Balloon left the ground today @ 14:30 UTC.Confident that it made float ,still flying and makes it through a night to see another day.
Update : 12/01/2013 - The balloon was found in New Hampshire in good shape ironically by a fellow ham operator while out walking his dog.
Simply amazing and many thanks to Bob,KC1ADI for the quick email with the great news.Photo below >
12/02/2013 - Another launch planned sometime this week providing weather cooperates.Tracking onboard thanks to Anthony,M0UPU.
Here is the payload details,email welcome as we need trackers in the USA.
The balloon will be transmitting RTTY @ 50 baud 7N2 via two payload :
Caneadea,NY remote beacon below is now active and has been transmitting on 28.232 mhz since 10-26-2013.
Approximatley 150 milliwatts output and depends on solar power.
Antenna is an aluminum tubing dipole up about 15 ft.
Retired the Kenwood and moved on to more options with a Yaesu FT-897.The TS-520SE served me well and is still a great radio.
Ok,lets be honest here,this is what things really look like at the rig.
Above is the Maco M103 - 3 Element beam modified for 10 meter band.Obviously reconfigured for 10 meter operation.The reflection of the 135ft dipole is also in the shot which is used for 10-80m.
You may have found me due to my automated QRP bpsk31 signal on 28.1188 mhz.The transmitter is a modified Cobra 135 SSB/AM CB @ 2 watts for this purpose.Sometimes the TS520 is used for manned operations.
It runs 24/7 most of the time while away to work.
Give it a call for an auto reply.It is best to call using this format - Example - N2NXZ N2NXZ N2NXZ de (Your Call x 3) kn.
Be persistant and hope to see you in my log.
Check here for your results > http://propnet.org/catch3.php?band=HY&last=1&call=¢er=US
FIELD DAY REMOTE LOCATION > http://www.freewebs.com/jimmzz91164/fieldday201020112012.htm
Balloon beacons ! We also enjoy sending transmitters aloft on balloons.
So far,only 1 of 4 have been recovered.See the others more recent here -
UPDATE November 2012 : Balloon payload was found by hunters 80 miles East of launch site in Erin,NY.
Hoping to send more balloon beacons every field day in the future using 28.224 mhz.
Took my first exam in 1991 for my Novice license and was KB2NCY.
Soon after took my Tech exam and now have N2NXZ.
Finally took my General class in May 2009.
Using a simple interface for digital modes with Multipsk software.
Link > http://f6cte.free.fr/
Simple interface for Kenwood TS520se and other rigs > http://www.freewebs.com/jimmzz91164/sp-ptt.gif
Or buy one :) > http://www.tigertronics.com/slusbmain.htm
My compilation of digital mode links > http://www.freewebs.com/jimmzz91164/thoseweirdsounds.htm
So far,10 meters is my favorite band and transmit every chance I get using PSK31 on 28.120.
Check for your signal and 10m propagation when using bpsk31 mode here >
Monitored the 10m band since 2007 to present as it is the most mysterious and unpredictable.
Much of my radio time is spent scanning the beacon portion of that band and experimenting.
My radio is a Kenwood TS520SE and microphone is a vintage Calrad model 400C.
Recently put a center fed E/W dipole up for 10-80m @ 30 feet.
Below is my website with photos,hobbies,field day location and useful links that may save you hours of searching.
Website > http://www.freewebs.com/jimmzz91164/
Oh.you can also go here to my personal forum page and call me names :) >
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