[aprssig] deaf, dumb and blind (rescue)
bruninga at usna.edu
Sat Oct 29 12:37:08 CDT 2011
WA4YYM to the rescue!
I see WA4YYM barrelling down the road, beaconing his "Balloon chasing" and arriving in the driveway of the owner. Now I can see the balloon about 200' a way in the trees...
Now 20 minutes later, I see the balloon has moved to the backyard of the house. I can see it now. A bunch of hams standing around explainig it to the owner.
Wow, this is like the CIA and their drones. Im in Connecticut watching a recovery in Georgia! This is slick.
I have never actually watched a balloon chase LIVE via the APRS-IS before.. TOo bad google earth resolution in North Georiga cannot quite see the individual trees like you can in some areas.... but you can see the guy's house (or trailer)...
---- Original message ----
>Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011 13:06:59 -0400 (EDT)
>From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org (on behalf of "Bob Bruninga " <bruninga at usna.edu>)
>Subject: [aprssig] deaf, dumb and blind
>To: aprssig at tapr.org
>Cc: aprs at yahoogroups.com
>Am watching the flight of the U Alabama Balloon from Huntsville to N. GA. (UAH-1) It just landed in the woods and is still hitting the local digi. You can see exactly where it is.
>There is not a chase vehicle in sight. But there are at least 3 local APRS mobiles within 10 miles and everyone of them is a deaf, dumb and blind APRS tracker.
>THey didnt see the balloon, they are not beaconing their frequency, and they cannot be contacted.
>Ain't deaf-dumb-and blind APRS just great. :-(
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