[aprssig] ATTN: European Hams -- Get Set To Monitor K6RPT-11 APRS Balloon!

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Mon Dec 12 22:25:42 EST 2011

The K6RPT balloons launched from California late Sunday afternoon local time 
(about 0100 UTC Monday) have far exceeded expectations.  K6RPT-12 landed Monday 
afternoon near Indianapolis, Indiana.

K6RPT-11 survived the day's UV exposure and is still flying as of 22:30 EST 
(03:30 UTC).  It's currrently over the state of Maryland about 50 miles (80 KM) 
north of Washington, D.C moving at 145 MPH (230 KM/h).     This balloon is 
going to be out over the Atlantic within the next hour if all goes well.    
There is now a real possibility that it may get into radio range of the UK or 
continental Europe sometime Tuesday morning UTC.

The problem is that it is transmitting on the North American APRS frequency of 
144.39 MHz.   Could some Euro receive/igate stations temporarily retune their 
RX to 144.39 until midday UTC Tuesday?



Stephen H. Smith    wa8lmf (at) aol.com
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