Balloon Flight annoucement - Saturday June 10, 9 am

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Balloon Flight annoucement - Saturday June 10, 9 am

Post#1 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:59 am

I'm re-posting an announcement about a test flight which will utilize one of our VAR/Mobile systems. Later this summer, they will be running tests from a location in WY at which the full eclipse will be seen!

I am excited to be even a peripheral part of such a cool event!

We will have a 2nd system a few miles away, where Prof. David G. Iadevaia (Ret)will be doing his own experiments during the eclipse. Several of the elementary school students in his group will be live streaming video of the event to elementary schools in Tucson. His base camp will be in Douglas, WY at the KOA campground and he will be giving an eclipse lecture to the over 300 people there.

Here are a couple of links ... the first one explains the expedition:
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Arizona Near Space Research (ANSR) is pleased to announce the flight of ANSR-108. This high altitude balloon flight will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. MST(1600 UTC). The launch site will be the ERAU campus in Prescott, AZ.

The lift vehicle will be a 2000 gram weather balloon, filled with hydrogen. The expected burst altitude will about 90,000 feet. The flight is anticipated to last about 2 hours from launch to touchdown.

The payload string will also contain a high speed data link at 5.8 GHz and an OpenSpot. Hams in the surrounding area of Prescott and Phoenix are encouraged to tune their DMR radios to 439.00 MHz and try making contacts via the OpenSpot. The ground station in Prescott will primarily be listening on the Arizona talk group 3104. Hams in any part of the country are encouraged to try and reach the OpenSpot via the Arizona talk group as the OpenSpot on the payload will be connected to the internet via the 5.8GHz link. To help coordinate contacts the ground station in Prescott will be monitoring the Arizona talk ground via its own OpenSpot.

The 5.8GHz link will provide data connectivity to the ground that will be used to stream live video from the payload and connect the OpenSpot to the internet. The payload uses a Raspberry PI to collect raw video, and a GPS allowing coordinates to be posted directly to The payload call sign will be WB9COY-11. Hams can look for WB9COY-11 on and click on the link in the info box to view the payload video via their web browser. The direct link to the video is

ANSR will also be testing a satellite internet service from in preparation for the eclipse flights in August.

ANSR's cross band repeater will be flying on this flight. Up link 145.56 CTCSS 162.2 down link 445.525/

APRS Beacons will accompany the flight transmitting position information as follows:
KA7NSR-6 on 144.340 MHz
KA7NSR-7 on 445.925 MHz

Digipeaters will repeat the beacon APRS data locally to the 144.390 MHz standard APRS frequency and subsequently will be I-GATED to the Internet for out-of-area trackers. The flight can be tracked using the following link: (or-7)

The balloon train will include a Mode-C Transponder squawking code 4453 for FAA tracking. A ANSR NOTAM will be in effect.

Coordination communications prior to and during the flight will take place on the Mingus Mountain 147.220 MHz (+ offset, 162.2 Hz tone) repeater courtesy of the Verde Valley Amateur Radio Association or via the cross band repeater flying on the flight.

Be sure to check for updates to this announcement prior to the flight and for live video from the balloon. It should be live from 9 am to 11 am.

Bill McLean
Arizona Near Space Research
Take care,
Barb Nolley
HughesNet mobile dealer and installer

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