Baloon Launch 20 October
- ARBONET-2 High Altitude Balloon Flight Set for an October 20th Launch
Members of the ARBONET (Amateur Radio Balloons Over NorthEast Texas)
organization are making final preparations for the October 20th launch
of ARBONET-2. Originally scheduled for launch last spring, ARBONET-2 is
being dedicated to the memory of Kim R. Miles, N9IS SK, a long time
contributor to the central Indiana Windtrax Amateur Radio High Altitude
Balloon team who passed away March 27th at the age of 51.
ARBONET-2 will be launched from the JD Trissell Airport in Clarksville,
TX which is located in the northeast corner of the Lone Star State.
Launch time is scheduled for 9:30 AM CDT on Saturday October 20th.
Current winds aloft forecasts indicate the ground track of the flight
will carry the amateur payloads towards the Texas - Louisiana state
line. If ARBONET-2 reaches its expected altitude of 96,000 ft, radio
amateurs in parts of as many as seven states should be able to monitor
the beacons and communicate through the cross band repeater onboard the
near space vehicle.
The compliment of payloads aboard ARBONET-2 include:
A plain language homing beacon that will transmit navigation data to the
ground on 146.560 MHz in plain English thus allowing anyone with a
scanner or 2 meter hand-held in the coverage zone to follow the progress
of the flight without the need for additional equipment to process the data.
An APRS beacon operating on 144.390 MHz to report vehicle location data
throughout the duration of the flight and to aid in the recovery of the
packages following descent.
A 70 cm Up / 2 meter Down Cross band FM repeater (445.800MHz Up 147.560
MHz Down) will support two way communications during the duration of the
A 10 meter CW beacon experiment produced by the Richardson Wireless
Klub, K5RWK will transmit a 500 milliwatt signal on 28.061 MHZ.
In addition, ARBONET-2 will carry a number of secondary payloads that
will perform remote data collection functions for analysis once the
payloads are recovered. These payloads include a 4 mega pixel digital
camera configured to capture images every 30 seconds through the
duration of the flight, a self contained balloon burst video system
designed to capture images of the balloon burst event and other
environmental data loggers.
Operators are encouraged to submit reception reports from the ARBONET-2
flight to team members via the ARBONET web site: www.arbonet.net. A
special commemorative QSL card will be made available to everyone who
submits reception reports to the ARBONET team.
An ARBONET Launch Information HF net will be held on 3.910 MHz ( +/- 10
KHz) beginning at 9:00 AM CDT to report the progress of flight
preparations and to provide real time coverage of the expected two and a
half hour flight.
The ARBONET team encourages radio amateurs throughout the flight’s
coverage zone to make use of the payloads aboard ARBONET-2.
Additional updates will be posted to the ARBONET web site in the days
leading up to the mission. In the event weather conditions cause a
postponement of the launch, the next launch attempt is scheduled for the
following Saturday, October 27th.