posted on Apr, 9 2003 @ 01:47 PM
I'm not sur eif it means anything or not but while I watched the shuttle accident live on TV, I had my local VHF ham radio on. I live in a small
southeastern town and the radio repeater I was monitoring was a neighboring town's club repeater. It was early, about 10 am when they first started
getting footage of her burning in and I began picking up strange conversation on the repeater. It sounded middle-eastern or Asian accent but they
were speaking french to the best of my knowledge. I don't speak it but thats what it was I'm pretty sure. I don't think they knew they were on a
repeater freq as it has a diff input and output. Most radios let you set on the output channel and automatically switch to the input, usually 600khz
+ or - for transmit when the mic is keyed and then return to the output so you can here any responses. if you only transmit on the input freq, and
don't know you're trans is keying up a repeater, then you don't here it's output side tone up and down. I think these guys were in transit using
this freq illegally because no call signs were given and they talked over the repeater's time out function. It was weird but I swore I heard one say
Columbia but the dialect was so hard to understand, I'm not sure. Not saying it was anything wrong besides FCC violations of the radio freq. and
they could have just been passing news of the current tragedy but what are the odds of hereing that in a onehorse town in the middle of Nowhere, KY?
Its such a small town and I don't think anyone else heard it going on. Eventually I heard one's transmit and didn't copy the other's reply and
then both faded out. I tried switching to simplex freq of the input side but I wasn't as able as the repeater was to pick them up.