LAST UPDATE 8/20/00
August Contest Log August 2000 Contest
I will be setting up a Satellite Station for HH5FW in Haiti.
We are back from Haiti and here it is!!!
The trip to Haiti was a missions work trip. The goal was to get a satellite system running for Fred, HH5FW. We needed to rebuild a system, installed over four years ago, that had come down in a storm. The exciting part of the trip was getting there. On Monday February 2, we had wind shear while landing in 767 at W. Palm Beach. The pilot called it stunt flying. Then on Tuesday we took off for Haiti, fueled up in the Bahamas and continued in a storm to Haiti. About 90 miles out our DC3 lost its left engine and we turned back. I will let Carolyn tell this part of the story. As Bob says, we turned back, right back into the storm with only one engine. The pilots seemed to receive conflicting information from 2 different towers as to our elevation coming out of the clouds preparatory to landing. Instead of supposedly 800 to 1000 feet above the ground, we were only 100 feet above the ground. There was no time or power for recovery. Together with the effective downdraft from the storm, we rapidly met the ground (AKA crashed)! Neither the plane nor the surrounding trees and brush faired well. The left wing totally buckled up, stopping one inch before the fuel tank. The right engine was broken off, the landing gear smashed and the fuselage crinkled. Inside, luggage, boxes, etc., went everywhere. Even seats were broken. Now for the great news!! Thanks to God, all 26 people on board are alive, well and living all over! A few men received minor rib injuries, one man received a broken back and an instantaneous healing (confirmed by doctors and x-rays and cat scans in Miami Beach, Florida). Bob got splinters in his hand on the walk out through the brush which, by the way, it took our Bahamian rescuers 2 hours to machete through to get to us. My major malfunction was some pretty big (albeit unattractive) bruises and a sore body in general. Strange way to get a Bahamas vacation, huh!? Now Bob can tell you about the boring stuff... On Thursday Fred, Carolyn and I started to rebuild the antennas. We found parts missing and did what is called degashia - make do with what you got! We got the antennas up and running on Saturday and the 435 amp running on Monday the ninth. The 6m beam was also put up on Monday. Fred, HH5FW is now running on AO-10. He should show up on 145.940 after the 22nd. Fred's QSL manager is WD4AVP Pete. If you want more details, please e-mail us.
Left wing from cockpit...
Carolyn N8JQR wiring up rotor control...
Fred HH5FW & Bob K8TQK assembling the 6M Ant...
More pictures from the crash and antennas
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