[Balloons] FW: [GPSL] High Altitude Cross Band Repeater this Saturday

Don Moore DonM at jobpointmo.org
Thu Aug 4 11:16:14 CDT 2011


Unfortunately, I cannot be near a radio on Saturday morning.  Hopefully
one of you might J

 

Don M.

 

From: GPSL at yahoogroups.com [mailto:GPSL at yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
BASE
Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2011 10:58
To: Great Plains Superlaunch
Subject: [GPSL] High Altitude Cross Band Repeater this Saturday

 

  

Dear friends,


BASE 67 will be another flight for the Boy Scouts in Rantoul, Illinois,
this year for Space Jam 5, on Saturday morning.

 

The  cross band will use 144.36 MHz on the uplink and 446.025 MHz on the
downlink.  The radio is provided for our use by Jeff KC9QCD.

 

I will be using a Hyowee 1600 gram balloon and anticipate burst altitude
well above 110,000 feet.  The payload weight should be small enough to
allow a steady ascent (1000 ft/min) with about 200 cubic feet of helium.

 

Launch will occur during the morning flag ceremony, shortly after 7:30
am CDT (1230 UTC) from 40.29 N, 88.15 W.  The lack of any strong jet
stream will keep the flight close to the launch site.  The flight will
drift slowly east under 60 kft and turn generally westward until burst.
Current predictions put the landing site about 10 miles south of
Rantoul.

 

Using the radio horizon data from LiftWin, the radio signals should be
available, at least for a few minutes, for anyone inside a circle that
includes: Mankato and Minneapolis MN, Marquette MI, London ONT, Wheeling
and Charleston WV, Knoxville TN, Huntsville AL, Forrest City AR, Joplin
MO, Lawrence KS, Council Bluffs IA.

 

If we hit the 1000 ft/min ascent rate, burst will occur just before 9:30
am CDT (1430 UTC).

 

Previous flights at Space Jam have yielded EBE contacts that have made
the list on the arhab.org records page.  Hopefully, some of you can work
the repeater on Saturday morning.

 

If weather conditions (i.e thunderstorms) cause a delay, I will announce
the time change via Twitter and Facebook on account BASE_DePauw.

 

Thanks for your support,

Howard, KC9QBN

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