Sunday, May 10, 2015

Ford Tri-Motor Flight

Took a flight today on one of the EAA's 1929 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft.  What a blast it was!  I took quite a few pics and some video clips which you can see below.  We flew out of Gwinnett County Airport/Briscoe Field northeast of Atlanta.  Beautiful day to fly as it was clear and about 80 degrees.  Engine start, taxi, takeoff, flight time, landing, and taxi was around 30 minutes total.  Just enough time to experience this incredible machine.  You can see more info about the Tri-Motor at the EAA website.

Pre-flight selfie

Inside the cabin
The FCC considers them an airline so they have to issue tickets

The cabin resembles a train car of the day

Inflight selfie

View out the port side at the #1 engine

Coolray Field, where the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta triple A team) play

Post-flight selfie

Met some fellow ham operators from the Gwinnett County club who were operating a special event station to commemorate the Tri-Motor.

Our pilot giving the safety briefing.  What a gig he has!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May 3, 2015 "Operation Defender Red Bird II" COMMEX Support

Had another great communications exercise this morning in support of the Georgia National Guard and the Georgia State Defense Force.  Members of the Cobb County ARES team deployed to Clay National Guard Center at Dobbins ARB in Marietta with the emcomm unit using call sign KK4OIO.

We had the unit up and operational for VHF/UHF, DSTAR, and HF by 0900.  We were able to erect the 40 and 80 meter NVIS HF antennas and the multiband vertical HF antennas and all systems worked well today.

I had coordinated ahead of time with several operators down in Coastal Georgia near Savannah and Fort Stewart so that we could simulate moving traffic between the Guard units at Clay and at Fort Stewart.  We were able to successfully make contact with several on HF voice and HF digital using PSK31.  Made contact with NT4TH at the CRTC near Savannah International Airport, Dwight Biechler at the Liberty County EOC, and Tom Gillan in Savannah.

Thanks to all who participated today and continuing to demonstrate to the Georgia Guard our extensive capabilities to provide reliable communications for them.

Cobb County ARES members:
Guy McDonald - K4GTM
Anthony Gaito - KC0CSG
Dawn Humphries - KI5EV
Eldon Morris - N1MN
Chris Loftus - KK4LZW

Georgia State Defense Force :
Roger Shaddick - N7BU

Coastal Georgia Operators:
Todd Hargrave - NT4TH
Dwight Biechler - K4YPM
Tom Gillan - KG3Z

What our communications network looks like

Cobb County ARES EMCOMM Unit set up at the Joint Operations Center

Chris-KK4LZW operating the HF station

Anthony-KC0CSG and Chris-KK4LZW working on the HF NVIS antenna

Got all of the antennas hooked up

Chris-KK4LZW and Dawn-KI5EV erecting the VHF/UHF antenna

Anthony-KC0CSG fueling up the generator

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Station Monitor Tutorial

Decided to put my old o-scope to use in the shack as a station monitor.  Check it out.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nov 16 "Operation Winter Storm X" Georgia National Guard COMMEX

Had a great time today participating in another communications exercise with the Cobb County ARES team and the Georgia National Guard and Georgia State Defense Force.  We were able to establish comm from Clay National Guard Center with stations at the National Guard armory in Rome, GA, the Liberty County EOC near Fort Stewart, GA and with GEMA in Atlanta.

Well done to Ed-N5RCK EC for Cobb County, to Dawn-KI5EV AEC for Cobb County, to Anthony-KC0CSG AEC for Cobb County, Tom-K5AES, and Dwight-K4YPM AEC for Liberty County.

Here is a diagram our our exercise network and some pictures from the Clay National Guard Center.

Guy McDonald, K4GTM
ADEC Metro Atlanta ARES

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Greatest Generation

Here is a short video clip of Stan Peterson who was a navigator on B-17's in WWII.  This was taken on July 23, 2013 at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force during the annual reunion of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society.  What a thrill it was to meet and talk with Mr. Peterson.

WW2COS Activation for the Annual Eighth Air Force Historical Society

We had a great time on July 23 activating the "City of Savannah" radio room to celebrate the annual reunion of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society.  Got to play on the aircraft as well as mingle with many brave airmen who flew these birds during WWII.

It was a great day with fellow radio operators Bill DeLoach-K4WP, Mac McCormick-KF4LMT, and Peter Levesque-KJ4FAW.  Appreciate their help in setting up, operating, and tearing down radio station WW2COS.

Looking forward to the next activation perhaps on Sept 14th to celebrate the USAF birthday.

Guy McDonald, K4GTM
"City of Savannah" Radio Team Crew Chief

With the chin turret 

Displaying some of the wood work

Rocky-Crew Chief and electrician, Peter-Radio Operator, Jerry-Project Manager

I ran a wireless video feed from the radio room to the monitor in the combat gallery

Radio room volunteers Bill-K4WP and Peter-KJ4FAW

Some of the QSL cards from stations we've made radio contact with over this past year

Bill-K4WP working the radios


Our beautiful BC-348 Receiver

Some of the Historical Society members arriving at the museum

Members of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society being welcomed

Members of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society as viewed from the cockpit