where it's believed the aircraft may rest, and Amateur Radio has provided a means to link the crew of the research vessel Mermaid Vigilance with youngsters following the expedition, as well as with the International Space Station (ISS) crew.

Among those involved in the Earhart search is ARRL Midwest Division Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, of Iowa. Earhart was born and raised in Kansas and lived in Iowa and Minnesota. Bryan McCoy, KA0YSQ, of Iowa, also is on the Mermaid Vigilance, which is carrying out the deep-water sonar search for the lost aircraft. The team is using autonomous underwater technology provided by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to image the ocean floor nearly 18,000 feet below. On March 17, the team launched the REMUS vehicle to search the depths of the Central Pacific.

On March 20, another Midwesterner -- Tom Vinson, NY0V, of Minnesota -- joined other crew members in making contact with US Astronaut and ISS Commander Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, who was at the controls of NA1SS aboard the ISS. A couple of Russian-speaking crew members also had the opportunity to speak with one of the cosmonauts on board the ISS.

Earlier, on March 15, Vinson assumed Kimbrough's role to host a question-and-answer session of his own, with Virginia fifth graders in the classroom of teacher Kathy Lamont, KM4TAY, an alumna of ARRL's Teacher Institute. The contact was routed over 20 meters from the vessel to Hawaii, and then via EchoLink to Virginia. "My kids had a lot of fun," she recounted later. Vinson said that promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education "is what we're all about," with support from Rockwell Collins.

According to The Daily DX, Vinson has been on 7.027 and 7.165 MHz around 0600 UTC "and whenever I am up on the sunrise across the US." Blocksome will join him in Majuro, where they will operate April 5-7 using the V73 prefix with their home call signs.


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by AA7LX on April 2, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
When I was a young Airplane Pilot in training; I was told by WWII Pacific theater Military Piot Instructor that She was captured by the Japanese upon landing on the beach(Mindondino island(spelling?) at low tide(as,she said she would do, if lost before running out of Gas). It was known by U.S. Army Intelligence, after landing, she was taken to Saipan by Japanese ship, held in Prison cell; where soon she contracted( ), and died. The next day the Japanese chopped the Head of her Navigator(Fred Noonan). I decided some years later, in 1989-1993 to Research the available facts without going to the National Achieves in Washington. I found out that a Author-Fred Goeren(spelling?) did do Research to exactly find out what happened and the fate of her and her Navigator-- He traveled to Spipan(3 times) in 1960 to Research with special permission from the U.S. Military at that time. He interviewed Native Women who were young girls at that time on Spipan. they described a Man and a Woman aviator... This Researcher later wrote a book which was cleared by the Military. It was and is known clearly that the Ship in position to assist her actually heard her Transmissions and that she was about 20 miles away from the Itaska(Spelling?) but because, of damage done to her radio Antenna on take-off from Lae-- She couldn't hear the Ship(The ship reported that she was so loud that they expected to open the door of the topside radio room and see her flying above the ship) to give her the final assist bearing to Howland Island where she would have landed and refueled before the final hop to Hawaii. It is well known that Fred Noonan took a Sun Line bearing(reported to the Ship of 156 degrees) and they headed North on that bearing to get a fix on land. They thought they were further South on the Sun Line then they actually were located. It is known that the Island of Mindondino(spelling?Look it up on the Map) was on the Sun Line and believed they landed there. She did not crash land. She sent a few transmissions after landing until the tide came in.
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