[aprssig] New England Listen for Balloon!

Andrew Rich vk4tec at tech-software.net
Sun Dec 18 13:33:16 CST 2005


Andrew Rich - VK4TEC
vk4tec at tech-software.net <mailto:vk4tec at tech-software.net> 

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Robert Bruninga
Sent: Monday, 19 December 2005 2:42 AM
To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
Subject: RE: [aprssig] New England Listen for Balloon!

>>> "Gary L. Memory" <gmemory at compuserve.com> 
>Can you still hear it??  11:13 EST

No, but as long as someone hears it and IGates the
dowlink into the APRS system, then everyone can
see it on http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/find.cgi?wb8elk-11 

Ah, it looks like it is beyond shore now.  As of 1633z here
is last report seen:

Position of WB8ELK-11 --- 
274.0 miles southeast of HALIFAX, NS --- 
Report received 33 minutes 54 seconds ago 
Status: HiBall-6 Balloon Course: 82.0 
Speed: 139.2 MPH Altitude: 37626 feet 

Raw packet: 
05.0V-15C HDOP00.9 SATS09

de WB4APR, Bob

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-AMSAT-BB at amsat.org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB at amsat.org] On Behalf
Of Robert Bruninga
Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2005 9:57 AM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org 
Subject: [amsat-bb] New England Listen for Balloon!

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
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
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
> VA and at sunrise may be about 200 miles offshore.....at sunrise, it will
within 200 miles of the following locations:  Philadelphia, NYC, Boston,
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 -
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),
 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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