Amateur Radio balloon starts record breaking flight

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  1. G4TUT

    G4TUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Amateur Radio balloon starts record breaking flight

    An APRS amateur radio balloon KT5TK-11 has started out on its journey to break the long distance record.

    It was launched from Katy in Texas at about 2123 UT Saturday night on the start of its journey to Nanjing in China. Previous balloon flights have ended in the Mediterranean, this one aims to go much further.

    You can follow the balloon’s progress on the Internet by logging onto the APRS tracking site, filling in the “Track callsign:” field with 'KT5TK-11', and changing the 'Show last:' field to 24 hours.

    Its frequency agile transmitter is capable of operating on 144.390 MHz, 144.800 or 145.825 MHz FM depending on geographical location.

    APRS tracking site

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  2. VE4CY

    VE4CY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Looks like it stopped transmitting positional data just after 00:00:50Z and it shows the last telemetry report came in at 00:04:30Z ... It's 01:47Z as I write this and there have been no updates.. I hope this is just a temporary glitch...
  3. KD2WA

    KD2WA Ham Member QRZ Page

    So much for the record breaking..... Looks more like a broken balloon! Maybe China used it's anti-balloon tracking system to destroy it?
  4. KF4RQH

    KF4RQH Ham Member QRZ Page

    go to ( ballon about 35 miles south of port arthur La 2.5 hours ago
  5. AB3Y

    AB3Y Ham Member QRZ Page

    It seems like the journey ended in the Gulf :(
  6. W5BIB

    W5BIB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    It never made it past New Orleans... but then again,... it is MARDI GRAS !!
  7. N5ARK

    N5ARK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Is it still going? Looks like the latest is 2012-02-12 00:00:50z alt 45763 ft and gaining....
  8. N2WSK

    N2WSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Do not use lead paint or products !!
  9. VA3TSE

    VA3TSE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Alt might be gaining, but Ub .... the Balloon might be there still, but the Battery... was going down right from the start at a steep rate.

    Hope the balloon lasts till china!
  10. N0FPE

    N0FPE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Looks like a dead in the water balloon to me no updates since yesterday.
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