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[aprssig] KC2TUA/KC2UFG Ballon Down?

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 22 23:12:57 UTC 2009




Looks like it's down, just a few minutes ago.  All-in-all, it's a nice track.  AND they have quite a ride to pick it up...

http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/track.cgi?call=KC2TUA-8&degree=16


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--- On Sun, 3/22/09, Mike Miller <mike.kc9doa at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> From: Mike Miller <mike.kc9doa at sbcglobal.net>
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] KC2TUA/KC2UFG Ballon QRM
> To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
> Date: Sunday, March 22, 2009, 4:17 PM
> I'm sure the interference to your
> repeater was unintentional and 
> just a poor choice of frequency. Both the ARRL and the
> Upper New 
> York Repeater Council band plans show 146.400 as simplex.
> The 
> ARRL does note that it may be used as a repeater input in
> some 
> areas. If the repeater had a tone protected input, you
> probably 
> would have never known they were there.
> 
> Mike kc9doa
> 
> On 22 Mar 2009 at 13:12, Ron wrote:
> 
> > 
> > OK the balloon is out of my range now and approaching
> Nfld.
> > 
> > I respectfully disagree that the effect of these
> transmissions
> > was either minimal or short-lived.
> > 
> > From 30,000 ft the APRS signal was being heard by
> nodes over 300
> > miles away, which could be about 25
> digipeaters...although some
> > would hear their neighbors transmission and not
> repeat. Not to
> > mention every home station that has WIDE1-1 set for
> digipeating.
> > 
> > This has about 10 times more effect than a mobile
> driving by at
> > 60mhp.
> > 
> > In this case the duration of the pass was also
> significant. From
> > approx 08:20z to 19:30z it was heard in my area.
> > 
> > While the effect to our APRS network was not severe,
> the 147.000-
> > repeater took a significant beating for about 10 hours
> thanks to
> > KC2UFG transmitting on an inappropriate frequency.
> > 
> > 
> > I am very disappointed that people planning such
> extended balloon
> > expeditions do not take these things into
> consideration.
> > 
> > It has been discussed on this group a number of times
> and I
> > though there was an understanding of proper beacon
> rates and
> > paths. Especially the consideration of such rates
> while aloft
> > (>1000ft), eg: direct paths only and reasonable
> beacon rates
> > based on coverage/average speed.
> > 
> > 73,
> > VE1AIC Ron
> 
> 
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