[aprssig] Fwd: [Ham-BONE] Zero-pressure balloon with 10m beacon in the air NOW!

Robert Rochte rochte at gmail.com
Thu Mar 15 15:14:47 EDT 2007

It is alive!  Woo-hoo!  Who needs APRS anyway?  :D

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From: Pierre Thomson <pierrethomson at mailstack.com>
Date: Mar 15, 2007 1:57 PM
Subject: [Ham-BONE] Zero-pressure balloon with 10m beacon in the air NOW!
To: ham-bone at yahoogroups.com

Hi gang,
I just got word that a balloon-borne beacon I built is flying east from
northern Michigan. It was launched by Robert Rochte of the Grosse Pointe
Academy about five hours ago.  It's now somewhere near the NY / Canada
border in the vicinity of Ottawa. I can hear it pounding away, and I'm
recording the telemetry for later analysis.
If any of you have an HF receiver, I would greatly appreciate any reception
reports, with text if possible. Cassette or digital recordings would also be
wonderful.  The beacon is sending CW on 28.636 MHz +/- 1 KHz at 50 mW with a
vertical dipole antenna. The telemetry string contains ID, altimeter and
temperature data, and battery voltage, plus my email address. Transmissions
are every 2 minutes with occasional "dit"s in the gaps.
QSL's will be sent, of course!
Pierre Thomson KA2QPG
HamBONE balloon group
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