Fw: What was the final outcome from HamBONE last week?
- Is this the one you're referring to Hank?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Hank Riley" <n1ltv@...>
To: "Zack Clobes" <zack@...>
Sent: Saturday, June 01, 2002 8:20 AM
Subject: Re: What was the final outcome from HamBONE last week?
> --- Zack Clobes <zclobes@...> wrote:
> > Anyone heard if they found their packages?
> Neither package has been found. A very good location
> is available for the GPS module which separated accidentally,
> and a pretty good location has been derived from the VOR
> locator, which seems to have worked quite well.
> Here's the unfortunate part: The GPS module used
> more juice, so transmissions didn't last beyond
> launch day Saturday. Its results were igated
> down to 8000 feet (falling at approx. 45 mph), so
> HamBONE principal Pierre made the trip Saturday to
> the last known position and heard strong packet
> bursts but ran out of laptop computer battery
> power on scene and couldn't get even one position
> decoded. :(
> Since then Mark Conner and I have generated a map
> with our estimated landing position based on
> winds, the prior course and speed, and the
> last position. We're fairly confident this module
> can be located, but a great opportunity to get its
> precise position on the ground was missed.
> On 10 meter CW the VOR bearings were relayed with
> the other package that continued with a complete
> ride with the balloon (no altitude). Bearings
> from three VOR stations converge in a triangle
> with sides of the order of 5 miles on a side.
> This VOR package was not even hunted until Sunday.
> Signals were picked up by a mobile but the strength
> was fading probably because of a battery on its
> last legs. After 6 hours on the road getting
> to the location and seeking the signal, Keith Randino
> found a good a spot of relatively high signal within
> the VOR triangle, but didn't find the module itself.
> Without someone local finding the VOR package by accident,
> it's not thought the chances of finding this one are too
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