Project Amelia Earhart

Project Amelia Earhart

Project Amelia Earhart
Recreating Amelia Earhart’s around-the-world flight on its 80th anniversary.

About Ham Radio on the Spirit – Brian Lloyd has a powerful radio system aboard the Spirit. The radio communicates on High Frequency (HF) shortwave using Single Sideband (SSB), and anyone can tune into these transmissions who has the proper type of radio receiver. Listen for WB6RQN, that’s Brian’s Ham radio callsign. Ham radio operators around the world are invited to communicate with Brian while he is on the air in international airspace using the Ham bands. HF radio is dependent on ionospheric conditions to be heard over long distances, and it may change rapidly with the space weather or other factors.

Ham Radio Technical Information
Ham Radio Callsign: WB6RQN
Operator Name: Brian
QSL Via: Electronic QSL system
HF Radio: Mobat model Micom 3, commercial HF transceiver
HF Power: Maximum power 125 Watts, 2-30 MHz
HF Antenna: Tapered Towel Rack type Belly Wire, with Automatic Tuning Unit (ATU)
HF Modes of Operation: SSB Voice or ALE
Ham Callsign Phonetics: Whisky Bravo Six Romeo Quebec November.

Schedule of HF Radio Operation in 2017
13-21 May: Ground tests and short test flights in the Texas USA area
21-24 May: Texas to New York
22-25 May: New York to Paris Flight
24-28 May: Paris to Miami
01 June: Depart Miami for Round-the-World
02 June-24 July: Round-the-World Flight
24 July: Arrive Oshkosh Wisconsin for AirVenture
29 July: Oshkosh to Texas

Project Amelia Earhart

Note: All dates and flight locations are approximate and tentative. Please see the Live Tracking Map for actual locations and flight movements.

Ham Radio Frequencies of Operation for Spirit Flights. HF Frequencies for Ham Radio SSB Voice QSOs and DX:
Ham QSO activity may occur at any time while the airplane is in International airspace or within USA airspace. Ham operation may happen while Brian is not busy with flight operations. There may be unexpected interruptions during a QSO. Please be especially courteous and patient, because his first priority is to pilot the plane.

Frequency MHzDescriptionArea
14210.0USB QSOsWorldwide
18117.5USB QSOsWorldwide
7130.0LSB QSOsWorldwide

Simplex or Split? Most of the time, WB6RQN will use simplex, listening and transmitting on the same HF frequency. But, sometimes Brian may ask calling stations to transmit “UP 5” split. When using UP 5 split, your transmit frequency must be exactly 5 kHz above WB6RQN. The plane’s HF radio is channelized, and it does not have an S-meter.

Brian said, “During the actual flight I can talk on ham radio when I’m not using the HF radio to make position and status reports to Air Traffic Control. I will probably get 10 to 15-minute windows when I will be able to work ham stations on the HF bands occasionally. I have never been a contester, so my QSO rate will probably be lower than most ham operators would like.”

There will also be Ham Radio ALE Activity. Full details in the FULL ARTICLE:


SWL and UTE Monitoring of HFAeronautical Frequencies. For SWLs (Shortwave Listeners) or UTEs (Utility Monitors), it is possible to listen to Spirit on the Air Traffic Control (ATC) HF. Aeronautical Frequencies with an SSB (Single Sideband) receiver.

Layne, AE1N

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