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[aprssig] new path for balloons (?)

Ken Brown W2KB at comcast.net
Sun Feb 13 22:35:08 UTC 2005

I have experimented a bit with a D7 in a Cessna 172.  Tried wide and wide,
wide for a path on different flights.  Looking at findu, the wide, wide
seemed to offer a more complete route.  Probably since one wide (or direct)
often doesn't make an igate.  Note that I typically fly at about 2,500 -
3,000 feet above the ground so line of sight distance is a lot less, plus
the D& is clipped next to the window on my left, it's a rental plane so no
permanent antenna.   For longer flights at higher altitudes I would
definitely use only a single wide.

---Ken W2KB

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of K. Mark Caviezel
Sent: February 13, 2005 14:48
To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
Subject: [aprssig] new path for balloons (?) 

I'm trying to keep up with the path discussion here.
I've previously flown balloon-borne APRS xmitters on
144.39 with your recommended "WIDE" path.  Even though
most of the balloon tracking team will get direct line
of sight reception, the single "WIDE", to get a
lateral shot when the tracking team is 'nulled'
directly under the balloon. 
Is the "WIDE" still a good choice ?   
Or, "WIDE1-1" ?   
Or, "W1-1" ? 
The long time local club high altitude balloon club
here in Denver had a winter fun flight lined up
yesterday with FIVE, count em FIVE, aprs transmitters
(many undergoing experimental check out) on the flight
string.   But the FAA shut us down as there was too
much cloudcover.    It may fly next Saturday.   And
don't worry, only one is on 144.39. 

- KMC ng0x (ng0x-11 at high altitude is Wx balloon,
ng0x-11 at low altitude is my hot air balloon.) 


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