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Sat Apr 6, 2019, 12:45 PM

The Final Four NCAA playoff games happen today in Minneapolis.

This is not a post about those games, though. Today, I'm monitoring the tower radio traffic for Holman Field, the airport in St. Paul, MN where most business jet and charter small jet traffic happens. Normally, it's a boring frequency, with only 40 or so flights a day. Today, though, it's busy as can be, with rich folks showing up for the games. It's almost Noon here, and the first game starts around 5 PM. So, this is a very busy time for arrivals. Tonight, around Midnight, lots of those folks will be getting back on their private jets and departing. Things will get busy again for a while.

Then, there's the NCAA championship game on Monday. More bizjet traffic coming and going for that. All that fuel going up in smoke over a college basketball game.

It's not quite as busy as for the Super Bowl, but it's busy. The arrival and departure pattern often takes those smaller jets right over my house, so I'm always interested when Holman Field gets busy.

Rich folks coming to watch the game. Bless their greedy little hearts!

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 12:47 PM

1. Who is still in the tournament?

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Response to milestogo (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 12:49 PM

2. I don't know. I don't follow college basketball.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 12:56 PM

3. Michigan State, Texas Tech, Auburn and Virginia

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Response to caraher (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 01:01 PM

4. I've not heard of a 'bracketeer' who picked these 3 underdogs.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 01:02 PM

5. I think everyone's brackets were destroyed early on this year.

There was a story on the evening news about that.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 02:09 PM

11. i picked duke to win in a pool.......

even though i can't stand duke lol

but regardless i'm still in first place and will win the pool if either texas tech OR Virginia wins.

i live in michigan and i think only one person in the pool had MSU in the finals. they used to be the trendy pick but people shied away this year after several early exits last few years.

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Response to Takket (Reply #11)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 02:28 PM

14. Msu alum here, I shied away from msu because of the loss of key starting

guard and 2 nba first round picks last year, including a lottery pick. Rebuilding year I thought.

Suspect the 1 and done formula hasn't worked as well as many thought. Several teams msu beat have had 'better' talent. Good for the Izzo type coach.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 01:21 PM

6. I wonder if our President Obama filled out one this year. Was it published? n/t

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Response to Takket (Reply #12)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 04:40 PM

15. Thank you. n/t

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 01:41 PM

7. Are you still using the same SDR thingy you wrote about last year?

One of these days I'm going to break down and get one for myself.

My scanners work just fine on the civil aircraft bands though. I don't listen to aircraft much, not being a plane spotter.

Keep your ears on, good buddy.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 01:46 PM

8. Yes, the same one. It still works great.

Best investment of $25 I've made for a while. That's my background noise here. Sometimes aircraft bands. Sometimes business communications. Sometimes the VHF Marine channels on the Mississippi River.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #8)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 01:55 PM

9. Which one was it again? I've forgotten. Thanks. NT

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #9)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 01:59 PM

10. It's the NESDR SMArt from NOOElec

There are new ones all the time, though. Amazon has scads of them. That particular one comes with three antennas, and works pretty well in my metro area with the antenna indoors.

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Response to MineralMan (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 02:10 PM

13. Must be nice to have private jet money!

The rest of us can only dream what it is like to take a private jet to a basketball tournament game and sit in a $20,000 luxury suite.

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