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Attn Central USA -- Space Jam 3 Prepares for Take off, Saturday High Altitude Balloon Flights and more

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  • Brian Walker
    QSO Opportunity with High Altitude Balloon Flight Saturday, 18 July 2009 As part of SpaceJam-3(www.spacejamboree.com), DePauw
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 15, 2009
      QSO Opportunity with High Altitude Balloon Flight Saturday, 18 July 2009

      As part of SpaceJam-3(www.spacejamboree.com), DePauw
      University(www.depauw.edu/acad/physics/base) will be flying a cross
      band repeater to allow the Scouts at the Jamboree to talk with ground
      stations from a large area of the central portion of the United

      Launch will occur at 13:50 UT (8:50 am Central Daylight Time) from
      Rantoul, IL (40.29 N, 88.14 W) The target ascent rate will be 1000

      APRS information will be sent over 144.39 MHz every minute under the
      call sign, W9YJ-11.

      The helium filled balloon will reach a float altitude of 70000 feet
      (21.5km) about 15:00 UT and will attempt to float at this altitude for
      about three hours. During this time the balloon should travel slowly
      to the NW from about 40.0N & 87.8W to 40.1 N & 88.1 W. The descent
      will begin about 18:00 UT on a slowly deflating balloon with landing
      about 19:30 UT.

      The uplink frequency on the radio will be 144.36 MHz, and the downlink
      frequency will be 446.025 MHz.

      The Scouts will be using the call sign WB9SA. If you have a chance to
      contact the station, the Scouts will be thrilled to make the contact!
      You may also attempt to use the repeater for a long distance
      Earth-Balloon-Earth contact with hams from larger distances.

      Thanks to Howard Brooks, KC9QBN, Professor of Physics & Astronomy at
      DePauw University, W9YJ for making this happen!!!

      If you are in the IL/IN area you might catch ATV from our first
      balloon going up (100,000 ft) at 8:20 AM CDT Saturday from Rantoul IL
      430 Mhz, with a CW call "DE WB9SA"

      A big thank you, to all the hams radio operators making
      www.spacejamboree.com the coolest Scout Technology event in the
      Central USA!!!!! THANK YOU Howard! Thank you VCARA, ARISS, ARRL
      Foundation Contributors, NASA, Richard Garriott, West Mountain Radio,
      PolyCom, 323.tv, Mike and Dave (our welders) and DePauw University.

      73, and Make it a Tremendous Day,

      Brian K Walker
      WB9SA Trustee
      Space Jam Technologist
      It isn't to late to Register for the event! Be there 7/17-19/2009
      Space Jam 3 is produced by Troop 17 / Crew 272

      Space Jam 4 is set for Aug. 6-8 2010 "Going Green" mark your calendar.
      We added Sat/Comm/Balloons in 2009, look for this and Fox hunt, APRS
      Search and Rescue, and more next year!!!

      Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un-3p3a65XI our interview
      with Richard Garriott talking JOTA 2008 from space!!!

      Like Pioneering, check out this fast motion 35' x25' tower

      Space Jam 2 ARISS contact
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