[IRCA] Here's an interesting sidebar to the Haiti Disaster


Russ Edmunds <wb2bjh@...>
 

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--- On Wed, 1/27/10, John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...> wrote:

From: John H. Bryant <bjohnorcas@...>
Subject: Re: [IRCA] Here's an interesting sidebar to the Haiti Disaster
To: rtetro@..., "Mailing list for the International Radio Club of America" <irca@...>
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 11:16 AM
Some of us should be able to hear
this, even with ultralights...
Commando Solo is an AM band signal, likely on the lower
band and,
unlike the local Haitian stations, the equipment should be
operating
at 100% efficiency.  One of the best opportunities
ever to hear
Haiti. WHAT FREQUENCY???  This link gets to a CNN
story that does not
list the frequency.... the video clip... great to
see/listen... shows
several shots where the transmitted frequency is just off
camera... RATS.

Help from anyone??

John Bryant
Stillwater, OK
WinRadio G313e + Ultralights
Wellbrook Phased Array



At 10:39 AM 1/27/2010 -0500, you wrote:
From Tom Taylor's column on today's Radio-Info
newsletter





Haiti's newest radio station is broadcasting from the
skies.

Thanks to a specially-equipped U.S. Air Force C-130
that's flying
very slowly above the Caribbean country, broadcasting
an AM signal
in Creole. The programming is mostly Voice of America,
though CNN
<http://radio-info.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=16f606482a795f
a597872a8f1&id=5dec445cae&e=491e0cea53> 
says there are also
announcements from Haitian officials about the latest
on the
earthquake emergency. The AM antenna is a 264-foot
"long wire"
that's "dangling from [the plane's] belly like a plumb
line." It's
kept vertical by a 500-pound lead weight - not exactly
your usual
antenna setup on the ground. The plane also has four FM
antennas,
mounted on the wings and fuselage of the workhorse
aircraft. They
call the plane "Commando Solo" - and the CNN report is
a great
reminder of radio's role during emergencies. Just to
make sure the
target audience can hear the Commando Solo, the
Department of
Defense has distributed thousands of solar and hand-
crank-operated
radios.



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