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  1. G4TUT

    G4TUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    K6RPT-11 Balloon Video

    A video about the record breaking amateur radio balloon K6RPT-11 has been released.

    The YouTube description reads:

    Fill and launch of CNSP-11 (K6RPT-11) that crossed USA and Atlantic Ocean. Launch point was San Jose, CA (Precision Tune Auto Care at hwy 85 and Almaden Expwy), landing was Mediterranean Sea about 66 miles north of Algeria. CNSP-11 makes Transcontinental Transatlantic International Flight of 6,236 miles.

    Payload shown in early in video was the second payload (K6RPT-14) but K6RPT-11 looks the same. This is a basic edit, no special effects, titles, theme music, etc. but you can see overall procedure. And we had larger attendance as this was late Sunday afternoon (12-11-11), most launches are done very early morning. Thanks to Faro of Precision Tune Auto Care for providing garage for fill.

    CNSP-11 makes Transcontinental Transatlantic International Flight of 6,236 miles:
    http://www.californianearspaceproject.com/CNSP-11_info.html

    Flight track of K6RPT-11 from APRS.fi,
    http://aprs.fi/?call=a/K6RPT-11&_s=ib

    This balloon caused much discussion on the web, following are what I've found (and many more out there as well):

    Amateur balloonists conquer Atlantic
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/12/14/transatlantic_balloon/

    Two Silicon Valley high-altitude ballooning groups vie for record
    http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_19547555

    Forum discussion on QRZ,
    http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?324759-Amateur-Radio-Balloon-crosses-the-Atlantic

    Forum discussion on Slashdot,
    http://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/1...ossing-by-amateur-radio-high-altitude-balloon

    Enric Muriel EB6AOK has a APRS station at his home QTH on Ibiza Island, he received the last transmission from K6RPT-11 before splashdown in the Mediterranean Sea,
    http://enricaok.blogspot.com/

    Amateur Radio Balloon Flight Crosses Atlantic, Sets Records
    http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-balloon-flight-crosses-atlantic-sets-records

    An amateur radio operator in Azores Islands picks up K6RPT-11 aprs as it flew overhead,

    <iframe width="650" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G0GzeMTEZM4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Popular Science: Amateur Radio Balloon Flies From California to Algeria
    http://www.popsci.com/technology/ar...-record-transcontinental-transatlantic-flight

    Johnathan Corgan ( http://twitter.com/#!/jmcorgan ) prepared several altitude profiles of K6RPT-11:
    Ascent: http://ow.ly/i/nsMG
    America: http://ow.ly/i/nsMR
    Europe: http://ow.ly/i/nsMY
    Descent: http://ow.ly

    Precision Tune Auto Care at 4954 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA(408) 266-6060 (editor's note: ok so this is a commercial plug but Faro was a big help in providing this resource to fill the balloons).

    Recovery of K6RPT-12, this was the second floater (last of four launched Sunday afternoon), it came down in Indiana (it did not "crash-land").
    I will upload footage of the launch later.
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.306938329341153.
    81044.104410056260649&type=1&l=7c9eb8c129

    There was another transcontinential/transatlantic balloon launched from southern California, callsign NG0X-2, however, it was not heard since Dec 12 23:05Z, map at
    http://aprs.fi/?call=ng0x-2&mt=roadmap&z=7&timerange=172800&_s=ss_call

    Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning
    http://www.arhab.org/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_Radio_High_Altitude_Ballooning

    Watch Fill and Launch California Near Space Project CNSP-11 K6RPT-11 Transatlantic Balloon Flight

    <iframe width="650" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3I9T7zDZaFQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>







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  2. 2E0SCO

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    RE = K6RPT-11 Balloon Video.

    It never fails to amaze me , This wonderfull hobbie of Amateur Radio. The K6RPT-11 Balloon video shows us how versitile hams are . In this world of instant communication with the internet, ect. It shows there is still a place for Amateur Radio long may it continue ,from CW to Dstar,from SSB to MOON BOUNCE de- 2e0sco :)
     
  3. N6KZB

    N6KZB Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Incredible! Great project with great end result. Amateur radio made news in many venues on this one.
    :eek:
     
  4. N4EYZ

    N4EYZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Love it!!!

    Been a ham 33 yrs and see some new and exciting all the time! Congratulations to all involved. Keep up the great work!
     
  5. AA4HA

    AA4HA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Actually it would have kept going but the space aliens kept siphoning off helium so they could make recordings of their high, squeaky voices. <j/k>
     
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