Preparations continue for Nebraska Stratospheric Amateur Radio's Flight
00-B, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4th, at 8:30am CST (1430 UTC).
Launch site is the NWS office at Valley, NE.
APRS-formatted positions (lat/lon/course/speed/altitude) will be transmitted
on 144.390 MHz using the callsign N9XTN-11. A simplex repeater will be on
446.00 MHz. On earlier flights, hams have been able to access the repeater
with a 5W HT from over 150 miles away. The simplex repeater (Radio Shack)
has a storage capacity of 30 seconds. Remember to allow enough time for the
other party to "upload" their half of the QSO before the repeater begins to
Maximum altitude is expected to be around 85,000 ft, with a radio horizon of
nearly 400 miles at that altitude. Flight time will be about 2 hours.
The current forecast is for partly cloudy skies, light surface winds, and a
landing about 30-35 miles east of Council Bluffs, IA. See the web site at
for updates, directions to the
launch site, and more.
73 de Mark N9XTN