Congratulations to Andy, VK3YT in getting his Pico Balloon from Melbourne Australia to New Zealand. The balloon crossed land in New Zealand at 1600 UTC (GMT) 17th March 2014.
The flight last tracked offshore from Sydney more than a day ago and the tiny balloon has been transmitting its signal over the ocean until it changed frequencies at 160 degrees longitude to the New Zealand APRS tracking system.
NZ Amateur radio station Zl2AJ-5 was the first to hear the tiny 10mW transmitter as it neared the coast. The balloon will likely pass over the country within an hour and sone after the transmitter will fail with the battery losing power.
A long range PICO balloon flight is under way. Predicted path is Melbourne – Sydney – NZ
Payload is an ultra-light APRS beacon transmitting 10mW on 144.575Mhz.
Callsign is VK3YT-11
APRS tracking at
Tracking with prediction at
Updates will be posted at http://picospace.net