Monday, October 3, 2016

160 mile contact on 446.00 FM

Today while driving to work and letting the IC-880 scan for signs of life on the repeaters I caught the tail end of a simplex QSO. I was only hearing one side of the QSO and finally heard someone sign as aeronautical mobile. I was surprised to see it come up on 446.0Mhz. The call was AJ8L and he was delivering a plane to Springfield IL. I made contact with him while he was over Champaign IL and I was just coming into St. Louis. Looks like the distance was around 160 miles. He had a great signal but we had to cut it short as they were dropping altitude as they approached Springfield.

Short but fun QSO to break up the morning drive time.

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