Launching High-Altitude Balloon Carrying APRS Sunday

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AB1OC, Jun 2, 2018.

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  1. AB1OC

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    Several local schools here in Nashua, NH have been working with the Nashua Area Radio Society on a STEM learning project to launch a High-Altitude Balloon (HAB) this weekend. Our HAB will be carrying a 2m ARPS transmitter and you can track it using We will be flying using the callsign N1FD-11. We plan to launch our balloon between 14:30 z and 15:30 z on Sunday, June 3rd from Hollis, NH USA. You can read more about our HAB and how to track it here. The image above was taken from our HAB during a previous flight.

    The video above contains highlights from our first two HAB launches. We are planning to live stream video from our HAB launch and recovery on Sunday to the Nashua Area Radio Society Facebook page.

    We hope that folks here on will join us via and our Facebook page to share our HAB launch experience.


    Fred, AB1OC
    President, Nashua Area Radio Society
    W1YW, W1MDM, KI4MM and 3 others like this.
  2. KL7KN

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    Thanks for posting the video! Fun to watch and well made. Also done by the students?
  3. AB1OC

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    Hi Don,

    We collect video from students, parents, teachers, and friends then we combine it with the balloon video and APRS shots to create a final video.

    Fred, AB1OC
  4. N5RFX

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    Fun to watch. Thanks.

    Mark N5RFX
  5. K9JDN

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    What a wonderful learning experience for everyone involved; students, parents, teachers, hams, everyone! Lots of learning experiences for everyone. GREAT job on the launch, tracking, recovery and video editing! Thanks for sharing.
  6. AB1OC

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    Thanks, everyone for the nice comments about our High-Altitude Balloon project. Our Balloon was launch this morning around 10:30 am ET and it flew to over 114,000 ft. We recovered out HAB and we're busy processing the data and video captured by the balloon.


    Fred, AB1OC
  7. KL7KN

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    Fred, I am looking forward to seeing you latest video - 114K altitude is no small feat.

  8. K1ND

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    Beautiful to see the previous video ~ will come back for the one yesterday
    Cheers, Jan ~ now in Michigan instead of Maine ~
  9. AB1OC

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    We've posted a picture of the students just before they launched their balloon along with a link to a post about our flight on our website. You can take a look at the pictures and read the post here. We have lots of great pictures and video including some taken from the balloon in flight! Our first priority is to prepare the atmospheric and flight data captured by our balloon for analysis by our students later this week. Once this is done, we'll work on a flight video and make some more pictures of the launch and recovery. We'll post these here as they are available.

    Thank again to everyone's nice comments about our project. We appreciate your kind words.


    Fred, AB1OC
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  10. KD0KZE

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    Great project & video. Do you happen to have the footage as the payload fell, or is it to choppy/dizzying to include here?

    73, KD0KZE / Paul

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