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Old 04-01-2013   #1
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Aircraft radios

I have heard that contacting aircraft from the grand canyon is one way to get rescued if there is a problem. But, I cannot find any radios made for this purpose. Anyone heard of any that would work?

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Old 04-01-2013   #2
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Let me google that for you

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Ebay "handheld portable aircraft radio" and you'll find several options.

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Old 04-01-2013   #5
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I use a Vertex Standard VXA 220

Great little radio and if I remember correctly it has some degree of waterproof ness
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Old 04-01-2013   #6
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Sportys is the big online dealer for pilot stuff. Lots of choices.

The Grand Canyon trip book we had for out trip had a list of frequencies that could possibly be heard from aircraft above the canyon. The sightseeing planes use a frequency that they basicly use as a CB channel to talk to each other..... No air traffic controllers involved. A pretty good chance of being heard

The jets passing overhead at 41000ft are a bit of a long shot. The biggest problem you will get is just getting the dozen or more planes to stop talking to get a message out. And then getting the info in a manner that will be understood. These guys I sit next to week after week are not to in tune to raft trips with an emergency.
Understand it is basically illegal to use a radio the way you are thinking. Yes of course if you have a true emergency you will get no hassles. But if you have an emergency pick up your SAT phone and make the call.
I am very experienced with aircraft radios and did the grand last year and did not take a radio with me. We did make sure the SAT phone worked Before we left.
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Old 04-02-2013   #7
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The small airports around the Canyon, like GC West, Marble Canyon and the Pearce Ferry area use 122.9 as their frequency. Temple Bar, on Lake Mead, is at 122.8. The high altitude airliner guys will probably not want to talk to you and the FAA will not appreciate the use of their channel. In any case, I didn't find that frequency in a five minute perusal of the aviation sectional chart.
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Old 04-07-2013   #8
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There are quite a few different channels used for each flight corridor in the GCNP. Marble Canyon, Zuni, Dragon, Fossil monitor 120.05, Supai Sector down to Diamond Creek Monitor 127.05 and the Pearce Ferry sector monitors 121.95. the control tower at Grand Canyon N.P. airport is 119.0. and unicom is 122.95 for all the other small airports around the rim unicom is the 122.9 freq.
Just a reminder if you are using any of these frequencies you should have a current FCC radio operators license. There is some protocol to follow when utilizing these higher frequencies for Aircraft. Specifically who you are, where you are and what you want.


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