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Offline Teotwaki

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AF-1 testing on HF
« on: January 31, 2020, 0004 UTC »
11,175 KHz USB AF-1 calling Mainsail for a radio check. Fair Signal. Successfully contacted (unheard) station and concluded the test. 00:08Z 31Jan2020

Jim
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Re: AF-1 testing on HF
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2020, 0009 UTC »
We're radio silent here at 0:09. Guessing your geography 3000 miles West of me is playing a role in reception.
Listening on an Icom-718 with a 135' OCF dipole or a RSP2.  Grundig G3 and MLA-30 when portable. When QRP I use a Hendricks PFR-3 I built. Coverage is 20,30 and 40 meters.

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Re: AF-1 testing on HF
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2020, 0040 UTC »
We're radio silent here at 0:09. Guessing your geography 3000 miles West of me is playing a role in reception.

I wholeheartedly agree; the vagaries of propagation are an interesting factor in our shared hobby!
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Re: AF-1 testing on HF
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2020, 2257 UTC »
They were flying to Florida.
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Re: AF-1 testing on HF
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2020, 0150 UTC »
They were flying to Florida.

Very cool detail! I was wondering if the plane was in the air on on the ground.

Thanks!
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Re: AF-1 testing on HF
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2020, 1850 UTC »
Most welcome.



If awake and at home I normally have a rx on hfgcs, been listening to them for decades now. One time I was tuned to hfgcs, can't recall what freq it was nor the year, but a radioman aboard an USAF aircraft called for a phone patch and got it set up for the caller who was a Air Force General. The general discussed several items with the called party, including the upcoming closure of our air base in Panama. At that time, the airman overseeing the phone patch in the aircraft broke in and told the general he was on a unsecured line, the general went apeshit. A few months later we closed our base in Panama and I had a news scoop for months before the fact. You never know what you're going to hear.

Another note, they don't id as AF1 until POTUS is aboard, otherwise they're 29000 or whatever the bird is called these days.
« Last Edit: February 01, 2020, 1905 UTC by Josh »
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