June 2021 Weather Balloon Launch
- Category: Balloons
- Written by Blake Raab (N4BWR)
POSTPONED - Next available launch date is 7/10/2021
It's that time of year again. The West Georgia Amateur Radio Society will be launching a weather balloon on June 19th from the VFW Fairgrounds in Carrollton. We will plan to meet at 9 AM to begin preparation and launch whenever we are ready.
The balloon will carry a device transmitting APRS data so we can track its position and altitude in real time. Because it will be received by stations that can then port the data to the APRS-IS network, you can watch the balloon's progress along with us at this link. It will also carry a crossband repeater so we can communicate with each other through the balloon as it flies. It's always a good idea to get your antenna as high as possible for the best range. How about 20 miles high? :)
Before we launch, we will have a very good idea of what the balloon's specific path will be on that day. We obtain this information by using the Cambridge University Space Flight Predictor. We will have a briefing in the morning and then the chase will begin. Although weird weather patterns have been making the predictions sporadic, I believe the balloon will land in Alabama.
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