Scheduled Pico Balloon Flight Monday 9th June 2014
My friend Andy will be sending a Balloon aloft from his home town of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia this Monday and it is headed initially north then east over the Pacific Ocean. I expect that it is headed to New Zealand and beyond.
FYI, PS-9 PICO balloon release is planned for Monday morning
10mW transmit power,
THOR16 with RTTY on 434.500Mhz
APRS on 2m band.
APRS call sign: VK3YT-11
Tracking as PS on spacenear.us
Will be in #picospace IRC channel on freenode.net
Note that the flight needs to head North or it will end up too low by the time it reaches New Zealand! Andy is looking at Jet Stream predictions to ensure that it heads north before it begins its easterly track. The APRS frequencies are different in each country and Andy’s transmitter is able to change frequencies by using GPS co-ordinates to know where it is. I believe that this is also using a small solar panel to keep it active. South America, here he comes!
Also the spacenear.us website will probably only list his flight an hour or so before departure.
You can watch the APRS tracking at http://aprs.fi and use the call sign VK2YT-11 Isn’t Amateur Radio (HAM radio) wonderful?
He made it to New Zealand twice now, so South America is next!