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Availability of ATC Communications on Channel 9 thread [2011 Flights]

Availability of ATC Communications on Channel 9 thread [2011 Flights]

Old Jan 17, 11, 2:15 am
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1/11 UA537 BOS-ORD ^ (thankfully, due to a one-hour ground stop delay, a half hour mechanical delay, then holding over ORD.)
1/11 UA881 ORD-NRT 1/2 a ^ - only after take-off did I ask the Purser, who called the Captain, who put it on over North America. It went off after leaving Alaskan airspace, and never returned for the approach into NRT.
1/12 UA837 NRT-TPE ^ Not on during boarding, so I asked the purser to call upstairs, and the Captain put it on. But the strangest thing - about two minutes prior to touchdown it went off for no apparent reason; everything seemed normal in the air and on the ground.
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Old Jan 17, 11, 4:37 am
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1/15 IAD-LAX UA319 Yes w/announcement
1/15 LAX-IAD UA856 Yes w/announcement
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Old Jan 17, 11, 9:15 am
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1/16 ORD-SFO UA907 ^/ 67I captain put the game on.
1/16 SFO-IAD UA124 B757
1/17 IAD-BDL UA444 ^ A320
1/17 BDL-IAD UA778 A320
1/17 IAD-LAX UA209 ^ A319
1/17 LAX-IAD UA44 ^ B767 with annoucement
1/17 IAD-BDL UA444 ^ A320 with announcement
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Old Jan 18, 11, 9:37 am
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1/12 UA 261 SFO to LAX A319
1/13 UA 841 LAX to SFO B757 ^ after request to Purser.
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Old Jan 18, 11, 10:03 am
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Jan 11th: UA930 SFO-LHR Refurbished B777 (screen based audio selection)At SFO gate, Captain told me ATC was available on "From the Flight Deck" audio option, but there was Mexican music (equipment malfunction). He changed source to "Observer's" radio console: silence on my headset. The other audio channels were fine. At least the map worked!
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Old Jan 18, 11, 10:09 am
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15 Jan 757 UA144 SFO-DEN off
15 Jan 320 UA558 DEN-TPA off
17 Jan 320 UA388 TPA-DEN on (no announcement)
17 Jan 757 UA721 DEN-SFO off
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Old Jan 18, 11, 4:55 pm
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Old Jan 19, 11, 10:53 am
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14 Jan 777 UA075 SFO-HNL Off
18 Jan 777 UA076 HNL-SFO On with multiple (2?) announcements, then off as we neared SFO (not sure if there was another announcement since I'd dozed off Zzzzz.). Another spectacular view of the bay at 4am!
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Old Jan 19, 11, 12:05 pm
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1/18 UA 185 PHL-SFO 319 ^/ On during our 4 hour delay, including conversations with Philly Ops. However, once we pushed back and went to the de-ice pad, Ch9 was quiet, never to be heard again. There wasn't any music, just silence for the rest of the flight.

1/18 UA 186 SFO-PHL 320 ^ with announcement
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Old Jan 19, 11, 1:17 pm
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1/15 UA 956 DEN-ORD
1/15 UA 958 ORD-LHR
1/16 UA 935 LHR-LAX ^
1/16 UA 3 LAX-DEN ^/ (Jets-Patriots game)
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Old Jan 21, 11, 1:19 am
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1/20 UA858 PVG-SFO then ^ then then ^
  • Asked Purser to ask Captain while we were boarding, she came back and said, "He said NO."
  • Captain was out chatting with the pax (UD), so I introduced myself, told him I was a wxguy, and asked if he might make it available. We had a nice discussion about why he (and others) object, then he said, "OK, I'll do it for you."
  • It didn't come on until after deicing - just before T/O.
  • It went off about 45 minutes later, just before entering Japan airspace.
  • It came back about 45 minutes from touchdown in SFO.

Moral: It pays to ask; and maybe even twice

1/20 UA820 SFO-SEA ^ With announcement by a very enthusiastic New York-based Captain.
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Old Jan 21, 11, 1:22 am
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Originally Posted by wxguy View Post

Moral: It pays to ask

On HNL-SFO in December, Channel 9 was turned off when we boarded the 777. I noticed the Captain in the forward galley, so I approached and asked about it being turned on. After getting a very enthusiastic "yes", I was invited into the cockpit for photos and got to press some buttons

It definitely pays to ask
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Old Jan 21, 11, 4:29 pm
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mixed bag for SIN Do

891 LAX NRT 777
875 NRT SIN 777 ^
876 SIN NRT 777 ^ - went off during the flight
890 NRT LAX 777 ^
31 LAX IAD 777
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Old Jan 21, 11, 7:37 pm
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1/18 BOS-IAD 897 B752 ^ with announcement!
1/21 IAD-BOS 860 B752 ^ no announcement
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Old Jan 21, 11, 7:58 pm
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1/13 UA702 ORD-PHX A320 ^
1/20 UA514 PHX-ORD A320 ^

Both captains gave briefings from the galley before departure and announced that they'd have Ch 9 turned on. The first gave signed A320 cards to everyone in F; the second (in Bears hat ) walked the entire length of the plane after his briefing, greeting the pax.
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