Aeronautical mobile

This amazing hobby of amateur radio never ceases to amaze me.

Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 23rd September 2015) I had a nice contact on 20m with Jerry PH9HB, who was aeornautical mobile over Europe.  I have spoken with Jerry quite a few times on 20m, whilst he has been behind the controls of a commercial airliner over Europe.


This time, Jerry was flying a Boeing 737-8k2, registered PH-HSJ, for Transavia, from Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands, to Faro Airport in southern Portugal.

During our QSO I jumped on to flightradar24, and was able to track Jerry’s progress in the skies over Europe..

As you can see from the image below, there was certainly a lot of air traffic over Europe at the time.

Screenshot 2015-09-23 17.28.06

And below you can see Jerry’s flight just crossing over from Spain into Portugal during our QSO.  Jerry was at an altitude of 33,000 feet and was travelling at 454 knots which equates to about 841 km per hour.

Screenshot 2015-09-23 17.28.39

And if you are curious to see how many aircraft were in the sky all around the world, at the time of our QSO, then have a look at the image below.  Amazing!

Screenshot 2015-09-23 17.34.23

At the conclusion of our QSO, I continued to listen to Jerry working other European amateurs and followed his progress into Faro airport.  You can see an image below of Jerry’s aircraft on the tarmac at the Faro Airport in Portugal.

Screenshot 2015-09-23 17.51.54

6 thoughts on “Aeronautical mobile

  1. Certainly better HF than my ‘company car’ I can assure you!! I have however dropped into the ANZA net on occasion during a long transit but this takes it to a whole new level (pardon the pun!)

  2. Howdy Chris,

    Have a listen out for Jerry. He’s often on air and always listens for ‘outside of Europe’ and he has great ears. You never know….mobile from the South Australian outback – aeronautical mobile over Europe, may just be possible.



  3. HI Paul
    It is a great thrill to work an aeronautical mobile station. Well done! And the number of planes in the skies over Europe and in the US is amazing. How the authorities keep them apart fascinates me.

    John D

  4. Hi Paul,

    Saw the first pic and knew the aircraft type straight away as working on same type. I’m hoping on one of my trips for work trying to get permission to do some aero mobile HF or maybe a ground test at sometime.


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