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[aprssig] Fwd: New England Listen for Balloon!

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sun Dec 18 14:57:52 UTC 2005

>>> Robert Bruninga 12/18/05 9:57 AM >>>
A High altitude balloon was launched Saturday
from the USA and did not burst.  It  is now 300 miles 
out over the atlantic and headed towards europe at 
136 MPH:


We need beams on the east coast to see how far
they can hear it.

Right now 9:55 AM EST it is  at 110,000 feet and
headed NE at 132.3 MPH ...  It is east-southeast
from Cape Cod and about 280 miles off shore but
still being heard...by an APRS station KB1AEV-15
Raw packet: 
/181440z4022.54N/06450.07WO073/115/A=110178 05.0V 03C HDOP00.8 SATS1

The University of Alabama - Huntsville Balloonatics group have launched a
balloon which has got stuck. It is hovering at 61,000 feet or thereabouts over
the TN/VA border. 

If anyone wishes to listen on 146.565, I am sure that Bill would be very
pleased to get any signal reports directly at wb8elk at aol.com. 

Check out this URL (I've been unable to get findu to print the whole of the
flight track on one page): 
<http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/track.cgi?call=wb8elk-11&start=5000> . 

Hopefully, though I think unlikely,... the APRS will burst into life tomorrow
morning too, and will update the map. 

Iain   KI4HLV
--- wb8elk at aol.com wrote:

> To: balloonatics at yahoogroups.com 
> CC: balloon_sked at yahoogroups.com, GPSL at yahoogroups.com 
> From: wb8elk at aol.com 
> Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 22:30:44 EST
> Subject: [Balloonatics] East Coast stations please listen in the morning
(Sun) for WB8ELK balloon beacon
> My estimated flight path from the last packet signal at 5:48 pm CST (near
Kingsport, TN) indicates that the payload may fly out to sea east of Richmond,
> VA and at sunrise may be about 200 miles offshore.....at sunrise, it will be
within 200 miles of the following locations:  Philadelphia, NYC, Boston, Wash
DC and may also be heard from Richmond or Virginia Beach, VA.
> There is a chance that the balloon beacon on 146.565 MHz FM (WB8ELK -  audio
CW - on for 18 seconds and off for 12 seconds) may come back to  life after
the sun warms it up....also, the packet may start to work again  as well -
WB8ELK-11 on 144.39.
> The balloon will stay up several hours after sunrise until it hits peak 
altitude so anyone that can monitor Sunday morning (or even afternoon), please
 email me if you hear anything from it.
> _wb8elk at aol.com_ (mailto:wb8elk at aol.com) 
> 73s de Bill WB8ELK

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