I do not post much on here anymore, mostly because I have not found much that has any interest to me. (and mostly I am starting to mature a little bit) However, the Balloon thing has always caught my eye. I have tracked many that I happened upon off this BB and or word of mouth.
I found some pretty killer weather balloons for pretty cheap. Also looked into the parachute's and deployment so as not to kill somebody's loved one... Then looked into the helium, tank rental, plus payload equipment and found that this is most likeley a one way trip...I mean really, this kind of fun can get pretty spendy...
My point being that some of these clubs and or people dump quite alot of funds into a one way trip that might or might not even cross the state...or may or may not even be recovered, depending on the budget of course...
I PROPOSED to the local club to TETHER such a money pit. See how far we could reel out some nice tuna line and test this baby over a couple few flights with what may have you gadgets on there and bring the babe back in, adjust, modify and or replace what may or may not have failed...
Anyone have any thoughts??? I do know about part bla bla bla 97, 6,2 3 345667 kill me mow mow kitty... 200ft tether what a joke.
Has anyone ever launched a candle balloon at a wedding with a wish in it?
May we not test stuff that we build and deploy them without rules and suspicion???
Is this Not America, Land of The Free???
Would love any REAL opinion's on this subject, from people that DO THINGS not talk about them....
If anyone is interested in step-by-step photos from my recent repair of the
Yaesu G-5500 azimuth rotator motor, here is the link:
The reason I rewound the motor was twofold - Yaesu parts is out of stock,
and the motor repair company wanted $360ish for the job. It was pretty
straightforward, but it took about two weeks off and on.
73! de Dave KB5WIA
FYI---just a reminder. The SatChat is now the FIRST & THIRD Saturday ONLY of the month. I am too busy for every week. Again, the SatChat is at the same tim e(8pm Eastern), just it has been reduced to only the first and third Saturday of each month. Held on the AMSAT EchoLink server. THANKS!! 73
Vince Waelti, K9TSU
Green County ARES/SKYWARN
Winnebago County ARES/SKYWARN
We need an Australian Amateur Astronomer and HAM operator in Canberra on 4-6 June 2012.
We have a science team of students from the USA to observe the last transit of Venus this century in Canberra. We want a local Australian Ham to be there to see if we can use ham radio and the speed of light to share observations with our sister team in Japan (and any other obsrevation sites).
Interested individuals for this historic event, contact WB4APR(a)amsat.org
I remember those days as an SWL when KCNA messages (amongst others) flowed across the monitor screen in green letters... if you have nostalgia for those days and are also interested in the planned polar orbiter then I've just prdcuced these extracts from the KCNA news flow.
They suggest that there will be a launch of a polar-orbiter weather satellite around April 15th and that they have notified the relevant authorities about it. Would someone like to do a FOIA request for a copy of their notification?
If there is a bird and she is a polar orbiter transmitting data maybe it'll be in APT format, although I think the recent Russian launches are in a format incomprehensible to anyone else, so would not guarantee it.
Press propaganda follows:
DPRK to Launch Application Satellite
Pyongyang, March 16 (KCNA) -- The DPRK is to launch a working satellite, Kwangmyongsong-3, manufactured by itself with indigenous technology to mark the 100th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung.
A spokesman for the Korean Committee for Space Technology said this in a statement Friday.
After successfully launching two experimental satellites, DPRK scientists and technicians have steadily conducted scientific researches to develop and utilize working satellites indispensable for the country's economic development in line with the government's policy for space development and peaceful use.
Through the researches they have made a drastic progress in the field of space science and technology and laid solid material and technological foundations for working satellite launches and operation.
Kwangmyongsong-3, a polar-orbiting earth observation satellite, will be blasted off southward from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province between April 12 and 16, lifted by carrier rocket Unha-3.
A safe flight orbit has been chosen so that carrier rocket debris to be generated during the flight would not have any impact on neighboring countries.
The DPRK will strictly abide by relevant international regulations and usage concerning the launch of scientific and technological satellites for peaceful purposes and ensure maximum transparency, thereby contributing to promoting international trust and cooperation in the field of space scientific researches and satellite launches.
The upcoming launch will greatly encourage the army and people of the DPRK in the building of a thriving nation and will offer an important occasion of putting the country's technology of space use for peaceful purposes on a higher stage.
KCNA Reports about Preparations for Satellite Launch
Pyongyang, March 17 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency issued the following report on Saturday:
The relevant bodies of the DPRK sent necessary information to the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Maritime Organization, the International Telecommunication Union and others according to international regulations and procedures as part of the preparations for the launch of earth observation satellite Kwangmyongsong-3.
The Korean Committee for Space Technology will invite experienced foreign experts on space science and technology and journalists to visit the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, the General Satellite Control and Command Centre and other places and observe its launch.
Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- Scientific researches for accurate weather forecast are being intensified in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Pang Sun Nyo, an office head of the Hydro-meteorological Service, told KCNA:
The Service is developing varieties of apparatuses conducive to the accurate and prompt weather forecast.
Among them is an advanced geostationary meteorological satellite data receiver. This helps put the weather observation on a more scientific basis.
The apparatuses also include updated automatic weather survey devices and aerological weather radar.
The Service has upgraded the data-receiving and numerical weather forecast system aimed to comprehensively use weather data from GTS run by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The study of devastating weather phenomena such as torrential rain and drought has also been made.
In particular, Kwangmyongsong-3, a working satellite to be launched in April, will be greatly helpful to the study of weather forecast needed for agriculture and other economic fields.
Meanwhile the Service has stepped up the exchange of weather data and the study into registration of climate changes for coming 100 years in cooperation with the WMO to prevent local climate disasters.
The DPRK joined the WMO in Juche 64 (1975).
make of it what you will
73 de andy G0SFJ