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How many times have we heard this one?

 

Living in a small country community and flying a Trike -quite a lot!! .Plus "peanut under a razorblade", "Sky-lifter" or the more suspicious "what are you doing up there?".

 

Suggestion:- Fit a UHF Radio in addition to your VHF and set it to Channel 20.

 

Make sure it is set to a maximum of threequarter volume of VHF[to be given priority at all times] and be aware that this channel is often used for Rural Fire Service [N.S.W.] and see how many locals respond.

 

I have found that this interaction between myself and people on the ground has

 

added a big [and positive] interest in recreational aviation in my locality.

 

Small [1 watt or less] UHF Radios with VOX capability can be easily spliced [by your friendly local electronics wiz] to a standard Microlight Comms. System.

 

During flight I have spoken to persons aged from 12 to 70+ and have been told of many others listening-in . One man even commented that "you should be able to charge for that - it's special" [Vicarious flight at it's best?]

 

I suppose that this contravenes some flight rule, so could someone please advise me as to whether I should stop or not ?

 

Thanks.

 

Man's oldest dream is flight,

 

His oldest fascination is fire,

 

oldest fear is becoming food.

 

[Watch your EGT on climbout or it may bite you]

 

 

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Hi allowera

 

Where is Tanja? Somewhere in NSW at a guess!

 

I don't think there is a problem with using a UHF while flying, even have my telepnone and MP3 hooked in as well! I believe you are not meant to interfer with aircraft comms, as you have it spliced in and you can still hear VHF, should be of no problem.

 

Cheers Guy

 

 

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Thanks Guy ,

 

Tanja is located far south coastal NSW approx 16 Nm north of YMER.

 

An MP3, there's a thought. I could broadcast that out through the UHF as well.

 

Hmmmm. I wonder how the local cocky's would react to heavy metal???

 

On second thoughts, perhaps not.

 

Happy landings, Paul.

 

 

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