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[aprssig] How many Hams does it take to watch a balloon event?

Steve Dimse steve at dimse.com
Sat Dec 8 00:22:10 UTC 2012


This is not a list for announcements, this is a list for discussion. There is nothing wrong with the amount of traffic generated by this balloon flight in my opinion.

Steve K4HG


On Dec 7, 2012, at 6:53 PM, Steve Daniels wrote:

> Although being guilty of adding to the noise, I agree in hindsight it would
> have been better if a few posts had been made including links to more
> appropriate groups/lists for further discussion.
> 
> That said I think most people would agree it was a fantastic flight attempt,
> and highlighted very well what amateurs are capable of, it was not just a
> Transatlantic flight, hard enough in itself, but also a Transamerica flight.
> 
> I agree that frequency switching is a good idea and it's been discussed, as
> well as trying to get though the ISS mid Atlantic.
> That said I made a few new friends contacting people to attempt to get
> people to monitor 144.390
> 
> I am on several lists that include subjects I am not interested in, I just
> ignore the messages.
> 
> Agreed it might have got a little out of hand here, but that's down to
> peoples excitement, something I certainly don't want to discourage.
> I now have several Sea Scouts wanting to learn Amateur Radio and Radio in
> General.
> 
> Conditions are only right a couple of weeks a year to try this sort of thing
> so it not going to flood the list a lot.
> 
> Steve Daniels
> Amateur Radio Callsign G6UIM
> APRSISCE/32 Beta tester and WIKI editor http://aprsisce.wikidot.com
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf
> Of David Flood
> Sent: 07 December 2012 22:11
> To: Backforty at Blandranch.net; TAPR APRS Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] How many Hams does it take to watch a balloon event?
> 
> I'm either not saying the email list is emergency-only.
> 
> But, to get the info out only required two (possibly three) messages:
> 
> 1) We're planning a launch. Here's the intended callsign.
> 
> 2) It's launched.  Here's the callsign.
> 
> After that its up to those who care to track it via their own private means.
> 
> Number 3 would be "It's down, we need help recovering it."
> 
> And, if you really want to pick nits, any launch _intended_ to leave the
> geographical region that it's launched in that doesn't take the different
> APRS frequencies into account is mostly a waste of resources and shouldn't
> happen.  Unless everyone wants to break their own arms trying to pat
> themselves on the back for not planning ahead when launching a multi-region
> attempt.
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Charles Bland <root at blandranch.net>
>> Sent: Dec 7, 2012 12:46 PM
>> 
>> I didn't think it was either. In fact, it is just for this kind of
>> effort to get the news out ON THIS SUBJECT.
>> 
>> On Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM, Steve Noskowicz <noskosteve at yahoo.com>
> wrote:
>>> Correct me if I am wrong, but I didn't consider this forum to be
> primarily for emergencies.
> 
> 
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