SLSRC October 23rd Meeting and Program: “The Search for Amelia Earhart’s Airplane”

October 19, 2020….

The program for the October 23rd meeting is on “The Search for Amelia Earhart’s Airplane” by Rod Blocksome, KØDAS. 

Rod, KØDAS was raised on a western Kansas wheat farm and attended Kansas State University where he earned BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering. He served 4 1/2 years in the US Air Force. He retired in 2010 after 42 years with Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Rod was a Senior Systems Engineer in Advanced communications at Rockwell Collins and was honored as a corporate engineer-of-the-year in 2002.

Rod obtained his first ham license (KNØDAS) in 1960 and has been active on the air ever since. He holds an extra class license; is a life member of ARRL; and currently serves as the ARRL Midwest Division Director.

Since Nov. 1998, he and a team of six other Collins engineers have donated much of their spare time to the analysis for locating Amelia Earhart’s Airplane – a project sponsored by Nauticos LLC. In the spring of 2002 and 2006 and again in 2017, he spent a total of 21-weeks at sea conducting deep ocean sonar searches in the remote Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.

The disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, on July 2, 1937 near Howland Island, is one of the most fascinating and enduring mysteries of the 20th century. Now, 82-years later, a group of scientists, engineers, and deep ocean experts are applying the latest technology in an all-out effort to locate her airplane – and finally answer some of the questions surrounding her fate.

Rod’s presentation will briefly touch on his analysis work and participation in deep ocean search expeditions to the remote Pacific conducted by Nauticos LLC in 2002 and 2006. Details of his adventures on a recent third expedition in the spring of 2017 will be shown.

The October SLSRC general meeting will be held ON-LINE Friday, October 23 at 7:00 pm, streaming starts at 6:45. Below is the link to the YouTube stream.

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