even in light winds aloft, you can't hear them....Most of the time, garbled static is all you hear @altitude.
Just a clarification, the amount of wind noise you will hear under canopy only depends on the airspeed of the canopy, not the winds aloft. The wind noise would be the same flying in light winds as strong winds, because the canopy is carried along by the wind. In either case, slowing the canopy down by going to 1/2 brakes would bring the airspeed down and make it less noisy.
From your last comment about the garbled static, it sounds more like the issue was a radio range issue than a not loud enough issue.
Really??? Some days, when the wind is blowing pretty good. It's rather noisy under canopy. You can't hear a thing. On calmer days, You can hear the radio very well. If @all, they usually don't talk to me until I'm over the holding area. So, range isn't the issue. True, my hearing isn't what it once was. It's not that bad, though. I never took a survey, but it seems that a number of other students feel the same. Oh, & they're Motorola units.
(This post was edited by PiLFy on Jan 10, 2011, 2:55 PM)