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28862006 ARHAB Contest summary

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  • Ralph Wallio, W0RPK
    Jan 1, 2007
      Ref's comments below.


      Highest Altitude
      ----------------
      [1]
      117,127 16Dec06 ANSR-32
      113,074 07Jan06 VWS-3
      108,323 23May06 LaACES-04
      106,183 04Aug06 HABET L-98
      96,596 22Apr06 Explorer Post 632 2006A
      94,397 13May06 PRSGC-5

      [1] Flight disqualified by 24-notice rule:
      118,011 22Apr06 WV-4


      Longest Great Circle Distance
      -----------------------------
      552.63 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) [1]
      [2]
      178.79 04Mar06 WB8ELK HiBall-8
      162.75 17Dec06 UTARC UX-9
      155.20 23Dec06 WB8ELK HiBall-10


      [1] ANSR-33 limited from 775.31mi by 2-hour telemetry rule
      [2] GPA SD flight disqualified by web page info rule
      400.24 07Mar06 Solar Tetroon SD-9 (Grosse Pointe Academy)


      Flight Time Launch-to-Landing
      -----------------------------
      [1]
      [2]
      8:24 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) [1]
      3:58 23Dec06 WB8ELK HiBall-10
      3:04 04Mar06 WB8ELK HiBall-8

      [1] ANSR-33 limited from 17:24 by 2-hour telemetry rule
      [2] GPA SD flight disqualified by web page info rule
      12:27 07Mar06 Solar Tetroon SD-9 (Grosse Pointe Academy)


      UHF-VHF Telemetry Reception Distance
      ------------------------------------
      326.7 05Aug06 CNS-012 (GPSL2006) WØRPK
      318.0 19Nov06 FAR HORIZONS II WØRPK
      264.1 23Jul06 TABEL-4 KA8MID
      256.7 01Jul06 CNNSP-06 WØRPK
      163.8 01Apr06 CNNSP-05 WØRPK
      126.9 02Dec06 KWU/SSOK/NØOY WØRPK
      100.1 01Apr06 CIBE-LF2 WØRPK


      HF <50MHz Telemetry Reception Distance
      --------------------------------------
      2,023 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m KF4KJQ
      1,803 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m W4BGH
      1,692 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m WA8MTI
      1,620 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m KC9DOA
      1,528 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m KD7KST
      1,523 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m N9FTC/4
      1,506 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m KC9GMW
      1,478 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m KF4KJQ
      1,473 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m WB8ELK
      1,373 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m KØQVF
      1,317 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m WØRPK
      1,260 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m W7PSK
      1,211 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m KE3KZ
      1,199 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m KC5WMI
      1,147 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m WØJRT
      1,124 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m N7RGS
      1,102 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m W6OSC
      1,069 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m AC7ZG
      1,020 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m WA7QNA
      900 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m K5TAO
      854 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m K5PSB
      701 25Feb06 UTARC UX-7 CW/30m WØRPK
      134 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m WBØSMX
      134 29Dec06 ANSR-33 (ES-OS ZP floater) PSK-31/20m KD7VRB


      Two-way QSO Distance
      --------------------
      -- No entries --


      Ref's comments:

      --- I do not recall receiving a certificate or prize for winning the >50MHz telemetry reception
      distance category in 2005 (via ORB-19). Did HABET (altitude), WB8ELK (flight distance and time),
      KF4KJQ (HF telemetry distance via ANSR-28) or KC5TRB & KA9SZX (QSO distance via HABITAT SKYLAB)
      receive anything? Telemetry and QSO honors were supposed to go to both the flight group and distant
      participants.

      --- ARHAB is both a ballooning and a communications challenge. Our contest results show interest
      in all three ballooning categories, altitude, distance and time during 2005 and 2006. They are not
      showing much interest in <50MHz telemetry reception distance (12-of-13 entries in 2005-2006 combined
      were from me) or in QSO distance (only 3 entries in 2005 and none in 2006). ANSR and UTARC were the
      only groups flying HF telemetry in 2005-2006. I haven't counted repeater/digipeater equipped
      flights (that worked AOK) but it has to be very small number.

      --- A few rules judgments could have gone the other way resulting in more flight disqualifications.
      Closer judging of recovery efforts and adherence to flight and communications regulations is too
      much work for one referee.

      --- It is not clear to me what we are accomplishing with our annual contests. Is our level of
      activity, or advancement of our state-of-the-art, or encouragement to experiment, or competitive
      camaraderie significantly enhanced by annual contests beyond the value of our all-time record
      keeping?

      TNX es 73 de Ralph Wallio, WØRPK
      W0RPK@...
      http://showcase.netins.net/web/wallio/
      Hubbert's Peak - The Mother of all Perfect Storms
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