Ham Radio WB6RQN Air Mobile

About Ham Radio on the Spirit

Brian Lloyd has a powerful radio system aboard the Spirit. The radio communicates on High Frequency (HF) shortwave using Single Sideband (SSB), and anyone can tune in to these transmissions who has the proper type of radio receiver. Listen for WB6RQN, that’s Brian’s Ham radio callsign. Ham radio operators around the world are invited to communicate with Brian while he is on the air in international airspace using the Ham bands. HF radio is dependent on ionospheric conditions to be heard over long distances, and it may change rapidly with the space weather or other factors.

WB6RQN Air Mobile

Ham Radio Technical Information

Ham Radio Callsign: WB6RQN
Operator Name: Brian
QSL Via: eqsl.cc Electronic QSL system
HF Radio: Mobat model Micom 3, commercial HF transceiver
HF Power: Maximum power 125 Watts, 2-30 MHz
HF Antenna: Tapered Towel Rack type Belly Wire, with Automatic Tuning Unit (ATU)
HF Modes of Operation: SSB Voice or ALE
Ham Callsign Phonetics: Whisky Bravo Six Romeo Quebec November , Listen:

Schedule of Possible Upcoming HF Radio Operation in 2017

31 May: Texas to Miami
01 June: Depart Miami. Embark on Round-the-World flight
02 June: Caribbean Sea area
03 June: South America area, Atlantic Ocean
05-08 June: South America, Atlantic Ocean, Brazilian Coast
09 June: Atlantic Ocean
10 June: Africa area
10 June: Eastern Africa area, Red Sea
11 June: Arabian Peninsula, Arabian Sea
12-15 June: South Asia, Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean
16-18 June: SouthEast Asia, Adaman Sea, Indian Ocean
19-23 June: SouthEast Asia, Gulf of Thailand, Java Sea
24 June: Timor Sea area to Australia area
30 June – 4 July: Australia area, Tasman Sea, to New Zealand
14 July: New Zealand to Fiji, South Pacific Ocean
15 July: Fiji to Howland Island overflight, Pacific Ocean
16 July: Hawaii, Pacific Ocean
17-18 July: Hawaii to California, Pacific Ocean
19-21 July: California area
22-23 July: Western USA to Kansas area
24-28 July: Oshkosh Wisconsin USA for AirVenture
29 July: Oshkosh to Texas

Note: All dates and flight locations are approximate and tentative. Please see the Live Tracking Map for actual locations and flight movements.

Listen to The RAIN Report audio clip.

Listen to Audio: Amateur Radio Newsline interview with Brian Lloyd WB6RQN on the Project Amelia Earhart Round The World Flight:

3 minute audio clip.


Listen to Audio: Brian WB6RQN / Aeronautical Mobile over the Atlantic Ocean near Venezuela, on Amateur Radio HF SSB frequency 14346.0 kHz USB, 3 June 2017. Talking with many ham radio operators in Europe, North America, South America, and Caribbean:  7 minute audio clip.


Ham Radio Frequencies of Operation for Spirit Flights

HF Frequencies for Ham Radio SSB Voice QSOs and DX: 

  • Ham QSO activity may occur at any time while the airplane is in International airspace, USA, or some other areas.
  • Ham operation may happen while Brian is not busy with flight operations
  • There may be unexpected interruptions during a QSO
  • Please be especially courteous and patient, because his first priority is to pilot the plane.
kHz SSB Description Area
Voice QSO & DX (if split 14215.0)
Voice QSO & DX
Voice QSO & DX (if split 18122.5)

Simplex or Split? Most of the time, WB6RQN will use simplex, listening and transmitting on the same HF frequency. But, sometimes Brian may ask calling stations to transmit “UP 5” split. When using UP 5 split, your transmit frequency must be exactly 5 kHz above WB6RQN. The plane’s HF radio is channelized, and it does not have an S-meter.

WB6RQN DX SPOTSClick here for WB6RQN DX cluster spots

Brian said, “During the actual flight I can talk on ham radio when I’m not using the HF radio to make position and status reports to Air Traffic Control. I will probably get 10 to 15 minute windows when I will be able to work ham stations on the HF bands occasionally. I have never been a contester, so my QSO rate will probably be lower than most ham operators would like.”

HF Channel Frequencies for Ham Radio ALE Activity: 

  • Activity using common Amateur Radio standard 2G-ALE Automatic Link Establishment may occur on the following scanned channels when Brian is not busy with flight operations.
  • ALE activity may occur at any time while the airplane is in International airspace, USA, or some other areas.
  • Whenever the ALE soundings of WB6RQN are heard, operators are invited to call on any one of these channels using an ALE Individual Call and link with WB6RQN.
  • When linked on an ALE Voice channel, the preferred QSO method is Upper Sideband Voice.
  • If a text is to be sent, use AMD and include the AMD text within the initial Individual Call.
  • Do not expect a wordy text reply, because there is usually no QWERTY keyboard connected to the ALE radio in the cockpit.
  • Anyone copying soundings, calling, or other types of reports is encouraged to post ALE reception logs on the HFLINK.NET website.
kHz SSB ALE Area
Primary Worldwide
Voice Secondary Worldwide
North America
North America
Voice Worldwide

SWL and UTE Monitoring of HF Aero Frequencies

For SWLs (Shortwave Listeners) or UTEs (Utility Monitors), it is possible to listen to Spirit on the Air Traffic Control (ATC) HF Aeronautical frequencies with an SSB (Single Sideband) receiver. More information about listening to Spirit on HF Aero, click here.

Tour of the HF Radio System in Spirit  


Drawing of Brian Lloyd's Airplane "Spirit" showing design of HF radio and antenna system

Drawing of Brian Lloyd’s Airplane “Spirit” showing design of HF radio and antenna system


HF Antenna System Computer Model:

Spirit Aircraft HF Antenna Computer Design Image of 3D RF Model

Spirit Aircraft HF Antenna Computer Design Image of 3D RF Model


Spirit Aircraft HF Antenna Computer Design Radiation Pattern 14 MHz

Spirit Aircraft HF Antenna Computer Design RF Radiation Pattern at 14 MHz


Spirit Aircraft HF Antenna Computer Design Model Smith Chart

Spirit Aircraft HF Antenna Computer Design Model RF Smith Chart



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