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</o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--></head><body bgcolor=white lang=EN-US link=blue vlink=purple><div class=WordSection1><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1F497D'>The final floater balloon sent its last position packet at 0946z this morning as it was descending (slowly) over the Mediterranean Sea.&nbsp; It was aloft for well over two days and travelled about 7500 miles!&nbsp; The European amateur community really stepped up in a hurry to this event.&nbsp; In Europe, APRS is on 144.8 rather than 144.39.&nbsp; It appears several stations changed frequencies after they heard of this unexpected airborne APRS visitor.&nbsp; The third link below is the best to see the track.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1F497D'>73,&nbsp; Jim N0TKN<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1F497D'>Ps:&nbsp; The Balloons list did not get my first post because I attached the traffic from the TinyTrak reflector which made the post too large.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><div><div style='border:none;border-top:solid #B5C4DF 1.0pt;padding:3.0pt 0in 0in 0in'><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'>From:</span></b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'> the_Biggerstaffs [mailto:the_biggerstaffs@embarqmail.com] <br><b>Sent:</b> Tuesday, December 13, 2011 1:26 PM<br><b>To:</b> 'balloons@mail.k0si.net'<br><b>Subject:</b> California MEGA 4 Balloon Launch... <o:p></o:p></span></p></div></div><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>I have been following a thread on the TinyTrak reflector regarding a quad balloon launch in California Sunday.&nbsp; Two of the balloon were designed for altitude/short distance and the other two were designed for distance. (Floaters)&nbsp; The two floaters flew just north of Columbia yesterday at 121000 feet.&nbsp; Too bad I was not sharp enough to realize they were coming that close or I would have been monitoring 144.39 a bit more closely.&nbsp; Overnight, one of the 4 balloons left the country&#8230;from the east coast!!&nbsp; The other floater balloon landed near Indianapolis.&nbsp; The fact one of them is currently 350 miles out in the Atlantic and headed to Europe is really surprising the launch team.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>73,&nbsp; Jim&nbsp; N0TKN<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><a href="http://californianearspaceproject.com/">http://californianearspaceproject.com/</a><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><a href="http://wa8lmf.net/LiveTrack/">http://wa8lmf.net/LiveTrack/</a><o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><a href="http://aprs.fi/?call=a%2FK6RPT-11&amp;mt=roadmap&amp;z=11&amp;timerange=172800&amp;_s=ss_call">http://aprs.fi/?call=a%2FK6RPT-11&amp;mt=roadmap&amp;z=11&amp;timerange=172800&amp;_s=ss_call</a><span style='color:#1F497D'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><a href="http://aprs.fi/?call=k6rpt-12&amp;dt=1323648000&amp;mt=roadmap&amp;z=11&amp;timerange=3600&amp;_s=sd">http://aprs.fi/?call=k6rpt-12&amp;dt=1323648000&amp;mt=roadmap&amp;z=11&amp;timerange=3600&amp;_s=sd</a><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1F497D'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p></div></body></html>