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PS-70 HF PICO balloon WSPR JT9

PS-70 was released on Sun 22 Jan 2017

Solar powered party balloon, 25mW TX TX WSPR, JT9 on 30m only

Dial frequency 10.138700Mhz (standard WSPR dial frequency) for WSPR, JT9.
JT9 is at 1650Hz

See HF decoding info at http://picospace.net/?cat=34

Tracking as PS-70 on SNUS https://tracker.habhub.org/#!mt=roadmap&mz=2&qm=1_hour&f=PS-70
WSPR call sign is VK3YT http://wsprnet.org/olddb?findcall=vk3yt

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Update #1 25 Jan 2017
PS-70 is still doing the loop round the Eastern part of Australia.
Prediction shows another two days inland.
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PS-68 APRS/Olivia PICO balloon

PS-68 is planned for release at 7am Sat 27 Aug 2016 AEST.

Solar powered party balloon, 10mW TX.
APRS on 145.175Mhz
Olivia 8/250 with RSID on 434.649Mhz USB (Dial frequency)

Tracking as
PS-68 on SNUS
VK3YT-11 on APRS.FI

Prediction

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Update #1 5pm 28 Aug 2016 AEST

PS-68 had a 24H run along the East coast, and took off to the east towards New Zealand near Brisbane this morning.

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The expected time of arrive in New Zealand is around mid night local time tonight, 28 Aug 2016 (1200 UTC)

Update #2 10pm 29 Aug 2016 AEST

PS-68 was in range of ZL1RS at 20:36 AEST last night, at the same time arriving at a weather front. The weather caused the balloon to descend and change direction, and stayed out of LOS range of ZL stations until 7:21am this morning (AEST), when it started its tour of New Zealand.

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After arriving at the East coast side, and just before it was time to leave , the balloon descended again, changing direction towards land.

Update #3 9pm 30 Aug 2016 AEST

PS-68 spent another day over North Island before heading into the Pacific at 15:34pm AEST today.

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PS-67 HF PICO balloon WSPR JT9

PS-67 was released on Sat 16 July 2016, chasing FEDOR the balloonist (http://konyukhov.ru/en/news.html)

Solar powered party balloon, 25mW TX
TX WSPR, JT9 on 30m only

Dial frequency 10.138700Mhz (standard WSPR dial frequency) for WSPR, JT9.
JT9 is at 1650Hz

See HF decoding info at http://picospace.net/?cat=34

Tracking as PS-67 on SNUS
https://tracker.habhub.org/#!mt=roadmap&mz=2&qm=1_hour&f=PS-67
WSPR call sign is VK3YT http://wsprnet.org/olddb?findcall=vk3yt

TX scheduling
Minute – Band – Mode – Condition
:00 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – mandatory
:04 – 30m – 1 minute of a hidden message :) – if batt full
:10 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – if batt full
:20 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – if batt full
:30 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – mandatory
:34 – 30m – 1 minute of a hidden message – if batt full
:40 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – if batt full
:50 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – if batt full

Update #1 17 July 2016

PS-67 just passed New Zealand, picking up speed from the fast jetstream

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PS-62 HF PICO balloon WSPR JT9

PS-62 is planned to be launched this Sun 20th March 2016 AEST, around 7am.

Solar powered party balloon, 25mW TX
TX WSPR, JT9 on 30m only

Dial frequency 10.138700Mhz (standard WSPR dial frequency) for WSPR, JT9.
JT9 at 1650Hz offset.

See HF decoding info at http://picospace.net/?cat=34

Tracking as PS-62 on SNUS http://picospace.net/tracker/new
WSPR call sign is VK3YT http://wsprnet.org/olddb?findcall=vk3yt

Prediction:

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TX scheduling
Minute – Band – Mode – Condition
:00 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – mandatory
:10 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – if batt full
:20 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – if batt full
:30 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – mandatory
:40 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – if batt full
:50 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – if batt full

PS-61 APRS/Olivia PICO balloon

PS-61 is planned for release at 7am Sun 21 Feb 2016 AEST.

Solar powered party balloon, 10mW TX.
APRS on 145.175Mhz
Olivia 8/250 with RSID on 434.649Mhz USB (Dial frequency)

Tracking as
PS-61 on SNUS
VK3YT-12 on APRS.FI

Prediction

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Update #1 29 Feb 2016

Actual path:
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Last packet was received at 08:24 22 Feb 2016 UTC before PS-61 headed out to sea.

PS-60 APRS/Olivia PICO balloon

PS-60 was released at 7am Sat 30 Jan 2016 AEST.

Solar powered party balloon, 10mW TX.
APRS on 145.175Mhz
Olivia 8/250 with RSID on 434.649Mhz USB (Dial frequency)

Tracking as
PS-60 on SNUS
VK3YT-11 on APRS.FI

Prediction

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Update #1 Tues 2 Feb 2016 8:4 AEST

PS-60 has finally headed East after spending more than 3 days circling VIC/SA/NSW

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Prediction:

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Thanks everyone for assistance with tracking, it was a great collective effort.

PS-58 HF PICO balloon WSPR JT9

PS-58 was released at 18:50 29 Dec 2015 UTC

Solar powered party balloon, 25mW TX
TX WSPR, JT9 on 30m only

Dial frequency 10.138700Mhz (standard WSPR dial frequency) for WSPR, JT9.
JT9 at 1700Hz offset.

See HF decoding info at http://picospace.net/?cat=34

Tracking as PS-58 on SNUS http://picospace.net/tracker/new
WSPR call sign is VK3ANH http://wsprnet.org/olddb?findcall=vk3anh

Prediction:

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TX scheduling
Minute – Band – Mode – Condition
:00 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – mandatory
:10 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – if batt full
:20 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – if batt full
:30 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – mandatory
:40 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – if batt full
:50 – 30m – 2 mins WSPR then two x 1 min JT9 – if batt full

Update #1 24 Jan 2016 AEST

PS-58 is still flying after close to 4 weeks in the air.

It crossed the equator a few days ago, flew over El Salvador and Honduras then Jamaica, and passed between Cuba and Haiti before safely navigated the Bermuda triangle.

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Prediction:

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Update #2 9 Feb 2016 AEST

PS-58 ended its trip over the Indian Ocean on the first day of Lunar New Year yesterday, after 5 week, 5 day, 5 hour and 25 minutes in the air, and 45,319km, 4110km from home.

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It has been an interesting trip, with the balloon moving over to the Northern Hemisphere, passing within 100km of Cuba, navigating Bermuda triangle, and made friend with many new balloon trackers from the Northern Hemisphere.

Thank you everyone for assistance with tracking, the additional coverage has made PS-58 the best tracked PS balloon so far!

See you next time!