Mid-Altitude ham radio balloon race planned for June 1

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  1. G4TUT

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    Mid-Altitude ham radio balloon race planned for June 1

    Students in three Space Station Explorer teams will participate in exciting distance learning

    ARISS educator, Joanne Michaelis, an amateur radio operator with callsign KM6BWB. Joanne is also a science coach at the Wiseburn Unified School District in Los Angeles, California where she leads her students in several balloon launch attempts from the Los Angeles area each year.

    With this year different because of the pandemic, Joanne wanted to “shake things up a bit” and give students, world-wide, a unique distance learning treat while keeping all safe during the pandemic. So Joanne challenged Ted Tagami, KK6UUQ, from Magnitude.io to a mid-altitude cross-continent balloon race and Ted accepted the challenge!

    Ted plans to launch his balloon from Oakland, California. ISS Above inventor, Liam Kennedy, KN6EQU, from Pasadena, California, got “wind” of the idea and he asked to participate, too. All three organizations: ARISS, Magnitude.io and ISS Above are ISS National Lab Space Station Explorer (SSE) partners that work to inspire, engage, and educate students in Science Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) topics and to pursue STEAM careers.

    The three SSE teams plan to launch their balloons simultaneously on June 1st. The winner will be the first one to cross the “Finish Line” — the Eastern Time zone. Launch time is planned for 15:00 UTC/11:00 EDT/10:00 CDT/9:00 MDT/8:00PDT. A live video feed of the launch is planned to start approximately 5 minutes prior to the event.

    Once the balloons are airborne, students can track each balloon’s location, altitude, and temperature via amateur radio APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) which is fed automatically to the aprs.fi web site. Educators and parents around the globe can excite at-home youth with this initiative. Students can tally and track the states each balloon travels through and plot altitude versus temperature, etc. Also, by researching weather patterns, students can make assumptions from their own data. This could include speed variations due to weather. They also can predict each balloon’s flight path and when they might cross the finish line!

    For more information on the balloon launch, lesson plans, and the livestream video link (when thelivestream URL is available), please go to:

    Enjoy the Race! May the best ballooner win!!

    About ARISS:
    Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

    The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators,parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.

    For more information, see www.ariss.org


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  2. JF1IRQ

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    JF1IRQ from Japan.
  3. KC9ONY

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    The race is on!
    No wagering, please. ;)
  4. K7DIP

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    こんにちは、和彦。 このリンクが機能するかどうかを確認してください。

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  6. JF1IRQ

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    Hello K7DIP.




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  8. JF1IRQ

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    JF1IRQ From Japan.
  9. KC9ONY

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    Often times, pico balloons like these will have information attached to the
    payload such as email or phone number. Also, some amateur radio
    operators will track it and attempt to retrieve it if it is close to their QTH.

    I followed a launch that some Engineering students from the Milwaukee
    School of Engineering did from the shores of Lake Michingan. It had
    contact information on it, but I don't think they heard back. It was
    last reported over Turkey in December of 2019.
    Read about it here:

    In past years, I followed along with a club's HAB (High Altitude Balloon)
    One balloon landed in Lake Michigan and was retrieved by a boater. :eek:
    Another one landed on a golf course behind the club house.

    de KC9ONY
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  10. JF1IRQ

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    Hello KC9ONY.



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