[amsat-bb] Re: Malaysian airliner puzzle

Gordon JC Pearce gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Mon Mar 17 17:05:46 PDT 2014

On Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 12:40:05PM -0500, Joe wrote:
> What I do not understand is why the Transponder is capable of being
> shut off at all?
> That thing as soon as the plane is powered up should start
> transmitting, and continue to do so till the plane is shut down. And
> have no way anyone can shut it off in any way.

Because it takes a ludicrous amount of power to run.  It would be one of the first things you'd turn off if you were load-shedding for some reason.

Gordonjcp MM0YEQ

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