On the Road With ATA Airlines

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Honolulu International Airport from aboard ATA Boeing 757
Honolulu International Airport from aboard ATA Boeing 757
Kahului, Hawaii from aboard ATA Boeing 757
Kahului, Hawaii from aboard ATA Boeing 757
ATA Boeing 737, unloading cargo U.S. currency Midway Airport
ATA Boeing 737, unloading cargo U.S. currency Midway Airport
Captain Philip (webmaster) ironing his ATA Airlines uniform at KDFW hotel.
Captain Philip (webmaster) ironing his ATA Airlines uniform at KDFW hotel.
Listening for Emergency Action Messages MILCOM on 8992 and 8776 kHz
Listening for Emergency Action Messages MILCOM on 8992 and 8776 kHz
Pigeons on my balcony Prince Kuhio Hotel Honolulu, Hawaii
Pigeons on my balcony Prince Kuhio Hotel Honolulu, Hawaii
Too Turbulent for pictures!
Too Turbulent for pictures!
ATA Airlines 757 Dawn over the Pacific
ATA Airlines 757 Dawn over the Pacific
ATA Airlines Boeing 757 manual throttles!
ATA Airlines Boeing 757 manual throttles!
United 93 used Gate 17 on 9/11 Newark Airport
United 93 used Gate 17 on 9/11 Newark Airport
Ham high fidelity SSB calling frequency 14178 kHz
Ham high fidelity SSB calling frequency 14178 kHz
ATA Boeing 737 wheel well
ATA Boeing 737 wheel well
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Here in Gallery 2, I have included some images from flying in the continental USA and out to Hawaii, with a couple of photos for the aeronautical and milcom radio listeners. Who recognizes the frequencies on the HF radios?

I'll give the answer: The Air Force uses 8.992 and 8.776 for relaying Emergency Action Messages and sometimes other voice traffic. The frequency 14.178 is popular among amateur radio operators developing Enhanced Single Sideband stations. The HF transcievers on the Boeing 757s and 737s don't have a banpass wide enough to receive all of the voice spectrum these hams transmit, but the smooth amplitude processing, minimal phase distortion and low intermod are easy to appreciate!

My other favorite photo is the 737, at Chicago Midway Airport, being unloaded under the scrutiny of armed couriers. I went outside for a preflight inspection, and noticed the ramp agents unloading box after box of U.S. currency. We literally had a truckload of cash on board and didn't know it!




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