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SSTV High Altitude Balloon Event in NY June 29

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AB2GD, Jun 3, 2019.

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  1. AB2GD

    AB2GD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Do you enjoy the ISS SSTV events but wish they would use live images like me? I know they don't get a lot of time for extra activities so I decided to try my own SSTV experiment.
    On June 29th I will be launching a high altitude balloon in conjuction with the Triple Cities Makerspace.
    The balloon with have an APRS transmitter and also a slow scan tv transmitter which will send back live images of the atmosphere while in flight!
    The SSTV frequency will be 145.600 MHz and if you are around 500 miles of Binghamton, NY we invite you to listen in and decode images. To upload images and for more information check out
    I'm working on getting an echolink node set up so even if you are not local you can listen in and decode images from near space!
    N3CAL, VK3GOR, KC8YXA and 3 others like this.
  2. KA8VNG

    KA8VNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I will give a listen but may be out of range
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  3. AB2YC

    AB2YC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    What time are you launching the balloon?
  4. AB2GD

    AB2GD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Probably around 10:30 EST...depending on weather.
  5. AB2YC

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    Thank you, I'll need to make a point of listening for it.
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  6. W8NUD

    W8NUD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Have you considered setting up a broadcastify account. It's free and very easy
    to set up and maintain. There is about a 30-45 second delay between actual
    on air transmissions, and what you will hear on the site, but would let people
    listen world wide. I run the link for our local repeaters here in fulton county
    NY. As a bonus it is all recorded on their server so you can go back up to 90
    days (I believe) to download the transmissions.
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  7. AB2GD

    AB2GD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks, I'll check it out!
  8. VE1LG

    VE1LG XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    What gear are you using in the box? Details man! lol
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  9. AB2GD

    AB2GD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Right! We are using a MicroTrak-2001 from Byonics for APRS. For SSTV we are using a raspberry pi zero with the pi camera, a pHAT dac for a sound card interface and a baofeng with vox for transmitter. The pi runs a shell script set up as a linux service (just in case it reboots midflight) that takes a picture and formats it, then converts it to Martin2, then plays it out the sound card where it will be transmitted over the handheld. I do have an sa868 module that would be lighter than a handheld but still figuring out how to program it and may use it for a future flight. Also packing a lightdow camera for video . Hoping all this works!
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  10. ND6M

    ND6M Ham Member QRZ Page

    How are you going to Tx the VIS and/or synch tones?

    The receiving station can manually set the Rx program to Martin 2 as a "work around" for the VIS tones, if they know that will be the mode used, perhaps that needs to be emphasized.

    Good Luck

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