On Saturday May 14th Roger Hammond and other hams from W0CUO and W0WWV ham radio clubs will be launching a high altitude balloon with a payload consisting of a camera to photogragh the trip and an APRS position reporting beacon to keep track of the trip. Photos will be transmitted Via SSTV, and of course some of them will end up here. The launch will occur in Aurora at the Edgerton Explorit Center. Here is an excerpt from Rogers Blog site about his last launch:
|Last prediction before launch|
This made for a quicker burst which occurred at 89,164 feet, and a little bit shorter track than predicted.
|seconds before balloon burst|
Landing was southwest of York, NE in a cornfield. We spent quite a bit of time finding the landowner to get permission to retrieve our goods. After talking to neighbors and leaving several messages, the landowner called me back and gave me permission. I hiked in with GPS coordinates and retrieved the payloads along with several additional pounds of the farmer’s mud.
|Chase and recovery team – Aaron KD0ENX, Rog KC0MWM, and Arlene KC0ZWX|