PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK5RM » Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:05 pm

VK4JAM wrote:Hi Andy,
Thank you, have upgraded to the modified version. Nothing heard so far.
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Hi Andrew,

I think most of the contacts come thru on the 30m Band 10.13870 USB .Pico transmits on the hour 20 mins and 40 mins UTC for that band
Same freq for WSPR and JT9 as U say, 1802Hz here.

I have included screenshot of what U will see on JT9 and my setup on WSJT-X.

Congrats Andy on 2nd trip around maybe we can get 3....Well done.

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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by ZL1RS » Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:59 pm

Hi Andrew,

VK4JAM QG62lr 0352 -19 -0.7 1824 @ VK3YT1C53VVQ7 86.4kmph 5, 3, 17.5°C, 3.984V 0.7V
VK4JAM QG62lr 0353 -16 -0.6 1824 @ 271J1/Z15ATAV -19.415,146.119,9269m, 01C3

... you have it 100% OK now
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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK5EI » Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:14 pm

Marvelous effort Andy, well done :clap: :clap:

PS-46 has been very interesting to track. The wind currents this time have been different.

Fantastic, great effort :D

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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK4JAM » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:04 pm

Hi Bob,
Thanks for the feedback. I seem to be getting de-codes that do not always end up on the map?
I suspect that my firewall is being a problem.
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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK3OX » Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:05 pm

Andy VK3YT,

How can I get in contact with you regarding PS-46? This is pretty urgent.

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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK5RM » Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:50 am

Pico 46 is heading toward Africa over the South Atlantic then on to Australia at 170Kph at 9000 meters altitude and will hopefully complete Circumnavigation for the 3rd time.

Best freq to try and catch Data is 10.1387Mhz usb using WSPR and JT9 software by K1JT

Have included screenshot of latest details

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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK3OX » Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:58 pm

For Andy VK3YT

I need to get in contact with you urgently. Pse reply

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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK3YT » Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:45 pm

VK3OX wrote:For Andy VK3YT

I need to get in contact with you urgently. Pse reply

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Hi Jim,
I have sent you a PM, please check.
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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK3OX » Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:35 pm

Andy,

Thanks. Have replied.
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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK3DXE » Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:11 am

It appears PS-46 may be in a storm system :thumbdown: It's lost half its altitude in a short time, and there're indications of significant precipitation on some of the satellite data available for the region. Fingers crossed she'll make it through the coming night.
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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK7XX » Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:21 am

VK3DXE wrote: Fingers crossed she'll make it through the coming night.
crossed here as well. It would be great to see it complete the 3rd circuit !

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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK3DXE » Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:20 pm

Unfortunately, it appears we lost PS-46 overnight. BUT, you never know. It appeared to encounter icing and descended into a storm front that was visible from satellite imagery around midnight EST. There were a couple of times where the balloon seemed to start rising again when it descended into >0deg air, but going into an event such as that at the beginning of the night as it did, I think the ice probably beat it.

I'll keep watching anyway, just in case...
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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK3YT » Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:45 pm

Hi all,

As suspected PS-46 hit a weather front last night around 10pm AEST, two hours before local sunset.
The temperature dropped 15 degrees in a short period while the sun was still out in full, and the balloon started its final 6H descend into the Indian Ocean.

It was 3H short of 8 weeks and over 110,800km in the air. The little battler never stopped to surprise us, from the little loops, to the drawing of the heart-shape over Cocos Island, and the extra day for another loop before crossing the line the second time.

The trip was supported by many trackers in VK, ZL and around the world, both new trackers, and the veterans, and many who tried but did not appear on the maps.

Thanks for assistance with tracking, especially the hard core trackers that were manning the post almost around-the-clock, you know who you are!

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This is the JT9 stats of the trip, in ascending order:

CA3MRD 1 VK5ZRL 1 ZS6KN/ 1 LU1KCQ 2 VK6JI 2 SA6BSS 3 W3BH 3 ZL2AHB 3 ZS5LT 3 WA5DJJ 5 ZS6EHG 5 K5XL 6 LU4EME 6 VK2DX/ 6 VK2EIK 6 ZL3LSD 8 K4COD 9 VK5ZK 9 KN8DMK 10 VK7TW 11 W4HBK 11 ZS5J/P 11 VK2DX 12 VK2PR 12 VK4JAM 13 VK3DNH 21 ZL1RS2 28 VK4ADC 30 OA4AI 31 VK3DXE 41 VK5KDK 44 VK5RM 47 VK7XX 51 VK2GOM 57 AK4AT 66 VK5PP 66 VK3KCX 101 VK2QQ 107 VK3ATQ 114 ZS6GC 125 E50W 126 ZS5J 129 ZS6BMN 138 LU5VV 146 VK2FAK 147 VK6NI 153 VK1KW 158 VK2DDI 161 ZS6VOL 209 VK2XGJ 221 VK5EI 274 ZS4TX 302 VK6MT 316 ZS6KN 318 ZS6BTY 384 VK6YS 533 VK4RV 557 VK6XT 740 ZL1RS 1466

See you at the next flight.

Andy

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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK2ZRH » Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:05 am

A great feat of "string-and-sealing-wax-science" in this modern era! 8) Awesome. :clap:
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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK2AVR » Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:39 pm

Fantastic effort guys, well done.
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Re: PS-46 PICO balloon HF payload WSPR JT9

Post by VK3OX » Sat Jul 25, 2015 2:51 pm

Nice story and picture of Andy, VK3YT and one of his balloons in the 'Age' and the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, Saturday 25/7/2015.

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