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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Up in the Air

If you subscribe to the online edition of CQ, be sure to check out the article by Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, in the CQ Plus portion of the May issue (CQ Plus only appears in the online edition). In “The Blue Yonder is Wild, Indeed, When DXing the FM Broadcast Band,” Joe discusses listening to FM and AM broadcast stations while flying in a commercial jet airliner.

This is something I have always wanted to do, but have not had the opportunity to do because I seldom travel by air. Joe’s article is a good read; it answered questions and confirmed a lot of thoughts I had on the subject.


  1. Can't read the article because I don't subscribe to the magazine, but if I read your post correctly, it seems as if Joe Eisenberg is using a broadcast band receiver while in a commercial airliner. Is that allowed? It doesn't transmit directly, but I thought receivers do emit low levels of signal from their processing, which is why we are asked to turn almost everything off inflight... WA1OUI

    1. Joe's article gets into that. In a nutshell, extensive testing indicated that today's receivers don't cause interference to the operation of the aircraft and as a result, airlines may permit the use of receivers. In the article, Joe specifically mentioned Delta as one airline that now allows passengers to use AM and FM radios. Your mileage may vary depending on the airline.