World Scout Jamboree ham radio balloon crosses Atlantic

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  1. G4TUT

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    World Scout Jamboree ham radio balloon crosses Atlantic

    An APRS amateur radio balloon, callsign NA1WJ-5, was launched from the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia and floated across the Atlantic Ocean

    The Scouting Magazine blog reports:

    You can reach practically any corner of the globe via amateur radio. That’s the message K2BSA wanted to show Scouts at the World Scout Jamboree. Those in the amateur radio association launched four mylar balloons from the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, in hopes that one would catch the jet stream and end up on the other side of the world.

    One did.

    Each balloon, about 3 feet in diameter, was equipped with a global positioning system and an amateur radio transmitter. This combination of devices could relay information about weather conditions, the balloons’ movement and location. Solar panels power the transmitter, sending signals during daylight hours. Filled with high-grade helium, each balloon could reach a height between 28,000 to 32,000 feet — that’s nearly as high as most commercial planes fly.

    Read the full story and watch the video at

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  2. KI5X

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    at 28,000-32,000 feet, and such a small size - how is this not a danger to airliners?
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  3. K8XG

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    You can find the FAA regulations on 14 CFR Part 101 - MOORED BALLOONS, KITES, AMATEUR ROCKETS, UNMANNED FREE BALLOONS, AND CERTAIN MODEL AIRCRAFT at the FAR 101 regulations. Balloons much bigger even are allowed even.
    Mylar would be picked up by radar as well. This is a very common activity in the last 15-20 years.
    A goose is a greater Danger IMHO
    WJ4U, WE4B, KS4TD and 3 others like this.
  4. KB4WJA

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    What frequency?
  5. K8XG

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  7. G6FLW

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    Good point. Well made. Seems somewhat reckless to me.
  8. WJ4U

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    Well obviously we should ground all the flights until it passes. :rolleyes:
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  9. K6GAN

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  10. YO6EX

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