Steve G8KHW plans to launch five balloons XABEN64-68 carrying 434 MHz payloads from Elsworth on Wednesday, March 12.
The balloons may have a range of 200-500 km so should be receivable on a SSB (USB) radio over much of the UK or can be received World-Wide using the SUWS WebSDR
Steve says: The plan is to launch 5 identical payloads on 5 identical 100g balloons as near identically filled as I can manage in order to see the sort of spread of burst altitudes. The balloons will be launched as quick as I can fill them and launch them – so its likely that all 5 balloons will be in the air at the same time.
With all those flights I’m going to need some help tracking them – so lots of listeners would be appreciated. Callsigns and Frequencies to follow on the UKHAS Mailing List – but all will be on 434 MHz with standard 50 Baud 470 Hz 7N1 RTTY.
On the same day there should be a launch from Westcott, Buckinghamshire on Wednesday at 12.00 Callsign: BALYOLO Frequency 434.500 MHz.
Dave Akerman M6RPI/M0RPI says he’s planning up to three launches over the next few days:
- Wednesday or (more likely) Thursday – he’ll be launching a regular payload up-burst-down, probably with 2 trackers.
- Saturday (if predictions improve) – Matthew Beckett will be launching his latest NORB flight
- Sunday (if not HABbed out) he’ll probably try a 100g latex floater
All will be launched from the field behind Dave’s new house just north of Ross-On-Wye, so receivers in the west of England will be particularly welcome. No SSDV on any of these just 50 baud RTTY telemetry.
Check the IRC channel for chat about the launches on irc.freenode.net #highaltitude
A web client is available at http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=highaltitude
Online real-time tracking of balloons
Listen to the balloons online using the Southampton University Wireless Society (SUWS) 434 MHz WebSDR located near Basingstoke (51.294N, 1.131W)
Beginners Guide to Tracking using dl-fldigi software