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  • Wednesday, May 30, 2012

    High Altitude Balloon Crossband Repeater Payload Northeast USA




    Amateur radio operators in New England and northern Atlantic coast in the US and Canada are invited to listen and operate via the crossband repeater payload on a high altitude balloon flight from Hermon, Maine.Launch is planned for June 2, 2012 at about 0830 EDT (UTC-4) by members of the Pine State Amateur Radio Club as one of the events during the 25th Annual Bangor Hamfest at Hermon High School.

    The club is working with the University of Maine Electrical and Computer Engineering Department to plan and execute the flight.

    The crossband repeater frequencies are:
    Uplink: 147.570 MHz
    Downlink: 446.100 MHz

    The payload will also include APRS for position and altitude tracking. University of Maine tracking information can be found at:
    http://eece.maine.edu/umhab/

    Coverage for the VHF/UHF repeater is estimated to be more than 450
    miles. Stations as far away as western New York, Long Island, all of New England, and Maritime Canada should be able to work it.

    The PSARC High Altitude Balloon team will award a certificate for the station furthest away from the balloon to make contact through the repeater. Please join in to help set a distance record for the repeater.

    The latest launch information and more details are available on-line:
    http://www.n1me.org/Hamfest.php
    http://eece.maine.edu/umhab/ (which will be updated shortly before
    the launch.)

    Steve Jordan, KD1OM,
    President PSARC and
    Stuart Ballinger, WA2BSS

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