[aprssig] Trans-Atlantic APRS Balloon Flight Wed 29 April!

Chris Moulding chrism at crosscountrywireless.net
Tue Apr 28 09:31:55 EDT 2009

I've posted the info on the APRSUK forum.

73, Chris, G4HYG

Chris Moulding
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On 28 Apr 2009, at 13:40, "Bob Bruninga " <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

> IMPORTANT for NY, New England and NovaScotia Newfoundland APRS hams:
> LAUNCH: The transaltlantic APRS balloon attempt (PBH10) will use the  
> callsign of KC2TUA-10 with an anticipated launch window 8-11 PM EDT  
> wednesday evening 29 April.  The anticipated flight path from Owego,  
> NY is northeast through New England, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland,  
> Greenland, and Iceland on to Europe.
> FREQUENCY: To maximize the potential for reception in Europe the  
> balloon will operate on the European frequency of 144.800 and a 10  
> meter CW beacon on HF:10.146.960MHz (+/-100Hz).
> To track the early part of the track, APRS operators throughout the  
> flight path are asked to QSY their RECEIVERS to the 144.800  
> freqeucny and to activate their stations as WIDE1-1 digipeaters or  
> as IGates so that the packets are digipeated over onto the USA  
> frequency while over the USA and Canada so they can get into IGates  
> along the way.
> Also, please beacon bulletins in your area to announce the balloon's  
> presence. Please  see http://twitter.com/PBH3 for the latest  
> information and email us at pbhdata at gmail.com with
> any questions.
> It is unfortunate that there may be some 1-packet-per-minute QRM to  
> four VHF voice repeaters along the way that operate on 145.41 with  
> an input of 144.81.  But the balloon operators are attempting to  
> contact the repeater groups to give them advance notice in these  
> areas:
> Vernon Connecticut
> Hudson Falls New York
> Prattsburg New York
> Philadelphia Pennsylvania
> APRS operators in those areas are asked to also monitor those voice  
> repeaters and if any interference is noted, to be prepared to  
> announce the mission in progress and that the QRM should go away in  
> a short time.
> A map of mission control (see the flag) and the four sites of 145.41  
> repeaters can be found here:
> http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=42.111038,-76.050131&spn=0.007386,0.013733&z=16&msid=102979319735671127311.00046893c256d8ab6dc65
> Good luck!
> Bob Bruninga, WB4APR
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