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Saturday, August 2, 2014

434 MHz balloon goes around the world

The 434 MHz solar powered party balloon B-64, launched by radio amateur Leo Bodnar M0XER, is approaching the UK at the end of its record breaking journey around the world

Leo launched his balloon from Silverstone in the UK on July 12, 2014. It traveled east across Asia, the Pacific and the Americas and is expected to complete the final transatlantic crossing arriving over Cornwall on July 31 or August 1. It is then likely to continue eastwards into Europe.


Radio amateurs and listeners should be able to receive B-64's Contestia 64/1000 signal on 434.500 MHz USB with the usual pips. When it is over the UK it will alternate the Contestia transmission with APRS also on 434.500 MHz running 10 mW output.

During the circumnavigation of the northern hemisphere B-64 has traveled over 25,000 km across some of the most remote terrain in the planet.

See the track of B-64 at
http://spacenear.us/tracker/?filter=B-64

Leo Bodnar M0XER balloons
http://www.leobodnar.com/balloons/

Download the dl-fldigi software from
http://ukhas.org.uk/projects:dl-fldigi

Beginners Guide to Tracking using dl-fldigi
http://ukhas.org.uk/guides:tracking_guide

Listen to balloons online (when in range of south-east UK) from anywhere in the world with the SUWS 434 MHz WebSDR (select USB)
http://amsat-uk.org/2013/12/28/websdr-for-434-and-1296-mhz/

To get up-to-date information on balloon flights subscribe to the UKHAS Mailing List by sending a blank email to this address:
ukhas+subscribe@googlegroups.com

High Altitude Balloon chat on the #highaltitude IRC channel at
http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=highaltitude
 

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