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

KM4RC
CAF B24/B29 SQUADRON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
2820 SAINT CHARLES DR
PLANO, TX 75074
USA

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

NOTE: "QSL R" INDICATION NOT CURRENT

  KM4RC/B29  Radio Log of Flight from KADS (Addison) to KMDH & KMWA (Marion, IL)
DATE UTC CALL SENT RCV MODE OPERATOR QSL R NOTES / MUSINGS
19/07/2013 Friday 1030 KM4RC /B29 Air Mobile    Bob K3NT  Our B-29 / B24 Squadron had expected to see both girls leave together yesterday. The B-24 "DIAMOND LIL" did get underway and made her first 2013 tour flight with zero squawks. Hooray!  We waited a day for the full FIFI crew to arrive on Friday morning.  Had expected to be in the air around 9 AM but due to weather this was not possible. I spent time this morning with the assistant crew chief Don Thurston working FIFI maintenance. FIFI demands a lot of attention and there are always safety items to be checked and rechecked. We got the 'all-clear' around 11:30 AM and performed the final briefings and pre-flight. My wife Cindy, who is also a squadron member was assigned the Bombardier position and I took my seat in the radio position facing the command sets, the ART-13 and the BC-348 receiver. This afternoons operation will be around 7.202 AM phone. A quick check of 40 meters does not sound too encouraging.
19/07/2013 1629 FIFI has left the house (old COLLINS hangar). We are in the air and headed north.
19/07/2013 1630 N5AEA 59 59 A3 Ed Congratulations Ed in Melissa, TX.. You are the 1st station to contact the FIFI memorial station with our new callsign KM4RC. This was Clyde Hussey's old call who graciously let us apply for it after it expired. Clyde was a B-29 radio operator. Read his story on our B29radio.com website. Ed is using a FLEX-300 to a AL-811H amp. Ed has worked at COLLINS hangar doing radar installations.
19/07/2013 1635 K5FXB 59 59 A3 Dan Fayetteville, AR
19/07/2013 1640 W5QI 59 59 A3 Tom  Hamlin, TX  Flex to Henry 2K Classic, 375W xCrop Duster Pilot.
19/07/2013 1645 K5JNZ 59 59 A3 Glenn Tyler, TX TS570D to Delta
19/07/2013 1655 K5LBR 47 59 A3 Ken Bernard, TX  Using a BC-348?
19/07/2013 1659 W5MP 59 59 A3 Mike Wilson, TX  Using a Drake R4A receiver
19/07/2013 1705 qsf? A3 ? Says we are 59 plus 20
19/07/2013 1709 KE5HFH 59 59 A3 Nathan E OK  TS-480  Wife in Army
19/07/2013 1715 N5AEA 59 59 A3 Ed Nr McKinney says we have drifted down to 7.201.5 MHz
19/07/2013 1730 I must break for some crew duties. I wonder about this BC-348 as it is oscillating at times. Make a mental note to check it out if my ground duties provide an opportunity.  For now I get to lay on my back in the B-29 bomber at FL 6.5 and adjust some carbon pile voltage regulators. In case you are wondering,  FIFI has Six 300 AMP generators. One on each outboard engine and two each on the inboard engines. When on the ICS I hear the rear scanners and APU operators report all appears well at this time.  Once my duties are complete I check the view out the front and then the top bubble just behind the radio position in the forward tube which is the only way to the rear compartments when in flight. A trip down the tube crosses the forward and aft bomb bays. This afternoons sky is bright and blue with a number of fluffy clouds which look like cotton candy.
19/07/2013 1834 WB5L 59 59 A3 Glenn Bella Vista, AR  Glenn using a dipole at 80 watts. We are getting close to final but manage to eak out one more Q. Was hoping the BC-348 receiver issues would clear up - They did not. I sure wish I could have given more amateurs the opportunity to work FIFI this trip. Perhaps I can operate again on the way to Madison, WI.  if I am not needed to fill in as a scanner.  Somehow must get a look at that sick receiver.  We are on final now. Boy, just look at that crowd of people waiting for FIFI to land.  I see lots families with children. It is always fun to see the youngsters get excited viewing the warbirds. Southern Illinos University is where our young B-29 Pilot, David Oliver graduated from and it appears they are welcoming with a large proud force. They just announced 'all-hands' needed for cockpit tours - so its time to go to work. 73, Bob K3NT
2013 AMATEUR RADIO OPERATIONS LOGS
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