[aprssig] PBH-10 Transatlantic Balloon Flight Delayed - Anticipate Launch Window of 0000-0300 UTC, 4 May 2009; PBH Website Now Available

Chris Moulding chrism at crosscountrywireless.net
Thu Apr 30 02:33:58 EDT 2009

I've posted the update on the APRSUK forum. I'm ready to digipeat from 
144.390 MHz to 144.800 MHz.


Chris, G4HYG

Chris Moulding
Cross Country Wireless (2009) Ltd
7 Thirlmere Grove, Bolton, Lancs, BL4 0QB, UK
Tel/fax: +44(0)1204 410626
Mobile:  +44(0)7752 391908
Website: http://www.crosscountrywireless.net
Registered company number 6780346 

PBH Pbh wrote:
> All - Thanks for your interest and discussion over the past few days. 
> We want to give you a status update:
>     * The launch has been postponed. It appears that the best weather
>       for launching is 0000-0300 UTC, 4 May 2009, though this may
>       change with relatively short notice based on ground wind
>       conditions at the launch site and the position of the jetstream
>       relative to the launch area. To clarify: we do anticipate the
>       best time to launch is 0000-0300 UTC; however, the exact launch
>       day may move to the right or left from 4 May 2009.
>     * For those of you interested in monitoring us via APRS, our
>       beacon's call sign will be KC2TUA-10
>     * For those with HF CW monitoring capabilities on 40m, our HF
>       frequency will be HF 7.1025 MHz +/-300 Hz.
>     * When you hear us on HF, please be sure to email us at
>       pbhdata at gmail.com <mailto:pbhdata at gmail.com> as well as Ralph
>       Wallio *_W0RPK at netINS.net <mailto:W0RPK at netINS.net>_** *with
>       telemetry readings, especially once we reach the ocean and are
>       beyond line-of-sight from APRS stations in North America. This
>       way, we can ensure we have the most exact telemetry data for
>       record keeping. W0RPK is the official record keeper for Amateur
>       Radio High Altitude Ballooning Flight records.
>     * If you do monitor us via HF, please send to pbhdata at gmail.com
>       <mailto:pbhdata at gmail.com> your email and phone in your ham
>       shack so we can contact you during the mission. If you would
>       like, please also send us your call sign, latitude, and
>       longitude so we can post them on our integrated map to recognize
>       your contribution publicly (of course, we will not post your
>       email and phone publicly)
>     * After much discussion with our team as well as reading your
>       excellent posts, we have decided to launch using the standard
>       North American APRS frequency (144.390MHz) instead of using the
>       European frequency (144.800MHz). This will offer us the best
>       situational awareness when we fly over North America, while also
>       avoiding any interference with North American repeaters whose
>       inputs are around 144.800MHz. We thank you all for your input.
> Thanks again for all your interest and support. Our website is now 
> online with background information on the program, information about 
> our previous two flights (PBH-8 and PBH-9), and a few pictures, too! 
> Additionally, our Twitter account is always the best place for 
> up-to-the minute data. We'll see you in the air and on the radio!
> 73,
> Tom Triebwasser (KC2TUA) on behalf of Team PBH
> http://courses2.cit.cornell.edu/sysen5960/
> http://twitter.com/pbh3
> pbhdata at gmail.com <mailto:pbhdata at gmail.com>
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