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[aprssig] Transmitting data to a hot air balloon

keith allen ag4ac at earthlink.net
Sun Oct 23 14:05:55 UTC 2005

There is no rule against setting up a standard mobile weather stn on APRS
that all can receive.  There is no rule against the person on the balloon
having a receive only stn that can pick up this signal and display it.  The
problem only arises if you intend only that "non-amateur" stn to receive
the data.

F. Keith Allen,  AG4AC
President, CCERC
NM, St Clair ARES Nets
My cellphone is a HAM Radio.You want to talk to me, GET A LICENSE!

> [Original Message]
> From: Richard Amirault <ramirault at erols.com>
> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
> Date: 10/18/2005 1:09:17 PM
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Transmitting data to a hot air balloon
> I assume you would be doing this on the ham bands. Unless there is a ham 
> onboard the balloon I don't think that this would be legal ... however .. 
> you can transmit that weather data TO OTHER HAMS .. and the ballon can 
> listen in .. that's ok.
> Richard Amirault              N1JDU
> Boston, MA, USA          Go Fly A Kite
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Vic Fraenckel"
> Subject: [aprssig] Transmitting data to a hot air balloon
> Suppose I wanted to transmit a stream of weather data to the pilot of a
> air balloon. The balloon would be not be more than a 5 mile radius from
> transmission site and at an altitude of no more than 5000 feet. The
> would have receive-only capability.
> What hardware would I need to send the data stream from my position to
> balloon. Is this a feasible idea?
> Any enlightenment will be appreciated.
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