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.
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.
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!
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.