[aprssig] FM CW Balloon launch Annapolis Wed at 11 AM - SPLASH!

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Wed Apr 17 14:35:08 EDT 2013

Chuckle...  So did the chase car have an inflatable boat for such a contingency...?  Or were there just a bunch of guys on the shore, pointing and wishing for a wind shift...?
73, Steve, K9DCI USN (Vet) MOT (Ret) Ham (Yet)

--- On Wed, 4/17/13, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

From: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>
Subject: Re: [aprssig] FM CW Balloon launch Annapolis Wed at 11 AM - SPLASH!
To: aprssig at tapr.org
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 1:19 PM

Splash!  Worked perfectly but we overshot the island! Drats!
See the track: http://aprs.org/balloons.html
We did not calculate the slow descent of a small water bottle only weighing 80g even without a chute.  Only a 30’ streamer.  The  payload came down no faster than it went up.  So even though the cut worked at the Burn Longitude, the descent overshot the island.
Bob, WB4aPR

From: Robert Bruninga [mailto:bruninga at usna.edu] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 9:51 PM
To: aprssig at tapr.org
Subject: FM CW Balloon launch Annapolis Wed at 11 AM 
A small (2 party balloon) payload sending FM CW on 433.72 +/- MHz may be heard within a few dozen miles of Annapolis Maryland around Noon on Wed.  It sends LAT/LON/ALT using a modified CW and a KeyFob 10mw FM transmitter.
The balloon will only go to 5000’ and wont have a range beyond 50 miles or less.  
See details: http://aprs.org/balloons.html
You will see local APRS bulletins from the chase team, but You wont see the position on APRS unless someone has time to take the decoded LAT/LON/ALT in CW and enter them as an object. 
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