[aprssig] WB4APR-11 Balloon Aloft from Annapolis (now northeast)

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Aug 13 13:01:20 EDT 2018

I was wrong, it is headed up towards new England.  It made a 90 degree turn
to the north.
Its over Philadelphia right now going up I95 more or less at 28,000 feet...

So all northeastern states are in play.
Listen on 144.34 clear channel.
Or follow on APRS.FI (wb4apr-11)

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2018 10:04 AM
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Cc: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>; Anika Williams <fiub2 at hotmail.com>
Subject: WB4APR-11 Balloon Aloft from Annapolis

One of our summer students, Anika, just launched a round-the-world balloon
using the APRS module from Bill Brown, WB8ELK.

It transmits once every 2 minutes on 144.39 National APRS network for
tracking on APRS.FI and FINDU.COM and it also transmits on 144.34 balloon
frequency a few seconds later.

It is a single 3' mylar party balloon and will cruise around 30,000 feet or
so and not well above weather, so it will be a risk to see if it makes it
across the Atlantic.

It transmits at only 25 milliwatts and so a coastal station with a beam will
be the last USA station to hear it.  Probably MD, VA or DE stations will
have the last shot.


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