[aprssig] RE: SDG-9 update 1654 EDT

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Fri Mar 21 16:57:39 EDT 2008

Hummh...  Apparently when I first started listening at whenever
that was, (my email) it was a strong signal.  Now it is worse.
SO apparently it was close and now it is 1654 and much weaker,
And now I am using a beam.  Before it was the same beam but
orientation was unknown.  Now I have swung the beam and the
signal is strongest maybe a bit east of north from Annapolis.  

But the full S unit loss in signal in just this short amount of
time is puzzling, meaning it has doubled its distance from
Annapolis in this short period of time.

Also, signal is rock solid in FREQ and in LEVEL.  There is zero
amplitude fluctuation on the RF signal, so it is easy to
categorically make the assessment of a much weaker signal now
than before.

Hope that helps.

Bob, WB4APR 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Rochte [mailto:rochte at gmail.com] 
> Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 2:41 PM
> To: Balloon_Sked; Bill Brown; Bob Bruninga; Pierre Thomson
> Subject: SDG-9 update
> *If* the balloon survived pressurization and is still flying,
> should be over central Pennsylvania right now.  By 4:00pm it
should be
> crossing the New Jersey coast and heading out over open water.
> Obviously, noon on Good Friday is not the best time to launch
> balloon and have people actually hear it - I haven't even been
able to
> talk to a single person on our local repeater, let alone get
> reception reports!
> If anyone hears SDG-9 on 29.499, please let me or Pierre know!
> Thanks and 73,
> Robert KC8UCH

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