Since the beginning of aviation, the primary means of pilot-controller communication has been voice over the radio. By the late s, air traffic control radio frequencies were becoming congested. A serious bottleneck was the tower control frequency. As aircraft arrived in the terminal area, pilots would contact the tower and request the current airport information. The controller would respond with cloud conditions, altimeter setting, wind speed and direction, active runway, and any other information the pilots needed to know.
This worked fine when an airport had a handful of arrivals each hour. Busy airports, like Chicago, had so many arrivals that tower controllers spent most of their time repeating the same information to every pilot. There had to be a better way…. In an effort to relieve the congestion, pilots would often monitor the tower frequency early, hoping to overhear the controller issue the information to another pilot.
This technique helped, but was far from a satisfactory solution. In earlythe FAA began testing a service to give pilots timely airport information without burdening air traffic controllers.
The idea was simple. Each hour, a controller records the current airport conditions. The recording is broadcast on a loop using local navigation aids usually a VOR. When an aircraft approaches an airport, the pilots tune in the VOR frequency and listen to the repeating message. Pilots preparing to depart listen to the recording at their convenience before taxiing. Tower controllers could now devote more time to keeping airplanes separated instead of repeating information.
ATIS worked beautifully and was fast-tracked for busy airports. By60 airports had ATIS. Larger airports began broadcasting on dedicated VHF voice frequencies to make it more convenient for pilots.Individuals may post ads for used radio equipment and computer equipment intended to be used in amateur radio free of charge.
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After giving the OK, he repaired it and shipped the day after. I received the radio on Feb 17, I used Fedex for shipping and was delighted with their prompt shipping. Jim is smart and friendly. I highly recommend Burghardt for amateur radio repair. The turn around time was as I was told and the repairs were very reasonable and both rigs worked as new when I received them back.
I would recommend them to anybody needing repairs for their radio equipment. I paid the bill, and it's now been 6 weeks and still trying to get it back. I can't believe how poor the communications are with this company. Now they say it is shipped but won't send a tracking. I will never do business with them again. This is like dealing with the government.
Time Owned: 0 to 3 months. When contact was made, explanations were unsatisfactory and evasive. It was a simple question: where is my radio and when will I get it back? This has not been a pleasant experience.
I will look elsewhere for future repairs on my ham radio equipment. Like so many Yaesu owners, referred to Burghardt by the manufacturer, I started the quest to restore my Dad's transceiver to working condition. Among other issues, the finals were shot and the VFO section was not syncing as it should.
I phoned Jim and was satisfied he would be able to handle the request. The radio was shipped in the original carton and foam. Getting this original carton back was a part of the deal. Long story made short, the first repair and return was a struggle, time wise.We are at the bottom of the solar cycle, so conditions should only get better. There is an increase in on-air activity due to the large number of people staying at home because of Covid, and this week we seem to be overwhelmed with reports of sporadic E openings.
The last observed sunspot disappeared on April 5, so weekly average daily sunspot numbers declined from 5. Average daily solar flux went from Geomagnetic indicators remain quiet as well, with average daily estimated planetary A index going from 6. Predicted solar flux is 69 on April 17 to 24, 70 on April 25 through May 8, 68 on May 9 to 20, and 70 on May 21 to Predicted planetary A index is 8 on April 17 and 18, 12 and 8 on April 19 and 20, 5 on April 21 to 25, 10 on April 26 and 27, 5 on April 28 and 29, 8 on April 30, 5 on May 1 to 4, then 12, 5, 8 and 8 on May 5 to 8, then 5 on May 9 to 11, 10 on May 12, 8 on May 13 to 16, 5 on May 17 to 22, 10 on May 23 and 24, then 5, 5 and 8 on May 25 to 27, and 5 on May 28 to Geomagnetic activity forecast for April 17 til May 12, from F.
Solar wind will intensify on April 17 to 19, 20, 26 to 28, May 4 to 6, 8 to 10 Remarks: - Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement. It seems to me that this will be a good E's season until June-July. Take care and please stayhome. I looked back in my logs and find that the first Es activity of the spring season is usually in early May, in my first contact was on May But I have never even heard anyone via Es in April of any year I have made contacts via meteor scatter in all months of the year.
I was still hearing signals when I turned off the radio and went to bed at about Z April Usually it seems a higher Kp index is required to cause 6m Es openings to the south from up here. But perhaps because the Kp index had been up to 3 on both April 14 and early on April 15 plus the time of year had something to do with it.
Anyway, the 6m band was open from here in western Montana to the southeast for 9 hours, and I worked my first HC Ecuador station since I got on 6m 24 years ago. In addition to many domestic contacts, these DX stations were all worked on I am sure it helped that so many people were sequestered at home during the pandemic and able to be by their radios!EHAM CTR Crossing 14-01-18 [with ATC]
This may be a once in a lifetime event, but it sure was memorable! Bay Area. I thought I would use the opportunity of being home to make some improvements to my 6BTV ground mounted antenna. So I checked all my cable connections and added two 33 foot and a few shorter ground radials. Then I went into the shack shortly after Z and fired up the Kenwood SG to see if there was any improvement.
Listening to FT-8 there were signals on all bands 6 to 40M! Wow what a difference. I worked a bunch on 10M in short order at under 30 watts. I wish I could say it was the radials, but I'm sure it was just a coincidence that the bands opened up after being very stingy for the prior few days and weeks! Can't wait for those sunspots! As heard from a discone about 50 FT above the ground, signals on 10 meters from the East Coast of the US rolled in from the New York City Area down to North Carolina with lots of different signals fading in and out over each other which is quintessential Sporadic E behavior.
It all appears to have started rather suddenly at about local time. That exchange was probably on The next signal was a piece of a repeater ID in North Carolina in which all one could hear was a female voice saying "North Carolina at the end of the ID.
After that, it was crazy-town on steroids. I cheated and replayed the recording several times before I could copy the CW properly. I am not used to a PL tone of 4A but that is what it sent.
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Look up the Airnav page for your airports of interest. That's an easy resource. StewartbSep 18, Directly to the recording. I have been calling more than I have been dialing up the freq for. My experience has been that it is the same recording that you would hear on the radio. Thanks guys! It got me directly to a prerecorded message although, this is the same message you would hear when the control tower at CDW is closed for the night.
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As mentioned, check Airnav. RyanbSep 18, MAKG1Sep 18, I can't remember ever listening to the ATIS via phone. I'm sure it's available somewhere, but the automated weather is going to be the most up-to-date so I actually prefer that while not in the plane. The only downside to using the phone number is that it will be busy sometimes LandoSep 18, BillTIZSep 18, You must log in or sign up to reply here.
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