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[aprssig] 3 balloons aloft in NE Illinois

Clay Melhorn n9io at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 23 17:32:13 UTC 2009


That is Pete Coons (forget his callsign) and his large group, mainly youth from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.


I met him back in March or April.

They launch from about 10 miles from my home at Koerner Airfield on the SW outskirts of Kankakee.  I should get on their mailing list and do some chasing one day. Might be fun.


For anyone interested in a simple on the ground RF APRS story.

Check out this article on page two from the April KARS Key Klicks newsletter

from Kankakee, IL.


Clay Melhorn N9IO Bonfield, IL
KARS - Kankakee Area Radio Society - W9AZ http://www.w9az.com/
ARRL (Central Division) http://www.central.arrl.org/

> From: william.diaz at comcast.net
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009 11:59:50 -0500
> Subject: [aprssig] 3 balloons aloft in NE Illinois
> There are apparently 3 balloons aloft to the East of Kankakee, IL, beaconing
> at 30 second intervals on 144.39.
> KC9LIG-11>APBL10,WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1,qAR,W9DRR-10:!4103.03N/08746.72W-098/036/A=
> 007734 Adler Far Horizons balloon
> WB9SKY-11>APT311,WIDE2-2,qAR,W9DRR-10:/165654h4102.83N/08743.09WO087/040/A=0
> 31218
> KC9POK-11>APT312,WIDE1-1,WIDE2-1,qAR,KD8CAO:/165736h4103.20N\08735.06WS100/0
> 27/A=043819/DePaul High Altitude Ball
> Note the paths used. The local channel is solid, wall-to-wall packets,
> rendering it essentially useless to other users.
> Bill KC9XG
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