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QSL INFO:

To confirm your FIFI QSO or SWL reception, please send reports with SASE to:

W5ROK - FIFI QSL Manager KM4RC
Rockwell Collins Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 833807 @ mail station 461
Richardson, TX 75083-3807

Annotated logs courtesty of Smith-Erwin Radio Position Operator Bob Kirby, K3NT

NOTE: "QSL R" INDICATION NOT CURRENT

N9A/B29  Radio Log of Flight from KCID to KATW
DATE UTC CALL SENT RCV MODE OPERATOR QSL R NOTES / MUSINGS
21/07/2012 1315 Jules KW0Y      Bob K3NT  Jules Yoder KW0Y and Bob Kirby K3NT at KCID on ramp in 'FIFI' checking out ART-13. We noted no Audio drive and found issue with 12 VDC 'Y' adapter.  We reset the adapter which provided 12 VDC to a homebrew microphone bias box and its working again. We also noted oil seeping from a tank at top left of the station and notified the crew chief.. Jules checked the ART-13 tune up on 20 meters. If WX clears, possible 15:00 UTC takeoff.  What an honor to work with Jules on the ART-13. Jules is a master ART-13 engineer along with being a very good elmer. Last Thursday, Jules flew in the B-29 "FIFI". Although Jules had worked on many B-29's he never got to fly in one-until a couple of days ago.  He was still beaming this early Saturday morning.  Jules even shared a few ART-13 secret tips. We just laughed and laughed. What a great time we had together.
13:20 W5FH 59 59+20 AM /CW Jules KW0Y      Bob K3NT Jules friend Lowell in Solon. Near IA City, IA 1st N9A/B29 QSO. We on AM. W5SH is on CW helping to check our 14.263 MHz 20 meter frequency and audio.
13:30 Bob K3NT Receive request to return to crew duty. Prep for VIP tour @14 UTC
14:00 Bob K3NT Working VIP cockpit tour. WX not looking too good for a 15 UTC TO so tour extended.
18:00 Afternoon and KCID still socked in. We finish loading FIFI and preparing for a possible flight as much as possible. Then it is time to go to a late lunch lunch with Berry W0IY and 'FIFI' crew. Cindy & I have great time with a local radio and aircraft lunch at Perkins.
20:00 Bob K3NT KAPL FIFI B-29 Crew Briefing at nose of B-29 at KCID Airport
20:15 Bob K3NT With my part of the pre flight complete, and no ART-13 power yet, decide to setup my small HH & work some locals on UH. Freq is 443.800 Mhz 
20:18 KX9Y FM Bob K3NT Ron
20:23 WA6GFD FM Bob K3NT Steve
20:24 K0YLU FM Bob K3NT Berry
20:25 N0MA FM Bob K3NT Bill
20:26 N9EYA FM Bob K3NT Jean
20:26 KA0IES FM Bob K3NT Al
20:27 W0IY FM Bob K3NT Berry
20:28 KB4SBY FM Bob K3NT Brice
20:30 W0GXA FM Bob K3NT Bob 
20:31 Bob K3NT FIFI A/C power up #3 engine started OK. #2 engine started OK. Advise stations on UHF that I must do final checks and get the Smith Erwin memorial HF station up. Advise them to look for me in a few around 14.263 MHz running ART-13 AM. Bye-Bye to all my wonderful WWII and beyond VETS whom I had a chance to met and respect at KCID. Best Regards to all my Cedar Rapids Area radio friends and of course the northern WART folks. Sure hope Cindy & I can come back and visit soon. I now feel the massive power of the four large radial engines deep in my chest and watch again in wonder past the flight deck and through the massive clear windows of the bombardiers position as this large machine becomes like a bird. I think of all the stories shared by the veterans and say a quick prayer of thanks for the freedom we enjoy only because of those who have and continue to fight for it.
20:33 Bob K3NT Takeoff! - We are flying and on our way to OSHKOSH 2012 AirVenture!. ART-13 & BC-348 up and running. Quick power & SWR checks looking great. However, note no mod audio to the ART-13. Quickly reset the 12 VDC 'Y' but no go. Recheck ART-13 output and confirm it is 100 watts with very little SWR. Quickly scramble to see if a CW key can be found. -We find a key and plug it in.  ART-13 goes into xmit. Release the key side bar. Station goes to receive - good. Listen to the BC-348 to find 20 meter Saturday afternoon SSB activity is very high. Attempt to send a quick CW message to advise stations on frequency of my status. Find that the key is very loose and misadjusted. Receive a few 'kick' reminders that I am keying HV. As I attempt to steady the cw key as FIFI gains altitude. Send I will listen for AM stations. Those 4x 2000 HP massive engines are still big QRM generators on 20 meters. This coupled with the wide BC-348 activity of both ssb and AM stations calling at the same time has the results of not being able to pull any AM calls out of the ugly sounding radio soup. 
20:44 CW Bob K3NT Send quick CQ, CQ de N9A/B29  (Airplane Mobile 14.265 MHz)
20:44 WA0FBQ 599 599 CW Bob K3NT X Jim, S. MO.  Jim advises that many stations are standing by and calling on AM. I try everything possible to work AM stations but the BC-348 has reached it's limit. Strong SSB QRM, along with aircraft QRN cover even the strongest AM stations. I try for 10 minutes without success. Realizing this flight is short and wishing to put FIFI in some logs, I think back to WWII operations from the B-29. B-29 radio Operator Clyde Hussey told us at the dedication on June 30, 2012 that AM was seldom used. Unless there was an emergency and the B-29 was advising rescue subs and ships.  Perhaps this flight, FIFI just wants to speak in her native tongue?                                                                                                     WA0FBQ QSL Note - "Bob -It was a thrill to wrk FIFI on her way to WI. I'm sorry abt fone operation, but CW worked great. Best of Luck on your adventure. I rode in B-17 "TEXAS RAIDER" from Richards Gebaur air base in Ohio. That was Great Fun. ART-13 Sounded Great Bob! Your keying was excellent! 73, Jim WA0FBQ."  Jim used a WWII BC375SE TX and a BC3-18Q RX. Ant: 160 Mtr Loop. (SASE inc'ed)
20:55 CQ CW Bob K3NT CQ CQ de N9A/B29  cw pse
20:55 KX9Y 599 599 CW Bob K3NT WART Member Ron Luse
20:56 W0LS 529 559 CW Bob K3NT X Harry, Cambridge, MN QSL: "TNX fer Memorable QSO … Was a Thrill ! I also have ART-13/BC348 which is a Great Setup. 73 Harry" (Flex 5K / Alpha, 500W Ant: 4 EL Steppir (SASE inc'ed))
20:56 WB9EGZ 559 559 CW X David, McFarland, WI  QSL: "Enjoyed having an opportunity to wrk U on "FIFI". Hope U have a Gud trip back to TX. 73, Dave"  Included CAF "FIFI" Donation Thanks Dave! Will Fwd to the B-29 'Keep Em Flying" Fund. (Drake TR-4, 200 watts, Ant: KT-34XA) (SASE inc'ed)
20:58 WA0ZZG 599 599 CW Bob K3NT X Dave, Marion, IA  QSL Card: "I'll try not to spill pop on you next time. Dave" (Dave included a copy of FIFI Flight Schedule)
21:03 K0EOO 599 599 CW Bob K3NT
21:04 N0MA 599 599 CW Bob K3NT Bill Nice UHF FM & now CW. COOL. The Radio Farm IA
21:05 AA0KW/M 599 599 CW Bob K3NT Joe, IA  My 1st mobile on "FIFI" AM 9see N0A/B29 log) Now Joe is my 1st "FIFI" mobile on CW. HEY JOE - YOU ARE THE 1st CW Mobile worked from "FIFI" Air mobile!! WOW. COOL BEANS.
21:05 W7II 599 599 CW Bob K3NT
21:07 WB3CQD 599 599 CW Bob K3NT
21:11 K0EEO 599 599 CW Bob K3NT In the Air?  Yes, FIFI is Air Mobile
21:15 KC0VKN 599 599 CW Bob K3NT IA
21:19 W7ID 599 599 CW Bob K3NT X Jeff,  Boise, Idaho QSL: "TNX for the FB contact with B29 FIFI. ONE OF MY MOST THILLING CONTACTS EVER! 73-Jeff W7ID" (SASE inc'ed)
21:24 K4TR 599 599 CW Bob K3NT FL
21:25 NY0V 599 599 CW Bob K3NT Our friend Tom Vinson in MN
21:27 AD3K 599 599 CW Bob K3NT PA
21:28 N9HMA 599 599 CW Bob K3NT X Stanley Madison, WI (SASE inc'ed)
21:29 K4TR 599 559 CW Bob K3NT BK Says we are now 55
21:30 K4SO 599 599 CW Bob K3NT X Mark, Amissville, VA.  QSL Card:  "My Dad was a B-29 Radio Operator in WWII All the best to the FIFI Radio Room team. 73, Mark" (K3, ETO Alpha 99, Dipole) (SASE inc'ed)
21:32 KP4BJD 599 599 CW Bob K3NT Puerto Rico!  Hi Gabe. NICE - Wonder what other countries are hearing FIFI's voice today?
21:32 W4FOA 599 599 CW Bob K3NT GA
21:33 N6WK 599 599 CW Bob K3NT CA
21:34 WB9AZA 599 599 CW Bob K3NT X Jim, Cottage Grove, WI  Included CAF "FIFI" Donation Thanks Jim! Will Fwd to the B-29 'Keep Em Flying" Fund. Jim is EAA#145183 (FTDX5000D, AL82 1kw, Mosley TA63N Is that an 8 day clock in your station Jim? (SASE inc'ed)
21:36 N6WK 599 599 CW Bob K3NT CA
21:37 N3ER 599 599 CW Bob K3NT X MA (SASE included - Tnx Denny!)
21:38 K9QED 599 589 CW Bob K3NT IL
21:39 NZ5K 599 599 CW Bob K3NT TX 
21:40 NN9K 559 559 CW Bob K3NT X Peter, Colona, IL (SASE inc'ed)
This concludes N9A/B29 operations. If you heard N9A/B29 please consider sending a QSL or SWL report to N9A/B29 C/O RCARC W5ROK PO Box 833807 Richardson, TX 75083-3807.  Every report is important to us as it will help our team understand FIFI's antenna pattern in flight.  Aug 17, 2012 Update: I am advised by RCARC that N9A/B29 QSL cards will be printed shortly. Check back here often as I will try to update the FIFI logs with your QSL card comments.  Thanks Jeff K1NSS for formatting & posting the FIFI logs on B29radio.com.  TNX & 73, Bob Kirby K3NT (N9A/B29). 

17:25 KX9Y 59 59 FM Bob K3NT Ron Luse,  another hard working WART member  in IA on 443.800 MHz
20/07/2012 1:00 K9VMY/M0 59 59+ AM Bob K3NT x/x Dennis, Mobile in Cedar Rapids - Hunting for an Inverter replacement for 'FIFI' Also in his ride were Ken W9ZMR, Bernie K9JAT and Dave K0CIN 4th mobile. Dennis in CR,IA  7.200 MHz 'Looking for replacement 12VDC - 110 VAC Inverter
1:57 K9VMY/M0 59 59+ AM Bob K3NT x/x Dennis, Mobile in Cedar Rapids - Testing for 'FIFI' Also in his ride were Ken W9ZMR and Dave K0CIN Test ART-13 with Dennis.  QSL card: Thanks for the QSO Hope you got the fone issue resolved with the ART-13 xmtr. Had a great time in Cedar Rapid, IA. I went with Ken W9ZMR, Bernie K9JAT and Dave K0CIN Thanks also to Bob Kirby K3NT and Cindy. 73 Dennis K9VMY"
2:04 WB0LJK 57 59 AM Bob K3NT Dan, Marion, IA
2:10 N2OFG 55 56 AM Bob K3NT Joe,  LI, NY
2:17 KA8THW 59 59 AM Bob K3NT Pat, Adrin, MI.  TS-570 Windom
2:20 KI8ER 59 59+20 AM Bob K3NT
Loney & I worked on the radios till near midnight. The settings for the 180 tuner at 7.200 MHz is 7.200 MHz   COAX Input C set to 1.7,   500 pf pad in,  Inductance set to 13.2  14.264 MHz: COAX Input C set to 2.5,  No Pad req,  Inductance set to 4.0
Friday's Cedar Rapids crowds continued to be large with many ride flight on  the C45 and full flights on the B-29 'FIFI' Due to the short staffing we were not able to have additional Friday radio ops from the Smith Erwin memorial station on FIFI. This concludes N0A/B29 operations. If you heard N0A/B29 please consider sending a QSL or SWL report to N0A/B29 C/O RCARC W5ROK PO Box 833807 Richardson, TX 75083-3807.  Every report is important to us as it will help our team understand FIFI's antenna pattern in flight.  Aug 27, 2012 Update: N0A/B29 QSL cards are printed. Check back here often as I will try to update the FIFI logs with your QSL card comments.  Thanks Jeff K1NSS for formatting & posting the FIFI logs on B29radio.com. N0A/B29 TNX & 73, Bob Kirby K3NT. 

N0A/B29  Radio Log of Flight from KADS to KCID
               
DATE UTC CALL SENT RCV MODE OPERATOR NOTES / MUSINGS
18/07/2012 12:00 Bob Kirby K3NT & Cindy Kirby arrive at KADS to work loading and preflight as part of 'FIFI' Crew
14:30 Bob K3NT KADS FIFI B-29 Crew Briefing at nose of B-29 at Addison Airport
14:35 Bob K3NT Board FIFI Super Fortress  Preflight, 4,000 gal Fuel. 94,000 lbs. 
14:38 Bob K3NT Notify David O, Paul V, and Ross Terry K5SRT
14:35 Bob K3NT N529B FIFI Engine Start Engine #3 and #2 OK
14:47 Bob K3NT N529B FIFI Engine Start Engine #1 and #4 OK
14:48 Bob K3NT Comm to control tower 121.6, Clr to FL 2.0 sq 5156. 040 to KCID, chocks clear & stowed 
14:48 Bob K3NT Front and read Crew ladders stored, Fire control clear, awaiting local KADS traffic to clear.
14:55 Bob K3NT Run up engines, Man Pres. OK LOUD!
14:59 Bob K3NT Proceed to taxi to position
AM Bob K3NT ART-13 up, BC-348 up, Freq 7.200 MHz. Hearing W5CZ, K0DAS, W9ZMR
15:18 Bob K3NT FIFI Wheels up! Were Flying baby!
15:19 Bob K3NT The Smith-Erwin B-29 flying station with SE callsign N0A/B29 Airplane Mobile is on the air! 
15:22 W5CZ 59 59+20 AM Loney W0GZV Rod, Indian Hills. CO  FT1000D to Alpha to Beam 
15:27 AM Loney W0GZV Rod requests more audio from 'FIFI'
15:28 Bob K3NT Bob K3NT is called for flight duty. Loney will log his own Q's  
17:02 Bob K3NT Bob K3NT rtn from flight duty.  1. 3 hr to landing at KCID.  Loney requests K3NT take over radio ops. 
17:10 CQ  AM Bob K3NT Current FL 5.5 N0A/B29 Airplane Mobile Opr Bob Kirby K3NT
Lots of QRN from those four 2,000 HP 18 Cylinder radial engines. The BC-348 is as broad as a barn door.  
COOL. Just like Field day back in the late 60's. Lets Operate! 
17:11 NY0V 59 59 Bob K3NT Tom Vinson
17:12 W0CXX 59 59 Bob K3NT RCARC
17:14 K9KEU 47 57 AM Bob K3NT John, Williams Bay, WI
17:15 W0SAC 59 59 AM Bob K3NT Gary, Versailles, MO  TS440. SB220, OCF Dipole
17:17 K9YVT 44 57 AM Bob K3NT Barry, Cary, IL
17:20 W6PXX 49 59 +20 AM Bob K3NT David
17:24 K9EYEY 33 24 AM Bob K3NT Pierre?   In IL?
17:26 K9ACT 22 59+20 AM Bob K3NT John,   IL
17:27 KP4? Bob K3NT Hearing a WB9, and is that really a KP4? QRM + QRN MAX-A-BUS!
17:34 N9CQX 57 57 AM Bob K3NT Harry, Willowbrook, IL
17:35 W9JXN 57 58 AM Bob K3NT Tony, E. Dundee, IL
17:38 W9AD 46 59 AM Bob K3NT Dave, Barrington, IL 
17:39 W9AT 22 58 AM Bob K3NT John?, IL?
17:43 WF0N 58 59 +10 AM Bob K3NT Ted, Lawrence, KS.
17:47 KB9WTM 33 59 AM Bob K3NT Don?  IL?
17:51 W0DRU 57 59 AM Bob K3NT Smitty, Lake Okoboji in IA.  32B3 xmtr with a 75A4 Rcvr  (Nice)
17:55 W3THI 59 58 AM Bob K3NT Lou, J ackson, TN  Hey cool. Some SE USA Stations Wonder who else is hearing FIFI? Elvis - U out there?
17:56 W9JXN 59 59+ AM Bob K3NT Our friend Tony in IL again reporting 'FIFI' audio is excellent!  Think she likes hearing that.
17:59 AA0KW/M0 45 59 AM Bob K3NT WOW. Our 1st mobile (CR, IA) and it is a Warbird radio restoration team member, Joe Spinks. COOL BEANS Joe!
Joe was one of the control opr at N0CXX in CR when Rockwell Collins hosted a team of students from
 LeTourneau University. These young boys & girls built a new HF autotuner. I was at the W5ROK station in 
Richardson, TX. Wonder if we could get them to place one on 'FIFI'? CU when we land Joe!
18:02 K4TCH 59 47 AM Bob K3NT Tom, Crossville, TN
18:03 KC0SKM/M0 57 59 AM Bob K3NT Another WOW. Our 2nd mobile (CR, IA) and it is Warbird radio restoration team member, Gregg Lind. 
Wonderful Gregg! Gregg also is a fellow Rockwell Collins employee. Sure we will 'eyeball' when we land.
18:04 K0VM 55 58 AM Bob K3NT Alvin Groff  another Rockwell Collins ham opr in CR, IA.
18:06 N0EGV 54 45 AM Bob K3NT Ken, Newhall, IA
13:07 N0CXX 57 35 AM Bob K3NT Our 35th street station in CR, IA.
13:08 W0ROB 54 45 AM Bob K3NT Rob, St Cloud, MN
13:09 KA9MEH 45 59 AM Bob K3NT V?
13:13 K8VFV 33 59 AM Bob K3NT Bob, MI
13:14 W0ZPY 56 59 AM Bob K3NT Mic, IA
13:15 W9FM 33 59 AM Bob K3NT N IL
13:18 WV0C 58 59+10 AM Bob K3NT IA
13:20 KC0ODK/M0 58 59 AM Bob K3NT WOWee Zowee! Our 3rd mobile and none other that then LAWRENCE, our WART fearless leader, owner
of the 'Fun Meter' and the curator of the Rockwell Collins museum in Cedar Rapids, IA. 
What an honor to work you Lawrence from this Smith Erwin radio seat in 'FIFI'.
Hard to believe boys & girls, but Lawrence call me in late November 2011 asking if I might 
be interested in helping to lead a southern radio team  to restore the vintage WWII radios on the last flying
 B-29 'FIFI'  It took me about 30 microseconds to answer, absolutely. My role is  a small one.
 It is the team members from all over the USA and the world who have made 'FIFI' radio operation possible.  
I humbly thank each and every one of you and dedicate our efforts in keeping this WWII history alive to all of
those who are responsible for our freedom.
13:21 W0DRD 58 59 AM Bob K3NT IA
13:24 W0WDF 59 59 AM Bob K3NT Butch, 
13:26 KB0SK 59 59 AM Bob K3NT IA
13:28 WA0VLC 59 5? AM Bob K3NT IA
13:29 Time to return to the navigators seat and prepare for the additional 'FIFI' flight crew duties.
We are now flanked by two bright yellow fast approaching jets
See our B-29 website by Jeff K1NSS at B-29 radio.com for a great video.
Once we deplaned from FIFI and removed our flight suits, it was stright to squadron work
 at the Cedar Rapids KCID site.  Quickly apparent that we were understaffed for the large crowd.
The work included post flight activities, setting up the static display of the ART- 13 / BC-348,
working the gate, working the PX, pre & post flights for the rides along with 
helping with some touching WWII veterern interviews.
The Cedar Rapids crowd was great. They really made us feel at home. I lived in Cedar Rapids for four years
and it was a treat for me to meet and great some of our old friends.
  Much of the same squadron work today but we did secure a large ground cart from Rockwell Collins 
Lawrence hosted a great history meeting with Cindy, Loney and I were invited. 
My visiting ham friends Bernie K9JAT, Dave K0CIN, Dennis K9VMY, and Ken W9ZMR, took over
the static radio display for us. Thanks Guys!
Once we closed the ramp night, Loney and I hooked up the 400 AMP ground cart to 'FIFI'
with the intent of performing some radio maintence and possible ground operations.
It was still very hot inside the B-29 and once we fired up the ART-13 and BC-348 the sweat was
starting to drip on the notebook. Loney found an issue with the AC inverter we were using to 
drive a AC muffin fan. The inverter was replaced when Dennis K9VMY and Ken W9ZMR found
one locally. The old one had failed and also took out the 12 VDC fuse.  This had not been too much 
of an issue when flying but that ART-13 got mighty hot in ground operation inside the confind 
space of the B-29 station. A few folks were worked during our tests.
 
19/07/2012 17:25 KX9Y 59 59 FM Bob K3NT Ron Luse,  another hard working WART member  in IA on 443.800 MHz
20/07/2012 0:20 K9VMY/M0 59 59+ AM Bob K3NT 4th mobile. Dennis in CR,IA  7.200 MHz 'Looking for replacement 12VDC - 110 VAC Inverter
1:57 K9VMY/M0 59 59+ AM Bob K3NT Test ART-13 with Dennis.
2:04 WB0LJK 57 59 AM Bob K3NT Dan, Marion, IA
2:10 N2OFG 55 56 AM Bob K3NT Joe,  LI, NY
2:17 KA8THW 59 59 AM Bob K3NT Pat, Adrin, MI.  TS-570 Windom
2:20 KI8ER 59 59+20 AM Bob K3NT Ron, Livonia, MI
Loney & I worked on the radios till near midnigh . The settings for the 180 tuner at 7.200 MHz is
7.200 MHz   COAX Input C set to 1.7,   500 pf pad in,  Inductance set to 13.2
14.264  COAX Input C set to 2.5,  No Pad req,  Inductance set to 4.0
Friday's Cedar Rapids crowds continued to be large with many ride flight on on the C45 and full flights
on the B-29 'FIFI' Due to the short staffing we were not able to have additional Friday radio ops from
the Smith Erwin memorial station on FIFI. This concludes N0A/B29 operations. If you heard N0A/B29
please consider sending a SWL report to N0A/B29 C/O RCARC W5ROK PO Box 833807 Richardson, TX 
75083-3807.  TNX & 73, Bob K3NT.
2012 AMATEUR RADIO OPERATIONS LOGS
N0A/B29 Radio Log of Flight from KADS/Addison TX to KCID/Cedar Rapids IA
DATE UTC   CALL SENT RCV MODE OPERATOR NOTES / MUSINGS
     
18/07/2012 12:00 Bob Kirby K3NT & Cindy Kirby arrive at KADS to work loading and preflight as part of 'FIFI' Crew
14:30 Bob K3NT KADS FIFI B-29 Crew Briefing at nose of B-29 at Addison Airport
     
14:35 Bob K3NT Board FIFI Super Fortress  Preflight, 4,000 gal Fuel. 94,000 lbs. 
     
14:38 Bob K3NT Notify David O, Paul V, and Ross Terry K5SRT
     
14:35 Bob K3NT N529B FIFI Engine Start Engine #3 and #2 OK
     
14:47 Bob K3NT N529B FIFI Engine Start Engine #1 and #4 OK
     
14:48 Bob K3NT Comm to control tower 121.6, Clr to FL 2.0 sq 5156. 040 to KCID, chocks clear & stowed 
     
14:48 Bob K3NT Front and read Crew ladders stored, Fire control clear, awaiting local KADS traffic to clear.
     
14:55 Bob K3NT Run up engines, Man Pres. OK LOUD!
     
14:59 Bob K3NT Proceed to taxi to position
     
     
AM Bob K3NT ART-13 up, BC-348 up, Freq 7.200 MHz. Hearing W5CZ, K0DAS, W9ZMR
15:18 Bob K3NT FIFI Wheels up! Were Flying baby!
     
15:19 Bob K3NT The Smith-Erwin B-29 flying station with SE callsign N0A/B29 Airplane Mobile is on the air! 
     
15:22   W5CZ 59 59+20 AM Loney W0GZV Rod, Indian Hills. CO  FT1000D to Alpha to Beam 
               
15:27 AM Loney W0GZV Rod requests more audio from 'FIFI'
       
15:28 Bob K3NT Bob K3NT is called for flight duty. Loney will log his own Q's  
     
17:02 Bob K3NT Bob K3NT rtn from flight duty.  1. 3 hr to landing at KCID.  Loney requests K3NT take over radio ops. 
     
17:10   CQ  AM Bob K3NT Current FL 5.5 N0A/B29 Airplane Mobile Opr Bob Kirby K3NT
Lots of QRN from those four 2,000 HP 18 Cylinder radial engines. The BC-348 is as broad as a barn door.  
COOL. Just like Field day back in the late 60's. Lets Operate! 
 
17:11   NY0V 59 59 Bob K3NT Tom Vinson
             
17:12   W0CXX 59 59 Bob K3NT RCARC
             
17:14   K9KEU 47 57 AM Bob K3NT John, Williams Bay, WI
               
17:15   W0SAC 59 59 AM Bob K3NT Gary, Versailles, MO  TS440. SB220, OCF Dipole
               
17:17   K9YVT 44 57 AM Bob K3NT Barry, Cary, IL
               
17:20   W6PXX 49 59 +20 AM Bob K3NT David
               
17:24   K9EYEY 33 24 AM Bob K3NT Pierre?   In IL?
               
17:26   K9ACT 22 59+20 AM Bob K3NT John,   IL
               
17:27   KP4? Bob K3NT Hearing a WB9, and is that really a KP4? QRM + QRN MAX-A-BUS!
         
17:34   N9CQX 57 57 AM Bob K3NT Harry, Willowbrook, IL
               
17:35   W9JXN 57 58 AM Bob K3NT Tony, E. Dundee, IL
               
17:38   W9AD 46 59 AM Bob K3NT Dave, Barrington, IL 
               
17:39   W9AT 22 58 AM Bob K3NT John?, IL?
               
17:43   WF0N 58 59 +10 AM Bob K3NT Ted, Lawrence, KS.
               
17:47   KB9WTM 33 59 AM Bob K3NT Don?  IL?
               
17:51   W0DRU 57 59 AM Bob K3NT Smitty, Lake Okoboji in IA.  32B3 xmtr with a 75A4 Rcvr  (Nice)
               
17:55   W3THI 59 58 AM Bob K3NT Lou, J ackson, TN  Hey cool. Some SE USA Stations Wonder who else is hearing FIFI? Elvis - U out there?
               
17:56   W9JXN 59 59+ AM Bob K3NT Our friend Tony in IL again reporting 'FIFI' audio is excellent!  Think she likes hearing that.
               
17:59   AA0KW/M0 45 59 AM Bob K3NT WOW. Our 1st mobile (CR, IA) and it is a Warbird radio restoration team member, Joe Spinks. COOL BEANS Joe!
Joe was one of the control opr at N0CXX in CR when Rockwell Collins hosted a team of students from
 LeTourneau University. These young boys & girls built a new HF autotuner. I was at the W5ROK station in 
Richardson, TX. Wonder if we could get them to place one on 'FIFI'? CU when we land Joe!
18:02   K4TCH 59 47 AM Bob K3NT Tom, Crossville, TN
               
18:03   KC0SKM/M0 57 59 AM Bob K3NT Another WOW. Our 2nd mobile (CR, IA) and it is Warbird radio restoration team member, Gregg Lind. 
Wonderful Gregg! Gregg also is a fellow Rockwell Collins employee. Sure we will 'eyeball' when we land.
18:04   K0VM 55 58 AM Bob K3NT Alvin Groff  another Rockwell Collins ham opr in CR, IA.
               
18:06   N0EGV 54 45 AM Bob K3NT Ken, Newhall, IA
               
13:07   N0CXX 57 35 AM Bob K3NT Our 35th street station in CR, IA.
               
13:08   W0ROB 54 45 AM Bob K3NT Rob, St Cloud, MN
               
13:09   KA9MEH 45 59 AM Bob K3NT V?
               
13:13   K8VFV 33 59 AM Bob K3NT Bob, MI
               
13:14   W0ZPY 56 59 AM Bob K3NT Mic, IA
               
13:15   W9FM 33 59 AM Bob K3NT N IL
               
13:18   WV0C 58 59+10 AM Bob K3NT IA
               
               
13:20   KC0ODK/M0 58 59 AM Bob K3NT

WOWee Zowee! Our 3rd mobile and none other that then LAWRENCE, ourWART fearless leader, owner of the 'Fun Meter' and the curator of the Rockwell Collins museum in Cedar Rapids, IA. What an honor to work you Lawrence from this Smith Erwin radio seat in 'FIFI'.Hard to believe boys & girls, but Lawrence call me in late November 2011 asking if I might be interested in helping to lead a southern radio team to restore the vintage WWII radios on the last flying B-29 'FIFI' It took me about 30 microseconds to answer, absolutely. My role is a small one.

It is the team members from all over the USA and the world who have made 'FIFI' radio operation possible. I humbly thank each and every one of you and dedicate our efforts in keeping this WWII history alive to all of those who are responsible for our freedom.

             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
13:21   W0DRD 58 59 AM BOB K3NT IA
13:24   W0WDF 59 59 AM BOB K3NT BUTCH
13:26   KB0SK 59 59 AM BOB K3NT IA
13:28   WA0VLC 59 5? AM BOB K3NT IA
               
13:29            

Time to return to the navigators seat and prepare for the additional 'FIFI' flight crew duties. We are now flanked by two bright yellow fast approaching jets. See our B-29 website by Jeff K1NSS at B-29 radio.com for a great video. Once we deplaned from FIFI and removed our flight suits, it was straight to squadron work. at the Cedar Rapids KCID site. Quickly apparent that we were understaffed for the large crowd.The work included post flight activities, setting up the static display of the ART- 13 / BC-348, working the gate, working the PX, pre & post flights for the rides along with helping with some touching WWII veterern interviews.The Cedar Rapids crowd was great. They really made us feel at home. I lived in Cedar Rapids for four years and it was a treat for me to meet and great some of our old friends.

Much of the same squadron work today but we did secure a large ground cart from Rockwell Collins. Lawrence hosted a great history meeting with Cindy, Loney and I were invited. My visiting ham friends Bernie K9JAT, Dave K0CIN, Dennis K9VMY, and Ken W9ZMR, took over the static radio display for us. Thanks Guys!

Once we closed the ramp night, Loney and I hooked up the 400 AMP ground cart to 'FIFI' with the intent of performing some radio maintence and possible ground operations. It was still very hot inside the B-29 and once we fired up the ART-13 and BC-348 the sweat was starting to drip on the notebook. Loney found an issue with the AC inverter we were using to drive a AC muffin fan. The inverter was replaced when Dennis K9VMY and Ken W9ZMR found one locally. The old one had failed and also took out the 12 VDC fuse. This had not been too much of an issue when flying but that ART-13 got mighty hot in ground operation inside the confined space of the B-29 station. A few folks were worked during our tests.

             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
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17:25   KX9Y 59 59 FM BOB K3NT Ron Luse, another hard working WART member in IA on 443.800 MHz
               
               
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0:20   K9VMY/M0 59 59+ AM BOB K3NT 4th mobile. Dennis in CR,IA 7.200 MHz 'Looking for replacement 12VDC - 110 VAC Inverter
1:57   K9VMY/M0 59 59+ AM BOB K3NT Test ART-13 with Dennis.
2:04   WB0LIK 57 59 AM BOB K3NT Dan, Marion, IA
2:10   N2OFG 55 56 AM BOB K3NT Joe, LI, NY
2:17   KA8THW 59 59 AM BOB K3NT Pat, Adrin, MI. TS-570 Windom
2:20   KI8ER 59 59+20 AM BOB K3NT Ron, Livonia, MI
               
              Loney & I worked on the radios till near midnight . The settings for the 180 tuner at 7.200 MHz is 7.200 MHz COAX Input C set to 1.7, 500 pf pad in, Inductance set to 13.2
               
              14.264 COAX Input C set to 2.5, No Pad req, Inductance set to 4.0
               
             

on the B-29 'FIFI' Due to the short staffing we were not able to have additional Friday radio ops from the Smith Erwin memorial station on FIFI. This concludes N0A/B29 operations. If you heard N0A/B29 please consider sending a SWL report to
N0A/B29 C/O RCARC W5ROK PO Box 833807 Richardson, TX 75083-3807.

TNX & 73, Bob K3NT.