PS-58 PICO balloon HF JT9 WSPR

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PS-58 PICO balloon HF JT9 WSPR

Post by VK3YT » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:29 am

Hi all,

FYI,

PS-58 is in the air (at the same time as PS-56 and PS-57)

Solar powered party balloon, 25mW TX
TX WSPR, JT9 on 30m only

Dial frequency 10.138700Mhz (standard WSPR dial frequency) for WSPR, JT9.
JT9 is at 1700Hz

See HF decoding info at http://picospace.net/?cat=34

Tracking as PS-57 on SNUS http://tracker.habhub.org/#!mt=roadmap& ... 58&q=PS-58
WSPR call sign is VK3ANH http://wsprnet.org/olddb?findcall=vk3anh

TX scheduling
Minute - Band - Mode - Condition
:00 - 30m - 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 - mandatory
:10 - 30m - 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 - if batt full
:20 - 30m - 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 - if batt full
:30 - 30m - 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 - mandatory
:40 - 30m - 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 - if batt full
:50 - 30m - 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 - if batt full

Prediction:
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Assistance with tracking is appreciated.

Regards,
Andy
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Re: PS-58 PICO balloon HF JT9 WSPR

Post by VK2ZIW » Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:18 pm

Sydney, 0500 UTC
0502 -21 -0.6 1704 @ VK3YT0AB3OYKC

0512 -20 -0.4 1704 @ VK3YT0A83PYKC

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Re: PS-58 PICO balloon HF JT9 WSPR

Post by VK2ZIW » Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:35 pm

0532 -18 -0.3 1704 @ VK3YT0A93PYKC

0533 -18 -0.3 1704 @ 1.+P21.454M5/

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Re: PS-58 PICO balloon HF JT9 WSPR

Post by VK2ZIW » Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:03 pm

0512 -20 -0.4 1704 @ VK3YT0A83PYKC
0532 -18 -0.3 1704 @ VK3YT0A93PYKC
0533 -18 -0.3 1704 @ 1.+P21.454M5/
0542 -15 -0.6 1704 @ VK3YT0A83QYE9
0543 -15 -0.6 1704 @ 1..E21?L54L04
0552 -15 -0.3 1704 @ VK3YT0AA3RYHB
0553 -15 -0.2 1704 @ 1.?E222454N0R

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Re: PS-58 PICO balloon HF JT9 WSPR

Post by VK3YT » Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:09 pm

VK2ZIW wrote:0512 -20 -0.4 1704 @ VK3YT0A83PYKC
0532 -18 -0.3 1704 @ VK3YT0A93PYKC
0533 -18 -0.3 1704 @ 1.+P21.454M5/
0542 -15 -0.6 1704 @ VK3YT0A83QYE9
0543 -15 -0.6 1704 @ 1..E21?L54L04
0552 -15 -0.3 1704 @ VK3YT0AA3RYHB
0553 -15 -0.2 1704 @ 1.?E222454N0R
Thanks Alan,

Looks like you are running an unmodified version of the software, which does not upload automatically?

Regards,
Andy

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Re: PS-58 PICO balloon HF JT9 WSPR

Post by ZL1RS » Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:29 am

It looks like Andy's server is down so the PS-58 JT9 decodes are not making it to the Habhub tracking site. Hopefully Andy can rectify the problem soon.

In the mean time a watch can be kept via the WSPRnet.org spots from PS-58 (WSPR callsign = VK3ANH) keeping in mind that the "power level" is an indication of altitude. Each 'power level step' is a 1000 meter wide altitude band e.g.
1W or +30dBm means 10,000 - 11,000 meters of altitude
0.5W or +27dBm means 9,000 to 10,000 m
0.2W or +23dBm means 8,000 to 9,000 m
0.1W or +20dBm means 7,000 to 8,000 m
etc
etc

:popcorn:

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Re: PS-58 PICO balloon HF JT9 WSPR

Post by AK4AT » Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:20 pm

Thanks for sharing that, Bob. I have noticed the changing power level before, but did not know what the function was.

PS-58 has been an interesting flight, dodging cyclones. Maybe it's headed to the out-of-season hurricane in the North Atlantic??

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Re: PS-58 PICO balloon HF JT9 WSPR

Post by VK5EI » Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:27 pm

Hi John, great tracking from your receiving antennas :clap:

PS-58 now into the Northern Hemisphere well done Andy

My HF antennas are out of action, bad local cocky attack yesterday on the feed lines :thumbdown:

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Re: PS-58 PICO balloon HF JT9 WSPR

Post by AK4AT » Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:33 pm

Congratulations Andy and all trackers for the amazing flight of PS-58! :clap:

I hope you're back in action Joe.
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Re: PS-58 PICO balloon HF JT9 WSPR

Post by ZL1RS » Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:30 pm

The data here says 5 weeks, 5 days and 5 hours flight time ... not bad, but a shame it could not hold on for a few more days to make a world circuit. Never mind, it took "the tourist route" and went places where none of Andy's balloons had gone before so it was quite entertaining.

Now we wait for the next balloon with transmitter on HF, be it from VK3YT or possibly VE3KCL.........or??

:popcorn:

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Re: PS-58 PICO balloon HF JT9 WSPR

Post by VK5EI » Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:53 pm

Great flight Andy. More interesting when it crosses over the equator and stirs up our usa and europe friends :D

Yes John antennas are back in action, we had some bad bush fires which sent our feathered friends our way to munch on our local pine trees

Bob do I sense a drifter happening ???? :J

Thanks again Andy

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