For some reason W6MRR-26 woke up today, but not yesterday. See the AMSAT Argentina site or APRS. So the trasnmitter is wonky but the altitude is looking good – 43K’. W3HAC also woke up today as it did yesterday but appears to by sitting on the ground in DM36II land. Stay tuned!
We’re launching a pico balloon this Saturday morning, May 14th at 9:00 AM pacific time. The callsign on WSPR will be K6RGG-14. If you’re in the area and would like to see the launch, please join us at the Berkeley Marina on the north side on Marina Blvd. See the map link below for theContinue reading “Launch on May 14th at 9am”
We’re launching a pico balloon this Saturday morning, April 2nd at 9:00AM pacific time. The launch site is on the south-west side of the Berkeley Marina. See the map below for the position. https://goo.gl/maps/EfSxrt9wGARLZXMJ8
Because of a flaky beacon, there have been just a few position reports. W6MRR-23 just phoned home over the Atlantic Ocean for a second time. The tracker problem seems to be due to counterfeit microcontrollers. I have another batch that should fix things.
Last Sunday Kazu AG6NS and I tried putting up a tethered pico balloon up flying Kazu’s SSTV code on a ESP-32. It was sending “Martin-1” mode SSTV directly modulating a Si5351 clock generator chip. Due to slow but steady light winds it spent most of the time flying horizontally. We will have something ready toContinue reading “Pico Balloon SSTV on 20 m – First Light”
We’re trying something new this time: floating a tethered balloon with an ESP32-CAM that will transmit SSTV images on 20m, frequency 14.236MHz USB Mode Martin-1. This is a project that Kazu AG6NS has been working on recently, with some help from Martin W6MRR. To see this in person, go to the northern area of theContinue reading “SSTV Tethered Balloon – Sunday, March 6 @ 11:00AM @ Berkeley Marina”
W6MRR-20 was launched at 9 am PST October 9 from Berkeley Marina. It was transported overnight from NW Los Angeles to the Great Lakes. I am using new software to send Type 3 WSPR messages for better location but there’s a bug in the The AMSAT Argentina LU7AA website is really interesting – check itContinue reading “W6MRR-20 Visits Great Lakes/Canada”
High Altitude Balloon Launch – September 4, 2021 at 9am PDT – Berkeley Marina