Another SSTV HAB in NY - August 22nd

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  1. AB2GD

    AB2GD Ham Member QRZ Page

    KD2PYB here, letting you know there is going to be another high altitude balloon launch in upstate NY on August 22nd. The Kopernik Observatory and Science Center is launching a 1200 gram balloon ( as part of their STEM Summer Camp. I'm happy to say they are letting me fly my SSTV payload with them and that I'm pretty sure I've fixed the camera saturation problem that plagued the first flight. I also modified the transmitter to use the SA868 radio module instead of a handheld!
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    K2ZRO will be the callsign and K2ZRo-9 I believe will be the aprs call. SSTV will again be on frequency 145.600 MHz and all are encouraged to listen in and upload any photos you recieve along with details to
    There may be an echolink node setup, (KD2PYB-L) (this time with me on it and possibly students) to give status updates/talk with hams recieving SSTV signals.
    Let's have some fun and hopefully get some sweet near space pics!
    Gary KD2PYB
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  2. W7ASA

    W7ASA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am looking forward to this and hope to receive your SSTV portion from Virginia.

    Thank you for posting.

    73 de Ray ..._ ._
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  3. K3RLD

    K3RLD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Dang it... I'll be traveling that day (probably flying right under the balloon - Toronto to Philly). Good luck!!!
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  4. BI8EJM

    BI8EJM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't know if the Chinese region can receive it. On the 22nd, I will hold the frequency of 145.600 and I am looking forward to receiving the SSTV signal.
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  5. KY1K

    KY1K Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'll have a radio set to receive!
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  6. AB2YC

    AB2YC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Looking forward to it.
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  7. N2MC

    N2MC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I will be listening.
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  8. KN6DAM

    KN6DAM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very kew! I am working on a high-altitude balloon printed circuit board project right now. I'd like to put a cross band repeater, TNC2-Pi, RasPi and PiAnalog sensor suite with GPS and 9 axis accelerometer/compass. A stable high altitude platform for a tiny PTZ camera. Powered by 2400mAh 11.1v LiPo pack.

    Also working on an "electric" remote WFi controlled balloon tether disconnect. Using an ESP12e running Tasmota/MQTT. When triggered, a heating element (8 turns of #30 wirewrap silver enameled wire) coiled around the tether string will burn the tether. Powered by 4 CR button cells (2 for the WiFi, 2 for the heat element). The entire WiFi package intended to be fastened to the balloon plug. About the size of my thumbnail.

    Interested? or Google KN6DAM
    Join the High Altitude Balloon group.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2019
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  9. KC9ONY

    KC9ONY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Doesn't sound like there is room for a passenger like this one did....;)
    Interesting project. Keep us posted on that one, too!

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  10. K3PDH

    K3PDH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Does anyone know what mode SSTV? I think the last was Martin m1. Standing by!

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