Thursday, July 14, 2011

First Official Transmission From the B-17 "City of Savannah"

Guy-K4GTM at the radio operator table
The first official transmission from the B-17 "City of Savannah" station WW2COS was a great success!  All of the radio gear performed very well.  We made brief contact early on with the Shreveport Amateur Radio Association team who were setup in front of thier B-17 "Miss Liberty" at the Eighth Air Force Museum at Barksdale AFB, LA.  Band conditions on 40 and 20 fell off in that direction thru the afternoon but we were able to go on and made another 25 or so contacts across the country as well as our first DX contact to Dieter-DK4XW in Germany. 

We had media coverage from 3 local television stations and a local radio station!  Great job by the museum for thier coordination. 

What a team effort it has been to bring the project to this point.  I really love the "City of Savannah" Restoration Team and the staff at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum!  I know I speak on behalf of all of the HAMs in the Coastal Amateur Radio Society when I say that we consider it a great privilege and honor to be a part of this project!

Here are a couple links to the media coverage.

For WSAV video click HERE

For WTOC video click HERE

For WTKS Radio interview with Bill Edwards click HERE

Guy-K4GTM tuning in a station on the BC-348 Receiver

"City of Savannah" Radio Compartment

The Shreveport Amateur Radio Association in front of "Miss Liberty" at Barksdale AFB

Finally "ON AIR"

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