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[aprssig] High Altitude Balloon to carry ATV/Repeater/Digital beacons Aug 7th

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 3 14:09:10 UTC 2010

From: http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?t=258523
Via the Yahoo Group [IllinoisPacketRadio] 
73, Steve, K9DCI
 High Altitude Balloon for Scouts to carry ATV/Repeater/Digital Mode beacons on Aug 7 
To Radio Operators across IL, IN, WI, OH, MO, KY and beyond...
Saturday, August 7th, 2010 as part of the Scouts Space Jam Technology Merit Badge Workshop, more info at http://spacejamboree.com, 2 helium balloons will launch with ham radio aboard... details below.  We appreciate signal reports, or participation.
Balloon 1 (DePauw University BASE Flight 48)
scheduled launch approx. 8:00 CT from Rantoul, IL
APRS Tracking 144.390MHz using callsign N9QGS-11 @1 min - no path
DominoEX-22 followed by 300 baud ASCII RTTY (200 hz shift) every minute with Morse code ID every 5 minutes. Flight can be tracked at   http://www.spacenear.us/tracker 
Amateur Television from balloon on 434 MHz NTSC
Flight scheduled for 1000/ft ascent till burst at ~95,000ft
Balloon 2 (DePauw University BASE Flight 49)
scheduled launch approx. 8:30 CT from Rantoul, IL
APRS Tracking 144.390MHz using callsign W9YJ-11 @1 min - no path
Cross band repeater with input frequency: 144.360 MHz and an output frequency: 446.025 MHz down, no PL, please check in with net control (contact with ISS and scouts possibly may be rebroadcasted during flight through balloon.)
A float valve will be used to keep repeater up at 60,000+ feet for approx. 90 minutes; Estimated time for cross band maximum range should be approx. from 1430 UTC till 1600 UTC and above 45 kft from 1415 UTC till 1630 UTC.
DominoEX-22 and RTTY 300 baud (200 spacing) Ascii every minute on TBA frequency and callsign (watch twitter for this information)
How to follow the action on the internet:
You can track the balloons using APRS technology at   http://tinyurl.com/2ed2u85 
Watch decoded DominoEX/RTTY flight data at   http://spacenear.us/tracker 
Flight details and status on Twitter at   http://twitter.com/base_depauw  

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