[aprssig] Balloons in range of Miami!

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Thu Sep 20 16:17:43 EDT 2018

* Need a VHF detection of Balloon East of Miami!
* Its companion WB4APR-12 WSPR balloon is in range of Miami.
* So its companions on VHF should also be in range.
* But sun sets and they loose power at about 1730 EDT or so.
* The WSPR balloons are tracking fine but they split directions,
* W3ADO-11 is going SE towards Africa and the other,
* WB4APR-12 is going SW coming back over Miami!

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2018 8:44 AM
Subject: Balloons NE of Bahamas headed SSE

The 4 Balloons are headed south towards the Bahamas.  Need BEAMS pointed NE
to catch them.
The two HF WSPR ballons have come alive in the Sun at 8 AM and are being
But we won't see the VHF APRS balloons unless someone sees them direct, NE
of Bahamas.
See APRS.FI and center about 300 mi east of Cape Kennedy.

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 2:02 PM

Four Balloons from Naval Academy in Annapolis launched at 2 PM, Wed, 19

Two are APRS VHF under the calls of WB4APR-11 and KB3UKS-11 and transmit
alternately on 144.39 APRS network and also on 144.34 clear channel for
direct reception of the 30 mW signal.

Two are WSPR on 20m HF with the calls of W3ADO-11 and WB4APR-12.
The WSPR balloons are on 14.097098 kHz carrier but so are all the other WSPR
And show up fine on APRS.FI.  They give an idea of where the two VHF
balloons could be now.

Bob, WB4aPR

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