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  • Zack Clobes
    Is this the one you re referring to Hank? Zack ... From: Hank Riley To: Zack Clobes Sent: Saturday, June 01, 2002 8:20
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      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
      > good.
      > Hank
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