[aprssig] How many Hams does it take to watch a balloon event?

Steve Daniels steve at daniels270.eclipse.co.uk
Fri Dec 7 18:53:27 EST 2012

Although being guilty of adding to the noise, I agree in hindsight it would
have been better if a few posts had been made including links to more
appropriate groups/lists for further discussion.

That said I think most people would agree it was a fantastic flight attempt,
and highlighted very well what amateurs are capable of, it was not just a
Transatlantic flight, hard enough in itself, but also a Transamerica flight.

I agree that frequency switching is a good idea and it's been discussed, as
well as trying to get though the ISS mid Atlantic.
That said I made a few new friends contacting people to attempt to get
people to monitor 144.390

I am on several lists that include subjects I am not interested in, I just
ignore the messages.

Agreed it might have got a little out of hand here, but that's down to
peoples excitement, something I certainly don't want to discourage.
I now have several Sea Scouts wanting to learn Amateur Radio and Radio in

Conditions are only right a couple of weeks a year to try this sort of thing
so it not going to flood the list a lot.

Steve Daniels
Amateur Radio Callsign G6UIM
APRSISCE/32 Beta tester and WIKI editor http://aprsisce.wikidot.com

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf
Of David Flood
Sent: 07 December 2012 22:11
To: Backforty at Blandranch.net; TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] How many Hams does it take to watch a balloon event?

I'm either not saying the email list is emergency-only.

But, to get the info out only required two (possibly three) messages:

1) We're planning a launch. Here's the intended callsign.

2) It's launched.  Here's the callsign.

After that its up to those who care to track it via their own private means.

Number 3 would be "It's down, we need help recovering it."

And, if you really want to pick nits, any launch _intended_ to leave the
geographical region that it's launched in that doesn't take the different
APRS frequencies into account is mostly a waste of resources and shouldn't
happen.  Unless everyone wants to break their own arms trying to pat
themselves on the back for not planning ahead when launching a multi-region

-----Original Message-----
>From: Charles Bland <root at blandranch.net>
>Sent: Dec 7, 2012 12:46 PM
>I didn't think it was either. In fact, it is just for this kind of
>effort to get the news out ON THIS SUBJECT.
>On Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM, Steve Noskowicz <noskosteve at yahoo.com>
>> Correct me if I am wrong, but I didn't consider this forum to be
primarily for emergencies.

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