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					From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue Jan 11 15:18:37 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:18:37 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT Dinner Meeting - This Wednesday - January 12th - Brick
 House on 290!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016CFE0D53@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,


This is reminder of our dinner meeting on Wednesday, January 12, 2010, at
5:30 PM. We will be at our alternate venue - the Brick House Tavern and
Tap,
12910 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040. Join us! We have a table
reserved for the event.

To The Edge Of Space!

Andy W5ACM


From fjuch at austin.rr.com Tue Jan 18 21:03:14 2011
From: fjuch at austin.rr.com (fjuch at austin.rr.com)
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2011 3:03:14 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Anyone need a 2M Duplexor?
In-Reply-To:
<AANLkTi=WdXnTvGjt5iiDiAH0SftEYZN3xsVGg7+PCR89@mail.gmail.com>
Message-ID: <20110119030315.C1O38.199775.root@hrndva-web15-z02>

I have a Sinclair Q-202G 2 Meter duplexor I keep tripping over in my
garage.
Here is a link to a tuning guide:

http://www.repeater-builder.com/sinclair/q202-208-218-tuning.pdf

This should work for any 2 Meter repeater you want to set up after
tuning. $350
cash at my house, I will not ship it. I live in Round Rock. I can deliver
to
Waco, Houston or College Station if you want to wait for my next trip.

Sorry for the broadcast.

Fred Juch, N5JXO 512-310-2700



From k5saf at att.net Sat Jan 22 10:24:50 2011
From: k5saf at att.net (k5saf)
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:24:50 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Links to Portuguese Balloon Flight
Message-ID: <B4A95B4BC89D43E3891F6D179C4DFFC5@TCMPC>
Interesting video over Portugal - story link from EE Times (incorrect
description on antenna) :

http://www.eetimes.com/design/military-aerospace-design/4212096/LPRS-
antenna
-to-receive-signals-from-Spacebits-near-space-balloon-flight?pageNumber=0

Direct link to video:

http://spacebits.eu/page/meetvideos.html


Home page for project with info on an interesting payload:

http://spacebits.eu/



Best 73,

Tom K5SAF

From thomas at familytreedna.com Sun Jan 30 14:58:09 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 14:58:09 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Parrot Repeater - Second Try
In-Reply-To: <B4A95B4BC89D43E3891F6D179C4DFFC5@TCMPC>
References: <B4A95B4BC89D43E3891F6D179C4DFFC5@TCMPC>
Message-ID: <4D45D0E1.1020003@familytreedna.com>

Hi all,

I have modified the parrot repeater software and electronics and I'm
going to try another ground test later today.
Start will be at 5:00 pm local time until the batteries are empty.

Location is again on the roof of my QRL office building
(29.811607,-95.426336, locator EL29gt)

Frequency: 446.100 MHz FM Simplex (Note: I changed from 2 m to 70cms!!!)
30 sec. recording will be played back. The TX power is now reduced to
about 2 W.

In parallel there will be a ~ 1W FM video transmitter on 13 cm on the
Frequency that is also known as WLAN channel 1 (2.412 GHz) and
an APRS tracker (KT5TK-11, 144.390 MHz,
http://aprs.fi/?call=a%2FKT5TK-11). I want to check if there is any rf
interference.

I'd be happy about all reception reports via parrot repeater or via this
mailing list. The audio files and pictures will be made available on my
web server shortly after the experiment is finished. I hope we'll have a
nice sunset...
Please note that also my call sign has changed. It is now KT5TK.

55 and 73,

Thomas
(KT5TK / DL4MDW)




From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sun Jan 30 17:54:10 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 23:54:10 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Parrot Repeater - Second Try
In-Reply-To: <4D45D0E1.1020003@familytreedna.com>
References: <B4A95B4BC89D43E3891F6D179C4DFFC5@TCMPC>,
      <4D45D0E1.1020003@familytreedna.com>
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016CB07113@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Receiving both the parrot and the APRS. Parrot is not showing any S-
units, and I haven't been able to get into it. APRS is doing well.
Getting data from KT5TK-9 and KT5TK-11.

Andy W5ACM

________________________________________
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [blt-bounces at stevens.com] On Behalf
Of Thomas Krahn [thomas at familytreedna.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2011 2:58 PM
To: blt at stevens.com
Subject: [BLT] Parrot Repeater - Second Try

Hi all,

I have modified the parrot repeater software and electronics and I'm
going to try another ground test later today.
Start will be at 5:00 pm local time until the batteries are empty.

Location is again on the roof of my QRL office building
(29.811607,-95.426336, locator EL29gt)

Frequency: 446.100 MHz FM Simplex (Note: I changed from 2 m to 70cms!!!)
30 sec. recording will be played back. The TX power is now reduced to
about 2 W.

In parallel there will be a ~ 1W FM video transmitter on 13 cm on the
Frequency that is also known as WLAN channel 1 (2.412 GHz) and
an APRS tracker (KT5TK-11, 144.390 MHz,
http://aprs.fi/?call=a%2FKT5TK-11). I want to check if there is any rf
interference.
I'd be happy about all reception reports via parrot repeater or via this
mailing list. The audio files and pictures will be made available on my
web server shortly after the experiment is finished. I hope we'll have a
nice sunset...

Please note that also my call sign has changed. It is now KT5TK.

55 and 73,

Thomas
(KT5TK / DL4MDW)




_______________________________________________
BLT mailing list
BLT at stevens.com
http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sun Jan 30 18:03:22 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:03:22 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Parrot not heard at 6PM
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016CB07114@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

I am no longer hearing the parrot on 446.1. Signals stopped at 5:59PM.\

Andy W5ACM


From thomas at familytreedna.com Sun Jan 30 19:00:51 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 19:00:51 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Parrot Repeater - Second Try
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016CB07113@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B4A95B4BC89D43E3891F6D179C4DFFC5@TCMPC>,
      <4D45D0E1.1020003@familytreedna.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016CB07113@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <4D4609C3.3070307@familytreedna.com>

Andy,

Thanks for the report. Unfortunately the experiment was with too short
notice in advance. Sorry.

I've had the parrot up and running for about 1 hour until the batteries
of the cell phone ran out.
Also ther must be still some software bug because the voice synthesizer
dropped out and I had to re-start. The radio was still ok.
I quickly scanned the sound files but I didn't pick up any reply except
for my own transmissions.
In any case they can be seen here:
http://kf5iex.tkrahn.com/download/2011-01-30/

I'm now charging and if there is interest I can put it up for another
round. The APRS is still running.

Thomas

KT5TK




On 01/30/2011 05:54 PM, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
> Receiving both the parrot and the APRS. Parrot is not showing any S-
units, and I haven't been able to get into it. APRS is doing well.
Getting data from KT5TK-9 and KT5TK-11.
>
> Andy W5ACM
>



From w5acm at swbell.net Sun Jan 30 20:20:49 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy MacAllister)
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 20:20:49 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Parrot Repeater - Second Try
References: <B4A95B4BC89D43E3891F6D179C4DFFC5@TCMPC>,
      <4D45D0E1.1020003@familytreedna.com><B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106
99016CB07113@usstlz-pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <4D4609C3.3070307@familytreedna.com>
Message-ID: <A14882028EBE47D89B3AC13239934F1F@w5acmathlon>

Thomas,

That was a very good test since you got some good data on the real and
potential glitches. Thanks for doing it! Yes, it would be GREAT to do it
again soon. However, it will be getting REALLY cold this week. Perhaps
pending WX, Saturday, February 5th @ 5PM or Monday, February 7th @ 8PM
would be good targets. Superbowl Sunday would not be a good choice! It
would
be good to get another test in prior to the next BLT dinner on Wednesday,
February 9th. What do you think?

I peaked my antennas on the 70-cm signal, and transmitted with 50W on
446.1,
but did not even break the noise. I did hear one of your transmissions
through the parrot. The signal was noisy at my QTH EL29eq. The APRS was
excellent. I was copying it very well on 144.39.

It would be good to double the battery capacity for the cell phone. Two
hours would be a lot better than one.

I also heard the system at 8PM. You were a clear copy. but my signal was
just barely above the noise into the parrot.

What were you using for the 70-cm antenna? Perhaps one of the BLT 70-cm
ground plane antennas would help.

TNX !!!

Andy W5ACM

----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Krahn" <thomas at familytreedna.com>
To: <blt at stevens.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2011 7:00 PM
Subject: Re: [BLT] Parrot Repeater - Second Try


> Andy,
>
> Thanks for the report. Unfortunately the experiment was with too short
> notice in advance. Sorry.
>
> I've had the parrot up and running for about 1 hour until the batteries
> of the cell phone ran out.
> Also ther must be still some software bug because the voice synthesizer
> dropped out and I had to re-start. The radio was still ok.
> I quickly scanned the sound files but I didn't pick up any reply except
> for my own transmissions.
> In any case they can be seen here:
> http://kf5iex.tkrahn.com/download/2011-01-30/
>
> I'm now charging and if there is interest I can put it up for another
> round. The APRS is still running.
>
> Thomas
>
> KT5TK
>
>
>
>
> On 01/30/2011 05:54 PM, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
>> Receiving both the parrot and the APRS. Parrot is not showing any
>> S-units, and I haven't been able to get into it. APRS is doing well.
>> Getting data from KT5TK-9 and KT5TK-11.
>>
>> Andy W5ACM
>>
>
>
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>



From thomas at familytreedna.com Sun Jan 30 20:26:56 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 20:26:56 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Parrot Repeater - Second Try
In-Reply-To: <4D4609C3.3070307@familytreedna.com>
References: <B4A95B4BC89D43E3891F6D179C4DFFC5@TCMPC>,
      <4D45D0E1.1020003@familytreedna.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016CB07113@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <4D4609C3.3070307@familytreedna.com>
Message-ID: <4D461DF0.5050805@familytreedna.com>

OK, one more try:

The parrot is back on. Hopefully the bug in the speech synthesis is
fixed.

Please try to contact KT5TK parrot, 446.100 MHz FM simplex. The TX power
is slightly increased this time.

The APRS and video is now down.


Thomas
KT5TK


From w5ezmtx at gmail.com Sun Jan 30 21:51:50 2011
From: w5ezmtx at gmail.com (A.C. SPRAGGINS)
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:51:50 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Parrot Repeater - Second Try
In-Reply-To: <A14882028EBE47D89B3AC13239934F1F@w5acmathlon>
References: <B4A95B4BC89D43E3891F6D179C4DFFC5@TCMPC>
      <4D45D0E1.1020003@familytreedna.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016CB07113@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <4D4609C3.3070307@familytreedna.com>
      <A14882028EBE47D89B3AC13239934F1F@w5acmathlon>
Message-ID: <AANLkTim3Wdah9-
vhHs7aYyedyoK5AsUkgseRQ+PVc0iR@mail.gmail.com>

Hey Thomas:

Just for the record, I tried to call in 3 times at 17:00 CST with no
results Your signal was full quieting at el29fs. Let's do it again
soon.

73 de A.C
W5EZM   aka HB0/W5EZM

On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 8:20 PM, Andy MacAllister <w5acm at swbell.net>
wrote:

> Thomas,
>
> That was a very good test since you got some good data on the real and
> potential glitches. Thanks for doing it! Yes, it would be GREAT to do
it
> again soon. However, it will be getting REALLY cold this week. Perhaps
> pending WX, Saturday, February 5th @ 5PM or Monday, February 7th @ 8PM
> would be good targets. Superbowl Sunday would not be a good choice! It
> would
> be good to get another test in prior to the next BLT dinner on
Wednesday,
> February 9th. What do you think?
>
> I peaked my antennas on the 70-cm signal, and transmitted with 50W on
> 446.1,
> but did not even break the noise. I did hear one of your transmissions
> through the parrot. The signal was noisy at my QTH EL29eq. The APRS was
> excellent. I was copying it very well on 144.39.
>
> It would be good to double the battery capacity for the cell phone. Two
> hours would be a lot better than one.
>
> I also heard the system at 8PM. You were a clear copy. but my signal
was
> just barely above the noise into the parrot.
>
> What were you using for the 70-cm antenna? Perhaps one of the BLT 70-cm
> ground plane antennas would help.
>
> TNX !!!
>
> Andy W5ACM
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Thomas Krahn" <thomas at familytreedna.com>
> To: <blt at stevens.com>
> Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2011 7:00 PM
> Subject: Re: [BLT] Parrot Repeater - Second Try
>
>
> > Andy,
> >
> > Thanks for the report. Unfortunately the experiment was with too
short
> > notice in advance. Sorry.
> >
> > I've had the parrot up and running for about 1 hour until the
batteries
> > of the cell phone ran out.
> > Also ther must be still some software bug because the voice
synthesizer
> > dropped out and I had to re-start. The radio was still ok.
> > I quickly scanned the sound files but I didn't pick up any reply
except
> > for my own transmissions.
> > In any case they can be seen here:
> > http://kf5iex.tkrahn.com/download/2011-01-30/
> >
> > I'm now charging and if there is interest I can put it up for another
> > round. The APRS is still running.
> >
> > Thomas
> >
> > KT5TK
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On 01/30/2011 05:54 PM, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
> >> Receiving both the parrot and the APRS. Parrot is not showing any
> >> S-units, and I haven't been able to get into it. APRS is doing well.
> >> Getting data from KT5TK-9 and KT5TK-11.
> >>
> >> Andy W5ACM
> >>
> >
> >
> > _______________________________________________
> > BLT mailing list
> > BLT at stevens.com
> > http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
> >
>
>
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

From thomas at familytreedna.com Sun Jan 30 21:57:10 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:57:10 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Parrot Repeater - Second Try
In-Reply-To: <4D461DF0.5050805@familytreedna.com>
References: <B4A95B4BC89D43E3891F6D179C4DFFC5@TCMPC>,
      <4D45D0E1.1020003@familytreedna.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016CB07113@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>    <4D4609C3.3070307@familytreedna.com>
      <4D461DF0.5050805@familytreedna.com>
Message-ID: <4D463316.5050500@familytreedna.com>
On 01/30/2011 08:26 PM, Thomas Krahn wrote:
> OK, one more try:
>
Thanks for your support.
I have uploaded more data to the web server. Apparently the PX-2R is not
a very sensitive receiver.
Therefore most audio files are plain noise. Anyways here are two
successful tries from Andy:

http://kf5iex.tkrahn.com/download/2011-01-30/voice_rec_201807.mp3
http://kf5iex.tkrahn.com/download/2011-01-30/voice_rec_204358.mp3

Apparently the software bug is fixed and the DTMF transmit/receive
switch works ok.
I've received some more signals in the handheld trx that I was holding
in my plain hand while standing on the roof.
So maybe I need more experimenting to pick the receiver with the best
sensitivity.

Thomas

KT5TK




From thomas at familytreedna.com Sun Jan 30 22:08:58 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 22:08:58 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Parrot Repeater - Second Try
In-Reply-To: <AANLkTim3Wdah9-
vhHs7aYyedyoK5AsUkgseRQ+PVc0iR@mail.gmail.com>
References: <B4A95B4BC89D43E3891F6D179C4DFFC5@TCMPC>
      <4D45D0E1.1020003@familytreedna.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016CB07113@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>    <4D4609C3.3070307@familytreedna.com>
      <A14882028EBE47D89B3AC13239934F1F@w5acmathlon>
      <AANLkTim3Wdah9-vhHs7aYyedyoK5AsUkgseRQ+PVc0iR@mail.gmail.com>
Message-ID: <4D4635DA.7070105@familytreedna.com>

On 01/30/2011 09:51 PM, A.C. SPRAGGINS wrote:
> results Your signal was full quieting at el29fs.   Let's do it again
soon.
Thanks A.C.

I'll keep trying until it works 110% ;)

Thomas
KT5TK



From thomas at familytreedna.com Sun Jan 30 22:17:35 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 22:17:35 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Parrot Repeater - Second Try
In-Reply-To: <A14882028EBE47D89B3AC13239934F1F@w5acmathlon>
References: <B4A95B4BC89D43E3891F6D179C4DFFC5@TCMPC>,
      <4D45D0E1.1020003@familytreedna.com><B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106
99016CB07113@usstlz-pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <4D4609C3.3070307@familytreedna.com>
      <A14882028EBE47D89B3AC13239934F1F@w5acmathlon>
Message-ID: <4D4637DF.6080107@familytreedna.com>

On 01/30/2011 08:20 PM, Andy MacAllister wrote:
> It would be good to double the battery capacity for the cell phone. Two
> hours would be a lot better than one.
I know, this is only my 3 yr old original cell phone battery which was
heavily used.
On the real flight I can double up as much power as I need through the
USB port of the phone.
I'll calculate for 5 hours.

> What were you using for the 70-cm antenna? Perhaps one of the BLT 70-cm
> ground plane antennas would help.
One of those "sky-plane" antennas is certainly a good idea. I just used
the rubber duck first and after 20:40 I switched to the 5 el. yagi.
Transmission is never a big concern at elevated locations, however
reception seems to be tricky. Hopefully a better receiver and a better
antenna will do the job.

Thomas
KT5TK



From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon Feb 7 23:51:04 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2011 05:51:04 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT Dinner Meeting - This Wednesday - February 9th - Brick
 House on 290!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016CB07121@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,

This is reminder of our dinner meeting on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at
5:30 PM. We will be at our alternate venue - the Brick House Tavern and
Tap,
12910 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040. Join us! We have a table
reserved for the event.

To The Edge Of Space!

Andy W5ACM

From kmkendrick at gmail.com   Wed Feb   9 14:38:32 2011
From: kmkendrick at gmail.com (Kirk Kendrick)
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011 14:38:32 -0600
Subject: [BLT] BLT Dinner Meeting - This Wednesday - February 9th -
 Brick House on 290!
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016CB07121@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016CB07121@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <AANLkTi=Ba87SM6Uv7mB_R=V-fRPfk-
K515Bf7m35wiC2@mail.gmail.com>

I'm recovering from a stomach flu...I'll think about y'all...and
ballons...and beer...and see you next month!
73,
Kirk KK2Z

On 2/7/11, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
<Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com> wrote:
> BLT Team,
>
> This is reminder of our dinner meeting on Wednesday, February 9, 2011,
at
> 5:30 PM. We will be at our alternate venue - the Brick House Tavern and
Tap,
> 12910 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040. Join us! We have a table
> reserved for the event.
>
> To The Edge Of Space!
>
> Andy W5ACM
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

--
Sent from my mobile device

From kmkendrick at gmail.com Wed Feb 9 16:56:56 2011
From: kmkendrick at gmail.com (Kirk Kendrick)
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011 16:56:56 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Fwd: [BVARC] BVARC Reminder
In-Reply-To: <46.43.17154.244F25D4@pacmmta52>
References: <46.43.17154.244F25D4@pacmmta52>
Message-ID: <AANLkTiny8kV0w0hu0K=V46=4_L8fn+OXT86NLOm-
9b0k@mail.gmail.com>

This month's BVARC meeting (TOMORROW NIGHT) may be of interest...
Kirk KK2Z

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Cameron <k5cam at arrl.net>
Date: Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 2:08 PM
Subject: [BVARC] BVARC Reminder
To: bvarc at bvarc.org


 Hi all,

   - *THURSDAY (February 10): *February General Membership Meeting at
   Eldridge Park Conference Center at 7:30 PM. See www.bvarc.org for
   directions.

The topic will be concerning ARISSat-1 ? AMSAT?s Newest Satellite. Our
featured speaker for February will be Allen N5AFV with a presentation
entitled ?ARISSat-1 ? AMSAT?s Newest Satellite.
*FOR THE RECORD: *On February 1, 2011 there are 172 members of BVARC, 47
of
which are life members.
*GREATER HOUSTON HAMFEST: *is on March 5 -- rapidly approaching.
Contact
John Chauvin, K5IZO if you would like to participate. Go to
www.houstonhamfest.org on the web for info and tables.
*RAGCHEW net: *The BVARC Rag Chew Net meets on Wednesdays at 7 on 3910
khz
or thereabouts. All hams are invited to attend.
*TUESDAYS: *The BVARC *Under 15 wpm CW* practice net meets on 3550 khz
at 7
PM. This is a really good place to brush up or enhance your code skills.
The people who are regulars to the net have really enjoyed it and would
like
more people to attend. Rick, the net control, and others are very
forgiving
and patient with the people checking in. The checkins are made up of
learners and people who enjoy helping the learners.
Cam
k5cam


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From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Wed Feb 23 16:05:34 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 22:05:34 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Local, upcoming hamfests
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016D56523F@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

TNX to Jerry K5OE

Cut & pasted this from the ARRL newsletter.
---Upcoming Hamfests

02/26/2011 Orange Hamfest 2011
Location: Orange,TX
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Orange ARC & Jefferson County ARC
Website: http://www.qsl.net/w5nd/

03/05/2011 West Central Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club
Location: Elk City, OK
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: West Central Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club

03/05/2011 South Texas Section Convention (Greater Houston Hamfest)
Location: Rosenberg, TX
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Brazos Valley Amateur Radio club
Website: http://www.houstonhamfest.org

03/11/2011 Oklahoma Section Convention (Green Country Hamfest)
Location: Claremore, OK
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Green Country Hamfest, Inc.
Website: http://www.greencountryhamfest.org

03/12/2011 Ninth Annual IARC Hamfest
Location: Irving, TX
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Irving Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.irvingarc.org/iarchamfest.html

03/19/2011 West Texas Section Convention (56th Annual St Patrick?s
Day Hamfest)
Location: Midland, TX
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Midland Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.hamfest.w5qgg.org

03/26/2011 Weatherford TX Hamfest
Location: Weatherford, TX
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Amateur Radio Club of Parker County
Website: http://www.w5pc.org

04/02/2011 HamEXPO
Location: Belton, TX
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Temple Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.beltonhamexpo.org/


From cboone at earthlink.net Thu Feb 24 13:39:16 2011
From: cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:39:16 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Local, upcoming hamfests
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016D56523F@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016D56523F@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <003b01cbd45a$86c82580$94587080$@net>

Ancient Japanese? :)

-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 4:06 PM
To: HQRP at yahoogroups.com; hqrp at stevens.com; blt at stevens.com
Subject: [BLT] Local, upcoming hamfests

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From dave at stevens.com Thu Feb 24 14:26:50 2011
From: dave at stevens.com (J. D. STEVENS)
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:26:50 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Local, upcoming hamfests
In-Reply-To: <003b01cbd45a$86c82580$94587080$@net>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699016D56523F@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <003b01cbd45a$86c82580$94587080$@net>
Message-ID: <78D15C98-4F0C-4A30-9462-BDE04F41E48C@stevens.com>

The gibberish results from sending 8-bit data through the list server.
The list server is set up to handle only 7-bit plain ascii text. Text
encoding should be a simple 7-bit character set. Yes, it's archaic.
  Dave

On Feb 24, 2011, at 1:39 PM, Chris Boone wrote:

> Ancient Japanese? :)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
> Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 4:06 PM
> To: HQRP at yahoogroups.com; hqrp at stevens.com; blt at stevens.com
> Subject: [BLT] Local, upcoming hamfests
> ...
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From k5saf at att.net Sat Feb 26 09:13:12 2011
From: k5saf at att.net (k5saf)
Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:13:12 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Pics of Discovery Launch from Balloon
Message-ID: <A49090F987244CC8A55A2CB85F6F9547@TCMPC>

Interesting link to images from a balloon capturing Discovery launch last
Thursday -

http://www.space.com/10963-student-balloon-photos-shuttle-discovery-
launch.h
tml

Link to home page for balloon group where more images should be posted
shortly -

http://questforstars.com/

73,   Tom K5SAF

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sun Feb 27 20:46:22 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 02:46:22 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Upcoming Hamfests - Again!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990173024621@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

TNX to Jerry K5OE
Cut & pasted this from the ARRL newsletter.
---Upcoming Hamfests

03/05/2011 West Central Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club
Location: Elk City, OK
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: West Central Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club

03/05/2011 South Texas Section Convention (Greater Houston Hamfest)
Location: Rosenberg, TX
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Brazos Valley Amateur Radio club
Website: http://www.houstonhamfest.org

03/11/2011 Oklahoma Section Convention (Green Country Hamfest)
Location: Claremore, OK
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Green Country Hamfest, Inc.
Website: http://www.greencountryhamfest.org

03/12/2011 Ninth Annual IARC Hamfest
Location: Irving, TX
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Irving Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.irvingarc.org/iarchamfest.html

03/19/2011 West Texas Section Convention (56th Annual St Patrick???s
Day Hamfest)
Location: Midland, TX
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Midland Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.hamfest.w5qgg.org

03/26/2011 Weatherford TX Hamfest
Location: Weatherford, TX
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Amateur Radio Club of Parker County
Website: http://www.w5pc.org

04/02/2011 HamEXPO
Location: Belton, TX
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Temple Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.beltonhamexpo.org/

From Cboone at earthlink.net Sun Feb 27 20:58:00 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 20:58:00 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Upcoming Hamfests - Again!
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990173024621@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990173024621@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <003d01cbd6f3$4fd9c560$ef8d5020$@net>
Don?t forget the Rayne (Former LFT), LA Hamfest the second Sat of
March.....a short drive from SE TX..

Chris
WB5ITT

>   -----Original Message-----
>   From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
>   Behalf Of Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
>   Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2011 8:46 PM
>   To: hqrp at stevens.com; blt at stevens.com
>   Subject: [BLT] Upcoming Hamfests - Again!
>
>   TNX to Jerry K5OE
>   Cut & pasted this from the ARRL newsletter.
>
>   ---Upcoming Hamfests
>
>   03/05/2011 West Central Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club
>   Location: Elk City, OK
>   Type: ARRL Hamfest
>   Sponsor: West Central Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club
>
>   03/05/2011 South Texas Section Convention (Greater Houston Hamfest)
>   Location: Rosenberg, TX
>   Type: ARRL Convention
>   Sponsor: Brazos Valley Amateur Radio club
>   Website: http://www.houstonhamfest.org
>
>   03/11/2011 Oklahoma Section Convention (Green Country Hamfest)
>   Location: Claremore, OK
>   Type: ARRL Convention
>   Sponsor: Green Country Hamfest, Inc.
>   Website: http://www.greencountryhamfest.org
>
>   03/12/2011 Ninth Annual IARC Hamfest
>   Location: Irving, TX
>   Type: ARRL Hamfest
>   Sponsor: Irving Amateur Radio Club
>   Website: http://www.irvingarc.org/iarchamfest.html
>
>   03/19/2011 West Texas Section Convention (56th Annual St Patrick???s
>   Day Hamfest)
>   Location: Midland, TX
>   Type: ARRL Convention
>   Sponsor: Midland Amateur Radio Club
>   Website: http://www.hamfest.w5qgg.org
>
>   03/26/2011 Weatherford TX Hamfest
>   Location: Weatherford, TX
>   Type: ARRL Hamfest
>   Sponsor: Amateur Radio Club of Parker County
>   Website: http://www.w5pc.org
>
>   04/02/2011 HamEXPO
>   Location: Belton, TX
>   Type: ARRL Hamfest
>   Sponsor: Temple Amateur Radio Club
>   Website: http://www.beltonhamexpo.org/
>   _______________________________________________
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From kmkendrick at gmail.com Wed Mar 2 20:23:19 2011
From: kmkendrick at gmail.com (Kirk Kendrick)
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2011 20:23:19 -0600
Subject: [BLT] GREATER HOUSTON HAMFEST - This Saturday!
In-Reply-To: <613390.53563.qm@web65901.mail.ac4.yahoo.com>
References: <613390.53563.qm@web65901.mail.ac4.yahoo.com>
Message-ID: <AANLkTi===mLGFCrUqOTYPu57Ha-
03ikHnyXsGQTUUuQg@mail.gmail.com>

*QST, QST,

The second largest hamfest in Texas, the Greater Houston Hamfest, takes
place this Saturday in Rosenberg, TX, southwest of Houston. *


   - Over 120 tables and 1000 expected attendees
   - Featured speaker: Harold Kramer, WJ1B, Chief Operating
   Officer, American Radio Relay League
   - Raffle main prize: Flex Radio SDR3000 Software Defined HF
Transceiver
   - Separate frequent door prize drawings
   - Many other full "hamfest" features such as
      - VE Sessions,
      - Hands-On Demos,
      - Kid's Corner,
      - Satellite QSO demo,
      - Hot Food,
      - Equipment Test Table,
      - Live ham special event station,
      - Fox hunt,
      - Tailgating,
      - RV camping,
      - Emergency vehicles,
      - Special organizations
      - and much more.

*If you want to have a table, you can choose and book your table on-line.
  There are only a few left.*
*
*
*Go to: www.houstonhamfest.org*
*
*
*We look forward to seeing you there.*
*
*
*Tnx es 73*
*de John, K5IZO*
*Greater Houston Hamfest Co-Coordinator*
*
*
*(forwarded by Kirk KK2Z)*
*
*

From w5ezmtx at gmail.com Fri Mar 4 12:46:03 2011
From: w5ezmtx at gmail.com (A.C. SPRAGGINS)
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2011 18:46:03 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Fwd: National Fiery Foods and BBQ Show
In-Reply-To: <2d50a514ef-w5ezmtx=gmail.com@mail.vresp.com>
References: <2d50a514ef-w5ezmtx=gmail.com@mail.vresp.com>
Message-ID: <AANLkTinMBM0RGMWOk9Fqx9EbQ-
DiffO6cTu4eLiOg94r@mail.gmail.com>

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: CIN CHILI & COMPANY, INC. <CIN_CHILI__COMPANY_INC at
mail.vresp.com>
Date: Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM
Subject: National Fiery Foods and BBQ Show
To: w5ezmtx at gmail.com


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  ------------------------------

Cin Chili &
Company<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?CINCHILICOMPANYINC./2d50a514ef/c8edb8181a
/51c9d7c056>will
have a booth at the National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show in Albuquerque,
New
Mexico this weekend. Stop by our booth #216. Say you read this email and
you'll receive a free Cin Chili Koozie. The festival runs from March 4th,
thru March 6th. It's being held at the Sandia Casino & Resort in the
convention hall.



Come on out and have a hot weekend sampling hot sauces, salsas, chili and
BBQ. If you can add heat to a food you'll probably be able to taste it
here.
It's an experience that will definately add more spice to your life!
If you can't attend the show, then visit our web site and order your Cin
Chili from there.
www.cinchili.com<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?CINCHILICOMPANYINC./2d50a514ef/c
8edb8181a/2fd0e8acb5>
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flay
throwdown cookbook cover picture]
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From kg5ai at comcast.net Sat Mar 5 01:20:21 2011
From: kg5ai at comcast.net (Myles Barkman)
Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2011 01:20:21 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Fwd: National Fiery Foods and BBQ Show
References: <2d50a514ef-w5ezmtx=gmail.com@mail.vresp.com>
      <AANLkTinMBM0RGMWOk9Fqx9EbQ-DiffO6cTu4eLiOg94r@mail.gmail.com>
Message-ID: <476A1114FBA542C08C38916BB6B1A3D1@Office>

Are they going to have a balloon launch?
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: A.C. SPRAGGINS
  To: blt at stevens.com
  Sent: Friday, March 04, 2011 12:46 PM
  Subject: [BLT] Fwd: National Fiery Foods and BBQ Show


  ---------- Forwarded message ----------
  From: CIN CHILI & COMPANY, INC. <CIN_CHILI__COMPANY_INC at
mail.vresp.com>
  Date: Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM
  Subject: National Fiery Foods and BBQ Show
  To: w5ezmtx at gmail.com


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    ------------------------------

  Cin Chili &
Company<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?CINCHILICOMPANYINC./2d50a514ef/c8edb8181a
/51c9d7c056>will
  have a booth at the National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show in Albuquerque,
  New
  Mexico this weekend. Stop by our booth #216. Say you read this email
and
  you'll receive a free Cin Chili Koozie. The festival runs from March
4th,
  thru March 6th. It's being held at the Sandia Casino & Resort in the
  convention hall.



  Come on out and have a hot weekend sampling hot sauces, salsas, chili
and
  BBQ. If you can add heat to a food you'll probably be able to taste it
here.
  It's an experience that will definately add more spice to your life!



  If you can't attend the show, then visit our web site and order your
Cin
  Chili from there.

www.cinchili.com<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?CINCHILICOMPANYINC./2d50a514ef/c
8edb8181a/2fd0e8acb5>
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  [image: CIN CHILI BOWL PROFESSIONAL PHOTO COPY]         [image: Bobby
flay
  throwdown cookbook cover picture]
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From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon Mar 7 16:11:08 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 22:11:08 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT Dinner Meeting - This Wednesday - March 9th - Brick
House
 on 290!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901731938A4@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,

This is reminder of our dinner meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at
5:30 PM. We will be at our alternate venue - the Brick House Tavern and
Tap,
12910 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040. Join us! We have a table
reserved for the event.

To The Edge Of Space!

Andy W5ACM

From w5acm at swbell.net Tue Mar 8 22:52:44 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy MacAllister)
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 22:52:44 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Reminder: BLT Dinner Meeting - This Wednesday - March 9th
-
      Brick House on 290!
Message-ID: <CD0C2EA3ECEF4DF294EB9E0862758422@w5acmathlon>

FYI

----- Original Message -----
From: <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com>
To: <blt at stevens.com>
Sent: Monday, March 07, 2011 4:11 PM
Subject: BLT Dinner Meeting - This Wednesday - March 9th - Brick House on
290!


BLT Team,

This is reminder of our dinner meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at
5:30 PM. We will be at our alternate venue - the Brick House Tavern and
Tap,
12910 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040. Join us! We have a table
reserved for the event.

To The Edge Of Space!

Andy W5ACM



From ab5ss at swbell.net Sat Mar 19 11:48:55 2011
From: ab5ss at swbell.net (John Maca)
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2011 11:48:55 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Balloon Launch in MS next Saturday, March 26th
Message-ID: <386F8A04-13A1-449A-B9BC-D3186BDE117B@swbell.net>

I know Andy has mentioned this on the AMSAT net, but thought it's worth
repeating on the BLT reflector. They are doing some cool things, like
streaming live on http://www.ustream.tv and sending telemetry down on HF
in 4 digital modes (Domino-ex16, CW, RTTY, & Hellscreiber). Here's a
link to their school webpage http://www.madison-
schools.com/18912081810027520/site/default.asp.

John
AB5SS

======

HAM RADIO NEAR SPACE: MISSISSIPPI MIDDLE SCHOOL TO LAUNCH NEAR SPACE
BALLOON

A group of students from Olde Towne Middle School in Ridgeland,
Mississippi is preparing for a trip to space. Or at least as close as
they can get.

The OTMS Radio and Technology Club, along with the school's Science Team,
are planning a near-space balloon launch at 9 AM CDT on March 26th,
conditions permitting.

The balloon -- nicknamed Titans in Space -- will use the call sign KC5NXD
and is expected to reach an altitude of 94,825 feet. It will launch from
the Madison County Career and Technology Center in Gluckstadt. Preflight
will begin at 90 minutes before the scheduled launch. The preflight and
launch will be stream-cast live on the Internet at
www.ustream.tv/user/kc5nxd. You can also follow along on Twitter.

The project is led by Bill Richardson, N5VEI. He is encouraging radio
amateurs to follow the balloon via APRS on 144.39 MHz, on
http://aprs.fiwith the call sign kc5nxd-11 and via a 2 meter voice beacon
on 146.565 MHz. A 20 meter beacon at 14.079 or 14.080.5 MHz will offer
telemetry as well. According to Richardson, the group will be using a
special balloon-modified version of FLdigi, called dl-FLdigi. Ground
stations wanting to receive the balloon's telemetry using the program and
a sound card interface can find the software can find it free at
www.w1hkj.com (ARRL, Southgate, Others)



From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Fri Apr 8 00:03:08 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2011 05:03:08 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: OSCAR Numbers for FASTRAC 1 & 2
In-Reply-To: <AA1A9732909D49109E4A68E5FFBF4E99@MAIN>
References: <AA1A9732909D49109E4A68E5FFBF4E99@MAIN>
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0235C9E@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Go Horns!

Andy W5ACM

________________________________
From: Bill Tynan [billandmattie at windstream.net]
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2011 12:01 AM
To: smunoztoro at gmail.com; Thomas.Campbell at escg.jacobs.com
Cc: Andrew Glasbrenner; MacAllister, Andrew [PROCESS/DAN/HOU]; bod at
amsat.org; officers at amsat.org; Advisors-AMSAT; ans at amsat.org
Subject: OSCAR Numbers for FASTRAC 1 & 2

I have received word from Thomas M Campbel through Andy MacAllister,
W5ACM that the two FASTRAC satellites developed by the University of
Texas Satellite Design Laboratory, Department of Aerospace Engineering
and Engineering Mechanics Department have been confirmed as separated and
functioning. Further, I am informed by Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, IARU
Satellite Advisory Group representative that these two spacecraft have
been coordinated through IARU and meet the other requirements for
issuance of OSCAR numbers.

Therefore I congratulate Sebastian Mu?oz Toro and all on the FASTRAC team
for building testing and launching these two satellites; and by the
authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA President, I hereby issue FASTRAC
OSCAR- 69 or FO-69 to FASTRAC 1 and FASTRAC OSCAR 70 to FASTRAC 2.

AMSAT-NA is pleased to welcome FO-69 and FO-70 into the family of
Amateur Radio satellites. We are hopeful that they will fulfill their
intended mission of furthering education and increasing interest in the
Amateur Radio space program.

73 and best wishes,

William A. (Bill) Tynan, W3XO
OSCAR Number Administrator

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon Apr 11 16:15:54 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 21:15:54 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT Dinner Meeting - This Wednesday - April 13th - Brick
 House on 290!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D055C7B1@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,

This is reminder of our dinner meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at
5:30 PM. We will be at our alternate venue - the Brick House Tavern and
Tap,
12910 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040. Join us! We have a table
reserved for the event.

To The Edge Of Space!

Andy W5ACM


Various "Happy Hour" prices are available on select items until 6 PM.

$1   Cans
$2   Domestic Drafts
$3   Import Drafts & Wells
$4   House Wines & Specialty Imports
$5   Appetizers


From w5acm at swbell.net Wed Apr 13 00:35:12 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy MacAllister)
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 00:35:12 -0500
Subject: [BLT] REMINDER - BLT Dinner Meeting - This Wednesday - April
13th -
      Brick House on 290!
Message-ID: <DA71369AE00D4628B3BE5552F30D51D5@w5acmathlon>

Dinner Meeting Agenda:

Launch Dates - May is not a good month for successful payload recovery...
Timeline - Secret BLT Lab workfests and Launch Date.
Dinner Meetings - Change of venue?
Payloads - What do YOU want?
BLT-27 T-Shirt Designs for review.
BLT-27 is The Flight of the TOYZ!

To The Edge Of   Space!

Andy W5ACM

----- Original Message -----
From: <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com>
To: <blt at stevens.com>
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 4:15 PM
Subject: [BLT] BLT Dinner Meeting - This Wednesday - April 13th - Brick
House on 290!


>   BLT Team,
>
>   This is reminder of our dinner meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at
>   5:30 PM. We will be at our alternate venue - the Brick House Tavern and
>   Tap,
>   12910 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040. Join us! We have a table
>   reserved for the event.
>
>   To The Edge Of Space!
>
>   Andy W5ACM
>
>
>   Various "Happy Hour" prices are available on select items until 6 PM.
>
>   $1   Cans
>   $2   Domestic Drafts
>   $3   Import Drafts & Wells
>   $4   House Wines & Specialty Imports
>   $5   Appetizers
>
>   _______________________________________________
>   BLT mailing list
>   BLT at stevens.com
>   http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>



From fjuch at austin.rr.com Thu Apr 14 22:17:42 2011
From: fjuch at austin.rr.com (fjuch at austin.rr.com)
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 22:17:42 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Dayton 2011
In-Reply-To: <20110119030315.C1O38.199775.root@hrndva-web15-z02>
Message-ID: <20110415031742.TI5QF.91239.root@hrndva-web22-z02>

Well I have an airline ticket I will loose if I do not use it by June, do
since Dayton is in May, I am planning a trip to the Hamcom. Looking to
share a room, and car maybe, I will be flying Southwest Airlines,
probably leaving Thursday, retuening late Sunday.

Please reply directly is you are interested.

Thanks,
Fred Juch, N5JXO
512-970-8892 or 512-310-2700

From w5acm at swbell.net Thu Apr 21 23:03:30 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy MacAllister)
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:03:30 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Fw: APRS operators wanted for balloon flight
Message-ID: <2568FFB946D349B99AD6E80ED072D127@w5acmathlon>


There is no good reason for anything to be anywhere... therefore,
anything
is possible!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Patricia Reiff" <reiff at rice.edu>
To: "NARS Club" <nars at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2011 8:49 PM
Subject: APRS operators wanted for balloon flight


>   Balloon flight seeks aprs operator.
>   We're flying "Inspiration" on Sunday May 8.
>   Ham radio operators requested!
>   For more details see
>   http://www.bearsonpatrol.org/space/
>
>   We are flying our space mascots so we really do want to recover this
>   payload!!
>
>   --
>   Patricia Reiff, Director, Rice Space Institute
>   6100 Main St. MS 108
>   Houston TX 77005
>   (713)348-4634
>



From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon Apr 25 11:00:47 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:00:47 +0000
Subject: [BLT] U of H Balloon Flight - FW: BTS-1 May 8 10AM
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D06C354D@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

APRS balloon Flight from U of H campus - May 8th - Sometime after 10 AM!

________________________________
From: blake at bearsonpatrol.org<mailto:blake at bearsonpatrol.org>
To: N5MT at aol.com<mailto:N5MT at aol.com>
Sent: 4/23/2011 5:56:43 P.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: Re: BTS-1 May 8

Hi Mike,

Thanks for contacting me. We'll be meeting at 10 AM at the downtown
campus for the launch. The inflating and preparation of the balloon will
be handled by a team of people who do the launches from there, so I'm
sure they'll be careful in handling it.
We will be live streaming the launch from the ground, and also will have
GoPro cameras onboard, but we won't have a live video feed from the
balloon. The only radio transmissions from the balloon will be APRS
(N4BWR-11) on 144.390.

On 4/23/2011 11:46 AM, N5MT at aol.com<mailto:N5MT at aol.com> wrote:
Blake,

There are several of us in Houston that do a yearly balloon launch abt 50
miles SW of Houston from Wharton airport.
We use two GPS beacons on two UHF freq. Backup is sometimes needed.
Also, does your GPS work above 60,000 ft? Some of the older ones do not.

I am a hunter so I will be interested in chasing. I video recorded our
last landing with a friend driving. Think there will be others
interested in hunting it.

Launching from downtown UH should be ok, you just need to find a quiet
place so when you inflate nothing touches the skin else it will.....pop.
Downtown Houston is breezy at times.
For our launches, we use a hanger at the airport,etc.
If the people inflating the balloon use rubber gloves and talc you might
be ok.
The weather guys sometime use an inclosure that is soft around the
balloon ,
it has a quick release gaget that opens the inclosure to let the balloon
out quickly,

so how do you expect to inflate/launch BTS-1?

Will there be video From the balloon or just still camera for later
viewing after recovery?

If video what frequency will it be on?
How many freq will you be using for everything coming from the package?

I live southwest of   Rice Univ which is abt 3 mi south of downtown near
the Medical Ctr.

Please advise as many of the people interested, esp
W5ACM Andy may have asked similar questions.

Happy Easter.   73 Mike   N5MT


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon Apr 25 13:11:35 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:11:35 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BTS-1 Website - U of H Balloon Launch
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0730C4C@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

PIG, TEDDY BEAR & RUBBER CHICKEN WILL ATTEMPT TO REACH THE EDGE OF SPACE
BTS-1 Balloon Transport System's First Launch with Three Mission Mascots
"Inspiration"

Houston, TX (April 21, 2011) - Three mission mascots have joined forces
to raise awareness for Science Education and Peace through Bears on
Patrol, a nonprofit organization based in Carrollton, Georgia. They will
fly to near space (about 100,000 feet) in a weather balloon equipped with
tracking devices and three
GoPro HD cameras to record their journey. The launch will take place on
May 8th, 2011 from the University of Houston downtown campus. Launch
preparations begin at 10 AM. The flight capsule was named "Inspiration"
as part of a naming contest.

Read more at:   http://www.bearsonpatrol.org/space/



From cboone at earthlink.net Mon Apr 25 14:20:31 2011
From: cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:20:31 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BTS-1 Website - U of H Balloon Launch
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0730C4C@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0730C4C@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <004301cc037d$d836ff20$88a4fd60$@net>

Need to do one with a "Swinetrek" craft full of 3 Muppets and call it of
course "Pigs in Space"...may be able to get the Muppets to sponsor it ;)

-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of
Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2011 1:12 PM
To: blt at stevens.com
Subject: [BLT] BTS-1 Website - U of H Balloon Launch

PIG, TEDDY BEAR & RUBBER CHICKEN WILL ATTEMPT TO REACH THE EDGE OF SPACE

BTS-1 Balloon Transport System's First Launch with Three Mission Mascots
"Inspiration"

Houston, TX (April 21, 2011) - Three mission mascots have joined forces
to
raise awareness for Science Education and Peace through Bears on Patrol,
a
nonprofit organization based in Carrollton, Georgia. They will fly to
near
space (about 100,000 feet) in a weather balloon equipped with tracking
devices and three
GoPro HD cameras to record their journey. The launch will take place on
May
8th, 2011 from the University of Houston downtown campus. Launch
preparations begin at 10 AM. The flight capsule was named "Inspiration"
as
part of a naming contest.

Read more at:   http://www.bearsonpatrol.org/space/



From mullani at tlite.com Mon Apr 25 14:23:43 2011
From: mullani at tlite.com (Nizar Mullani)
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:23:43 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BTS-1 Website - U of H Balloon Launch
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0730C4C@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0730C4C@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <004f01cc037e$4a65cd10$df316730$@com>

What is the launch time?

-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of
Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2011 1:12 PM
To: blt at stevens.com
Subject: [BLT] BTS-1 Website - U of H Balloon Launch

PIG, TEDDY BEAR & RUBBER CHICKEN WILL ATTEMPT TO REACH THE EDGE OF SPACE

BTS-1 Balloon Transport System's First Launch with Three Mission Mascots
"Inspiration"

Houston, TX (April 21, 2011) - Three mission mascots have joined forces
to
raise awareness for Science Education and Peace through Bears on Patrol,
a
nonprofit organization based in Carrollton, Georgia. They will fly to
near
space (about 100,000 feet) in a weather balloon equipped with tracking
devices and three
GoPro HD cameras to record their journey. The launch will take place on
May
8th, 2011 from the University of Houston downtown campus. Launch
preparations begin at 10 AM. The flight capsule was named "Inspiration"
as
part of a naming contest.

Read more at:   http://www.bearsonpatrol.org/space/


_______________________________________________
BLT mailing list
BLT at stevens.com
http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon Apr 25 14:46:43 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 19:46:43 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: Tailgate Sale Reminder -- This Saturday -- April 30
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0730D14@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

AREA AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS JOINT TAILGATE SALE

FREE PARKING

COME & SELL, BUY, TRADE

When: April 30
Where: Summit High School
1838 E. Sam Houston Pkwy
(Beltway 8 bwtn Pasadena Blvd & Red Bluff)
Pasadena, TX.
Time: 7am until ???
Sponsored by: PARC, CLARC, BAARC, PERC
Pearland, Clear Lake, Baytown & Pasadena

Talk-in: 145.290 Tone 103.5


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon May 2 22:31:03 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Tue, 3 May 2011 03:31:03 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 The Flight of the TOYZ!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0235CC2@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Next meeting is at the Sugarland Secret BLT Lab on May 11th!
It's time for BLT-27 T-Shirts. Check the pix at
http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html
It's time to commit to orders, offer graphics suggestions, etc.

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue May 3 15:48:17 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Tue, 3 May 2011 20:48:17 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: FW: U of H Balloon Flight - FW: BTS-1 May 8 10AM
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D08573F0@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

U of H Balloon Flight - http://www.bearsonpatrol.org/space/


Andrew MacAllister | T +1 713 827 4334
From: Blake Raab [mailto:blake at bearsonpatrol.org]
Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2011 3:04 PM
To: MacAllister, Andrew [PROCESS/DAN/HOU]
Cc: n5mt at aol.com
Subject: Re: FW: U of H Balloon Flight - FW: BTS-1 May 8 10AM

Yes. It is May 8th, with launch preparations starting at 10 AM. Launch
happening probably within the hour.

On 5/3/2011 3:59 PM, Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com<mailto:Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com> wrote:
What's the projected date??
Is it still My 8th??

Andy W5ACM

Andrew MacAllister | T +1 713 827 4334
From: MacAllister, Andrew [PROCESS/DAN/HOU]
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2011 11:01 AM
To: 'blt at stevens.com<mailto:blt at stevens.com>'
Subject: U of H Balloon Flight - FW: BTS-1 May 8 10AM

APRS balloon Flight from U of H campus - May 8th - Sometime after 10 AM!




--

Blake Raab

Executive Director

Bears on Patrol

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Fri May 6 22:41:36 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sat, 7 May 2011 03:41:36 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 Meeting Notes - Schedule - Shirts - Website
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0235CC6@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Members,

The April 13th BLT Dinner-Meeting was excellent. Attendees included
W5ACM, KD5ELH, W5EZM, W5MAB, K5SAF, KT5TK, and WA5TWT. We discussed
schedules, payloads, the BLT-27 Shirt design and other things that come
to mind at The Brick House...

Here is the TENTATIVE BLT-27 Schedule:

May 11 - Planning Meeting at The Secret BLT Lab, 310 Lombardy in Sugar
Land - 8PM
May 18 - Dinner Meeting at Saltgrass Steak House, 8943 Katy Freeway,
between Campbell and Voss - 5:30 PM
June 8 - Dinner Meeting
June 15 - Lab Meeting
July 13 - Dinner Meeting
July 20 - Lab Meeting
August 10 - Dinner Meeting
August 17 - Lab Meeting
August 19 - Lab Meeting
August 20 - Primary BLT-27 Launch Date - 10AM - Wharton Intergalactic
Spaceport
August 27 - Backup Launch Date

The payloads will be multiple, autonomous devices from several members.
We expect to have at least FOUR individual payload containers - a great
opportunity for NEW Payload Manager titles.

The current version of the BLT-27 shirt design can be seen at
http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html . Yes, there is time for changes! Any
suggestions? John AB5SS has been BUSY working on the design. We will be
DROPPING the price for pre-ordered shirts from $20 to $18. We can't go
lower due to the four-color, two-sided printing. Our cost has not
changed, but our financial needs have been lowered thanks to your support
for BLT-26 and the genersous donation from the Brazos Valley Amateur
Raido Club (BVARC).

In the "other" category, we have the change of dinner-meeting venue from
The Brick House back to the Saltgrass Steak House. We expect this to
continue until September. We really like The Brick House, but it is a bit
hard to hear anything said from more than a few feet away...

I will see you at the Secret BLT Lab on Wednesday!

To The Edge Of Space!

Andy W5ACM


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue May 10 21:50:44 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 02:50:44 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Meeting at BLT Lab Reminder
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0235CCB@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Here is the TENTATIVE BLT-27 Schedule:
May 11 - Planning Meeting at The Secret BLT Lab, 310 Lombardy in Sugar
Land - 8PM
May 18 - Dinner Meeting at Saltgrass Steak House, 8943 Katy Freeway,
between Campbell and Voss - 5:30 PM
June 8 - Dinner Meeting
June 15 - Lab Meeting
July 13 - Dinner Meeting
July 20 - Lab Meeting
August 10 - Dinner Meeting
August 17 - Lab Meeting
August 19 - Lab Meeting
August 20 - Primary BLT-27 Launch Date - 10AM - Wharton Intergalactic
Spaceport
August 27 - Backup Launch Date


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Thu May 12 08:50:51 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 13:50:51 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: How to Launch a Camera Into Space - Electronic
Products
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D095A71C@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Thoughts on TOYZ to the Edge of Space!
73 de Andy W5ACM

Sent from my Samsung Epic? 4G

-------- Original message --------
Subject: How to Launch a Camera Into Space - Electronic Products
To: Andy MacAllister <w5acm at amsat.org>

You might enjoy this.

http://www2.electronicproducts.com/How_to_Launch_a_Camera_Into_Space-
pmarticle-5355663.aspx

Louis McFadin W5DID


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Thu May 12 09:04:02 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 14:04:02 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: FW: How to Launch a Camera Into Space - Electronic
      Products
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D095A751@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Thoughts on TOYZ to the Edge of Space!
73 de Andy W5ACM



Sent from my Samsung Epic? 4G



-------- Original message --------

Subject: How to Launch a Camera Into Space - Electronic Products

To: Andy MacAllister <w5acm at amsat.org>



You might enjoy this.



http://www2.electronicproducts.com/How_to_Launch_a_Camera_Into_Space-
pmarticle-5355663.aspx



Louis McFadin W5DID




From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Thu May 12 09:07:31 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 14:07:31 +0000
Subject: [BLT] How to Launch a Camera Into Space - THIRD ATTEMPT to Send!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D095A75D@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Thoughts on TOYZ to the Edge of Space!
73 de Andy W5ACM

Sent from my Samsung Epic(tm) 4G

-------- Original message --------
Subject: How to Launch a Camera Into Space - Electronic Products
To: Andy MacAllister <w5acm at amsat.org>

You might enjoy this.

http://www2.electronicproducts.com/How_to_Launch_a_Camera_Into_Space-
pmarticle-5355663.aspx

Louis McFadin W5DID
From w5ezmtx at gmail.com Thu May 12 14:06:58 2011
From: w5ezmtx at gmail.com (A.C. SPRAGGINS)
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 13:06:58 -0600
Subject: [BLT] QST, John Maca, NASA
Message-ID: <BANLkTin7UQ0B-3AOvhEBDqeUpo6hx=r8Sw@mail.gmail.com>

There is a nice picture of John, AB5SS, on page 73 of the June, 2011
issue
of QST.

Prosit, and 73

A.C.
w5ezm

From w5ezmtx at gmail.com Thu May 12 17:24:21 2011
From: w5ezmtx at gmail.com (A.C. SPRAGGINS)
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 17:24:21 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Fwd: QST, John Maca, NASA, 2nd attempt
Message-ID: <BANLkTikHs75fif22D24wmh2y0hXpDo4JOA@mail.gmail.com>

There is a nice picture of John, AB5SS, on page 73 of the June, 2011
issue
of QST.

Prosit, and 73

A.C.
w5ezm

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Fri May 13 15:20:01 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 20:20:01 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: FBI tracking device - Looks a lot like a BLT Toy!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D09A728A@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

This looks soooo much like our BLT APRS units, only more expensive...
Note the low-current D-size lithium batteries. We've even used them
before!

Don't forget our dinner meeting next Wednesday at the Saltgrass on I-10
West at 5:30 PM.

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM


Subject: FBI tracking device
We partnered with Wired to bring you a peek inside an FBI car-tracking
device. The device is similar to the one Yasir Afifi found underneath his
car. If you're curious where this

one came from, Wired has posted a writeup about Kathy Thomas, the woman
who found this tracker under her car. They've also posted a video of Kyle
doing the teardown.
The device comprises of a GPS unit for receiving the car's position, an
RF transmitter for relaying your location to the interested authority
(aka the FBI), and a set of sweet D-

cell batteries that power the whole enchilada. But we didn't stop there,
of course. Read on to find out exactly what components make this
secretive device tick.
Disclaimer: We love the FBI. We've worked with them on several occasions
to fight crime and locate criminals. We've helped them with instructions
on gaining entry into certain

devices. We have nothing against them, and we hope they don't come after
us for publishing this teardown.
http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Tracking-Device-Teardown/5250/1


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Fri May 13 15:59:20 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 20:59:20 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: Forget flying balloons, try one of these !!!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D09A7305@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

This is one absolutely amazing remote controlled [RC] model airplane.?
Not only did they build its jet engines, but included a retractable
landing gear, and built it into a fully scaled model of the SR-71
"Blackbird". This SR-71 model was built by an Engineer / RC enthusiast in
Germany

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=SDbQ5xvsrIU




From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon May 16 14:03:29 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 19:03:29 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 Shirt Update! Preorder commitments needed NOW
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D09A7A2D@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,

Our shirt designer John AB5SS has reviewed suggestions received about the
BLT-27 shirt design.
John Says, "everyone who pre-orders gets their call on the shirt in the
GPS text area".

Preordering simply means that you give me a quantity and size(s) - simply
commit to an order ($18 each). Payment will not be needed until the
shirts come in!

Let me know! The deadline is this Wednesday - so that we can get the
shirts back prior to the Plano Hamcom.

We will be discussing this and MANY other topics at the BLT Dinner:


Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 5:30 PM

Salt Grass Steak House

8943 Katy Freeway



I-10 West, South side, between Campbell and Voss

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM

From kmkendrick at gmail.com Mon May 16 16:11:46 2011
From: kmkendrick at gmail.com (Kirk Kendrick)
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 16:11:46 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 Shirt Update! Preorder commitments needed NOW
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D09A7A2D@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D09A7A2D@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <BANLkTikzoJ8tjJD5tM=+tL1exj3P0FEG7Q@mail.gmail.com>

Andy,
I need 2 shirts:
-- 2XL with KK2Z call
-- XL with W5JMK call

Thanks!!
Kirk

On 5/16/11, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
<Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com> wrote:
> BLT Team,
>
> Our shirt designer John AB5SS has reviewed suggestions received about
the
> BLT-27 shirt design.
>
> John Says, "everyone who pre-orders gets their call on the shirt in the
GPS
> text area".
>
> Preordering simply means that you give me a quantity and size(s) -
simply
> commit to an order ($18 each). Payment will not be needed until the
shirts
> come in!
>
> Let me know! The deadline is this Wednesday - so that we can get the
shirts
> back prior to the Plano Hamcom.
>
> We will be discussing this and MANY other topics at the BLT Dinner:
>
>
> Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 5:30 PM
>
> Salt Grass Steak House
>
> 8943 Katy Freeway
>
>
>
> I-10 West, South side, between Campbell and Voss
>
> To The Edge of Space!
>
> Andy W5ACM
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

--
Sent from my mobile device

From teachseventh at gmail.com Mon May 16 23:45:23 2011
From: teachseventh at gmail.com (Joe Ross)
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 23:45:23 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT Tees
In-Reply-To: <BANLkTikzoJ8tjJD5tM=+tL1exj3P0FEG7Q@mail.gmail.com>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D09A7A2D@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <BANLkTikzoJ8tjJD5tM=+tL1exj3P0FEG7Q@mail.gmail.com>
Message-ID: <4DD1FD63.8040709@gmail.com>

Hi Andy,

Please put me down for an XL,

Hope to make the Salt Grass on Wednesday,
73... DE    W5BSA

Joe Ross

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue May 17 10:22:01 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 15:22:01 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Food and Clothing
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0A02F45@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Food = South Texas Balloon Launch Team Dinner at Salt Grass
Clothing = Deadline approaching for BLT-27 Shirt Orders!
The count is now @ 30.

See Below...
73 de Andy W5ACM
http://www.w5acm.net


Andrew MacAllister | T +1 713 827 4334
From: MacAllister, Andrew [PROCESS/DAN/HOU]
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2011 2:03 PM
To: 'blt at stevens.com'
Subject: BLT-27 Shirt Update! Preorder commitments needed NOW

BLT Team,

Our shirt designer John AB5SS has reviewed suggestions received about the
BLT-27 shirt design.

John Says, "everyone who pre-orders gets their call on the shirt in the
GPS text area".

Preordering simply means that you give me a quantity and size(s) - simply
commit to an order ($18 each). Payment will not be needed until the
shirts come in!

Let me know! The deadline is this Wednesday - so that we can get the
shirts back prior to the Plano Hamcom.

We will be discussing this and MANY other topics at the BLT Dinner:


Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 5:30 PM

Salt Grass Steak House

8943 Katy Freeway
I-10 West, South side, between Campbell and Voss

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM

From w5omr at att.net Tue May 17 12:07:00 2011
From: w5omr at att.net (Geoff Edmonson)
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 12:07:00 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Food and Clothing
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0A02F45@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0A02F45@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <4DD2AB34.9010909@att.net>

On 05/17/2011 10:22 AM, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
> Our shirt designer John AB5SS has reviewed suggestions received about
the BLT-27 shirt design.
>
> John Says, "everyone who pre-orders gets their call on the shirt in the
GPS text area".
>
> Preordering simply means that you give me a quantity and size(s) -
simply commit to an order ($18 each). Payment will not be needed until
the shirts come in!
>
> Let me know! The deadline is this Wednesday - so that we can get the
shirts back prior to the Plano Hamcom.
>

i'd like a 2x, please.

de W5OMR

--
73 = Best Regards,
-Geoff/W5OMR


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Wed May 18 22:15:42 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 03:15:42 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-26.5
In-Reply-To: <38DDA37607BF4046ABCC31EFCD0B8F69579BFC@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <38DDA37607BF4046ABCC31EFCD0B8F69579BFC@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0235CD2@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>


http://www.w5acm.net/b26511521.htm
From nghoto at yahoo.com Wed May 18 09:09:20 2011
From: nghoto at yahoo.com (Ahmed Nazeer-(Geo))
Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 07:09:20 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [BLT] BLT Digest, Vol 45, Issue 2
In-Reply-To: <mailman.39.1305580329.19894.blt@stevens.com>
References: <mailman.39.1305580329.19894.blt@stevens.com>
Message-ID: <852514.77357.qm@web114513.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>




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Today's Topics:

   1. BLT-27 Meeting Notes - Schedule - Shirts - Website
      (Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com)
   2. Meeting at BLT Lab Reminder (Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com)
   3. FW: How to Launch a Camera Into Space - Electronic Products
      (Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com)
   4. FW: FW: How to Launch a Camera Into Space - Electronic
      Products (Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com)
   5. How to Launch a Camera Into Space - THIRD ATTEMPT to Send!
      (Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com)
   6. QST, John Maca, NASA (A.C. SPRAGGINS)
   7. Fwd: QST, John Maca, NASA, 2nd attempt (A.C. SPRAGGINS)
   8. FW: FBI tracking device - Looks a lot like a BLT Toy!
      (Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com)
   9. FW: Forget flying balloons, try one of these !!!
      (Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com)
  10. BLT-27 Shirt Update! Preorder commitments needed NOW
      (Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com)
  11. Re: BLT-27 Shirt Update! Preorder commitments needed NOW
      (Kirk Kendrick)


----------------------------------------------------------------------

Message: 1
Date: Sat, 7 May 2011 03:41:36 +0000
From: <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com>
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 Meeting Notes - Schedule - Shirts - Website
To: <blt at stevens.com>
Message-ID:
    <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0235CC6 at usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"

BLT Members,

The April 13th BLT Dinner-Meeting was excellent. Attendees included
W5ACM,
KD5ELH, W5EZM, W5MAB, K5SAF, KT5TK, and WA5TWT. We discussed schedules,
payloads, the BLT-27 Shirt design and other things that come to mind at
The
Brick House...

Here is the TENTATIVE BLT-27 Schedule:

May 11 - Planning Meeting at The Secret BLT Lab, 310 Lombardy in Sugar
Land -
8PM
May 18 - Dinner Meeting at Saltgrass Steak House, 8943 Katy Freeway,
between
Campbell and Voss - 5:30 PM
June 8 - Dinner Meeting
June 15 - Lab Meeting
July 13 - Dinner Meeting
July 20 - Lab Meeting
August 10 - Dinner Meeting
August 17 - Lab Meeting
August 19 - Lab Meeting
August 20 - Primary BLT-27 Launch Date - 10AM - Wharton Intergalactic
Spaceport
August 27 - Backup Launch Date

The payloads will be multiple, autonomous devices from several members.
We
expect to have at least FOUR individual payload containers - a great
opportunity
for NEW Payload Manager titles.

The current version of the BLT-27 shirt design can be seen at
http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html . Yes, there is time for changes! Any
suggestions?
John AB5SS has been BUSY working on the design. We will be DROPPING the
price
for pre-ordered shirts from $20 to $18. We can't go lower due to the
four-color,
two-sided printing. Our cost has not changed, but our financial needs
have been
lowered thanks to your support for BLT-26 and the genersous donation from
the
Brazos Valley Amateur Raido Club (BVARC).

In the "other" category, we have the change of dinner-meeting venue from
The
Brick House back to the Saltgrass Steak House. We expect this to continue
until
September. We really like The Brick House, but it is a bit hard to hear
anything
said from more than a few feet away...

I will see you at the Secret BLT Lab on Wednesday!

To The Edge Of Space!

Andy W5ACM



------------------------------

Message: 2
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 02:50:44 +0000
From: <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com>
Subject: [BLT] Meeting at BLT Lab Reminder
To: <blt at stevens.com>
Message-ID:
    <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0235CCB at usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"

Here is the TENTATIVE BLT-27 Schedule:

May 11 - Planning Meeting at The Secret BLT Lab, 310 Lombardy in Sugar
Land -
8PM
May 18 - Dinner Meeting at Saltgrass Steak House, 8943 Katy Freeway,
between
Campbell and Voss - 5:30 PM
June 8 - Dinner Meeting
June 15 - Lab Meeting
July 13 - Dinner Meeting
July 20 - Lab Meeting
August 10 - Dinner Meeting
August 17 - Lab Meeting
August 19 - Lab Meeting
August 20 - Primary BLT-27 Launch Date - 10AM - Wharton Intergalactic
Spaceport
August 27 - Backup Launch Date



------------------------------

Message: 3
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 13:50:51 +0000
From: <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com>
Subject: [BLT] FW: How to Launch a Camera Into Space - Electronic
    Products
To: <blt at stevens.com>
Message-ID:
    <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D095A71C at usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"

Thoughts on TOYZ to the Edge of Space!
73 de Andy W5ACM

Sent from my Samsung Epic? 4G

-------- Original message --------
Subject: How to Launch a Camera Into Space - Electronic Products
To: Andy MacAllister <w5acm at amsat.org>

You might enjoy this.

http://www2.electronicproducts.com/How_to_Launch_a_Camera_Into_Space-
pmarticle-5355663.aspx


Louis McFadin W5DID


------------------------------

Message: 4
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 14:04:02 +0000
From: <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com>
Subject: [BLT] FW: FW: How to Launch a Camera Into Space - Electronic
    Products
To: <blt at stevens.com>
Message-ID:
    <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D095A751 at usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"

Thoughts on TOYZ to the Edge of Space!

73 de Andy W5ACM
Sent from my Samsung Epic? 4G



-------- Original message --------

Subject: How to Launch a Camera Into Space - Electronic Products

To: Andy MacAllister <w5acm at amsat.org>



You might enjoy this.



http://www2.electronicproducts.com/How_to_Launch_a_Camera_Into_Space-
pmarticle-5355663.aspx




Louis McFadin W5DID




------------------------------

Message: 5
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 14:07:31 +0000
From: <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com>
Subject: [BLT] How to Launch a Camera Into Space - THIRD ATTEMPT to
    Send!
To: <blt at stevens.com>
Message-ID:
    <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D095A75D at usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

Thoughts on TOYZ to the Edge of Space!
73 de Andy W5ACM

Sent from my Samsung Epic(tm) 4G

-------- Original message --------
Subject: How to Launch a Camera Into Space - Electronic Products
To: Andy MacAllister <w5acm at amsat.org>

You might enjoy this.
http://www2.electronicproducts.com/How_to_Launch_a_Camera_Into_Space-
pmarticle-5355663.aspx


Louis McFadin W5DID



------------------------------

Message: 6
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 13:06:58 -0600
From: "A.C. SPRAGGINS" <w5ezmtx at gmail.com>
Subject: [BLT] QST, John Maca, NASA
To: blt at stevens.com
Message-ID: <BANLkTin7UQ0B-3AOvhEBDqeUpo6hx=r8Sw at mail.gmail.com>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1

There is a nice picture of John, AB5SS, on page 73 of the June, 2011
issue
of QST.

Prosit, and 73

A.C.
w5ezm


------------------------------

Message: 7
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 17:24:21 -0500
From: "A.C. SPRAGGINS" <w5ezmtx at gmail.com>
Subject: [BLT] Fwd: QST, John Maca, NASA, 2nd attempt
To: blt at stevens.com
Message-ID: <BANLkTikHs75fif22D24wmh2y0hXpDo4JOA at mail.gmail.com>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1

There is a nice picture of John, AB5SS, on page 73 of the June, 2011
issue
of QST.

Prosit, and 73

A.C.
w5ezm


------------------------------

Message: 8
Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 20:20:01 +0000
From: <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com>
Subject: [BLT] FW: FBI tracking device - Looks a lot like a BLT Toy!
To: <blt at stevens.com>
Message-ID:
    <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D09A728A at usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

This looks soooo much like our BLT APRS units, only more expensive...
Note the
low-current D-size lithium batteries. We've even used them before!

Don't forget our dinner meeting next Wednesday at the Saltgrass on I-10
West at
5:30 PM.

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM


Subject: FBI tracking device

We partnered with Wired to bring you a peek inside an FBI car-tracking
device.
The device is similar to the one Yasir Afifi found underneath his car. If
you're
curious where this


one came from, Wired has posted a writeup about Kathy Thomas, the woman
who
found this tracker under her car. They've also posted a video of Kyle
doing the
teardown.
The device comprises of a GPS unit for receiving the car's position, an
RF
transmitter for relaying your location to the interested authority (aka
the
FBI), and a set of sweet D-

cell batteries that power the whole enchilada. But we didn't stop there,
of
course. Read on to find out exactly what components make this secretive
device
tick.
Disclaimer: We love the FBI. We've worked with them on several occasions
to
fight crime and locate criminals. We've helped them with instructions on
gaining
entry into certain


devices. We have nothing against them, and we hope they don't come after
us for
publishing this teardown.
http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Tracking-Device-Teardown/5250/1



------------------------------

Message: 9
Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 20:59:20 +0000
From: <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com>
Subject: [BLT] FW: Forget flying balloons, try one of these !!!
To: <blt at stevens.com>
Message-ID:
    <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D09A7305 at usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"

This is one absolutely amazing remote controlled [RC] model airplane.?
Not only
did they build its jet engines, but included a retractable landing gear,
and
built it into a fully scaled model of the SR-71 "Blackbird". This SR-71
model
was built by an Engineer / RC enthusiast in Germany


http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=SDbQ5xvsrIU




------------------------------

Message: 10
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 19:03:29 +0000
From: <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com>
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 Shirt Update! Preorder commitments needed NOW
To: <blt at stevens.com>
Message-ID:
    <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D09A7A2D at usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

BLT Team,

Our shirt designer John AB5SS has reviewed suggestions received about the
BLT-27
shirt design.

John Says, "everyone who pre-orders gets their call on the shirt in the
GPS text
area".
Preordering simply means that you give me a quantity and size(s) - simply
commit
to an order ($18 each). Payment will not be needed until the shirts come
in!

Let me know! The deadline is this Wednesday - so that we can get the
shirts back
prior to the Plano Hamcom.

We will be discussing this and MANY other topics at the BLT Dinner:


Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 5:30 PM

Salt Grass Steak House

8943 Katy Freeway



I-10 West, South side, between Campbell and Voss

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM


------------------------------

Message: 11
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 16:11:46 -0500
From: Kirk Kendrick <kmkendrick at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [BLT] BLT-27 Shirt Update! Preorder commitments needed
    NOW
To: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com, blt at stevens.com
Message-ID: <BANLkTikzoJ8tjJD5tM=+tL1exj3P0FEG7Q at mail.gmail.com>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1

Andy,
I need 2 shirts:
-- 2XL with KK2Z call
-- XL with W5JMK call

Thanks!!
Kirk

On 5/16/11, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
<Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com> wrote:
> BLT Team,
>
> Our shirt designer John AB5SS has reviewed suggestions received about
the
> BLT-27 shirt design.
>
> John Says, "everyone who pre-orders gets their call on the shirt in the
GPS
> text area".
>
> Preordering simply means that you give me a quantity and size(s) -
simply
> commit to an order ($18 each). Payment will not be needed until the
shirts
> come in!
>
> Let me know! The deadline is this Wednesday - so that we can get the
shirts
> back prior to the Plano Hamcom.
>
> We will be discussing this and MANY other topics at the BLT Dinner:
>
>
> Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 5:30 PM
>
> Salt Grass Steak House
>
> 8943 Katy Freeway
>
>
>
> I-10 West, South side, between Campbell and Voss
>
> To The Edge of Space!
>
> Andy W5ACM
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

--
Sent from my mobile device


------------------------------

_______________________________________________
BLT mailing list
BLT at stevens.com
http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt


End of BLT Digest, Vol 45, Issue 2
**********************************

From k5saf at att.net Sat May 21 10:11:16 2011
From: k5saf at att.net (k5saf)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 10:11:16 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Fry's Portable Power
Message-ID: <212831C3CE1D4DB7A401EC2DF399539D@TCMPC>

Air, inverter & DC for $50 after $15 rebate - from add in paper.

http://www.frys.com/product/5734172?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG


73,
Tom K5SAF

From afmattis at hal-pc.org Sat May 21 19:58:52 2011
From: afmattis at hal-pc.org (Allen F. Mattis)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 19:58:52 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT 26.5
Message-ID: <mailman.0.1306025956.19891.blt@stevens.com>

N5AFV monitoring for 14.318 MHz beacon at 0058utc


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sat May 21 20:09:50 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 01:09:50 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-26.5 is UP!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D048652A@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Launch at 8 PM. 14.318 sounds best. Plenty of lift and perfect cndx! Pse
send reports to the remailer.

Andy

From afmattis at hal-pc.org Sat May 21 20:15:20 2011
From: afmattis at hal-pc.org (Allen F. Mattis)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 20:15:20 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT 26.5
Message-ID: <mailman.1.1306026938.19891.blt@stevens.com>

N5AFV
Heavy QRM 14.318 MHz
Now monitoring 28.305 MHz - nothing heard 015utc


From w5ezmtx at gmail.com Sat May 21 20:23:02 2011
From: w5ezmtx at gmail.com (A.C. SPRAGGINS)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 20:23:02 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT 26.5
In-Reply-To: <4dd863c1.c545340a.43f0.ffffd0f4SMTPIN_ADDED@mx.google.com>
References: <4dd863c1.c545340a.43f0.ffffd0f4SMTPIN_ADDED@mx.google.com>
Message-ID: <BANLkTi=2CFRxvpCSvRgNxSJhm0vZMLyhjQ@mail.gmail.com>

Yeah, lots of ssb qrm from 14.314.   Will listen to both freqs.
Prosit,

A.C.

>   N5AFV
>   Heavy QRM 14.318 MHz
>   Now monitoring 28.305 MHz - nothing heard 015utc
>
>   _______________________________________________
>   BLT mailing list
>   BLT at stevens.com
>   http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sat May 21 20:30:25 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 01:30:25 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-26.5 Rising nicely
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D048652B@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Beep rate is slowing. Sigs best on 14.317 but also copying 28.30354 quite
well.
Andy

From thomas at familytreedna.com Sat May 21 20:32:04 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 20:32:04 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT 26.5
In-Reply-To: <20110521201576.SM02152@p02c12m093.mxlogic.net>
References: <20110521201576.SM02152@p02c12m093.mxlogic.net>
Message-ID: <4DD86794.60500@familytreedna.com>

Sorry, nothing received on my end either
monitoring both frequencies (14.318 & 28.305)

QTH Houston

Thomas
KT5TK


From afmattis at hal-pc.org Sat May 21 20:34:26 2011
From: afmattis at hal-pc.org (Allen F. Mattis)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 20:34:26 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT 26.5
Message-ID: <mailman.2.1306028090.19891.blt@stevens.com>

N5AFV 0130utc
QRM less on 14.318 but beacon not heard
Nothing heard on 28.305 - Same antenna has FB copy on AO-07 Mopde vA
Will try 14.317 & 28.30354
From w5ezmtx at gmail.com Sat May 21 20:35:10 2011
From: w5ezmtx at gmail.com (A.C. SPRAGGINS)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 20:35:10 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT-26.5 Rising nicely
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D048652B@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D048652B@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <BANLkTi=a2PCpq5kB4bMpcbAidJkPKJNJSQ@mail.gmail.com>

No beeps on either freq in Hedwig Village @ 20:33 cdt.

Prosit,

A.C.

On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 8:30 PM, <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com>
wrote:

> Beep rate is slowing. Sigs best on 14.317 but also copying 28.30354
quite
> well.
> Andy
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sat May 21 20:36:10 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 01:36:10 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-26.5 Projected Landing site
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D048652C@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Town Hall - Chester, TX

From afmattis at hal-pc.org Sat May 21 20:39:14 2011
From: afmattis at hal-pc.org (Allen F. Mattis)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 20:39:14 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT 26.5
Message-ID: <mailman.3.1306028371.19891.blt@stevens.com>

N5AFV 0137utc
Very weak copy on 28.3045 with strong fading - not able to count BPM


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sat May 21 20:39:33 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 01:39:33 +0000
Subject: [BLT] 22000 and rising
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D048652D@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Less than 60 bpm @ 8:40 PM.

From afmattis at hal-pc.org Sat May 21 20:48:03 2011
From: afmattis at hal-pc.org (Allen F. Mattis)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 20:48:03 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT 26.5
Message-ID: <mailman.4.1306028904.19891.blt@stevens.com>

N5AFV 0145utc
QRM gone on 14.318 but nothing heard
Nothing heard on 28.3045


From w5ezmtx at gmail.com Sat May 21 20:51:04 2011
From: w5ezmtx at gmail.com (A.C. SPRAGGINS)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 20:51:04 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT 26.5
In-Reply-To: <4dd86958.c44b340a.7508.ffffd7c8SMTPIN_ADDED@mx.google.com>
References: <4dd86958.c44b340a.7508.ffffd7c8SMTPIN_ADDED@mx.google.com>
Message-ID: <BANLkTi=HGMOFC+AtQcPrYx1zUPh+04r68Q@mail.gmail.com>

Sorry Andy, not a peep here thru 20:46 cdt.   But, didn't we all go down
at
18:00 cdt with the rapture?

Be safe out there my friend.   Strange things happen at fishing camps!

Prosit,

A.C.

On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 8:39 PM, Allen F. Mattis <afmattis at hal-
pc.org>wrote:

>   N5AFV 0137utc
>   Very weak copy on 28.3045 with strong fading - not able to count BPM
>
>   _______________________________________________
>   BLT mailing list
>   BLT at stevens.com
>   http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sat May 21 20:59:50 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 01:59:50 +0000
Subject: [BLT] 20 bpm @ 8:54
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D048652E@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Good copy on both bands but best on 14.317 with QRM
Andy

From afmattis at hal-pc.org Sat May 21 21:06:02 2011
From: afmattis at hal-pc.org (Allen F. Mattis)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 21:06:02 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT 26.5
Message-ID: <mailman.5.1306029979.19891.blt@stevens.com>

N5AFV 0200utc
Nothing heard either beacon
If Chester, TX landing prediction is valid BLT 26.5 is moving away from
me
At least I heard beacon briefly but was unable to count BPM due to fading
Now I shall join Anita in our sitting room for a glass of cognac


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sat May 21 21:23:29 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 02:23:29 +0000
Subject: [BLT] 2 bpm @ 9:22 PM
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D048652F@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Over 60000 ft now. Pse keep trying to rcv and tnx for reports!
Andy

From thomas at familytreedna.com Sat May 21 21:37:35 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 21:37:35 -0500
Subject: [BLT] 2 bpm @ 9:22 PM
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D048652F@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D048652F@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <4DD876EF.1000108@familytreedna.com>

Still listening, but no beacon.

Thomas
KT5TK


On 05/21/2011 09:23 PM, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
> Over 60000 ft now. Pse keep trying to rcv and tnx for reports!
> Andy
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>
From w5ezmtx at gmail.com Sat May 21 21:38:48 2011
From: w5ezmtx at gmail.com (A.C. SPRAGGINS)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 21:38:48 -0500
Subject: [BLT] 2 bpm @ 9:22 PM
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D048652F@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D048652F@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <BANLkTimwJ4GrQt8CHiqaOfHgvBDqbB31Jg@mail.gmail.com>

Still nothing in beautiful downtown Hedwig

village, TX...sorry.   QRT'n here.

Prosit,

A.C.

On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM, <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com>
wrote:

>   Over 60000 ft now. Pse keep trying to rcv and tnx for reports!
>   Andy
>   _______________________________________________
>   BLT mailing list
>   BLT at stevens.com
>   http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

From k5saf at att.net Sat May 21 21:42:18 2011
From: k5saf at att.net (k5saf)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 21:42:18 -0500
Subject: [BLT] FW: BLT 26.6
Message-ID: <4CDAED5DD1694281ACDE25BC262ECA84@TCMPC>

Ditto Thomas - nothing heard on either freq -

73,

Tom K5SAF

From tm100 at att.net Sat May 21 21:40:51 2011
From: tm100 at att.net (tm100)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 21:40:51 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT 26.6
Message-ID: <1EF7E6CCBAFF4EE5A4DAF1B9241214FE@TCMPC>

Ditto Thomas - nothing heard on either freq -

73,

Tom K5SAF
From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sat May 21 21:51:11 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 02:51:11 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Sorry abt reception levels!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486530@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

I am not sure why the signals are weak with BLT-26.5, but thanks to all
for trying and reporting. We are hearing 3 bpm, so things are warming up
and we are still climbing. I am monitoring 14.3167 right now.
73 de Andy

From thomas at familytreedna.com Sat May 21 21:57:05 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 21:57:05 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Sorry abt reception levels!
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486530@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486530@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <4DD87B81.2000408@familytreedna.com>

14.3167 USB or LSB?


Is that the carrier frequency or is this for a ~1kHz cw sound?

Thomas
KT5TK

On 05/21/2011 09:51 PM, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
> I am not sure why the signals are weak with BLT-26.5, but thanks to all
for trying and reporting. We are hearing 3 bpm, so things are warming up
and we are still climbing. I am monitoring 14.3167 right now.
> 73 de Andy
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>



From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sat May 21 22:08:35 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 03:08:35 +0000
Subject: [BLT] 14.3167 USB
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486531@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

6 bpm is abt 78000 and rising!
Andy

From w5ezmtx at gmail.com Sat May 21 22:15:26 2011
From: w5ezmtx at gmail.com (A.C. SPRAGGINS)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 22:15:26 -0500
Subject: [BLT] 14.3167 USB
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486531@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486531@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <BANLkTimPLsRWc12eKymo3oMcq85PR3aWRg@mail.gmail.com>

Have a slight birdie there, but still no sig with the dsp cranked in.   @
22:13 cdt.

Oh well..73, and better luck with the fishing!

Prosit,

A.C.

On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 10:08 PM, <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com>
wrote:

>   6 bpm is abt 78000 and rising!
>   Andy
>   _______________________________________________
>   BLT mailing list
>   BLT at stevens.com
>   http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sat May 21 22:16:24 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 03:16:24 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Burst?
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486532@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Bpm dropped. Did it burst?

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sat May 21 22:24:30 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 03:24:30 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Burst @ 80000
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486533@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Rate is rapidly increasing. Listening on 14.3168 MHz USB.
24 bpm @10:30.
Andy
From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sat May 21 22:25:35 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 03:25:35 +0000
Subject: [BLT] 40 bpm @10:34
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486534@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Rapidly increasing bpm!!
Andy

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sat May 21 22:32:42 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 03:32:42 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Correction
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486535@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

24   bpm   @   10:20
40   bpm   @   10:24
60   bpm   @   10:27
88   bpm   @   10:30

Hard to read time in semi darkness!

Crash landing soon!

Andy

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sat May 21 22:34:48 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 03:34:48 +0000
Subject: [BLT] LOS
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486536@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT-26.5 is Down! We got LOS at 10:34. Last count was 130 bpm at 10:32.

Next time - single freq and serious power. Many thanks for the reports!!!
GN de Andy W5ACM

From thomas at familytreedna.com Sat May 21 23:12:04 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 23:12:04 -0500
Subject: [BLT] LOS
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486536@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486536@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <4DD88D14.8090307@familytreedna.com>

Andy,
Thanks for the reports.
No signals here but congrats for the successful launch.

Thomas
KT5TK

On 05/21/2011 10:34 PM, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
> BLT-26.5 is Down! We got LOS at 10:34. Last count was 130 bpm at 10:32.
>
> Next time - single freq and serious power. Many thanks for the
reports!!!
> GN de Andy W5ACM
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>



From afmattis at hal-pc.org Sun May 22 06:56:48 2011
From: afmattis at hal-pc.org (Allen F. Mattis)
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 06:56:48 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT 26.5
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486536@usstlz-pmsgem02
      .emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0486536@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <mailman.6.1306065427.19891.blt@stevens.com>

At 10:34 PM 5/21/2011, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
>Next time - single freq and serious power. Many thanks for the
reports!!!
>GN de Andy W5ACM

Yes - 50 mw was not enough power but we had fun

Allen


From k5saf at att.net Mon May 30 16:09:57 2011
From: k5saf at att.net (k5saf)
Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 16:09:57 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Bird Slug 1W - 2.4 GHZ
Message-ID: <A2AD401814E44C4DB468F9A02315AB70@TCMPC>

Hello gang - Thomas - KT5TK & I are wanting to test several 2.4 GHZ amps
to
be used as part of ground stations for the wifi sub-payload on BLT27.

Does anyone have a 1W Bird slug they would loan for testing purposes?

Thanks for any and all assistance -
73,

Tom K5SAF

From ab5ss at swbell.net Tue May 31 12:14:53 2011
From: ab5ss at swbell.net (John Maca)
Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 12:14:53 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Bird Slug 1W - 2.4 GHZ
In-Reply-To: <A2AD401814E44C4DB468F9A02315AB70@TCMPC>
References: <A2AD401814E44C4DB468F9A02315AB70@TCMPC>
Message-ID: <923CF2F6-E6E4-44DD-9276-C7F9CF2A2BB3@swbell.net>

Hey Tom - I have a 25W (or maybe 5W?) for 2.4ghz, if that helps.

John



On May 30, 2011, at 4:09 PM, "k5saf" <k5saf at att.net> wrote:

> Hello gang - Thomas - KT5TK & I are wanting to test several 2.4 GHZ
amps to
> be used as part of ground stations for the wifi sub-payload on BLT27.
>
> Does anyone have a 1W Bird slug they would loan for testing purposes?
>
> Thanks for any and all assistance -
>
> 73,
>
> Tom K5SAF
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon Jun 6 10:48:18 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 15:48:18 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 Meeting Notes - Schedule - Shirts -- BLT-26 Video -
 DINNER this Wednesday - June 8th!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0C21CE6@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,

Per the schedule sent out on May 6th, we have our June BLT dinner THIS
Wednesday evening:
Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at 5:30 PM
Salt Grass Steak House
8943 Katy Freeway
I-10 West, South side, between Campbell and Voss
Our May 11th planning meeting at the Secret BLT Lab went well. Attendees
included W5ACM,KD5ELH, K5ENG, K5SAF, AB5SS and WA5TWT. We evaluated all
available foam containers for
possible use for BLT-27. Payload Master Mike WA5TWT chose one for the
main payload. Other containers, primarily from Thomas KT5TK, are
available for use for the other TOYZ payloads.

During the BLT Dinner on May 18th we finalized the BLT-27 T-Shirt order
list. John AB5SS approved the design from the shirt company in Iowa, and
the shirts are on the way! As of
Saturday, they were in Lenexa, KS. If we don't have them for dinner on
Wednesday, we will at least have them at the Hamfest in Plano! The UPS
tracking number is 1Z5371920356897154.
Dinner attendees last month included W5ACM, KD5ELH, K5ENG, W5EZM, KC5JAR,
N5RPQ, AG5RS, K5SAF, AB5SS, and KK2Z.

The flight of BLT-26.5 occurred at 8 PM on May 21st. Results were mixed.
The flight went very well but signals were too weak for reception in
Houston. At the Secret Lake Livingston
Launch Site, we tracked the beep count until LOS around 10:34 PM. All
indications show that we achieved over 80K altitude, but the parachute
may not have deployed properly since re
-entry only took 20 minutes. The next "decimal" BLT will only operate on
one band, and will include a small power amplifier. 20-50 mW just isn't
enough!! Thanks to all those folks
that monitored.

Work is virtually complete on the BLT-26 video production! Previews of
the 18-minute video and accompanying slide show have received excellent
reviews. Those that have not seen it,
will get a chance this Wednesday at dinner. DVDs for sale will be
produced soon. We hope to have some available in time for the June 15th
BLT Meeting in Sugar Land.

The BLT-27 schedule holds firm:

May 11 - Planning Meeting at The Secret BLT Lab, 310 Lombardy in Sugar
Land - 8PM
May 18 - Dinner Meeting at Salt Grass Steak House, 8943 Katy Freeway,
between Campbell and Voss - 5:30 PM
June 8 - Dinner Meeting at Salt Grass Steak House, 8943 Katy Freeway,
between Campbell and Voss - 5:30 PM
June 15 - Lab Meeting at The Secret BLT Lab, 310 Lombardy in Sugar Land -
8PM
July 13 - Dinner Meeting
July 20 - Lab Meeting
August 10 - Dinner Meeting
August 17 - Lab Meeting
August 19 - Lab Meeting
August 20 - Primary BLT-27 Launch Date - 10AM - Wharton Intergalactic
Spaceport
August 27 - Backup Launch Date
The payloads will be multiple, autonomous devices from several members.
We expect to have at least FOUR individual payload containers - a great
opportunity for NEW Payload Manager
titles.

I will see you at the BLT Dinner on Wednesday!

To The Edge Of Space!

Andy W5ACM


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue Jun 7 23:55:21 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 04:55:21 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: Android 'smartphone satellite' aims for space
In-Reply-To: <579B8B7BADD044D7B2AE98C208E3F87E@w5acmathlon>
References: <579B8B7BADD044D7B2AE98C208E3F87E@w5acmathlon>
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0235CE8@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

British researchers plan to launch an
android<http://www.cnet.com/android-atlas/> into orbit--not the C-3PO and
R2-D2 kind, but an Android smartphone. It's not the first attempt to
launch an Android phone into space<http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-
20007507-1.html>, but it's the first that's aiming to make a smartphone
the brain for an orbital satellite.

The STRaND-1<http://www.sstl.co.uk/news-and-events?story=1706> (Surrey
Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator) is being made from
advanced and off-the-shelf components by Surrey Satellite Technology, a
spinoff of the University of Surrey, and the university's Surrey Space
Centre. The project has a few stated goals.

The first is to see if a smartphone can function in the hostile
environment that is space. It will live in a protective case, and a
computer on the satellite will put the phone through a number of tests to
determine which components (sensors, video cameras, GPS systems, Wi-Fi
radios, and so on) do and don't work in orbit.

If enough parts of the handset pass muster, the custom software will be
tested next. If that works as planned, the smartphone will be used to
operate parts of the satellite. The phone's cellular radio won't be used,
as there are no cell towers in space (yet). Instead, the team will
communicate with the phone using the satellite radio technology already
in place. That said, some of the phone's other systems--processor, RAM,
storage, and camera, just to name a few--will be used.

A camera will likely be outfitted so the controllers on the ground can
see the screen. This will allow the scienticians to control the phone
with their own custom software packages. The ability to load custom
software payloads and its open-source nature is the reason why Android
was chosen as the first phone OS for the stars.
The satellite will rely on its own GPS, guidance, and thrusters, but will
use the phone as a backup to the main computer. Then, if all goes well,
it will take over as the main "brain" and control the satellite's
functions.

"If a smartphone can be proved to work in space, it opens up lots of new
technologies to a multitude of people and companies for space who usually
can't afford it. It's a real game-changer for the industry," said Chris
Bridges, STRaND-1's lead researcher.

If all works out, the research could lead to reduced costs and sizes of
future satellites, which to some is backward thinking. While in the past,
technology for the space program has lead to innovations in consumer
technology, this is just the opposite. And that is why it's cool.

Smartphone makers, of course, have been in a race for years trying to
cram more and more advanced technology into smaller and smaller handsets.
Smartphones are essentially pocket-sized computers, though fairly
advanced. The latest batches have gigahertz-and-faster processors, which
make them more powerful than some laptops people were buying just a few
years ago.

Couple that with the massive amounts   of flash storage, cameras, GPS
receivers, radios, and USB ports, in   addition to the ability to run
advanced software, and suddenly they   become attractive alternatives to
the custom computers most satellites   use as a brain.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20029402-
1.html#ixzz1OdsvduNw

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Wed Jun 8 08:46:22 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 13:46:22 +0000
Subject: [BLT] ARRL National Convention - Plano this weekend
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0C79B94@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

>   A reminder that Hamcom 2011 is this coming weekend in Plano Texas. This
>   year Hamcom is hosting the ARRL National Convention. There will be
>   many ARRL forums being held. Among them are:
>
>   ARRL National Convention Keynote Speaker
>   Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH
>   Saturday 1:00 PM - Plano Centre / Northbrook Room
>
>
>   FCC Update
>   Saturday, 10 AM (Northbrook 3)
>   Laura Smith, Federal Communications Commission. At the invitation of
>   ARRL, Laura Smith, FCC Special Counsel for the Spectrum Enforcement
>   Division, will present an update on the latest Amateur Radio and
>   enforcement news from the FCC and field questions.
>
>   Amateur Radio Emergency Service? (ARES) Forum
>   Saturday, 11 AM (Hillhaven)
>   Mike Corey, W5MPC, from the ARRL Headquarters staff. In 2010 we
>   celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
>   Today we ask ?where are we heading?? To answer this we must
>   carefully consider the challenges that we face today. Topics include:
>   the top challenges, actions that we can take, and addressing EmComm
>   myths
>
>   ARRL West Gulf Division ? Visit with ARRL West Gulf Division
>   leadership and Section Managers from North Texas, South Texas, West
>   Texas and Oklahoma. Find out how you can support the extensive ARRL
>   Field Organization
>
>   ARRL Member Forum
>   Saturday, 12 PM (Fairview 1, 2)
>   David Woolweaver, K5RAV, ARRL Director--West Gulf Division. ARRL is the
>   largest national Amateur Radio association in the world. The
>   organization has over 156,000 members worldwide, publishes the popular
>   monthly journal QST, and coordinates an extensive all-volunteer field
>   organization. Hear from local and national ARRL officials on key areas
>   of membership interest. Find out how ARRL supports dozens of ways to
>   get involved and get on the air. Members and prospective members are
>   all welcome! Participants will include ARRL President Kay Craigie,
>   N3KN.
>
>   Full details can be found at the ARRL website -   www.arrl.org
>
>   Hope to see you there!
>
>   --------------------------------------------------------------------
>   ARRL South Texas Section
>   Section Manager: Lee H Cooper, W5LHC
>   w5lhc at arrl.org
>   --------------------------------------------------------------------
>

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Wed Jun 8 08:53:28 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 13:53:28 +0000
Subject: [BLT] ARRL National Convention - Plano this weekend - RESEND
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0C79BA8@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

>   A reminder that Hamcom 2011 is this coming weekend in Plano Texas.
>   This year Hamcom is hosting the ARRL National Convention. There will
>   be many ARRL forums being held. Among them are:
>
>   ARRL National Convention Keynote Speaker Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH
>   Saturday 1:00 PM - Plano Centre / Northbrook Room
>
>
>   FCC Update
>   Saturday, 10 AM (Northbrook 3)
>   Laura Smith, Federal Communications Commission. At the invitation of
>   ARRL, Laura Smith, FCC Special Counsel for the Spectrum Enforcement
>   Division, will present an update on the latest Amateur Radio and
>   enforcement news from the FCC and field questions.
>
>   Amateur Radio Emergency Service(r) (ARES) Forum Saturday, 11 AM
>   (Hillhaven) Mike Corey, W5MPC, from the ARRL Headquarters staff. In
>   2010 we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Amateur Radio Emergency
>   Service.
>   Today we ask "where are we heading?" To answer this we must carefully
>   consider the challenges that we face today. Topics include:
>   the top challenges, actions that we can take, and addressing EmComm
>   myths
>
>   ARRL West Gulf Division - Visit with ARRL West Gulf Division
>   leadership and Section Managers from North Texas, South Texas, West
>   Texas and Oklahoma. Find out how you can support the extensive ARRL
>   Field Organization
>
>   ARRL Member Forum
>   Saturday, 12 PM (Fairview 1, 2)
>   David Woolweaver, K5RAV, ARRL Director--West Gulf Division. ARRL is
>   the largest national Amateur Radio association in the world. The
>   organization has over 156,000 members worldwide, publishes the popular
>   monthly journal QST, and coordinates an extensive all-volunteer field
>   organization. Hear from local and national ARRL officials on key areas
>   of membership interest. Find out how ARRL supports dozens of ways to
>   get involved and get on the air. Members and prospective members are
>   all welcome! Participants will include ARRL President Kay Craigie,
>   N3KN.
>
>   Full details can be found at the ARRL website -   www.arrl.org
>
>   Hope to see you there!
>
>   --------------------------------------------------------------------
>   ARRL South Texas Section
>   Section Manager: Lee H Cooper, W5LHC
>   w5lhc at arrl.org
>   --------------------------------------------------------------------
>

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Wed Jun 8 09:01:04 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 14:01:04 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 Reminder - DINNER tonight - June 8th!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0C79BC6@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,
Per the schedule sent out on May 6th, we have our June BLT dinner THIS
Wednesday evening:
Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at 5:30 PM
Salt Grass Steak House
8943 Katy Freeway
I-10 West, South side, between Campbell and Voss

The BLT-27 Shirts are "out for delivery", but will they make it to Salt
Grass????

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Wed Jun 15 16:17:03 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:17:03 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 Meeting Reminder - TONIGHT @ 8PM
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0D1F7FE@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,

Per the schedule sent out on May 6th, we have our June BLT Meeting
TONIGHT
Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at 8 PM
310 Lombardy in Sugar Land


The BLT-27 schedule holds firm:

May 11 - Planning Meeting at The Secret BLT Lab, 310 Lombardy in Sugar
Land - 8PM
May 18 - Dinner Meeting at Salt Grass Steak House, 8943 Katy Freeway,
between Campbell and Voss - 5:30 PM
June 8 - Dinner Meeting at Salt Grass Steak House, 8943 Katy Freeway,
between Campbell and Voss - 5:30 PM
June 15 - Lab Meeting at The Secret BLT Lab, 310 Lombardy in Sugar Land -
8PM
July 13 - Dinner Meeting
July 20 - Lab Meeting
August 10 - Dinner Meeting
August 17 - Lab Meeting
August 19 - Lab Meeting
August 20 - Primary BLT-27 Launch Date - 10AM - Wharton Intergalactic
Spaceport
August 27 - Backup Launch Date

The payloads will be multiple, autonomous devices from several members.
We expect to have at least FOUR individual payload containers - a great
opportunity for NEW Payload Manager
titles.

To The Edge Of Space!

Andy W5ACM
From kmkendrick at gmail.com Wed Jun 15 17:27:04 2011
From: kmkendrick at gmail.com (Kirk Kendrick)
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 17:27:04 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 Meeting Reminder - TONIGHT @ 8PM
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0D1F7FE@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0D1F7FE@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <BANLkTi=zvkOQv64t3eamt6aYboWu26fhrw@mail.gmail.com>

I can't make it tonight, but see some of y'all at Ron's on Saturday
morning.

Kirk KK2Z

On 6/15/11, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
<Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com> wrote:
> BLT Team,
>
> Per the schedule sent out on May 6th, we have our June BLT Meeting
TONIGHT
> Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at 8 PM
> 310 Lombardy in Sugar Land
>
>
> The BLT-27 schedule holds firm:
>
> May 11 - Planning Meeting at The Secret BLT Lab, 310 Lombardy in Sugar
Land
> - 8PM
> May 18 - Dinner Meeting at Salt Grass Steak House, 8943 Katy Freeway,
> between Campbell and Voss - 5:30 PM
> June 8 - Dinner Meeting at Salt Grass Steak House, 8943 Katy Freeway,
> between Campbell and Voss - 5:30 PM
> June 15 - Lab Meeting at The Secret BLT Lab, 310 Lombardy in Sugar Land
-
> 8PM
> July 13 - Dinner Meeting
> July 20 - Lab Meeting
> August 10 - Dinner Meeting
> August 17 - Lab Meeting
> August 19 - Lab Meeting
> August 20 - Primary BLT-27 Launch Date - 10AM - Wharton Intergalactic
> Spaceport
> August 27 - Backup Launch Date
>
> The payloads will be multiple, autonomous devices from several members.
We
> expect to have at least FOUR individual payload containers - a great
> opportunity for NEW Payload Manager
> titles.
>
> To The Edge Of Space!
>
>   Andy W5ACM
>   _______________________________________________
>   BLT mailing list
>   BLT at stevens.com
>   http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

--
Sent from my mobile device

From k5saf at att.net Wed Jun 15 18:24:35 2011
From: k5saf at att.net (k5saf)
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 18:24:35 -0500
Subject: [BLT] FW: Missing Meeting Tonight
Message-ID: <8809CBE4CE7A4A0984E6320DAD1C9BB6@TCMPC>

Sorry to say I will have to miss the meeting tonight -

I will see everyone on Saturday AM @ Ron's

Tom
K5SAF

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Thu Jun 16 09:08:42 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:08:42 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: [HQRP] HQRP Field Day Planning Meeting, 6/18/2011,
9:00 am
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0D64E57@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>



Andrew MacAllister | T +1 713 827 4334
From: HQRP at yahoogroups.com [mailto:HQRP at yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:55 AM
To: HQRP at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [HQRP] HQRP Field Day Planning Meeting, 6/18/2011, 9:00 am




Reminder from:
?
HQRP Yahoo! Group
?
Title:
?
HQRP Field Day Planning Meeting
?
Date:
?
Saturday June 18, 2011
Time:
?
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Next reminder:
?
The next reminder for this event will be sent in 1 day, 4 minutes.
Location:
?
Spark's Ranch - Brookshire
Street:
?
End of Church Rd
City State Zip:
?
Brookshire TEXAS
Phone:
?
146.70 Repeater 103.5 tone
Notes:
?
We will meet at the Field Day site to check station and antenna
locations, schedule, operations and activities. For directions, check out
the map: http://home.swbell.net/s4us/FD2006.gif
72 de Andy W5ACM
?


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Thu Jun 16 11:32:16 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:32:16 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Open House and Cook-Out TOMORROW!!!! - Short Fuse!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069901D0D65020@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT & HQRP,

ABR Industries is having an open house and cook-out tomorrow (Friday June
17th) from 11 AM - 2 PM. They are located at 8561 Rayson Road, Houston,
TX 77080-3642. This is in the Spring Branch Area - Bingle and Hempstead.
Although the published deadline for club head count has passed, Marc at
ABR has let me know that THERE IS STILL TIME to get in on this event! If
you enjoy BBQ and have cabling and connector needs, you won't want to
miss it.

----------------------------------------------------------
LET ME KNOW BY 4 PM TODAY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND!!!!!
----------------------------------------------------------

I will forward the head count for the BLT and HQRP groups to ABR today at
4:15 PM.
73 de Andy W5ACM


Here is why I am letting you know about this event - info from ABR
states:

We would like to invite your club to join us for our 1st annual open-
house and cook-out.?In addition to some good eats, this will be a
wonderful opportunity to purchase your field day cabling needs.

Welcome to ABR Industries, your best choice for all of your 50 Ohm
Coaxial Cables, Assemblies, and Connector supplies. ABR Industries'
Guarantee:?to ship quality products, provide helpful knowledgeable
customer service, use state of the art machinery, and technology, and
give you a great value too. ABR Industries' team benefits you with over
thirty-five-years of manufacturing and sales experience. With enthusiasm,
we are looking forward to the opportunity to service your cabling needs.
ABR Industries presents a full array of coax, assemblies, connectors, and
related products to assist you in making a first-rate cabling decision.
We guarantee the quality and workmanship of our finished products.?

Here is a link to the info that originally went out to BVARC:
http://tinyurl.com/6xuq7be
Here is ABR's website: http://www.abrind.com




From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue Jun 21 15:18:24 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 20:18:24 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Report on BLT-27 Dinner and Meeting - June 8 & 15 - Shirts
 and DVDs are READY!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699036FDFC545@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team and MosQRPitos,

Attendees at the June 8th BLT dinner included W5ACM, KD5ELH, K5ENG,
W5EZM, AG5RS, K5SAF, AB5SS, KT5TK, and KK2Z. Kirk KK2Z brought ultra-
lightweight solar panels back from Dayton that may be suitable for some
balloon payloads. Thomas KT5TK demonstrated his Droid/HT SSTV with GPS
and Parrot repeater devices. John AB5SS showed videos of progress on the
BLT-26 video project. Discussions ranged widely with focus on HSMM-MESH
(High Speed Multi Media MESH) work and the upcoming ARRL National
Convention in Plano. Many of us attended the Convention and the HSMM-MESH
presentations. John, Thomas, Ron AG5RS and Tom K5SAF took special
interest in the talks, and things we can use for BLT-27.

The June 15th BLT meeting at the Secret BLT Lab in Sugar Land got very
interesting. Those attending included W5ACM, KD5ELH, W5EZM, KC5JAR,
N5RPQ, AB5SS, KT5TK and WA5TWT. John and Thomas drilled into the HSMM-
MESH code. Hopefully this will continue for parameter tweaking, or even
adaptation of a better system to do WiFi from the Edge of Space. Two
routers were brought up to the latest HSMM-MESH firmware level. John and
Thomas demonstrated some excellent streaming video via the HSMM-MESH
link. We also got a chance to see the BLT-26 and BLT-1 videos on Mike's
WA5TWT HD-TV with sound this time! The main payload with 1.2 GHz ATV,
etc. repackaging effort has also begun.

Our HQRP/BLT Field Day site was checked out on June 18th. Our host Ron
AG5RS has a few prep items to attend to, but it all looks good. The
check-out crew included W5ACM, WA5BUC, N5EM, N5NZ, AG5RS, K5SAF, KT5TK
and KK2Z. We think Kirk was spying for BVARC, but we are not sure why...
We plan on multiple stations and a Hamburger/Hot Dog BBQ for Saturday
evening. The hamburgers, hot dogs, sodas, Powerade, Gatorade and water
will be provided, but we could use chips, dips, possibly some dessert and
about 6-10 bags of ice. If you are coming out, plan to bring some ice and
snack things to share. Most folks plan to arrive around 9 AM on Saturday,
June 25th. See the map here http://home.swbell.net/s4us/FD2006.gif .

The BLT-27 T-Shirts are IN and they look GREAT! If you pre-ordered, I
have your shirt. There are a few size XL shirts in stock that were
ordered on "spec". If you did not pre-order, but would like one of the XL
shirts, let me know ASAP, and I will hold one for you. I will be at the
Wednesday AMSAT lunches, Field Day at the Sparks' Ranch, future BLT
dinners and meetings, HQRP events, the Texas City Hamfest, Austin
Summerfest, etc. However, I will also be glad to mail your shirt upon
receipt of $18 via snail mail (Andy MacAllister, 14714 Knights Way Drive,
Houston, TX 77083) or PayPal (account = Andrew.macallister at emerson.com
). See the design at http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html .

The BLT 20th Anniversary DVDs are ready! They are $7 each by mail upon
receipt of $7 via the above-noted methods. A serious discount is
available on the DVDs for cash - in person. It saves on shipping costs
and supplies. The DVD has BLT-26 in HD and SD formats, a re-mastered BLT-
1 video and a BLT-26 slide show. You will REALLY like the excellent work
that John AB5SS has done with this production. Heather WB5RMA likes it,
and YOU will too!! I have to admit that I have watched it several
times...

The BLT-27 schedule holds firm:

July 13 - Dinner Meeting at Salt Grass Steak House, 8943 Katy Freeway,
between Campbell and Voss - 5:30 PM

July 20 - Lab Meeting at The Secret BLT Lab, 310 Lombardy in Sugar Land -
8PM

August 10 - Dinner Meeting

August 17 - Lab Meeting

August 19 - Lab Meeting

August 20 - Primary BLT-27 Launch Date - 10AM - Wharton Intergalactic
Spaceport
August 27 - Backup Launch Date

The payloads will be multiple, autonomous devices from several members.
We expect to have at least FOUR individual payload containers - a great
opportunity for NEW Payload Manager
titles.

72 To The Edge Of Space!

Andy W5ACM


From kiptonm at gmail.com Tue Jun 21 21:07:07 2011
From: kiptonm at gmail.com (=?utf-8?B?a2lwdG9ubUBnbWFpbC5jb20=?=)
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:07:07 -0500
Subject: [BLT]
      =?utf-8?q?Report_on_BLT-27_Dinner_and_Meeting_-_June_8_=26_?=
      =?utf-8?q?15_-_Shirts_and_DVDs_are_READY!?=
Message-ID: <4e014e40.0109ec0a.70eb.0386@mx.google.com>

Glad to hear about the use of HSMM-MESH.

I am planning a HSMM-MESH Webinar on August 13 and would like to have
someone talk about your application. Contact me if you would be
interested in participating.

Kip
AS5IB

Sent from my HTC on the Now Network from Sprint!

----- Reply message -----
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
Date: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 3:18 pm
Subject: [BLT] Report on BLT-27 Dinner and Meeting - June 8 & 15 - Shirts
and DVDs are READY!
To: <blt at stevens.com>, <hqrp at stevens.com>, <HQRP at
yahoogroups.com>

BLT Team and MosQRPitos,

Attendees at the June 8th BLT dinner included W5ACM, KD5ELH, K5ENG,
W5EZM, AG5RS, K5SAF, AB5SS, KT5TK, and KK2Z. Kirk KK2Z brought ultra-
lightweight solar panels back from Dayton that may be suitable for some
balloon payloads. Thomas KT5TK demonstrated his Droid/HT SSTV with GPS
and Parrot repeater devices. John AB5SS showed videos of progress on the
BLT-26 video project. Discussions ranged widely with focus on HSMM-MESH
(High Speed Multi Media MESH) work and the upcoming ARRL National
Convention in Plano. Many of us attended the Convention and the HSMM-MESH
presentations. John, Thomas, Ron AG5RS and Tom K5SAF took special
interest in the talks, and things we can use for BLT-27.
The June 15th BLT meeting at the Secret BLT Lab in Sugar Land got very
interesting. Those attending included W5ACM, KD5ELH, W5EZM, KC5JAR,
N5RPQ, AB5SS, KT5TK and WA5TWT. John and Thomas drilled into the HSMM-
MESH code. Hopefully this will continue for parameter tweaking, or even
adaptation of a better system to do WiFi from the Edge of Space. Two
routers were brought up to the latest HSMM-MESH firmware level. John and
Thomas demonstrated some excellent streaming video via the HSMM-MESH
link. We also got a chance to see the BLT-26 and BLT-1 videos on Mike's
WA5TWT HD-TV with sound this time! The main payload with 1.2 GHz ATV,
etc. repackaging effort has also begun.

Our HQRP/BLT Field Day site was checked out on June 18th. Our host Ron
AG5RS has a few prep items to attend to, but it all looks good. The
check-out crew included W5ACM, WA5BUC, N5EM, N5NZ, AG5RS, K5SAF, KT5TK
and KK2Z. We think Kirk was spying for BVARC, but we are not sure why...
We plan on multiple stations and a Hamburger/Hot Dog BBQ for Saturday
evening. The hamburgers, hot dogs, sodas, Powerade, Gatorade and water
will be provided, but we could use chips, dips, possibly some dessert and
about 6-10 bags of ice. If you are coming out, plan to bring some ice and
snack things to share. Most folks plan to arrive around 9 AM on Saturday,
June 25th. See the map here http://home.swbell.net/s4us/FD2006.gif .

The BLT-27 T-Shirts are IN and they look GREAT! If you pre-ordered, I
have your shirt. There are a few size XL shirts in stock that were
ordered on "spec". If you did not pre-order, but would like one of the XL
shirts, let me know ASAP, and I will hold one for you. I will be at the
Wednesday AMSAT lunches, Field Day at the Sparks' Ranch, future BLT
dinners and meetings, HQRP events, the Texas City Hamfest, Austin
Summerfest, etc. However, I will also be glad to mail your shirt upon
receipt of $18 via snail mail (Andy MacAllister, 14714 Knights Way Drive,
Houston, TX 77083) or PayPal (account = Andrew.macallister at emerson.com
). See the design at http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html .

The BLT 20th Anniversary DVDs are ready! They are $7 each by mail upon
receipt of $7 via the above-noted methods. A serious discount is
available on the DVDs for cash - in person. It saves on shipping costs
and supplies. The DVD has BLT-26 in HD and SD formats, a re-mastered BLT-
1 video and a BLT-26 slide show. You will REALLY like the excellent work
that John AB5SS has done with this production. Heather WB5RMA likes it,
and YOU will too!! I have to admit that I have watched it several
times...

The BLT-27 schedule holds firm:

July 13 - Dinner Meeting at Salt Grass Steak House, 8943 Katy Freeway,
between Campbell and Voss - 5:30 PM

July 20 - Lab Meeting at The Secret BLT Lab, 310 Lombardy in Sugar Land -
8PM

August 10 - Dinner Meeting

August 17 - Lab Meeting
August 19 - Lab Meeting

August 20 - Primary BLT-27 Launch Date - 10AM - Wharton Intergalactic
Spaceport

August 27 - Backup Launch Date

The payloads will be multiple, autonomous devices from several members.
We expect to have at least FOUR individual payload containers - a great
opportunity for NEW Payload Manager
titles.

72 To The Edge Of Space!

Andy W5ACM

_______________________________________________
BLT mailing list
BLT at stevens.com
http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Wed Jun 22 00:00:28 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 05:00:28 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Field Day site visit photos have been posted!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699036FEE2B0A@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

On June 18th, we did a site visit and survey for the HQRP/BLT Field Day
location at the Sparks' Ranch just south of Brookshire. Check the
results: http://www.w5acm.net/QRP_11618.html

C U there @ 9AM Saturday!!

Andy W5ACM


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Fri Jun 24 13:58:34 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2011 18:58:34 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: [HQRP] Field Day 2011, 6/25/2011, 12:00 pm
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699037013801A@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>



Andrew MacAllister | T +1 713 827 4334
From: HQRP at yahoogroups.com [mailto:HQRP at yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Friday, June 24, 2011 11:56 AM
To: HQRP at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [HQRP] Field Day 2011, 6/25/2011, 12:00 pm
[http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/yg/img/logo/ma_cal-grp_1.gif]
[http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/pim/cal/email/gr/cal_em_remind_1.
gif]
Reminder from:



HQRP Yahoo! Group<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HQRP/cal>



Title:



Field Day 2011



Date:



Saturday June 25, 2011

Time:



12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Next reminder:



The next reminder for this event will be sent in 22 hours, 3 minutes.

Location:



Sparks' Ranch - Brookshire Texas

Notes:



Map to site: http://home.swbell.net/s4us/FD2006.gif

__,_._,___
From rhiller at sdicgm.com Fri Jun 24 13:52:49 2011
From: rhiller at sdicgm.com (Rick Hiller)
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2011 13:52:49 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Way off topic -- Sorry -- Looking for expertise
Message-ID: <000001cc329f$ea3eb9f0$bebc2dd0$@com>

Does anyone know of a Microsoft .NET developer in the Houston area (or
beyond)?



Consultant or part timer on the weekends, whatever.



If so, let me know off-line       rhiller at sdicgm.com   or   cell:   832-
474-3713
(VM during the day)



Sorry for the off topic, but everyone here is a techie and might just
know
someone.



73.Rick - W5RH




From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Thu Jun 30 08:40:41 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:40:41 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Resend - Last Chance...Texas City Hamfest ..July 9th
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903851081FB@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

FYI

Andy W5ACM

Andrew MacAllister | T +1 713 827 4334
From: Joe Wileman [mailto:aa5op at yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:05 PM
Subject: Last Chance...Texas City Hamfest ..July 9th...

QST QST QST....................
There is still enough time to register for the Texas City Hamfest, but
you must act soon. We still have a limited number of tables left so if
you have some equipment to get rid of,
now is the time to register. We may or may not have a few tables left to
rent at the door, but your chances are better now....But you have to
hurry.....

                                       2011 TEXAS CITY HAMFEST JULY 9th
The Tidelands Amateur Radio Society is proud to announce the 24TH annual
TEXAS CITY HAMFEST, to be held on
July 9th at the Doyle Convention Center, 2010 5th Avenue North from 8:00
AM until 2:00 PM.
TALK IN 147.14 Mhz Tone 167.9 (Secondary) 442.025 Tone 103.5 There will
be drawings for Hourly Prizes, a Grand Prize drawing, Swap Tables, Vendor
Tables, Amateur Exams, Food
Vendor, Exhibits/Forum,QSL checker, Left ftoot CW contest, Hidden Xmtr
Hunt, and much much more. (No Pets, Smoking or alcohol allowed in the
Convention Center)
Registration:
Pre-registration ......... $4.00 ea.
                                                              (At the
Door).......... $5.00 ea.
Tables:
Vendor (commercial) tables ....$15.00 ea.(no registration fee required)
Swap tables..........................$10.00 ea. (registration fee is
required)
.........................................................................
...........................................
ADVANCE REGISTRATION FORM

Tables are reserved when payment is received by mail or in person with a
completed registration form. Tables remaining available at the time of
the HAMFEST will be rented on a first
come first served basis. Prepaid tables not claimed by 9 AM may be
reasigned. Power available in most locations,Please bring ext. cord and
multi outlets.




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From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon Jul 11 14:40:22 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2011 19:40:22 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 - DINNER - THIS Wednesday - July 13th!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385324672@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,

Per the schedule sent out on May 6th, we have our June BLT dinner THIS
Wednesday evening:
Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 5:30 PM
Salt Grass Steak House
8943 Katy Freeway
I-10 West, South side, between Campbell and Voss

Most of the BLT-27 Shirts have been delivered! I will have the remainder
at Salt Grass.
A few BLT-26 DVDs are still left.
Rave Reviews! Don't miss out!

Andy W5ACM


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Wed Jul 13 15:12:04 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 20:12:04 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Reminder - BLT-27 - DINNER - TONIGHT! - July 13th!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699038539D323@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,
Per the schedule sent out on May 6th, we have our June BLT dinner
TONIGHT:
Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 5:30 PM
Salt Grass Steak House
8943 Katy Freeway
I-10 West, South side, between Campbell and Voss

Most of the BLT-27 Shirts have been delivered! I will have the remainder
at Salt Grass.
A few BLT-26 DVDs are still left.
Rave Reviews! Don't miss out!

Andy W5ACM


From kmkendrick at gmail.com Wed Jul 13 16:05:56 2011
From: kmkendrick at gmail.com (Kirk Kendrick)
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:05:56 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Reminder - BLT-27 - DINNER - TONIGHT! - July 13th!
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699038539D323@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699038539D323@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID:
<CAO7XGmUfrjcNU2HmEeqQYAtzbDyzKPyHP5Dhny0u6zeXHCPYnA@mail.gmail.com>

Guys,
I'm headed out of town and not able to make it. Drink one (or 2) for me!
Kirk KK2Z

On 7/13/11, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
<Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com> wrote:
> BLT Team,
>
> Per the schedule sent out on May 6th, we have our June BLT dinner
TONIGHT:
> Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 5:30 PM
> Salt Grass Steak House
> 8943 Katy Freeway
> I-10 West, South side, between Campbell and Voss
>
> Most of the BLT-27 Shirts have been delivered! I will have the
remainder at
> Salt Grass.
> A few BLT-26 DVDs are still left.
> Rave Reviews! Don't miss out!
>
> Andy W5ACM
>
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

--
Sent from my mobile device

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Fri Jul 15 08:13:13 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:13:13 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Central States VHF Society Meeting - FW: please distribute
to
 your members
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903853F3AD4@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

     Hello to all Radio Amateurs;

            I wish to remind those who may not have seen or heard, of an
impending event which may be of interest to you that is being held in
Irving, TX; which is namely the 45rd annual Central States VHF society's
annual conference. If you have any interest in the VHF and UHF weak
signal
activities, this gathering is for you. This year the conference is being
held at the Westin DFW in Irving TX, on the dates of July 28 through the
30th, 2011.

           The conference starts with registration on Thursday (7/28)
evening, which extends through Friday, July 29, with antenna measuring,
preamp measuring and talks/seminars also scheduled throughout the day.
On
Saturday, the seminars continue, and a banquet and prize drawing are
featured that night. Other features include a dealer display, of VHF/UHF
goodies, flea market, family program with tours of many attractions in
and
around the Dallas/Fort Worth area, rover and antenna displays, and lots
of
socializing with familiar voices, which allows you to meet many of those
with whom you have been making those enjoyable V/U QSOs.

           Much more detailed information on the 45th conference can be
found at the website; http://www.csvhfs.org <http://www.csvhfs.org/> ,
including links to the hotel for those who plan to stay the duration, and
a
link to an online registration page for conference registration. Many in
the DFW area may opt just to attend for the day on Saturday, but come and
join us for the entire weekend if you can.

           For more information, you can contact me here, at the
address in the header, or please send an email to Chuck Clark, AF8Z, the
conference host. Chuck can be reached at
<http://us.mc828.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=af8z at earthlink.net>
af8z at earthlink.net
<http://us.mc828.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=af8z at earthlink.net>
             Thanks for considering, hope to see you in Irving!

             Ken Boston W9GA
             Promotions; Central States VHF society




From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue Jul 19 18:06:05 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 23:06:05 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT Meeting At The Lab - Wednesday - 8PM
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D962A@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,

Our meeting this month is on schedule for Wednesday evening - 8PM - 310
Lombardy - Sugar Land. We have quite a number of hardware/software issues
to resolve in preparation for the flight of BLT-27 on August 20th!!

To The Edge Of Space!

Andy W5ACM


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue Aug 2 00:10:01 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2011 05:10:01 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Some updates available
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D963B@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Launch is ON for August 20th!

http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html

Andy W5ACM


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon Aug 8 10:46:45 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2011 15:46:45 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 Dinner Meeting - THIS Wednesday!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903856EC1C3@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,
Per the schedule sent out on May 6th, we have our August Dinner/Meeting
THIS Wednesday:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at 5:30 PM Salt Grass Steak House
8943 Katy Freeway
I-10 West, South side, between Campbell and Voss
This dinner meeting will focus on the launch checklist and TOYZ status.

Most of the BLT-27 Shirts have been delivered! I will have the remainder
at Salt Grass.
A few BLT-26 DVDs are still left.
Rave Reviews! Don't miss out!

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM


From cboone at earthlink.net Mon Aug 8 11:34:56 2011
From: cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2011 11:34:56 -0500
Subject: [BLT] FW: [SETXHam] digital rptr proposal using simplex channels
      dies
Message-ID: <003e01cc55e9$1c25ec10$5471c430$@net>

From: SETXHam at yahoogroups.com [mailto:SETXHam at yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of
Chris Boone
Sent: Saturday, August 06, 2011 6:31 PM
To: SETXHam at yahoogroups.com; HOUSTONSCAN at YAHOOGROUPS.COM; 'Amateur
(Ham)
Radio in Houston. TX and surrounding areas'; HoustonHam at
yahoogroups.com
Subject: [SETXHam] digital rptr proposal using simplex channels dies
Importance: High



The proposal for the Texas VHFFM Society to start coordinating
permanently
digital repeaters (DSTAR, P25, etc) using 50kHz of simplex spectrum in
the
146 and 147Mhz segments was defeated by a 2:1 margin today.

After the vote, I made the following proposal:________________________

I, Chris Boone, WB5ITT hereby make the following proposal to the Society
standards of coordination:

To propose that digital duplexed pairs be allowed to operate on splinter
channels (10kHz spaced from current channels on VHF and 220 plus 12.5 kHz
spaced from current channels on UHF plus 10kHz/12.5kHz spaced from
current
channels on 900MHz and above) with 50mile spacing from adjacent pairs and
does not require approval from adjacent channel trustees..

This proposal presented at the Society Summer meeting in Austin, this day
August 6th of the year 2011.

There were at least 6 seconds to the motion..the motion was immediately
tabled but will get voted on at the next Summer meeting (as per ByLaws)
after the membership is polled and the motion gets published in the
Newsletter for its members.

NOTE: current TX bandplan calls for 40mile separation between 10kHz
adjacents on 2m (and there is only 2 rptrs on odd 146-147 channels in
the
state.147.39 in RGV and 146.61 in Austin; the 147.39 has a 10kHz adj on
147.38 and its 75+miles away; 146.60 is not a legit rptr output for a
600kHz
split and 146.62 is not coordinated anywhere near Austin; 146.64 IS) AND
requires BOTH adjacent channel trustees approval. Today's motion will
strike
that needed approval and actually make MORE channels available for
digital
repeaters

History repeats itself.25 years ago in 1986 at the Winter Meeting in
Arlington, I made the proposal that Texas go 20kHz on 146-148MHz..it took
less than 2 years for 99% of the state to do so.(it was planned to be a 5
year move).

Current digital systems will have to stay put and no new ones will be
coordinated until the current motion I made is voted on (then the
digitals
currently on the air will be moved to new standard 600kHz offset
splinters
IF it passes).HOWEVER, given the approval by everyone at the meeting, I
suspect it WILL pass and everyone will be happy.

Democracy and technical logic BOTH worked today (Saturday)..FINALLY!!!
Chris, WB5ITT

Trustee, W5APX 146.34/94 Beaumont

OH BTW the Beaumont 146.70 machine wants to move 200ft up, switch from
7/8
to 1 5/8in Heliax and use a new 6-9db omni antenna.which means it will be
heard in Houston more.Time to file objections with the coordinator, Eric
if
you want to stop that




From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com   Mon Aug   8 13:56:23 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2011 18:56:23 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 FAA Coordinator needed
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903856EC460@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,

We need a FAA Coordinator for the BLT-27 launch on August 20. Mike W5MAB
will not be available this year to handle that position. The good news is
that Mike has collected and distilled some of the best notes yet on how
the job is done. Please let me know if you are interested in handling
this very important part of the BLT effort, and I will forward Mike's
notes to you for consideration.

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM


From cboone at earthlink.net Mon Aug 8 15:03:09 2011
From: cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2011 15:03:09 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 FAA Coordinator needed
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903856EC460@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903856EC460@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <008401cc5606$325e38d0$971aaa70$@net>

"I'llllllllll (be happy to) take the case"!!!!

To quote Harvey Birdman

Chris
WB5ITT
Former Capt, CAP
Society of Broadcast Engineers Frequency Coordinator, Chapter 134

AND I MAY just make the launch/chase on the 20th..

-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of
Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
Sent: Monday, August 08, 2011 1:56 PM
To: blt at stevens.com
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 FAA Coordinator needed

BLT Team,

We need a FAA Coordinator for the BLT-27 launch on August 20. Mike W5MAB
will not be available this year to handle that position. The good news is
that Mike has collected and distilled some of the best notes yet on how
the
job is done. Please let me know if you are interested in handling this
very
important part of the BLT effort, and I will forward Mike's notes to you
for
consideration.

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM



From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Thu Aug 11 10:15:53 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:15:53 +0000
Subject: [BLT] [HQRP] HQRP Monthly Meeting, 8/13/2011, 9:00 am
In-Reply-To: <1313070974.21.72567.m8@yahoogroups.com>
References: <1313070974.21.72567.m8@yahoogroups.com>
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903857377D8@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Yes! The Houston MosQRPitos WILL be meeting THIS Saturday!

It is time to identify new field events and get them on the calendar.

There is also the flight of BLT-27 on August 20th from the Wharton
Regional Airport. It is loaded with QRP devices. The new 2m-FM to 6M-AM
cross-band link repeater will be demonstrated at this HQRP meeting. The
6M transmitter power output is 400 mW with only TWO active components - a
canned oscillator chip and a "CB" power transistor, and it really works!

72 de Andy W5ACM

From: HQRP at yahoogroups.com [mailto:HQRP at yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 8:56 AM
To: HQRP at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [HQRP] HQRP Monthly Meeting, 8/13/2011, 9:00 am

Reminder from: HQRP Yahoo! Group
Title: HQRP Monthly Meeting
Date: Saturday August 13, 2011
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Repeats: This event repeats every month on the second Saturday.
Next reminder: The next reminder for this event will be sent in 1 day, 3
minutes.
Location: Red Cross Building on 59
Notes: Houston QRP Club Monthly Meeting - Join Us!


From thomas at tkrahn.com Thu Aug 11 11:01:13 2011
From: thomas at tkrahn.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:01:13 -0500
Subject: [BLT] [HQRP] HQRP Monthly Meeting, 8/13/2011, 9:00 am
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903857377D8@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <1313070974.21.72567.m8@yahoogroups.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903857377D8@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <4E43FCC9.30708@tkrahn.com>

Where exactly is the Red Cross building?

Thomas
KT5TK


On 08/11/2011 10:15 AM, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
> Red Cross Building on 59



From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Thu Aug 11 13:53:59 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 18:53:59 +0000
Subject: [BLT] [HQRP] HQRP Monthly Meeting, 8/13/2011, 9:00 am
In-Reply-To: <4E43FCC9.30708@tkrahn.com>
References: <1313070974.21.72567.m8@yahoogroups.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903857377D8@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <4E43FCC9.30708@tkrahn.com>
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385737AE1@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>


2700 Southwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77089

Just inside the 610 loop on the north side of 59.

If heading NE on 59, take the Kirby exit, U-turn under the freeway,
quickly get in the far right lane of the access road, and turn right into
the parking lot.

The meeting room could be anywhere. It changes... We may even end up in
the "break room", but usually congregate in the front lobby prior to
meeting time.

Be sure to sign in at the front desk - we are HQRP.

http://www.houstonredcross.org


Andrew MacAllister | T +1 713 827 4334
-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of Thomas Krahn
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 11:01 AM
To: blt at stevens.com
Subject: Re: [BLT] [HQRP] HQRP Monthly Meeting, 8/13/2011, 9:00 am

Where exactly is the Red Cross building?

Thomas
KT5TK


On 08/11/2011 10:15 AM, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
> Red Cross Building on 59


From Cboone at earthlink.net Thu Aug 11 23:40:48 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 23:40:48 -0500
Subject: [BLT] [HQRP] HQRP Monthly Meeting, 8/13/2011, 9:00 am
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385737AE1@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <1313070974.21.72567.m8@yahoogroups.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903857377D8@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>    <4E43FCC9.30708@tkrahn.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385737AE1@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <00fc01cc58aa$0208fd90$061af8b0$@net>

Folks,

Noticed on the list about the crossband on the balloon...



It cannot be called a repeater per Part 97...if anyone asks, it is a
remotely controlled station. Rptrs I/Os are NOT allowed below 51.0MHz on
6.

BUT AUX operation IS allowed on 2mtrs now so you CAN remote control a
base
station on ANY freq from a 2m freq within the rptr/aux subbands.

Also CAN we please use EVEN 20kHz spacing on 2m? The state has been on
that
bandplan since 1986...146.435 is not a normal FM simplex freq within
Texas....(hopefully the digital rptrs on the 146.45-146.50 channels will
likely be moved a year from now or so...) I suggest using 146.60 or
146.50
for 2m operations in the future...146.60 is not a rptr output or input...
146.50 is middle of the simplex range on 146MHz)
Have called the FAA and have the ball rolling...can someone give me early
prediction as to when it will break 60k feet on the way up??

And just got my new ride tonight...2011 Ford Escape XLT (1 yr old with
only
21K miles..WHAT a steal!! With full new car warranty)...NOW comes the
hard
part of deciding where to drill holes :( But it will be a sweet ride down
to
the SpacePort in the "Max" shuttle (naming it after my SK K9 companion
who I
had to put down a year ago due to a spinal blowout of a disk; he is on my
QRZ.com page.)


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Fri Aug 12 09:37:21 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2011 14:37:21 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FAA & Frequencies for BLT
In-Reply-To: <00fc01cc58aa$0208fd90$061af8b0$@net>
References: <1313070974.21.72567.m8@yahoogroups.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903857377D8@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <4E43FCC9.30708@tkrahn.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385737AE1@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <00fc01cc58aa$0208fd90$061af8b0$@net>
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903857866A6@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Hi Chris,

Good points & congrats on the new vehicle!

The latest issues with D-Star frequencies in Texas are still unclear to
me. Would you expect 146.5 to be good after the dust settles? We also
need to be aware of any standards in Louisiana. It would be nice to pick
a frequency that we can stick with for future flights, but it should also
be one that gets relatively little use since we will be using it as an
uplink.

The remotely controlled station with the 50.350 MHz AM output will no
longer be referred to as a repeater. I don't have any oscillator modules
on frequencies above 50.1 MHz.

FB on the initial FAA contact. If the flight goes up on time, i.e. 10 AM,
then we should cross 60K' at 11 AM. The rise rate varies, but 1000'/min
is a good estimate.

Holes in vehicles are good. They let the RF escape properly...
Andy W5ACM


-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of Chris Boone
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 11:41 PM
To: blt at stevens.com
Subject: Re: [BLT] [HQRP] HQRP Monthly Meeting, 8/13/2011, 9:00 am

Folks,

Noticed on the list about the crossband on the balloon...



It cannot be called a repeater per Part 97...if anyone asks, it is a
remotely controlled station. Rptrs I/Os are NOT allowed below 51.0MHz on
6.

BUT AUX operation IS allowed on 2mtrs now so you CAN remote control a
base
station on ANY freq from a 2m freq within the rptr/aux subbands.

Also CAN we please use EVEN 20kHz spacing on 2m? The state has been on
that
bandplan since 1986...146.435 is not a normal FM simplex freq within
Texas....(hopefully the digital rptrs on the 146.45-146.50 channels will
likely be moved a year from now or so...) I suggest using 146.60 or
146.50
for 2m operations in the future...146.60 is not a rptr output or input...
146.50 is middle of the simplex range on 146MHz)



Have called the FAA and have the ball rolling...can someone give me early
prediction as to when it will break 60k feet on the way up??

And just got my new ride tonight...2011 Ford Escape XLT (1 yr old with
only
21K miles..WHAT a steal!! With full new car warranty)...NOW comes the
hard
part of deciding where to drill holes :( But it will be a sweet ride down
to
the SpacePort in the "Max" shuttle (naming it after my SK K9 companion
who I
had to put down a year ago due to a spinal blowout of a disk; he is on my
QRZ.com page.)

_______________________________________________
BLT mailing list
BLT at stevens.com
http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
From cboone at earthlink.net Fri Aug 12 10:30:00 2011
From: cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2011 10:30:00 -0500
Subject: [BLT] FAA & Frequencies for BLT
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903857866A6@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <1313070974.21.72567.m8@yahoogroups.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903857377D8@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>    <4E43FCC9.30708@tkrahn.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385737AE1@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>    <00fc01cc58aa$0208fd90$061af8b0$@net>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903857866A6@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <00fe01cc5904$b385bf90$1a913eb0$@net>

Latest issue with DSTAR and other digital in rptrs was somewhat settled
at
Austin (by yours truly!)..Here is the Newsline printed report just issued
today:

REPEATER COORDINATION: REFARMING OF SIMPLEX FOR DIGITAL
VOICE REPEATERS DEFEATED IN TEXAS NEW PLAN BEING CONSIDERED

A possible solution to a nagging problem that has pitted
simplex users against digital repeaters in Texas. Amateur
Radio Newslines Don Carlson, KQ6FM, has the details:
--
A highly controversial plan by the Texas VHF FM Society that
would have allowed +1 Mhz split, 10 kHz spaced narrowband
digital relay modes using channels in the 146 and 147
simplex range has been voted down by a 2 to 1 margin. In
its place, the Society has agreed to study an alternative
idea submitted by Chris Boone, WB5ITT, to permit narrowband
digital duplexed paired systems to use splinter channel
pairs on all bands from 2 meters and up.

In the case of Texas, that would mean both 2 meters and 222
MHz which use 20 kHz separation spacing for analog repeater
systems would put digital relay devices on the 10 kHz split
pairs between them. Likewise, for 70 centimeter UHF
operation where the state embraces 25 kHz between analog FM
repeaters, digital machines would be placed at the 12.5 kHz
points in-between. This same plan would work itself all the
way up through all of the bands on which the Texas VHF-FM
Society coordinates repeater systems. To help insure that
the new plan would work, a minimum 50 mile separation
between all new adjacent splinter channel repeater pairs,
analog or digital, would be imposed on all bands.

What this all means is that digital repeaters that have
unilaterally set up shop on simplex channels on a temporary
basis will be in limbo until mid 2012. This is because in
accordance with the Society By-laws regarding changes to the
coordination standards in Texas, the WB5ITT proposal was
tabled. This gives the Society the time need for the
membership to be polled on the idea and then the issue to be
voted on at the next summer meeting.

In the meantime, digital repeaters already on the air will
remain on their current frequencies but will be expected to
move to new channels if the motion passes. That will mean
normal 600 kHz input to output separation with non-inverted
operation. Until then, no new digital coordination's on
simplex frequencies will be allowed since the original
proposal to allow these systems onto the simplex channels
failed to pass.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Carlson, KQ6FM, in
Reno.
--
If the membership of the Texas VHF-FM Society buys off on
the WB5ITT proposal it holds the potential of quieting the
furor over digital voice relay systems that has plagued the
state for about the past 24 months. It also could set the
precedent for the standardized integration of digital voice
repeaters in a crowded analog FM world that repeater
coordination councils and band planners nationwide have been
seeking. At least it's a place to start for those regions
that already use 20 KHz spacing between repeaters on the 2
meter band. (ARNewslineT)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
---
----
And that is that with the digital stuff...there were 6 seconds to my
motion...I think it will pass...and the simplex freqs will be safe.
Besides
146.50 was outside the proposed range (146.45-146.49 at 10k steps) but
JUST
barely..Will be talking with the LA guys tomorrow at Leesville hamfest
(was
a director of the LCARC in 1998...only Texan to sit on their board..and
was
on both TX and Las at the same time)

Not a problem on the 50.35 out (50.4 is the calling / working freq for
6AM
nationally so next time, if we can pull it up to 50.4 (where xtals still
reign, would get more people listening..of course if the band opened up,
may
NOT be good...and most 6AM rcvrs are tunable)

Ok on the times, etc..will pass that on to FAA

Chris
WB5ITT

-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of
Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
Sent: Friday, August 12, 2011 9:37 AM
To: blt at stevens.com
Subject: [BLT] FAA & Frequencies for BLT

Hi Chris,

Good points & congrats on the new vehicle!

The latest issues with   D-Star frequencies in Texas are still unclear to
me.
Would you expect 146.5   to be good after the dust settles? We also need to
be
aware of any standards   in Louisiana. It would be nice to pick a frequency
that we can stick with   for future flights, but it should also be one that
gets relatively little   use since we will be using it as an uplink.

The remotely controlled station with the 50.350 MHz AM output will no
longer
be referred to as a repeater. I don't have any oscillator modules on
frequencies above 50.1 MHz.

FB on the initial FAA contact. If the flight goes up on time, i.e. 10 AM,
then we should cross 60K' at 11 AM. The rise rate varies, but 1000'/min
is a
good estimate.

Holes in vehicles are good. They let the RF escape properly...

Andy W5ACM



From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue Aug 16 15:15:57 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2011 20:15:57 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 Launch THIS Saturday!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903857EE9B2@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,

It's down to the wire, or perhaps up to the Edge of Space - Saturday -
August 20th!!
Arrive at the Wharton Intergalactic Spaceport ~ 8:30 AM.
Launch AT 10 AM!

Our Payload Coordinator Mike WA5TWT has requested that ALL flight gear
and their builders attend the Final Wednesday Meeting TOMORROW at 8 PM.
We need to get payload weights, tie some cords, verify payload operation,
etc. It's also important to check ground-control and data-collection
equipment.

WB5ITT has made initial contact with the FAA.
K5ENG and KC5JAR have verified helium tank status.
WA5TWT has completed the main payload.
The HSMM-MESH group has completed serious testing and packaging.
The parrot repeater has been demonstrated in Austin and the HQRP Meeting.
The 2M-FM to 6M-AM system has been range tested.

Things are looking UP!

Andy W5ACM

http://www.w5acm.net


From cboone at earthlink.net Thu Aug 18 14:35:43 2011
From: cboone at earthlink.net (cboone at earthlink.net)
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:35:43 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [BLT] ANDY!!!!
Message-ID: <25743613.1313696145472.JavaMail.root@elwamui-
rubis.atl.sa.earthlink.net>

CALL ME ASAP!!
FAA NEEDS MORE INFO
CHRIS

832-364-6801 VONAGE



From cboone at earthlink.net Thu Aug 18 15:06:47 2011
From: cboone at earthlink.net (cboone at earthlink.net)
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:06:47 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [BLT] ANDY!!!!
Message-ID: <22655836.1313698008561.JavaMail.root@elwamui-
rubis.atl.sa.earthlink.net>

OK, cancel panic mode(whew) All has been taken care of..we are clear to
launch!!! unless they tell us otherwise on Saturday!

Chris
WB5ITT


-----Original Message-----
>From: cboone at earthlink.net
>Sent: Aug 18, 2011 2:35 PM
>To: "blt at stevens.com" <blt at stevens.com>
>Subject: [BLT] ANDY!!!!
>
>CALL ME ASAP!!
>FAA NEEDS MORE INFO
>CHRIS
>
>832-364-6801 VONAGE
>
>
>_______________________________________________
>BLT mailing list
>BLT at stevens.com
>http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt




From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Thu Aug 18 15:11:29 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:11:29 +0000
Subject: [BLT] ANDY!!!!
In-Reply-To: <25743613.1313696145472.JavaMail.root@elwamui-
rubis.atl.sa.earthlink.net>
References: <25743613.1313696145472.JavaMail.root@elwamui-
rubis.atl.sa.earthlink.net>
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699038584320C@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Hi Chris & BLT,

Thanks for fielding the FAA questions!

We are GOOD TO GO this Saturday at 10 AM!

Prep begins at 8:30 AM at the most-southern hanger - Predator SkyTrails.
Airport office is usually not open until 9 AM.

Primary balloon is a Totex 1500 gr.

All payloads have been painted with a light coat of ORANGE paint.

No antennas extend below the bottom payload - it has a camera aimed
straight down.
Thomas KT5TK did not want any "stuff" in the way of the view.

The TBD solar-powered payload is now a CW beacon on 28.322 MHz with
internal telemetry for power consumption and temperature running 30-50
mW.

The 6M AM transmitter has been tweaked for ~0.5W out.

C U at the Wharton Municipal airport (Wharton Intergalactic Spaceport)!

Andy W5ACM
http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html
-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of cboone at earthlink.net
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 2:36 PM
To: blt at stevens.com
Subject: [BLT] ANDY!!!!

CALL ME ASAP!!
FAA NEEDS MORE INFO
CHRIS

832-364-6801 VONAGE


_______________________________________________
BLT mailing list
BLT at stevens.com
http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Thu Aug 18 19:53:18 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 00:53:18 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Payload Data Corrections on BLT-27 website
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D9646@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html

Andy W5ACM


From thomas at familytreedna.com Thu Aug 18 20:46:48 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:46:48 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Payload Data Corrections on BLT-27 website
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D9646@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D9646@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <4E4DC088.4040803@familytreedna.com>

Thanks Andy for the update on the web page.

Just for clarification: The i-gate is not in the Android parrot repeater
package. It's at my ground station.
I only use a different Android phone for internet access (tethering), in
case the Wifi connection provided by the airport doesn't work.


Thomas
KT5TK
On 08/18/2011 07:53 PM, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
> http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html
>
> Andy W5ACM
>
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>
>



From w5omr at att.net Thu Aug 18 23:26:38 2011
From: w5omr at att.net (Geoff Edmonson)
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 23:26:38 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Payload Data Corrections on BLT-27 website
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D9646@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D9646@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <4E4DE5FE.2000201@att.net>

On 08/18/2011 07:53 PM, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
> http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html
>
>

I posted this to the AM Reflector, Andy. Maybe, if we're *><* that much
lucky, 6m will open up a bit, and we'll get reports from some places,
other than Texas.

I'll be looking for my T-shirt Saturday, as well ;-)

73 = Best Regards,
-Geoff/W5OMR


From Cboone at earthlink.net Thu Aug 18 23:40:19 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 23:40:19 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Payload Data Corrections on BLT-27 website
In-Reply-To: <4E4DE5FE.2000201@att.net>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D9646@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <4E4DE5FE.2000201@att.net>
Message-ID: <042b01cc5e2a$1c8de380$55a9aa80$@net>

Talked to Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF at Newsline today...sent him the
info...kinda late but he is gonna try to squeeze it into Friday's edition
of
Newsline.
So if anyone gets it Friday or Saturday morning, they hopefully will be
listening..

Hey, I will need a NEW XL T-shirt (kinda appropriate...my new buggy is a
Ford Escape XLT!! :)
Any UHF rptrs in use on the way down? Too bad 444.6 is not on..I miss
WR5AAA...Riding with a Kenwood TK880 in the vehicle...and need to program
it
at the shop before leaving ;)

Chris
WB5ITT
Also crossed posted to SETXHAM, HoustonHam at yahoogroups.com and
Houstonham at mailman.qth.net mail lists

> -----Original Message-----
> From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
> Behalf Of Geoff Edmonson
> Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:27 PM
> To: blt at stevens.com
> Subject: Re: [BLT] Payload Data Corrections on BLT-27 website
>
> On 08/18/2011 07:53 PM, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
> > http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html
> >
> >
>
> I posted this to the AM Reflector, Andy. Maybe, if we're *><* that
much
> lucky, 6m will open up a bit, and we'll get reports from some places,
> other than Texas.
>
> I'll be looking for my T-shirt Saturday, as well ;-)
>
> 73 = Best Regards,
> -Geoff/W5OMR
>


From mullani at tlite.com Fri Aug 19 07:29:16 2011
From: mullani at tlite.com (Mullani)
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 07:29:16 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Payload Data Corrections on BLT-27 website
In-Reply-To: <042b01cc5e2a$1c8de380$55a9aa80$@net>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D9646@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <4E4DE5FE.2000201@att.net> <042b01cc5e2a$1c8de380$55a9aa80$@net>
Message-ID: <8D6ED760-481C-4997-90B5-7FAE924F5BD4@tlite.com>

I sent an e-mail to the editor of Wharton- Journal about the launch. I am
not sure he will show up, but if he does, he will be looking for Andy.
Nizar-K0NM
On Aug 18, 2011, at 11:40 PM, "Chris Boone" <Cboone at earthlink.net>
wrote:
> Talked to Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF at Newsline today...sent him the
> info...kinda late but he is gonna try to squeeze it into Friday's
edition of
> Newsline.
> So if anyone gets it Friday or Saturday morning, they hopefully will be
> listening..
>
> Hey, I will need a NEW XL T-shirt (kinda appropriate...my new buggy is
a
> Ford Escape XLT!! :)
> Any UHF rptrs in use on the way down? Too bad 444.6 is not on..I miss
> WR5AAA...Riding with a Kenwood TK880 in the vehicle...and need to
program it
> at the shop before leaving ;)
>
> Chris
> WB5ITT
> Also crossed posted to SETXHAM, HoustonHam at yahoogroups.com and
> Houstonham at mailman.qth.net mail lists
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com]
On
>> Behalf Of Geoff Edmonson
>> Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:27 PM
>> To: blt at stevens.com
>> Subject: Re: [BLT] Payload Data Corrections on BLT-27 website
>>
>> On 08/18/2011 07:53 PM, Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com wrote:
>>> http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html
>>>
>>>
>>
>> I posted this to the AM Reflector, Andy. Maybe, if we're *><* that
much
>> lucky, 6m will open up a bit, and we'll get reports from some places,
>> other than Texas.
>>
>> I'll be looking for my T-shirt Saturday, as well ;-)
>>
>> 73 = Best Regards,
>> -Geoff/W5OMR
>>
>
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt

From Cboone at earthlink.net Fri Aug 19 19:35:37 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 19:35:37 -0500
Subject: [BLT] FAA
Message-ID: <051101cc5ed1$14b5b410$3e211c30$@net>
Called the FAA today to double check after reading FAR part
101.37..Talked
with Carlos at HOU FAA ATC...he said yes, we just need to call within
30mins
of launch and they will take all our info then (Scott Sweet WAS supposed
to
be the contact but he wont be in tomorrow!!)

Have all the FAA FAR 101 on my laptop...and also the Wharton airport web
page saved...so we wont be hurting for information..Is there Wifi there??

Roger Houston, understand we will be #1 on the launch pad tomorrow! (to
paraphrase Apollo 11 as the LEM prepared for liftoff from the moon!)

Anyone have any UHF rptrs suggestions so I can program my TK880 tonight?

Chris
WB5ITT

Also posted info about the BLT flight on all 3 major 6m remailer
lists....should have one hell of a listening audience!!

(Newsline didn't get the info online for this week's newscast :(


From w5acm at swbell.net Sat Aug 20 01:06:55 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy MacAllister)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 01:06:55 -0500
Subject: [BLT] GO For Launch! - Re: FAA
References: <051101cc5ed1$14b5b410$3e211c30$@net>
Message-ID: <4F48E846C7B6430A931B95087A6B2F98@w5acmathlon>

Hi Chris!

FB on the FAA work!

No suggestions on UHF repeaters, but we will be on 147.435 MHz simplex as
an
informal talk-in.

Yes, there is WiFi at the airport.

Too bad about Newsline - their loss.

We will likely have a second launch of a powered glider to be released at
~10K feet with 900 MHz TV, APRS, etc. THAT should be fun! The estimated
launch time for the powered glider is 11 AM. Payload weight is 1.5 lbs
using
a Totex 350 gr balloon. The flight is dependent on the efforts to fine
tune
the APRS system - at the 11th hour...

ALL BLT-27 payloads have been checked out, and they ALL work! Efforts to
lighten all payloads have been successful with multiple types of
lithium-based batteries.

I made some extra tests on the 6M AM transmitter to ensure that it is all
that it can be, with only two active devices - the oscillator module on
50.350 MHz and the power amplifier using a 2SC2075 running on 18 VDC. The
audio is excellent and the amplifier efficiency is excellent. It is much
better than the 10M DSB transmitter of BLT-25 and BLT-26. This should be
interesting.

Thomas KT5TK and Tom K5SAF have fine tuned the HSMM-MESH payload. We had
fun
this evening watching the video from the onboard video camera.

Pete KD5ELH has the 2M-70cm cross-band repeater ready to go and the
automatic still camera set to take a hi-def photo every 15 seconds.

BLT-27 has a lot of TOYZ! We are hoping for good weather and great
performance.

C U at the Wharton Intergalactic Spaceport!!

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM
http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Boone" <Cboone at earthlink.net>
To: <blt at stevens.com>
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 7:35 PM
Subject: [BLT] FAA


> Called the FAA today to double check after reading FAR part
101.37..Talked
> with Carlos at HOU FAA ATC...he said yes, we just need to call within
> 30mins
> of launch and they will take all our info then (Scott Sweet WAS
supposed
> to
> be the contact but he wont be in tomorrow!!)
>
> Have all the FAA FAR 101 on my laptop...and also the Wharton airport
web
> page saved...so we wont be hurting for information..Is there Wifi
there??
>
> Roger Houston, understand we will be #1 on the launch pad tomorrow! (to
> paraphrase Apollo 11 as the LEM prepared for liftoff from the moon!)
>
> Anyone have any UHF rptrs suggestions so I can program my TK880
tonight?
>
>   Chris
>   WB5ITT
>
>   Also posted info about the BLT flight on all 3 major 6m remailer
>   lists....should have one hell of a listening audience!!
>
>   (Newsline didn't get the info online for this week's newscast :(
>
>   _______________________________________________
>   BLT mailing list
>   BLT at stevens.com
>   http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>



From Cboone at earthlink.net Sat Aug 20 01:25:45 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 01:25:45 -0500
Subject: [BLT] GO For Launch! - Re: FAA
In-Reply-To: <4F48E846C7B6430A931B95087A6B2F98@w5acmathlon>
References: <051101cc5ed1$14b5b410$3e211c30$@net>
      <4F48E846C7B6430A931B95087A6B2F98@w5acmathlon>
Message-ID: <056201cc5f02$08392d80$18ab8880$@net>

Ahh 435?? Uh hmmmmm ......shouldnt that be 147.44 :) TX IS a 20k even
spaced
state. (evil grin)
Will be on 442.000 through Houston....and then go to 446.0 when I get
close
to the airport...have 2.220.440 THF6 triband HT and TK880 commercial rig
with programmer in my laptop bag :) I'll want to get with you on the
modulation ckt for the AM signal...want to do dual xmt mods (FM AND AM)
on a
6m rptr!! 1MHz in for FM and 1.7MHz in for AMers!

See U there..headed to bed now...

Chris

> -----Original Message-----
> From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
> Behalf Of Andy MacAllister
> Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2011 1:07 AM
> To: blt at stevens.com
> Subject: [BLT] GO For Launch! - Re: FAA
>
> Hi Chris!
>
> FB on the FAA work!
>
> No suggestions on UHF repeaters, but we will be on 147.435 MHz simplex
as
> an
> informal talk-in.
>
> Yes, there is WiFi at the airport.
>
> Too bad about Newsline - their loss.
>
> We will likely have a second launch of a powered glider to be released
at
> ~10K feet with 900 MHz TV, APRS, etc. THAT should be fun! The estimated
> launch time for the powered glider is 11 AM. Payload weight is 1.5 lbs
using
> a Totex 350 gr balloon. The flight is dependent on the efforts to fine
tune
> the APRS system - at the 11th hour...
>
> ALL BLT-27 payloads have been checked out, and they ALL work! Efforts
to
> lighten all payloads have been successful with multiple types of
> lithium-based batteries.
>
> I made some extra tests on the 6M AM transmitter to ensure that it is
all
> that it can be, with only two active devices - the oscillator module on
> 50.350 MHz and the power amplifier using a 2SC2075 running on 18 VDC.
The
> audio is excellent and the amplifier efficiency is excellent. It is
much
> better than the 10M DSB transmitter of BLT-25 and BLT-26. This should
be
> interesting.
>
> Thomas KT5TK and Tom K5SAF have fine tuned the HSMM-MESH payload.
> We had fun
> this evening watching the video from the onboard video camera.
>
> Pete KD5ELH has the 2M-70cm cross-band repeater ready to go and the
> automatic still camera set to take a hi-def photo every 15 seconds.
>
> BLT-27 has a lot of TOYZ! We are hoping for good weather and great
> performance.
>
> C U at the Wharton Intergalactic Spaceport!!
>
> To The Edge of Space!
>
> Andy W5ACM
> http://www.w5acm.net/b27.html
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Chris Boone" <Cboone at earthlink.net>
> To: <blt at stevens.com>
> Sent: Friday, August 19, 2011 7:35 PM
> Subject: [BLT] FAA
>
>
> > Called the FAA today to double check after reading FAR part
101.37..Talked
> > with Carlos at HOU FAA ATC...he said yes, we just need to call within
> > 30mins
> > of launch and they will take all our info then (Scott Sweet WAS
supposed
> > to
> > be the contact but he wont be in tomorrow!!)
> >
> > Have all the FAA FAR 101 on my laptop...and also the Wharton airport
web
> > page saved...so we wont be hurting for information..Is there Wifi
there??
> >
> > Roger Houston, understand we will be #1 on the launch pad tomorrow!
(to
> > paraphrase Apollo 11 as the LEM prepared for liftoff from the moon!)
> >
> > Anyone have any UHF rptrs suggestions so I can program my TK880
> tonight?
> >
> > Chris
> > WB5ITT
> >
> > Also posted info about the BLT flight on all 3 major 6m remailer
> > lists....should have one hell of a listening audience!!
> >
> > (Newsline didn't get the info online for this week's newscast :(
> >
> > _______________________________________________
> > BLT mailing list
> > BLT at stevens.com
> > http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
> >
>
>
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt


From Cboone at earthlink.net Sat Aug 20 06:38:58 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 06:38:58 -0500
Subject: [BLT] GO For Launch! - Re: FAA
In-Reply-To: <A820D6DC7B8344ED908AA3B2CB666B02@w5acmathlon>
References:
<051101cc5ed1$14b5b410$3e211c30$@net><4F48E846C7B6430A931B95087A6B2F98@w5
acmathlon>
      <056201cc5f02$08392d80$18ab8880$@net>
      <A820D6DC7B8344ED908AA3B2CB666B02@w5acmathlon>
Message-ID: <058101cc5f2d$c002ae70$40080b50$@net>
Loading up now and heading out...hope to be in Wharton by 8:30 or by 9 at
latest..
Bringing IFR 1500 and other test gear just in case..
Will be on 442.00 thru Houston

Chris
WB5ITT


From mike at ka5cvh.com Sat Aug 20 09:33:33 2011
From: mike at ka5cvh.com (Mike (KA5CVH) Urich)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:33:33 -0500
Subject: [BLT] GO For Launch! - Re: FAA
In-Reply-To: <056201cc5f02$08392d80$18ab8880$@net>
References: <051101cc5ed1$14b5b410$3e211c30$@net>
      <4F48E846C7B6430A931B95087A6B2F98@w5acmathlon>
      <056201cc5f02$08392d80$18ab8880$@net>
Message-ID: <CA+hFFP=DGxRuot80kFY0GE2_8bazD6uYMzQuak0tG1+w=m-
ABQ@mail.gmail.com>

On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 1:25 AM, Chris Boone <Cboone at earthlink.net>
wrote:

> Ahh 435?? Uh hmmmmm ......shouldnt that be 147.44 :) TX IS a 20k even
spaced
> state. (evil grin)

Mike wrote

Ah the IMHO dumb <g> .020 spacing pops up again and only applies to
repeaters and not to simplex. Besides isn't it time for Texas to get
in line with the rest of the great western world and go to .015
repeater spacing on 146 & 147 ... works for every one else just fine
and it would give us 14 more pairs.

Just sayin,


--
Mike Urich KA5CVH
http://ka5cvh.com

PIO STX-D14 S/E - APIC D1 & D14
http://harriscountyares.org

Life is hard, church shouldn't be!
http://fairmontpark.org

From w5acm at swbell.net Sat Aug 20 09:33:42 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:33:42 -0500
Subject: [BLT] At Wharton
Message-ID: <w35weinnlcjj514n3plowl7t.1313850822119@email.android.com>
Expect.launch @ 10:30.
Some delays!
Andy


Sent from my Samsung Epic? 4G

From w5acm at swbell.net Sat Aug 20 09:46:42 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:46:42 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Some delays but getting there!
Message-ID: <og5ji63ftrtf88f0b1s94h8t.1313851602251@email.android.com>



Sent from my Samsung Epic? 4G

From w5acm at swbell.net Sat Aug 20 09:51:25 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:51:25 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Msgs will be in subject line due to font issue on this
fone.
Message-ID: <fk0mp439tpw14imvhipavu89.1313851885147@email.android.com>



Sent from my Samsung Epic? 4G

From afmattis at hal-pc.org Sat Aug 20 09:56:23 2011
From: afmattis at hal-pc.org (Allen F. Mattis)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:56:23 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27
Message-ID: <mailman.0.1313852176.3334.blt@stevens.com>

N5AFV home station ready 1456 utc
Monitoring 446 MHz and 50.350 MHz
Unfortunately S6-S7 power line noise on 50.035 MHz


From afmattis at hal-pc.org Sat Aug 20 09:58:22 2011
From: afmattis at hal-pc.org (Allen F. Mattis)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:58:22 -0500
Subject: [BLT] W5ACM e-mail
Message-ID: <mailman.1.1313852294.3334.blt@stevens.com>

Andy - Your messages not readable see below

Allen



>Delivered-To: afmattis at hal-pc.org
>Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:33:42 -0500
>From: Andy <w5acm at swbell.net>
>To: blt at stevens.com
>
>
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From afmattis at hal-pc.org Sat Aug 20 10:01:08 2011
From: afmattis at hal-pc.org (Allen F. Mattis)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 10:01:08 -0500
Subject: [BLT] font issue understood
Message-ID: <mailman.2.1313852461.3334.blt@stevens.com>

Just rvcd meesage abt font issue - Understood

Allen



>Delivered-To: afmattis at hal-pc.org
>Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:33:42 -0500
>From: Andy <w5acm at swbell.net>
>To: blt at stevens.com
>
>
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From w5acm at swbell.net Sat Aug 20 10:52:43 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 10:52:43 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Balloon is up!
Message-ID: <iaqhexuvnullhuotdq1nc94k.1313855563646@email.android.com>



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From w5acm at swbell.net Sat Aug 20 14:17:01 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 14:17:01 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Payloads recovered! Headed for Hinze's BBQ!
Message-ID: <ji2ssh21knl0skr5wdp7s3ov.1313867821377@email.android.com>



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From Cboone at earthlink.net Sat Aug 20 21:42:28 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 21:42:28 -0500
Subject: [BLT] GO For Launch! - Re: FAA
In-Reply-To: <CA+hFFP=DGxRuot80kFY0GE2_8bazD6uYMzQuak0tG1+w=m-
ABQ@mail.gmail.com>
References: <051101cc5ed1$14b5b410$3e211c30$@net>
      <4F48E846C7B6430A931B95087A6B2F98@w5acmathlon>
      <056201cc5f02$08392d80$18ab8880$@net>
      <CA+hFFP=DGxRuot80kFY0GE2_8bazD6uYMzQuak0tG1+w=m-
ABQ@mail.gmail.com>
Message-ID: <066701cc5fab$f82bad00$e8830700$@net>

Nope, it applies to simplex freqs as they fall in line with the rptr
freqs (146.40 is a rptr input option for 147.00 output and you get MORE
usuable channels out of 20 vs 15)

You DON?T get more pairs with 15 vs 20 that are USUABLE...thats the
key!!..the rest of the US IS 20kHz on 145 AND the NW US (WWARA, Oregon)
and Mid America Coordination Council areas are ALL 20kHz spaced on 2m! So
much for the rest of the US being 15..that is not a correct statement at
all.

I WAS the one who made the motion for Texas to go 20kHz....I have the
technical proof Mike, that 15 did not and DOES NOT work unless you space
them out by 40miles adj channel...in Houston, 145.45 and 145.47 have
existed on the same bldg with no interference in their coverage
footprints...cant do that with 15kHz...even with narrow deviation! The
NOISE out of a FM xmtr is greatly reduced by more than 30db with the 5
kHz change in freq....again, I have the technical proof..and I will be
soon working on getting LA to go BACK to 20...they moved back to 15 due
to their ARRL director pushing them (to follow the std ARRL
plan...PROBLEM is there IS NO "standard ARRL plan"!)Well he is an SK
now....and clearer heads are coming out in favor of 20! (besides, it give
digital narrow modes like P25 and DSTAR a place to exist ALONE on the
10kHz splinters...Again I have the proof that shows it WILL work..)

Issue resolved.

Chris
WB5ITT
Trustee W5APX

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ka5cvh at gmail.com [mailto:ka5cvh at gmail.com] On Behalf Of
Mike
> (KA5CVH) Urich
> Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2011 9:34 AM
> To: Chris Boone; (Radio) Balloon Launch
> Subject: Re: [BLT] GO For Launch! - Re: FAA
>
> On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 1:25 AM, Chris Boone <Cboone at earthlink.net>
> wrote:
>
> > Ahh 435?? Uh hmmmmm ......shouldnt that be 147.44 :) TX IS a 20k even
> spaced
> > state. (evil grin)
>
>   Mike wrote
>
>   Ah the IMHO dumb <g> .020 spacing pops up again and only applies to
>   repeaters and not to simplex. Besides isn't it time for Texas to get
>   in line with the rest of the great western world and go to .015
>   repeater spacing on 146 & 147 ... works for every one else just fine
>   and it would give us 14 more pairs.
>
>   Just sayin,
>
>


From Cboone at earthlink.net Sat Aug 20 21:44:48 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 21:44:48 -0500
Subject: [BLT] FW: [50mhz] BLT-27
Message-ID: <066801cc5fac$4b9dfb00$e2d9f100$@net>

Until it hit the UPPER level winds, it didn?t move much at all except
straight UP!

WOW!! 1000 miles to the west!! Amazing :) IT WAS FUN!!!
Chris

> -----Original Message-----
> From: telegrapher at q.com [mailto:telegrapher at q.com]
> Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2011 10:55 AM
> To: Chris Boone
> Subject: Re: [50mhz] BLT-27
>
> It's already 10 minutes after that! No sign of movement on the APRS.
>
> larry
> W0OGH
>
> 1000 miles to the west but listening anyway.
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Chris Boone <cboone at earthlink.net>
> To: SETXHam at yahoogroups.com, HOUSTONSCAN at YAHOOGROUPS.COM,
> HoustonHam at yahoogroups.com, 'Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX and
> surrounding areas' <houstonham at mailman.qth.net>,
> 6meter at yahoogroups.com, 50mhz at mailman.qth.net, 'World Wide Six
> Meter Club' <sixclub at mailman.qth.net>
> Sent: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 11:42:01 -0400 (EDT)
> Subject: [50mhz] BLT-27
>
> Liftoff is delayed..looking now at 10:45AM ...will keep you informed.we
lost
> one payload (out of 7) but the 6m downlink remote base is ready to
fly!!
>
>
>
>   Chris
>
>   WB5ITT
>   FAA Coordinator, BLT-27
>
>   On site at the Wharton Intergalactic Spaceport!!!
>
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From Cboone at earthlink.net Sun Aug 21 01:06:55 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 01:06:55 -0500
Subject: [BLT] FW: [50mhz] LIFTOFF!!!
Message-ID: <06c001cc5fc8$8774abd0$965e0370$@net>

Andy could you send me a schematic on the 6m audio ckt??



Thanks

Cant wait for the next one!!



From: W0WOI at aol.com [mailto:W0WOI at aol.com]
Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2011 11:01 PM
To: Cboone at earthlink.net
Subject: Re: [50mhz] LIFTOFF!!!



Exciting stuff, Chris.   Nice report and congratulations all around!



73,



bill
From afmattis at hal-pc.org Sun Aug 21 03:54:30 2011
From: afmattis at hal-pc.org (Allen F. Mattis)
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 03:54:30 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Fwd: [BVARC] BLT- 27 Balloon contact
Message-ID: <mailman.3.1313916861.3334.blt@stevens.com>

Forward of BLT-27 info from WS5H

>Delivered-To: afmattis at hal-pc.org
>From: "Bill Stone" <dragntow at wt.net>
>To: <bvarc at bvarc.org>
>Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 22:00:53 -0500
>Subject: [BVARC] BLT- 27 Balloon contact
>
>Hi ALL,
>hope you had fun with the 147.435 up/446.000 down and the
>146.50up/50.350 down repeaters on the balloon.
>
>As per my experiance I had no luck on the VHF/UHF repeater as my
>vhf Jpole @ 20 ft had no ears on UHF. I was told I made the
>repeater down link but I could not here myself or others on the UHF
side.
>
>Had better luck with the VHF/6M repeater with a brick amp on vhf 100
>watts Jpole antenna 20 ft. and of all things an ic-81a HT on 6M AM
>hooked up to a 10 meter vertical at 25 ft. Made 1 contact WB5UGT at
>16:25 utc. MY FIRST 6M AM CONTACT-- well..... VHF/ 6M AM contact
>
>The 10 meter becon was heard by me very well from early lift off
>untill about 17:30 utc. The 400 mW becon was heard in GA. see below
>copy of search on DXsummitt
>
><http://www.qrz.com/db/WS5H>WS5H-@         28322.0
><http://www.qrz.com/db/W5ACM>W5ACM       Balloon solar power 400 mW
>becon   1726 20 Aug   United States
><http://www.qrz.com/db/WS5H>WS5H-@         28322.0
><http://www.qrz.com/db/W5ACM>W5ACM       Balloon launch BLT-27 10 m
>becon   1719 20 Aug   United States
><http://www.qrz.com/db/W4GA>W4GA-@         28322.0
><http://www.qrz.com/db/W5ACM>W5ACM       BLT-27 Balloon Beacon on
>Rox/Es    1659 20 Aug    United States
><http://www.qrz.com/db/W4GA>W4GA           28322.0
><http://www.qrz.com/db/W5ACM>W5ACM       EM74QC<MS>EL29EQ light CW
>BTS-     1644 20 Aug   United States
>
>I will say that I missed not having the 10 meter repeater this year
>on the Balloon as in past had many VHF/10 M contacts and my longest
>local contact last year was KA5MEI Carl in Hockley and I was
>portable in Palacios.
>73 Bill WS5H
>
>
>_______________________________________________
>BVARC mailing list
>BVARC at bvarc.org
>http://mail.bvarc.org/mailman/listinfo/bvarc_bvarc.org


From thomas at familytreedna.com Sun Aug 21 11:34:25 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 11:34:25 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Fwd: [BVARC] BLT- 27 Balloon contact
In-Reply-To: <0EA91CD7DFEE4C629EECC3621B16E350.MAI@ftdna.com>
References: <0EA91CD7DFEE4C629EECC3621B16E350.MAI@ftdna.com>
Message-ID: <4E513391.9010100@familytreedna.com>

The beacon I built had some funny problems with frequency stability. It
was a simple crystal controlled oscillator. It suddenly jumped to higher
frequencies and returned then back to its stable original frequency. I
have no idea what caused this. Maybe the sealed can of the crystal
oscillator had a small leak that from time to time let cold air into the
package.

The transmitter and controller were 100% solar powered. No battery in
this package at all. Unfortunately I used a bad (surplus) voltage
regulator for the GPS so that the solar voltage wasn't just high enough
to power up the GPS. I've added the GPS just on the last day before the
launch, so I tested it only with a 12 V battery (because it was dark
outside).

Here is a (40 Mb) collection of several raw files & data my 2 packages
have generated, in case someone is interested:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5676413/blt27.zip

Thomas

KT5TK



On 08/21/2011 03:54 AM, Allen F. Mattis wrote:
> Forward of BLT-27 info from WS5H
>
>> Delivered-To: afmattis at hal-pc.org
>> From: "Bill Stone"<dragntow at wt.net>
>> To:<bvarc at bvarc.org>
>> Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 22:00:53 -0500
>> Subject: [BVARC] BLT- 27 Balloon contact
>>
>> Hi ALL,
>> hope you had fun with the 147.435 up/446.000 down and the
>> 146.50up/50.350 down repeaters on the balloon.
>>
>> As per my experiance I had no luck on the VHF/UHF repeater as my
>> vhf Jpole @ 20 ft had no ears on UHF. I was told I made the
>> repeater down link but I could not here myself or others on the UHF
side.
>>
>> Had better luck with the VHF/6M repeater with a brick amp on vhf 100
>> watts Jpole antenna 20 ft. and of all things an ic-81a HT on 6M AM
>> hooked up to a 10 meter vertical at 25 ft. Made 1 contact WB5UGT at
>> 16:25 utc. MY FIRST 6M AM CONTACT-- well..... VHF/ 6M AM contact
>>
>> The 10 meter becon was heard by me very well from early lift off
>> untill about 17:30 utc. The 400 mW becon was heard in GA. see below
>> copy of search on DXsummitt
>>
>> <http://www.qrz.com/db/WS5H>WS5H-@         28322.0
>> <http://www.qrz.com/db/W5ACM>W5ACM       Balloon solar power 400 mW
>> becon   1726 20 Aug   United States
>> <http://www.qrz.com/db/WS5H>WS5H-@         28322.0
>> <http://www.qrz.com/db/W5ACM>W5ACM       Balloon launch BLT-27 10 m
>> becon   1719 20 Aug   United States
>> <http://www.qrz.com/db/W4GA>W4GA-@         28322.0
>> <http://www.qrz.com/db/W5ACM>W5ACM       BLT-27 Balloon Beacon on
>> Rox/Es    1659 20 Aug   United States
>> <http://www.qrz.com/db/W4GA>W4GA           28322.0
>> <http://www.qrz.com/db/W5ACM>W5ACM       EM74QC<MS>EL29EQ light CW
>> BTS-     1644 20 Aug   United States
>>
>> I will say that I missed not having the 10 meter repeater this year
>> on the Balloon as in past had many VHF/10 M contacts and my longest
>> local contact last year was KA5MEI Carl in Hockley and I was
>> portable in Palacios.
>> 73 Bill WS5H
>>
>>
>> _______________________________________________
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>> BVARC at bvarc.org
>> http://mail.bvarc.org/mailman/listinfo/bvarc_bvarc.org
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From plcmark at gmail.com Sun Aug 21 13:58:08 2011
From: plcmark at gmail.com (Mark Bayern)
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:58:08 -0500
Subject: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
In-Reply-To: <06ab01cc5fb6$d1039020$730ab060$@net>
References: <06ab01cc5fb6$d1039020$730ab060$@net>
Message-ID:
<CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com>
>> ?we
>> recovered the entire payloads?though they DID take a whack on the way
>> down?in the last 20000 ft it took about 2 mins to go through
that?about
>> 120mph!! OUCH! I am putting together a story for next weeks Newsline
with

When we reached the recovery site the packages were strung out across
two trees. I really doubt they took that much of a whack. By the time
we had them out of the trees the 1/4" wooden dowel that was a mount
for a 440MHz quarter wave was broken, but that has happened on the
last three recoveries.

The GPS data for the final stages of the descent shows a rate of
descent of about 22mph.

~~~~

This is from the last data we recorded from W5ACM-9 on the final descent:

$GPGGA,172952,2912.6498,N,09644.5749,W,1,12,0.7,3058.2,M,-22.2,M,,*46
$GPGGA,173202,2912.6563,N,09645.4241,W,1,12,0.7,1663.6,M,-22.2,M,,*49
$GPGGA,173352,2912.8399,N,09645.7203,W,1,12,0.7,609.9,M,-22.2,M,,*77

Using this data we can calculate the rate of descent for these four
minutes (all times are UTC from the package's -9 GPS):

Altitudes:

@17:29:52         3058.2meters    10033.4feet
@17:32:02          1663.6meters   5458.0feet
@17:33:52         609.9meters     2001.0feet

rate of descent is:

  between 17:29 and 17:32, time 2mins 4seconds, distance 4574.4feet,
rate 2213.4feet/min
  between 17:32 and 17:33, time 1min 50seconds, disatnce 3457.0feet,
rate 1885.6feet/min

  avg rate of descent for this 4 minute period was 2008.1feet/min or
22.8 miles/hour


Mark   AD5SS




On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 11:00 PM, Chris Boone <Cboone at earthlink.net>
wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> Subject: Re: [50mhz] LIFTOFF!!!
>>
>> WENT GREAT!!! Drifted maybe 15 miles to the west and 90K height before
>> coming down?.What a ride!! The 6m signal was copied over 500miles
>> away..the APRS was copied 1000miles to the west!!! The 28Mhz beacon
was
>> copied in GA for a brief while?.There was 75+ folks there?.and it all
went
>> smooth..the video from the camera on the bottom payload will be on the
>> W5ACM.net site soon?.I understand the video was AWESOME?we
>> recovered the entire payloads?though they DID take a whack on the way
>> down?in the last 20000 ft it took about 2 mins to go through
that?about
>> 120mph!! OUCH! I am putting together a story for next weeks Newsline
with
>> some the audio from the APRS systems (there were 3 on UHF alone) and
>> some of the crossband audio?I net controlled the 2m to 6m remote
>> base for a while?the audio was great on 6AM?it sounded like 125%
Positive mod like AM
>> broadcast stations use?which helped since the 6m signal was only
450mW!
>> Chris
>> WB5ITT
>>

From Cboone at earthlink.net Sun Aug 21 15:24:29 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 15:24:29 -0500
Subject: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
In-Reply-To:
<CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com>
References: <06ab01cc5fb6$d1039020$730ab060$@net>
      <CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com
>
Message-ID: <073e01cc6040$558ba3d0$00a2eb70$@net>

Thanks for the info Mark....I was going on what the last positions on the
APRS was by W5OMF and one other at the airport looking at the web site
and
APRS Updates; In fact Geoff used Google Earth and determined they had
landed
in some trees!! :) Evidently you got better info and of course, the
calculations are correct....either way it was SOME DAMN GOOD FUN!!! AM
WAITING FOR THE NEXT ONE...and I need to get a Tshirt or two damnit!!! :)
I want to do a 2m up/6m FM AND AM downlink.....so those with FM rcvrs can
get the noise quieting but the AM guys can stretch out reception as much
as
possible! I am planning to do the same thing on a new 6m rptr I have
coming
online...modified GE MSTR IIe with AM and FM xmit and may add a -1.7MHz
offset AM rcvr on it along with a -1MHz FM input..if I could figure out
how
to make the main input do double auto detection of FM or AM and route
that
to the rptr audio path I would!....been thinking a voter with the FM
detector determining if it was AM by having no/very little audio on the
FM
side out may do the trick! ;)

Chris
WB5ITT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Bayern [mailto:plcmark at gmail.com]
> Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2011 1:58 PM
> To: Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX and surrounding areas; Chris
Boone;
> blt at stevens.com
> Cc: 6meter at yahoogroups.com; World Wide Six Meter Club;
> SETXHAM at yahoogroups.com; houstonham at yahoogroups.com;
> HoustonScan at yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
>
> >> .we
> >> recovered the entire payloads.though they DID take a whack on the
way
> >> down.in the last 20000 ft it took about 2 mins to go through
that.about
> >> 120mph!! OUCH! I am putting together a story for next weeks Newsline
> with
>
> When we reached the recovery site the packages were strung out across
> two trees. I really doubt they took that much of a whack. By the time
> we had them out of the trees the 1/4" wooden dowel that was a mount
> for a 440MHz quarter wave was broken, but that has happened on the
> last three recoveries.
>
> The GPS data for the final stages of the descent shows a rate of
> descent of about 22mph.
>
> ~~~~
>
> This is from the last data we recorded from W5ACM-9 on the final
descent:
>
> $GPGGA,172952,2912.6498,N,09644.5749,W,1,12,0.7,3058.2,M,-22.2,M,,*46
> $GPGGA,173202,2912.6563,N,09645.4241,W,1,12,0.7,1663.6,M,-22.2,M,,*49
> $GPGGA,173352,2912.8399,N,09645.7203,W,1,12,0.7,609.9,M,-22.2,M,,*77
>
> Using this data we can calculate the rate of descent for these four
> minutes (all times are UTC from the package's -9 GPS):
>
> Altitudes:
>
> @17:29:52          3058.2meters 10033.4feet
> @17:32:02        1663.6meters   5458.0feet
> @17:33:52          609.9meters  2001.0feet
>
> rate of descent is:
>
>     between 17:29 and 17:32, time 2mins 4seconds, distance 4574.4feet,
>   rate 2213.4feet/min
>     between 17:32 and 17:33, time 1min 50seconds, disatnce 3457.0feet,
>   rate 1885.6feet/min
>
>     avg rate of descent for this 4 minute period was 2008.1feet/min or
>   22.8 miles/hour
>
>
>   Mark   AD5SS


From w5acm at swbell.net Sun Aug 21 23:29:45 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy MacAllister)
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 23:29:45 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Fw: [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
Message-ID: <13C4E2A04B2542279C5E557077733D06@w5acmathlon>

FYI!!!!
BLT-27 Was Superb!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Boone" <Cboone at earthlink.net>
To: "'Mark Bayern'" <plcmark at gmail.com>; "'Amateur (Ham) Radio in
Houston.
TX and surrounding areas'" <houstonham at mailman.qth.net>; <blt at
stevens.com>
Cc: <SETXHAM at yahoogroups.com>; <houstonham at yahoogroups.com>;
"'World Wide
Six Meter Club'" <sixclub at mailman.qth.net>; <6meter at
yahoogroups.com>;
<HoustonScan at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2011 3:24 PM
Subject: Re: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!


> Thanks for the info Mark....I was going on what the last positions on
the
> APRS was by W5OMF and one other at the airport looking at the web site
and
> APRS Updates; In fact Geoff used Google Earth and determined they had
> landed
> in some trees!! :) Evidently you got better info and of course, the
> calculations are correct....either way it was SOME DAMN GOOD FUN!!! AM
> WAITING FOR THE NEXT ONE...and I need to get a Tshirt or two damnit!!!
:)
> I want to do a 2m up/6m FM AND AM downlink.....so those with FM rcvrs
can
> get the noise quieting but the AM guys can stretch out reception as
much
> as
> possible! I am planning to do the same thing on a new 6m rptr I have
> coming
> online...modified GE MSTR IIe with AM and FM xmit and may add a -1.7MHz
> offset AM rcvr on it along with a -1MHz FM input..if I could figure out
> how
> to make the main input do double auto detection of FM or AM and route
that
> to the rptr audio path I would!....been thinking a voter with the FM
> detector determining if it was AM by having no/very little audio on the
FM
> side out may do the trick! ;)
>
> Chris
> WB5ITT
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Mark Bayern [mailto:plcmark at gmail.com]
>> Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2011 1:58 PM
>> To: Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX and surrounding areas; Chris
>> Boone;
>> blt at stevens.com
>> Cc: 6meter at yahoogroups.com; World Wide Six Meter Club;
>> SETXHAM at yahoogroups.com; houstonham at yahoogroups.com;
>> HoustonScan at yahoogroups.com
>> Subject: Re: [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
>>
>> >> .we
>> >> recovered the entire payloads.though they DID take a whack on the
way
>> >> down.in the last 20000 ft it took about 2 mins to go through
>> >> that.about
>> >> 120mph!! OUCH! I am putting together a story for next weeks
Newsline
>> with
>>
>> When we reached the recovery site the packages were strung out across
>> two trees. I really doubt they took that much of a whack. By the time
>> we had them out of the trees the 1/4" wooden dowel that was a mount
>> for a 440MHz quarter wave was broken, but that has happened on the
>> last three recoveries.
>>
>> The GPS data for the final stages of the descent shows a rate of
>> descent of about 22mph.
>>
>> ~~~~
>>
>> This is from the last data we recorded from W5ACM-9 on the final
descent:
>>
>> $GPGGA,172952,2912.6498,N,09644.5749,W,1,12,0.7,3058.2,M,-22.2,M,,*46
>> $GPGGA,173202,2912.6563,N,09645.4241,W,1,12,0.7,1663.6,M,-22.2,M,,*49
>> $GPGGA,173352,2912.8399,N,09645.7203,W,1,12,0.7,609.9,M,-22.2,M,,*77
>>
>> Using this data we can calculate the rate of descent for these four
>> minutes (all times are UTC from the package's -9 GPS):
>>
>> Altitudes:
>>
>> @17:29:52         3058.2meters 10033.4feet
>> @17:32:02         1663.6meters 5458.0feet
>> @17:33:52         609.9meters 2001.0feet
>>
>> rate of descent is:
>>
>>   between 17:29 and 17:32, time 2mins 4seconds, distance 4574.4feet,
>> rate 2213.4feet/min
>>   between 17:32 and 17:33, time 1min 50seconds, disatnce 3457.0feet,
>> rate 1885.6feet/min
>>
>>   avg rate of descent for this 4 minute period was 2008.1feet/min or
>> 22.8 miles/hour
>>
>>
>> Mark AD5SS
>
> _______________________________________________
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> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>



From Cboone at earthlink.net Mon Aug 22 02:28:53 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 02:28:53 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Fw: [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
In-Reply-To: <13C4E2A04B2542279C5E557077733D06@w5acmathlon>
References: <13C4E2A04B2542279C5E557077733D06@w5acmathlon>
Message-ID: <079801cc609d$265ca700$7315f500$@net>

How long before the video gets posted Andy???

(AND where can I get a T shirt?????? :)

Chris

>   -----Original Message-----
>   From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
>   Behalf Of Andy MacAllister
>   Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2011 11:30 PM
>   To: blt at stevens.com; HQRP at yahoogroups.com
>   Subject: [BLT] Fw: [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
>
>   FYI!!!!
>   BLT-27 Was Superb!
>
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   From: "Chris Boone" <Cboone at earthlink.net>
>   To: "'Mark Bayern'" <plcmark at gmail.com>; "'Amateur (Ham) Radio in
> Houston.
> TX and surrounding areas'" <houstonham at mailman.qth.net>;
> <blt at stevens.com>
> Cc: <SETXHAM at yahoogroups.com>; <houstonham at yahoogroups.com>;
> "'World Wide
> Six Meter Club'" <sixclub at mailman.qth.net>; <6meter at
yahoogroups.com>;
> <HoustonScan at yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2011 3:24 PM
> Subject: Re: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
>
>
> > Thanks for the info Mark....I was going on what the last positions on
the
> > APRS was by W5OMF and one other at the airport looking at the web
site
> and
> > APRS Updates; In fact Geoff used Google Earth and determined they had
> > landed
> > in some trees!! :) Evidently you got better info and of course, the
> > calculations are correct....either way it was SOME DAMN GOOD FUN!!!
AM
> > WAITING FOR THE NEXT ONE...and I need to get a Tshirt or two
damnit!!!
:)
> > I want to do a 2m up/6m FM AND AM downlink.....so those with FM rcvrs
> can
> > get the noise quieting but the AM guys can stretch out reception as
much
> > as
> > possible! I am planning to do the same thing on a new 6m rptr I have
> > coming
> > online...modified GE MSTR IIe with AM and FM xmit and may add a -
> 1.7MHz
> > offset AM rcvr on it along with a -1MHz FM input..if I could figure
out
> > how
> > to make the main input do double auto detection of FM or AM and route
> that
> > to the rptr audio path I would!....been thinking a voter with the FM
> > detector determining if it was AM by having no/very little audio on
the
FM
> > side out may do the trick! ;)
> >
> > Chris
> > WB5ITT
> >
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Mark Bayern [mailto:plcmark at gmail.com]
> >> Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2011 1:58 PM
> >> To: Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX and surrounding areas; Chris
> >> Boone;
> >> blt at stevens.com
> >> Cc: 6meter at yahoogroups.com; World Wide Six Meter Club;
> >> SETXHAM at yahoogroups.com; houstonham at yahoogroups.com;
> >> HoustonScan at yahoogroups.com
> >> Subject: Re: [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
> >>
> >> >> .we
> >> >> recovered the entire payloads.though they DID take a whack on the
> way
> >> >> down.in the last 20000 ft it took about 2 mins to go through
> >> >> that.about
> >> >> 120mph!! OUCH! I am putting together a story for next weeks
> Newsline
> >> with
> >>
> >> When we reached the recovery site the packages were strung out
across
> >> two trees. I really doubt they took that much of a whack. By the
time
> >> we had them out of the trees the 1/4" wooden dowel that was a mount
> >> for a 440MHz quarter wave was broken, but that has happened on the
> >> last three recoveries.
> >>
> >> The GPS data for the final stages of the descent shows a rate of
> >> descent of about 22mph.
> >>
> >> ~~~~
> >>
> >> This is from the last data we recorded from W5ACM-9 on the final
> descent:
> >>
> >> $GPGGA,172952,2912.6498,N,09644.5749,W,1,12,0.7,3058.2,M,-
> 22.2,M,,*46
> >> $GPGGA,173202,2912.6563,N,09645.4241,W,1,12,0.7,1663.6,M,-
> 22.2,M,,*49
> >> $GPGGA,173352,2912.8399,N,09645.7203,W,1,12,0.7,609.9,M,-22.2,M,,*77
> >>
> >> Using this data we can calculate the rate of descent for these four
> >> minutes (all times are UTC from the package's -9 GPS):
> >>
> >> Altitudes:
> >>
> >> @17:29:52         3058.2meters 10033.4feet
> >> @17:32:02         1663.6meters 5458.0feet
> >> @17:33:52         609.9meters 2001.0feet
> >>
> >> rate of descent is:
> >>
> >>   between 17:29 and 17:32, time 2mins 4seconds, distance 4574.4feet,
> >> rate 2213.4feet/min
> >>   between 17:32 and 17:33, time 1min 50seconds, disatnce 3457.0feet,
> >> rate 1885.6feet/min
> >>
> >>   avg rate of descent for this 4 minute period was 2008.1feet/min or
> >> 22.8 miles/hour
>   >>
>   >>
>   >> Mark AD5SS
>   >
>   > _______________________________________________
>   > BLT mailing list
>   > BLT at stevens.com
>   > http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>   >
>
>
>   _______________________________________________
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>   BLT at stevens.com
>   http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt


From w5omr at att.net Mon Aug 22 06:20:20 2011
From: w5omr at att.net (Geoff Edmonson)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 06:20:20 -0500
Subject: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
In-Reply-To: <073e01cc6040$558ba3d0$00a2eb70$@net>
References: <06ab01cc5fb6$d1039020$730ab060$@net>
      <CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com
>
      <073e01cc6040$558ba3d0$00a2eb70$@net>
Message-ID: <4E523B74.6040602@att.net>

On 08/21/2011 03:24 PM, Chris Boone wrote:
> Thanks for the info Mark....I was going on what the last positions on
the
> APRS was by W5OMF

*ahem*


Very nice seeing and meeting everyone out there. Had a blast!   Looking
forward to Next year (and possibly making some meetings!)


> and one other at the airport looking at the web site and
> APRS Updates; In fact Geoff used Google Earth and determined they had
landed
> in some trees!! :)


That part was true. It might have only been 22 miles per hour, but I
still say it came down in a MUCH larger hurry than last years landing.

I know what the data says, but from what aprs.fi was showing, it dropped
something like 20kft in 2 minutes. That close enough to 4 miles to
calculate that it covered approximately 4 miles in 2 minutes and to me
that's 120mph.
There's no way to determine if the chute opened, is there?

> Evidently you got better info and of course, the
> calculations are correct....either way it was SOME DAMN GOOD FUN!!! AM
> WAITING FOR THE NEXT ONE...and I need to get a Tshirt or two damnit!!!
:)

I paid for mine, ya cheapskate! ;-)



73 = Best Regards,
-Geoff/W5OMR (One More Round)
;-)

From w5omr at att.net Mon Aug 22 06:32:54 2011
From: w5omr at att.net (Geoff Edmonson)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 06:32:54 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Payloads recovered! Headed for Hinze's BBQ!
In-Reply-To: <ji2ssh21knl0skr5wdp7s3ov.1313867821377@email.android.com>
References: <ji2ssh21knl0skr5wdp7s3ov.1313867821377@email.android.com>
Message-ID: <4E523E66.8080909@att.net>

If anyone is interested, Kirk/AD5OU was able to capture some of the SSTV
stuff coming down from the Balloon.

Images are available at http://www.ad5ou.com/sstv


73 = Best Regards,
-Geoff/W5OMR


From Cboone at earthlink.net Mon Aug 22 07:28:20 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 07:28:20 -0500
Subject: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
In-Reply-To: <4E523B74.6040602@att.net>
References: <06ab01cc5fb6$d1039020$730ab060$@net>
      <CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com
>     <073e01cc6040$558ba3d0$00a2eb70$@net>
      <4E523B74.6040602@att.net>
Message-ID: <07cc01cc60c6$fa5d4770$ef17d650$@net>

Hey, I didn't say I wouldn't PAY for one !!! :)

Next time I'll buy the beer too   (ahhh just for Geoff and myself!)

Chris

> -----Original Message-----
> > Evidently you got better info and of course, the
> > calculations are correct....either way it was SOME DAMN GOOD FUN!!!
AM
> > WAITING FOR THE NEXT ONE...and I need to get a Tshirt or two
damnit!!!
:)
>
> I paid for mine, ya cheapskate! ;-)


From plcmark at gmail.com Mon Aug 22 08:15:59 2011
From: plcmark at gmail.com (Mark Bayern)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:15:59 -0500
Subject: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
In-Reply-To: <4E523B74.6040602@att.net>
References: <06ab01cc5fb6$d1039020$730ab060$@net>
      <CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com
>
      <073e01cc6040$558ba3d0$00a2eb70$@net> <4E523B74.6040602@att.net>
Message-ID: <CAKOKdPKo5a8pn5dsHuahg+X7p08pjmxrS8_i-
tou+M2fhVRpPw@mail.gmail.com>

If you look at the descent right after burst, it was initially falling at
over 100mph for a short period of time.

Time ALT deltaT   rate
UTC feet mph
170812 87968
170822 88112 10   10
170832 88242 10   9
170842 88389 10   10
170852 88535 10   10
170902 88677 10   10
170932 89109 30   10     <-- apogee reached between
171022 86088 50   -41    <-- these two packets
171042 82753 20   -114
171052 81156 10   -109
171102 79636 10   -104
171112 78162 10   -100
171122 76726 10   -98
171142 74013 20   -93
171152 72702 10   -89
171202 71448 10   -86
171212 70233 10   -83
171232 67914 20   -79
171242 66799 10   -76
171252 65712 10   -74
171302 64658 10   -72
171312 63630 10   -70
171322 62644 10   -67
171332 61686 10   -65
171342 60732 10   -65
171352 59817 10   -62
171402 58924 10   -61
171412 58054 10   -59
171422 57205 10   -58
171432 56387 10   -56
171442 55587 10 -55
171452 54807 10 -53

The last column shows the vertical rate in miles/hour. (This data set
from
W5ACM-9 is from just before burst and down to about 50,000 feet.)

>>"There's no way to determine if the chute opened, is there?

Up where the is very little air, the chute wouldn't be expected to have
much
effect. I'm pretty sure the chute opened -- well, as much as a drag chute
can 'open' <g>. Note that as the air density increases the rate of
descent
drops. Also when we found them the packages they were strung across two
trees. This makes me think that it was falling at a slow rate and
drifting
across the trees. If it hit at over 100mph, my guess is that it would
have
come basically straight down. (W2CVZ thinks we would have been picking up
pieces of styrofoam if it hit at over 100mph.)

The highest altitude in the data we recorded was not the apogee of the
flight. There are a few missing packets in our data. We have a period of
50
seconds which included the burst that is missing.

aprs.fi records a packet (at 170955Z) with an altitude of 27,258.1 meters
or 89429.5 feet. Not bad for a bunch of toyz

Mark    AD5SS

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon Aug 22 08:54:49 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:54:49 +0000
Subject: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
In-Reply-To: <CAKOKdPKo5a8pn5dsHuahg+X7p08pjmxrS8_i-
tou+M2fhVRpPw@mail.gmail.com>
References: <06ab01cc5fb6$d1039020$730ab060$@net>
      <CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com
>
      <073e01cc6040$558ba3d0$00a2eb70$@net> <4E523B74.6040602@att.net>
      <CAKOKdPKo5a8pn5dsHuahg+X7p08pjmxrS8_i-
tou+M2fhVRpPw@mail.gmail.com>
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385843C35@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Mark,

Thanks for the velocity data distillation!

All of the rise and descent values are what we had targeted. We strive
for a rise rate of 1000 ft/min and a final landing velocity of 2000
ft/min. It was good to see that the final descent rate was actually a bit
under 2000 ft/min. It was also good to see that we got so close to 90,000
ft - Nice Flight!

Andy W5ACM


-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of Mark Bayern
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 8:16 AM
To: Geoff Edmonson
Cc: blt at stevens.com
Subject: Re: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!

If you look at the descent right after burst, it was initially falling at
over 100mph for a short period of time.

Time ALT deltaT   rate
UTC feet mph
170812 87968
170822 88112 10   10
170832 88242 10   9
170842 88389 10   10
170852 88535 10   10
170902 88677 10   10
170932 89109 30   10     <-- apogee reached between
171022 86088 50   -41    <-- these two packets
171042 82753 20   -114
171052 81156 10   -109
171102 79636 10   -104
171112 78162 10   -100
171122 76726 10   -98
171142 74013 20   -93
171152 72702 10   -89
171202 71448 10   -86
171212 70233 10   -83
171232 67914 20   -79
171242 66799 10   -76
171252 65712 10   -74
171302 64658 10   -72
171312 63630 10   -70
171322 62644 10   -67
171332 61686 10   -65
171342 60732 10   -65
171352 59817 10   -62
171402 58924 10   -61
171412 58054 10   -59
171422 57205 10   -58
171432 56387 10   -56
171442 55587 10   -55
171452 54807 10   -53
The last column shows the vertical rate in miles/hour. (This data set
from
W5ACM-9 is from just before burst and down to about 50,000 feet.)

>>"There's no way to determine if the chute opened, is there?

Up where the is very little air, the chute wouldn't be expected to have
much
effect. I'm pretty sure the chute opened -- well, as much as a drag chute
can 'open' <g>. Note that as the air density increases the rate of
descent
drops. Also when we found them the packages they were strung across two
trees. This makes me think that it was falling at a slow rate and
drifting
across the trees. If it hit at over 100mph, my guess is that it would
have
come basically straight down. (W2CVZ thinks we would have been picking up
pieces of styrofoam if it hit at over 100mph.)

The highest altitude in the data we recorded was not the apogee of the
flight. There are a few missing packets in our data. We have a period of
50
seconds which included the burst that is missing.

aprs.fi records a packet (at 170955Z) with an altitude of 27,258.1 meters
or 89429.5 feet. Not bad for a bunch of toyz

Mark AD5SS
_______________________________________________
BLT mailing list
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http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt

From fjuch at austin.rr.com Mon Aug 22 08:58:07 2011
From: fjuch at austin.rr.com (fjuch at austin.rr.com)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:58:07 +0000
Subject: [BLT] HP Tablet cheap (HAM APPS? Fly on balloon?)
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385843C35@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <20110822135807.EA8ZM.175293.root@hrndva-web10-z01>

Sorry for the blatent promotion, but this is interesting and hams are
cheap:
Best Buy is dumping the HP touchpads for $99. I believe there is also a
nook, or kindle app for them. So cheap reader.
Here:
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2011/08/22/99-touchpads-free-
iphones-at-best-buy.html?ana=yfcpc

Fred N5JXO
From mullani at tlite.com Mon Aug 22 11:38:40 2011
From: mullani at tlite.com (Nizar Mullani)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:38:40 -0500
Subject: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385843C35@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <06ab01cc5fb6$d1039020$730ab060$@net>
      <CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com
>     <073e01cc6040$558ba3d0$00a2eb70$@net>
      <4E523B74.6040602@att.net>   <CAKOKdPKo5a8pn5dsHuahg+X7p08pjmxrS8_i-
tou+M2fhVRpPw@mail.gmail.com>
      <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385843C35@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <002701cc60e9$f33bf0e0$d9b3d2a0$@com>

Andy,

Great job. Great flight. Thanks to you and the team that worked hard to
make
it happen.

I noticed that the 446 MHz downlink had rapid signal strength variations
after the balloon had risen over 20,000 feet. Is this due to the movement
of
the package?

Nizar

-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of
Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 8:55 AM
To: blt at stevens.com
Subject: Re: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!

Mark,

Thanks for the velocity data distillation!

All of the rise and descent values are what we had targeted. We strive
for a
rise rate of 1000 ft/min and a final landing velocity of 2000 ft/min. It
was
good to see that the final descent rate was actually a bit under 2000
ft/min. It was also good to see that we got so close to 90,000 ft - Nice
Flight!

Andy W5ACM


-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of
Mark Bayern
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 8:16 AM
To: Geoff Edmonson
Cc: blt at stevens.com
Subject: Re: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!

If you look at the descent right after burst, it was initially falling at
over 100mph for a short period of time.

Time ALT deltaT   rate
UTC feet mph
170812 87968
170822 88112 10   10
170832 88242 10   9
170842 88389 10   10
170852 88535 10   10
170902 88677 10   10
170932 89109 30   10     <-- apogee reached between
171022 86088 50   -41    <-- these two packets
171042 82753 20   -114
171052 81156 10   -109
171102 79636 10   -104
171112 78162 10   -100
171122 76726 10   -98
171142 74013 20   -93
171152 72702 10   -89
171202 71448 10   -86
171212 70233 10   -83
171232 67914 20   -79
171242 66799 10   -76
171252 65712 10   -74
171302 64658 10   -72
171312 63630 10   -70
171322 62644 10   -67
171332 61686 10   -65
171342 60732 10   -65
171352 59817 10   -62
171402 58924 10   -61
171412 58054 10   -59
171422 57205 10   -58
171432 56387 10   -56
171442 55587 10   -55
171452 54807 10   -53

The last column shows the vertical rate in miles/hour. (This data set
from
W5ACM-9 is from just before burst and down to about 50,000 feet.)

>>"There's no way to determine if the chute opened, is there?

Up where the is very little air, the chute wouldn't be expected to have
much
effect. I'm pretty sure the chute opened -- well, as much as a drag chute
can 'open' <g>. Note that as the air density increases the rate of
descent
drops. Also when we found them the packages they were strung across two
trees. This makes me think that it was falling at a slow rate and
drifting
across the trees. If it hit at over 100mph, my guess is that it would
have
come basically straight down. (W2CVZ thinks we would have been picking up
pieces of styrofoam if it hit at over 100mph.)

The highest altitude in the data we recorded was not the apogee of the
flight. There are a few missing packets in our data. We have a period of
50
seconds which included the burst that is missing.

aprs.fi records a packet (at 170955Z) with an altitude of 27,258.1 meters
or 89429.5 feet. Not bad for a bunch of toyz

Mark AD5SS
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From plcmark at gmail.com Mon Aug 22 11:30:25 2011
From: plcmark at gmail.com (Mark Bayern)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:30:25 -0500
Subject: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
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      <CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com
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>>"One guy was pulling with no luck, I took over but the
small ropes were cutting into my hands a bit.. I wrapped the rope around
a
few times and gave it a tug,   I fell back, Suzanne (kf5gwz) caught me
and she landed against michael (n5ptn).. the top two packages came down
but
caught on a lower limb.. so they came down pretty gently...

That 'guy' was me. I'm not crazy, I had no gloves, and those thorns
didn't
look like anything I needed to fall into!
Looking forward to the photos.

Mark   AD5SS




On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 10:59 AM, Eddie Runner <eddie at installer.com>
wrote:

> at the recovery site, the 5 packages seemed to be laid pretty gently
> across the two trees, if they came down hard I would have expected
them
> to be wedged down in the tree limbs a lot more..
>
> They looked like they were just laid there gently, and were pretty easy
to
> pull down..
>
> I nearly fell on my butt pulling the highest packages
> down from the tree.. One guy was pulling with no luck, I took over but
the
> small ropes were cutting into my hands a bit.. I wrapped the rope
around a
> few times and gave it a tug,   I fell back, Suzanne (kf5gwz) caught me
> and she landed against michael (n5ptn).. the top two packages came down
but
> caught on a lower limb.. so they came down pretty gently...
>
> I don't remember if it was the big package or the second package but
one
> of them did hit the ground suddenly and crashed loudly as someone cut
or
> loosened the rope.. A fall of 7 to 10 ft maybe..
>
> I remember as we packed the payloads in the back of my truck, one of
the
> bigger payloads was open, maybe from the fall.. or maybe from the
> minor surgery at the landing point... I know someone disabled the
beeper
> and something else in the package before we loaded the payloads for
> transport to the BBQ place, that may be why one of the packages was
open..
>
> the last aprs data I have in my d710 memory for the package was
> 29.12.89
> 096.45.85
> which we confirmed to the actual trees via google maps after we
> got home.. ha ha
>
> which appears to be quite a ways from the last aprs.fi internet
position.
> other side of a creek..
>
> As a chase team, we were pretty much always close enough to be getting
> the aprs data direct from the balloon when it came down.. It did come
down
> a little faster than we expected it to.. We didn't hear anything from
> ground control through the balloon repeater as to when the balloon
burst.
>
> All of the sudden we saw a 12000 alt and then a 9000 alt which is hard
to
> read on the d710s display when you are sliding along dirt roads at a
> high rate of speed..
>
> we paralleled the balloons path on FM1300
> we then went north through speaks tx to take co rd 14 to try to get
> ahead of the balloon...
> Then we noticed the balloon coming down we were a couple miles north of
it
> on co rd 14.
>
> there is a point where co rd 14 makes a jog south, that's where we
expected
> to take the dirt road south to the balloon... but the road had a locked
> gate
> we were about a mile north of the balloon landing site there.
>
> we went west looking for a way in..
> we went south on co rd 1 expecting to come into the balloon from the
west..
> we got in finally through an open gate, we were exactly west of the
balloon
> but could only get to about a mile from it before we were stopped by a
> fence.
>
> We drove around a bit in that field trying to avoid the huge meadow
muffins
> without success..
>
> We had to backtrack and go through an oilfield north of the package, we
> took tiny paths through the fields and woods trying not to spook the
cattle
> that blocked the paths and wanted to run along side us...
>
> We weaved through and around to the north and came in to the balloon
> landing
> site
> by 4 wheeling across a small running stream, over a big dirt berm, and
> through a big dry pond (or small lake?) then up on another path and
boom
> almost right to the balloon...
>
> When we got next to the balloon we knew we were close, Suzanne (kf5gwz)
> saw the white parachute through the woods.. it was a couple hundred
feet
> off the road.
>
> Dwayne (kb5yta) our navigator, jumped out of the truck heading for the
> balloon
> before I stopped the truck... ha ha   talk about exciting..!!
>
> along the path we could see the other chase crew about a 1/4 mile ahead
of
> us,
> they came in from the south but came to a locked gate which they had to
> stop and come the rest of the way on foot...
>
> Our chase team this year was
> Michael Lay (N5PTN) general IT and MESH
> Dwayne Jones (KB5YTA) navigator
> Suzanne Runner (KF5GWZ) great eyes first to sight balloon
> Eddie Runner (NU5K) driver
>
> Our 2006 4wd tahoe had
> Kenwood D710 with Avmap that I watched as driver most of the time, it
got
> data directly from balloon
> Also Icom 2820 we used for communications with other chase team and a
> little
> crossband through
> the balloon for fun when it was up.
> Icom 7000 we listened in to the 6meter down..
>
> Dwayne had a laptop he used just for his maps.
> We had two more laptops with internet cards for aprs.fi tracking and an
> IPAD
> as well
> which we didn't hardly use... We lost internet connectivity near the
site
> so good thing
> we were close enough to get aprs direct from balloon...
>
> We had a kenwood th72 aprs handheld, and two Yaesu aprs handhelds as
well.
>
> We also had two mesh routers in the truck one had a camera but I doubt
if
> anyone tried to watch the chase team... ha ha
>
> Well what a blast we had, I cant wait till next year.
>
> A few photos are of the recovery are on the BVARC facebook page
>
> I have more photos and will try to find some space on the
bvarc.orgwebsite
> later today.
>
> cant wait till next year,
> chasing the balloon is one of my favorite ham radio events ...
>
> Eddie Runner (NU5K)
>
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf
> Of
> Mark Bayern
> Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2011 1:58 PM
> To: Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX and surrounding areas; Chris
Boone;
> blt at stevens.com
> Cc: SETXHAM at yahoogroups.com; houstonham at yahoogroups.com; World
Wide Six
> Meter Club; 6meter at yahoogroups.com; HoustonScan at yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
>
> >> .we
> >> recovered the entire payloads.though they DID take a whack on the
way
> >> down.in the last 20000 ft it took about 2 mins to go through
that.about
> >> 120mph!! OUCH! I am putting together a story for next weeks Newsline
> with
>
> When we reached the recovery site the packages were strung out across
> two trees. I really doubt they took that much of a whack. By the time
> we had them out of the trees the 1/4" wooden dowel that was a mount
> for a 440MHz quarter wave was broken, but that has happened on the
> last three recoveries.
>
> The GPS data for the final stages of the descent shows a rate of
> descent of about 22mph.
>
> ~~~~
>
> This is from the last data we recorded from W5ACM-9 on the final
descent:
>
> $GPGGA,172952,2912.6498,N,09644.5749,W,1,12,0.7,3058.2,M,-22.2,M,,*46
> $GPGGA,173202,2912.6563,N,09645.4241,W,1,12,0.7,1663.6,M,-22.2,M,,*49
> $GPGGA,173352,2912.8399,N,09645.7203,W,1,12,0.7,609.9,M,-22.2,M,,*77
>
> Using this data we can calculate the rate of descent for these four
> minutes (all times are UTC from the package's -9 GPS):
>
> Altitudes:
>
> @17:29:52          3058.2meters 10033.4feet
> @17:32:02                1663.6meters   5458.0feet
> @17:33:52          609.9meters  2001.0feet
>
> rate of descent is:
>
> between 17:29 and 17:32, time 2mins 4seconds, distance 4574.4feet,
> rate 2213.4feet/min
> between 17:32 and 17:33, time 1min 50seconds, disatnce 3457.0feet,
> rate 1885.6feet/min
>
> avg rate of descent for this 4 minute period was 2008.1feet/min or
> 22.8 miles/hour
>
>
> Mark AD5SS
>
>
>
>
> On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 11:00 PM, Chris Boone <Cboone at earthlink.net>
> wrote:
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> Subject: Re: [50mhz] LIFTOFF!!!
> >>
> >> WENT GREAT!!! Drifted maybe 15 miles to the west and 90K height
before
> >> coming down..What a ride!! The 6m signal was copied over 500miles
> >> away..the APRS was copied 1000miles to the west!!! The 28Mhz beacon
was
> >> copied in GA for a brief while..There was 75+ folks there..and it
all
> went
> >> smooth..the video from the camera on the bottom payload will be on
the
> >> W5ACM.net site soon..I understand the video was AWESOME.we
> >> recovered the entire payloads.though they DID take a whack on the
way
> >> down.in the last 20000 ft it took about 2 mins to go through
that.about
> >> 120mph!! OUCH! I am putting together a story for next weeks Newsline
> with
> >> some the audio from the APRS systems (there were 3 on UHF alone) and
> >> some of the crossband audio.I net controlled the 2m to 6m remote
> >> base for a while.the audio was great on 6AM.it sounded like 125%
> Positive
> mod like AM
> >> broadcast stations use.which helped since the 6m signal was only
450mW!
> >> Chris
> >> WB5ITT
> >>
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>

From eddie at installer.com Mon Aug 22 10:59:59 2011
From: eddie at installer.com (Eddie Runner)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:59:59 -0500
Subject: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
In-Reply-To:
<CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com>
References: <06ab01cc5fb6$d1039020$730ab060$@net>
      <CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com
>
Message-ID: <001d01cc60e4$8d208370$a7618a50$@com>

at the recovery site, the 5 packages seemed to be laid pretty gently
across the two trees, if they came down hard I would have expected them
to be wedged down in the tree limbs a lot more..

They looked like they were just laid there gently, and were pretty easy
to
pull down..

I nearly fell on my butt pulling the highest packages
down from the tree.. One guy was pulling with no luck, I took over but
the
small ropes were cutting into my hands a bit.. I wrapped the rope around
a
few times and gave it a tug,   I fell back, Suzanne (kf5gwz) caught me
and she landed against michael (n5ptn).. the top two packages came down
but
caught on a lower limb.. so they came down pretty gently...

I don't remember if it was the big package or the second package but one
of them did hit the ground suddenly and crashed loudly as someone cut or
loosened the rope.. A fall of 7 to 10 ft maybe..

I remember as we packed the payloads in the back of my truck, one of the
bigger payloads was open, maybe from the fall.. or maybe from the
minor surgery at the landing point... I know someone disabled the beeper
and something else in the package before we loaded the payloads for
transport to the BBQ place, that may be why one of the packages was
open..

the last aprs data I have in my d710 memory for the package was
29.12.89
096.45.85
which we confirmed to the actual trees via google maps after we
got home.. ha ha

which appears to be quite a ways from the last aprs.fi internet position.
other side of a creek..

As a chase team, we were pretty much always close enough to be getting
the aprs data direct from the balloon when it came down.. It did come
down
a little faster than we expected it to.. We didn't hear anything from
ground control through the balloon repeater as to when the balloon burst.

All of the sudden we saw a 12000 alt and then a 9000 alt which is hard to
read on the d710s display when you are sliding along dirt roads at a
high rate of speed..

we paralleled the balloons path on FM1300
we then went north through speaks tx to take co rd 14 to try to get
ahead of the balloon...
Then we noticed the balloon coming down we were a couple miles north of
it
on co rd 14.

there is a point where co rd 14 makes a jog south, that's where we
expected
to take the dirt road south to the balloon... but the road had a locked
gate
we were about a mile north of the balloon landing site there.

we went west looking for a way in..
we went south on co rd 1 expecting to come into the balloon from the
west..
we got in finally through an open gate, we were exactly west of the
balloon
but could only get to about a mile from it before we were stopped by a
fence.

We drove around a bit in that field trying to avoid the huge meadow
muffins
without success..

We had to backtrack and go through an oilfield north of the package, we
took tiny paths through the fields and woods trying not to spook the
cattle
that blocked the paths and wanted to run along side us...

We weaved through and around to the north and came in to the balloon
landing
site
by 4 wheeling across a small running stream, over a big dirt berm, and
through a big dry pond (or small lake?) then up on another path and boom
almost right to the balloon...

When we got next to the balloon we knew we were close, Suzanne (kf5gwz)
saw the white parachute through the woods.. it was a couple hundred feet
off the road.

Dwayne (kb5yta) our navigator, jumped out of the truck heading for the
balloon
before I stopped the truck... ha ha   talk about exciting..!!
along the path we could see the other chase crew about a 1/4 mile ahead
of
us,
they came in from the south but came to a locked gate which they had to
stop and come the rest of the way on foot...

Our chase team this year was
Michael Lay (N5PTN) general IT and MESH
Dwayne Jones (KB5YTA) navigator
Suzanne Runner (KF5GWZ) great eyes first to sight balloon
Eddie Runner (NU5K) driver

Our 2006 4wd tahoe had
Kenwood D710 with Avmap that I watched as driver most of the time, it got
data directly from balloon
Also Icom 2820 we used for communications with other chase team and a
little
crossband through
the balloon for fun when it was up.
Icom 7000 we listened in to the 6meter down..

Dwayne had a laptop he used just for his maps.
We had two more laptops with internet cards for aprs.fi tracking and an
IPAD
as well
which we didn't hardly use... We lost internet connectivity near the
site
so good thing
we were close enough to get aprs direct from balloon...

We had a kenwood th72 aprs handheld, and two Yaesu aprs handhelds as
well.

We also had two mesh routers in the truck one had a camera but I doubt if
anyone tried to watch the chase team... ha ha

Well what a blast we had, I cant wait till next year.

A few photos are of the recovery are on the BVARC facebook page

I have more photos and will try to find some space on the bvarc.org
website
later today.

cant wait till next year,
chasing the balloon is one of my favorite ham radio events ...

Eddie Runner (NU5K)
-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of
Mark Bayern
Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2011 1:58 PM
To: Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX and surrounding areas; Chris
Boone;
blt at stevens.com
Cc: SETXHAM at yahoogroups.com; houstonham at yahoogroups.com; World Wide
Six
Meter Club; 6meter at yahoogroups.com; HoustonScan at yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!

>> .we
>> recovered the entire payloads.though they DID take a whack on the way
>> down.in the last 20000 ft it took about 2 mins to go through
that.about
>> 120mph!! OUCH! I am putting together a story for next weeks Newsline
with

When we reached the recovery site the packages were strung out across
two trees. I really doubt they took that much of a whack. By the time
we had them out of the trees the 1/4" wooden dowel that was a mount
for a 440MHz quarter wave was broken, but that has happened on the
last three recoveries.

The GPS data for the final stages of the descent shows a rate of
descent of about 22mph.

~~~~

This is from the last data we recorded from W5ACM-9 on the final descent:

$GPGGA,172952,2912.6498,N,09644.5749,W,1,12,0.7,3058.2,M,-22.2,M,,*46
$GPGGA,173202,2912.6563,N,09645.4241,W,1,12,0.7,1663.6,M,-22.2,M,,*49
$GPGGA,173352,2912.8399,N,09645.7203,W,1,12,0.7,609.9,M,-22.2,M,,*77

Using this data we can calculate the rate of descent for these four
minutes (all times are UTC from the package's -9 GPS):

Altitudes:

@17:29:52         3058.2meters    10033.4feet
@17:32:02          1663.6meters   5458.0feet
@17:33:52         609.9meters     2001.0feet

rate of descent is:

  between 17:29 and 17:32, time 2mins 4seconds, distance 4574.4feet,
rate 2213.4feet/min
  between 17:32 and 17:33, time 1min 50seconds, disatnce 3457.0feet,
rate 1885.6feet/min

  avg rate of descent for this 4 minute period was 2008.1feet/min or
22.8 miles/hour


Mark   AD5SS




On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 11:00 PM, Chris Boone <Cboone at earthlink.net>
wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> Subject: Re: [50mhz] LIFTOFF!!!
>>
>> WENT GREAT!!! Drifted maybe 15 miles to the west and 90K height before
>> coming down..What a ride!! The 6m signal was copied over 500miles
>> away..the APRS was copied 1000miles to the west!!! The 28Mhz beacon
was
>> copied in GA for a brief while..There was 75+ folks there..and it all
went
>> smooth..the video from the camera on the bottom payload will be on the
>> W5ACM.net site soon..I understand the video was AWESOME.we
>> recovered the entire payloads.though they DID take a whack on the way
>> down.in the last 20000 ft it took about 2 mins to go through
that.about
>> 120mph!! OUCH! I am putting together a story for next weeks Newsline
with
>> some the audio from the APRS systems (there were 3 on UHF alone) and
>> some of the crossband audio.I net controlled the 2m to 6m remote
>> base for a while.the audio was great on 6AM.it sounded like 125%
Positive
mod like AM
>> broadcast stations use.which helped since the 6m signal was only
450mW!
>> Chris
>> WB5ITT
>>
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From eddie at installer.com Mon Aug 22 13:17:05 2011
From: eddie at installer.com (Eddie Runner)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:17:05 -0500
Subject: [BLT] blt photos now online
In-Reply-To:
<CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com>
References: <06ab01cc5fb6$d1039020$730ab060$@net>
      <CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com
>
Message-ID: <006e01cc60f7$b4289990$1c79ccb0$@com>

a few photos from this weekend are now on the bvarc web site
http://www.bvarc.org/photos.php?year=2011&event=blt

eddie
NU5K


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon Aug 22 13:35:12 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 18:35:12 +0000
Subject: [BLT] [BVARC] BLT- 27 Balloon contact
In-Reply-To: <EFCB3477B5264C338FA7A954A5649D45@ws5hlhviljquv9>
References: <EFCB3477B5264C338FA7A954A5649D45@ws5hlhviljquv9>
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903858A4878@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Hi Bill and BVARC!

The 10M DSB transmitter that we used on BLT-25 and BLT-26 was VERY
difficult to work with. It was also a severe heat generator and battery
killer. I was really amazed that it was even usable on those two flights.
Allen Mattis N5AFV had some good comments on how to effectively use it,
but I never liked the audio quality or its instability. Thus, the 6M AM
transmitter... The new transmitter is pure simplicity. It is composed of
an oscillator chip on 50.350 MHz with a separate linear amplifier. The AM
modulation is done via a transformer in the B+ line to the oscillator. It
runs on 5 VDC. The amplifier uses a single 2SC2075 "CB" final transistor
with appropriate 6M tuning on the input and output. Originally I ran it
on 12 VDC, and got about 250-300 mW out with very clean AM. The
transistor is rated at nearly twice that voltage, so for the flight, I
used 18 VDC and got over 400 mW output to the vertical dipole made of
Teflon-dielectric, small diameter 75-Ohm coax. The receiver was an Alinco
SJ-11 HT with 3 Lithium AA batts and built-in telescoping antenna. The
transmitter used six CR-123 (3V) Lithium camera batteries. The new
transmitter did not overheat and only drew about 100 mA - nice, very
nice! I could hear it extremely well with my mobile ICOM 706 M2G in the
car with a quarter-wave whip. During those moments when I could play with
the radios, I worked four different stations via the 2M-FM to 6M-AM
system. I would recommend a resonant 6M antenna for these flights, and
the 6M transmitter will be flying again! Be ready!

73 de Andy W5ACM

Andrew MacAllister | T +1 713 827 4334
From: bvarc-bounces at bvarc.org [mailto:bvarc-bounces at bvarc.org] On
Behalf Of Bill Stone
Sent: Saturday, August 20, 2011 10:01 PM
To: bvarc at bvarc.org
Subject: [BVARC] BLT- 27 Balloon contact

Hi ALL,
hope you had fun with the 147.435 up/446.000 down and the 146.50up/50.350
down repeaters on the balloon.

As per my experiance I had no luck on the VHF/UHF repeater as my vhf
Jpole @ 20 ft had no ears on UHF. I was told I made the repeater down
link but I could not here myself or others on the UHF side.

Had better luck with the VHF/6M repeater with a brick amp on vhf 100
watts Jpole antenna 20 ft. and of all things an ic-81a HT on 6M AM hooked
up to a 10 meter vertical at 25 ft. Made 1 contact WB5UGT at 16:25 utc.
MY FIRST 6M AM CONTACT-- well..... VHF/ 6M AM contact

The 10 meter becon was heard by me very well from early lift off untill
about 17:30 utc. The 400 mW becon was heard in GA. see below copy of
search on DXsummitt

WS5H-@     <http://www.qrz.com/db/WS5H>     28322.0 W5ACM
<http://www.qrz.com/db/W5ACM> Balloon solar power 400 mW becon   1726 20
Aug   United States
WS5H-@     <http://www.qrz.com/db/WS5H>     28322.0 W5ACM
<http://www.qrz.com/db/W5ACM> Balloon launch BLT-27 10 m becon   1719 20
Aug    United States
W4GA-@     <http://www.qrz.com/db/W4GA>     28322.0 W5ACM
<http://www.qrz.com/db/W5ACM> BLT-27 Balloon Beacon on Rox/Es    1659 20
Aug   United States
W4GA       <http://www.qrz.com/db/W4GA>     28322.0 W5ACM
<http://www.qrz.com/db/W5ACM> EM74QC<MS>EL29EQ light CW BTS-     1644 20
Aug   United States

I will say that I missed not having the 10 meter repeater this year on
the Balloon as in past had many VHF/10 M contacts and my longest local
contact last year was KA5MEI Carl in Hockley and I was portable in
Palacios.
73 Bill WS5H



From w5omr at att.net Mon Aug 22 21:01:22 2011
From: w5omr at att.net (Geoff Edmonson)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:01:22 -0500
Subject: [BLT] [HoustonHam] FW: LIFTOFF!!!
In-Reply-To: <07cc01cc60c6$fa5d4770$ef17d650$@net>
References: <06ab01cc5fb6$d1039020$730ab060$@net>
      <CAKOKdPL7LRqN70ehA+Looa40i7Oc1kSNyh4MzZ4gxSsL3QomHA@mail.gmail.com
>     <073e01cc6040$558ba3d0$00a2eb70$@net>
      <4E523B74.6040602@att.net> <07cc01cc60c6$fa5d4770$ef17d650$@net>
Message-ID: <4E5309F2.2000706@att.net>

On 08/22/2011 07:28 AM, Chris Boone wrote:
> Hey, I didn't say I wouldn't PAY for one !!! :)
>
> Next time I'll buy the beer too (ahhh just for Geoff and myself!)
>
> Chris
>

Buy some for Chris... Geoff don't drink beer.

(got some Crown?)


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Fri Aug 26 09:49:22 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:49:22 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Anyone Want to Take a Ride?????
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903858F12B3@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/thinking-tech/video-gigantic-balloon-to-
lift-tourists-into-space/8233?tag=nl.e660

Andy W5ACM


From w5acm at swbell.net Sun Aug 28 22:57:39 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy MacAllister)
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2011 22:57:39 -0500
Subject: [BLT] So Cool!
Message-ID: <209C006CF5554660B5383F061DB3F133@w5acmathlon>

Watching some of the flight video and ground video from BLT-27...
There is some really stellar material here!!!
Need to see the still-cam colletion next.

Thanks to the Predator folks at Hanger-31 and the airport folks in
Wharton!!

BLT-27 article coming up ASAP in the BVARC NL.

Hopefully we can view some vida and pix at the next BLT dinner/meeting,
and
get this in a final production DVD soon.

EXCELLENT material from The Edge of   Space!

Andy W5ACM




From thomas at tkrahn.com Wed Aug 31 16:13:02 2011
From: thomas at tkrahn.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:13:02 -0500
Subject: [BLT] So Cool!
In-Reply-To: <209C006CF5554660B5383F061DB3F133@w5acmathlon>
References: <209C006CF5554660B5383F061DB3F133@w5acmathlon>
Message-ID: <4E5EA3DE.8040600@tkrahn.com>
For those who haven't seen the video yet, I've put up some screen-shots
on my gallery:
http://tkrahn.dyndns.org/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=3439

There are also some media from last year (BLT26) btw.
http://tkrahn.dyndns.org/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=347

73s

Thomas
KT5TK


On 08/28/2011 10:57 PM, Andy MacAllister wrote:
> Watching some of the flight video and ground video from BLT-27...
> There is some really stellar material here!!!
> Need to see the still-cam colletion next.
>
> Thanks to the Predator folks at Hanger-31 and the airport folks in
Wharton!!
>
> BLT-27 article coming up ASAP in the BVARC NL.
>
> Hopefully we can view some vida and pix at the next BLT dinner/meeting,
and
> get this in a final production DVD soon.
>
> EXCELLENT material from The Edge of Space!
>
> Andy W5ACM
>
>
>
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>
>



From thomas at familytreedna.com Wed Aug 31 16:19:41 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:19:41 -0500
Subject: [BLT] So Cool!
In-Reply-To: <209C006CF5554660B5383F061DB3F133@w5acmathlon>
References: <209C006CF5554660B5383F061DB3F133@w5acmathlon>
Message-ID: <4E5EA56D.6070301@familytreedna.com>

For those who haven't seen the video yet, I've put up some screen-shots
on my gallery:
http://tkrahn.dyndns.org/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=3439
There are also some media from last year (BLT26) btw.
http://tkrahn.dyndns.org/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=347

73s

Thomas
KT5TK


On 08/28/2011 10:57 PM, Andy MacAllister wrote:
> Watching some of the flight video and ground video from BLT-27...
> There is some really stellar material here!!!
> Need to see the still-cam colletion next.
>
> Thanks to the Predator folks at Hanger-31 and the airport folks in
Wharton!!
>
> BLT-27 article coming up ASAP in the BVARC NL.
>
> Hopefully we can view some vida and pix at the next BLT dinner/meeting,
and
> get this in a final production DVD soon.
>
> EXCELLENT material from The Edge of Space!
>
> Andy W5ACM
>
>
>
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>
>



From k5saf at att.net Sat Sep 3 09:03:36 2011
From: k5saf at att.net (k5saf)
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2011 09:03:36 -0500
Subject: [BLT] FW: Audio Files from BLT27
Message-ID: <DCFF394C87224C038E4908BD40C94250@TCMPC>

Anyone having recorded audio files from any part of of the flight -
please
send them.

Looking for x band repeater, 6m AM, parrot repeater & 10m beacon -
anything
you might have.

Thanks & 73,
Tom K5SAF
 k5SAF at att.net

From Cboone at earthlink.net Sat Sep 3 11:03:23 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2011 11:03:23 -0500
Subject: [BLT] FW: Audio Files from BLT27
In-Reply-To: <DCFF394C87224C038E4908BD40C94250@TCMPC>
References: <DCFF394C87224C038E4908BD40C94250@TCMPC>
Message-ID: <004001cc6a53$0277feb0$0767fc10$@net>

I may have some on my phone...I need to go through it later today...on
the
way to a VFD BBQ to deliver a new portable and other business (it never
stops ;)

Chris
WB5ITT

> -----Original Message-----
> From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
> Behalf Of k5saf
> Sent: Saturday, September 03, 2011 9:04 AM
> To: 'BLT'
> Subject: [BLT] FW: Audio Files from BLT27
>
> Anyone having recorded audio files from any part of of the flight -
please
> send them.
>
> Looking for x band repeater, 6m AM, parrot repeater & 10m beacon -
> anything
> you might have.
>
> Thanks & 73,
>
> Tom K5SAF
> k5SAF at att.net
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt


From thomas at familytreedna.com Sat Sep 3 11:25:06 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sat, 03 Sep 2011 11:25:06 -0500
Subject: [BLT] FW: Audio Files from BLT27
In-Reply-To: <DCFF394C87224C038E4908BD40C94250@TCMPC>
References: <DCFF394C87224C038E4908BD40C94250@TCMPC>
Message-ID: <4E6254E2.9000902@familytreedna.com>

Tom,
Some of my mp4 video files contain audio (recorded by the parrot
repeater):
http://kt5tk.tkrahn.com/download/BLT27/

Thomas
KT5TK

On 09/03/2011 09:03 AM, k5saf wrote:
> Anyone having recorded audio files from any part of of the flight -
please
> send them.
>
> Looking for x band repeater, 6m AM, parrot repeater& 10m beacon -
anything
> you might have.
>
> Thanks& 73,
>
> Tom K5SAF
>   k5SAF at att.net
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>
>



From thomas at familytreedna.com Sat Sep 3 12:27:03 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sat, 03 Sep 2011 12:27:03 -0500
Subject: [BLT] KG5CA balloon
Message-ID: <4E626367.3020600@familytreedna.com>

KG5CA was just recently launched. I picked up the APRS signal.
http://aprs.fi/?call=a%2FKG5CA-11

Thomas


From thomas at familytreedna.com Sat Sep 3 13:40:43 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sat, 03 Sep 2011 13:40:43 -0500
Subject: [BLT] KG5CA balloon
In-Reply-To: <4E626367.3020600@familytreedna.com>
References: <4E626367.3020600@familytreedna.com>
Message-ID: <4E6274AB.2080301@familytreedna.com>

Balloon has reached 107 kft. Already landed.
They have linked some (ground) photos on their twitter feed:
http://twitter.com/#!/stratocasters1
Thomas


On 09/03/2011 12:27 PM, Thomas Krahn wrote:
> KG5CA was just recently launched. I picked up the APRS signal.
> http://aprs.fi/?call=a%2FKG5CA-11
>
> Thomas
>
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From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Thu Sep 8 11:14:47 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2011 16:14:47 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BVARC Meeting tonight to focus on Direction Finding
 Techniques by KT5TK
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385A916E0@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

SEPTEMBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING: The BVARC General Membership
Meeting will be on September 8 at 7:30 PM. at the Sugar Land Community
Center 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land, across from the post office two
blocks south of the sugar mill. (Please be aware that the September
meeting will be the last in the Community Center -- future meeting
information will be posted here and in the newsletter.)
The September meeting will focus on a different variant on amateur radio
operations - Radio Direction Finding. Thomas KT5TK will cover the basics
of "Foxhunting" (that is, Radio Direction Finding) - demonstrating the
equipment required, examples of "foxes" (small transmitters) that are
hidden for location. The presentation will culminate in an actual Fox
Hunt in the meeting room! Also, Rick, W5RH, will present a demo
concerning the anatomy of an antenna rotator.



From cboone at earthlink.net Fri Sep 9 13:43:19 2011
From: cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2011 13:43:19 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Balloon launch in Beaumont?
Message-ID: <01a801cc6f20$589d4440$09d7ccc0$@net>

I understand there is a balloon launch scheduled for Saturday morning
(10am?) in Beaumont but no one has mentioned it on any of the lists here
(including the SETX local list)..Just thought I would throw that
out..(since
no one wants to pass the info along..guess it's a secret??)
Chris

WB5ITT


From Walterh at k5wh.net Fri Sep 9 17:32:35 2011
From: Walterh at k5wh.net (Walter Holmes)
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2011 17:32:35 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Balloon launch in Beaumont?
In-Reply-To: <01a801cc6f20$589d4440$09d7ccc0$@net>
References: <01a801cc6f20$589d4440$09d7ccc0$@net>
Message-ID: <006301cc6f40$5f55cb70$1e016250$@k5wh.net>

Sounds a great secret as you said.. :)

Has anyone leaked out the payload frequencies yet as well ?

Walter/K5WH


-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of
Chris Boone
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2011 1:43 PM
To: SETXHam at yahoogroups.com; HOUSTONSCAN at YAHOOGROUPS.COM;
HoustonHam at yahoogroups.com; 'Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX and
surrounding areas'
Cc: blt at stevens.com
Subject: [BLT] Balloon launch in Beaumont?
Importance: High

I understand there is a balloon launch scheduled for Saturday morning
(10am?) in Beaumont but no one has mentioned it on any of the lists here
(including the SETX local list)..Just thought I would throw that
out..(since
no one wants to pass the info along..guess it's a secret??)



Chris

WB5ITT

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From Cboone at earthlink.net Sat Sep 10 19:23:40 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2011 19:23:40 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Balloon launch in Beaumont?
In-Reply-To: <006301cc6f40$5f55cb70$1e016250$@k5wh.net>
References: <01a801cc6f20$589d4440$09d7ccc0$@net>
      <006301cc6f40$5f55cb70$1e016250$@k5wh.net>
Message-ID: <04d101cc7019$0ee12070$2ca36150$@net>

Well, nothing happened...went by the Beaumont Muni at 10AM..noone
there.....Guess it was all a fake....or made up??? (HHMMM)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Walter Holmes [mailto:Walterh at k5wh.net]
> Sent: Friday, September 09, 2011 5:33 PM
> To: 'Chris Boone'; SETXHam at yahoogroups.com;
> HOUSTONSCAN at YAHOOGROUPS.COM; HoustonHam at yahoogroups.com;
> 'Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX and surrounding areas'
> Cc: blt at stevens.com
> Subject: RE: [BLT] Balloon launch in Beaumont?
>
> Sounds a great secret as you said.. :)
>
> Has anyone leaked out the payload frequencies yet as well ?
>
> Walter/K5WH
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
> Behalf Of
> Chris Boone
> Sent: Friday, September 09, 2011 1:43 PM
> To: SETXHam at yahoogroups.com; HOUSTONSCAN at YAHOOGROUPS.COM;
> HoustonHam at yahoogroups.com; 'Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX and
> surrounding areas'
> Cc: blt at stevens.com
> Subject: [BLT] Balloon launch in Beaumont?
> Importance: High
>
> I understand there is a balloon launch scheduled for Saturday morning
> (10am?) in Beaumont but no one has mentioned it on any of the lists
here
> (including the SETX local list)..Just thought I would throw that
out..(since
> no one wants to pass the info along..guess it's a secret??)
>
>
>
> Chris
>
> WB5ITT
>
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt



From kg5ai at comcast.net Sun Sep 11 11:58:35 2011
From: kg5ai at comcast.net (Myles Barkman)
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:58:35 -0500
Subject: [BLT] [HoustonScan] RE: Balloon launch in Beaumont?
References: <01a801cc6f20$589d4440$09d7ccc0$@net>
      <006301cc6f40$5f55cb70$1e016250$@k5wh.net>
      <04d101cc7019$0ee12070$2ca36150$@net>
Message-ID: <1A2A1CA7177A471A9532B948E0552324@Office>

Maybe you were the only one that remembered. ;-)
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Chris Boone
  To: walterh at k5wh.net ; SETXHam at yahoogroups.com ; HOUSTONSCAN at
YAHOOGROUPS.COM ; HoustonHam at yahoogroups.com ; 'Amateur (Ham) Radio in
Houston. TX and surrounding areas'
  Cc: blt at stevens.com
  Sent: Saturday, September 10, 2011 7:23 PM
  Subject: [HoustonScan] RE: [BLT] Balloon launch in Beaumont?


     Well, nothing happened...went by the Beaumont Muni at 10AM..noone
     there.....Guess it was all a fake....or made up??? (HHMMM)

     >   -----Original Message-----
     >   From: Walter Holmes [mailto:Walterh at k5wh.net]
     >   Sent: Friday, September 09, 2011 5:33 PM
     >   To: 'Chris Boone'; SETXHam at yahoogroups.com;
     >   HOUSTONSCAN at YAHOOGROUPS.COM; HoustonHam at yahoogroups.com;
     >   'Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX and surrounding areas'
     >   Cc: blt at stevens.com
     >   Subject: RE: [BLT] Balloon launch in Beaumont?
     >
     >   Sounds a great secret as you said.. :)
     >
     >   Has anyone leaked out the payload frequencies yet as well ?
     >
     >   Walter/K5WH
     >
     >
     >   -----Original Message-----
     >   From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com]
On
  >      Behalf Of
  >      Chris Boone
  >      Sent: Friday, September 09, 2011 1:43 PM
  >      To: SETXHam at yahoogroups.com; HOUSTONSCAN at YAHOOGROUPS.COM;
  >      HoustonHam at yahoogroups.com; 'Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX
and
  > surrounding areas'
  > Cc: blt at stevens.com
  > Subject: [BLT] Balloon launch in Beaumont?
  > Importance: High
  >
  > I understand there is a balloon launch scheduled for Saturday morning
  > (10am?) in Beaumont but no one has mentioned it on any of the lists
here
  > (including the SETX local list)..Just thought I would throw that
  out..(since
  > no one wants to pass the info along..guess it's a secret??)
  >
  >
  >
  > Chris
  >
  > WB5ITT
  >
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  > BLT at stevens.com
  > http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt




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From Cboone at earthlink.net Sun Sep 11 12:10:45 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 12:10:45 -0500
Subject: [BLT] [HoustonScan] RE: Balloon launch in Beaumont?
In-Reply-To: <1A2A1CA7177A471A9532B948E0552324@Office>
References: <01a801cc6f20$589d4440$09d7ccc0$@net>
      <006301cc6f40$5f55cb70$1e016250$@k5wh.net>
      <04d101cc7019$0ee12070$2ca36150$@net>
      <1A2A1CA7177A471A9532B948E0552324@Office>
Message-ID: <061501cc70a5$befa2100$3cee6300$@net>

Maybe but it was talked about at the Jasper club mtg just 2 weeks
earlier...

Maybe this is why they had to cancel the 1st time...noone came (Kudos to:
"All the lonely people")..

Chris

>   -----Original Message-----
>   From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
>   Behalf Of Myles Barkman
>   Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 11:59 AM
>   To: HoustonScan at yahoogroups.com; walterh at k5wh.net;
>   SETXHam at yahoogroups.com; HoustonHam at yahoogroups.com; 'Amateur
>   (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX and surrounding areas'
>   Cc: blt at stevens.com
>   Subject: Re: [BLT] [HoustonScan] RE: Balloon launch in Beaumont?
>
>   Maybe you were the only one that remembered. ;-)
>     ----- Original Message -----
>     From: Chris Boone
>     To: walterh at k5wh.net ; SETXHam at yahoogroups.com ;
>   HOUSTONSCAN at YAHOOGROUPS.COM ; HoustonHam at yahoogroups.com ;
>   'Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX and surrounding areas'
>     Cc: blt at stevens.com
>     Sent: Saturday, September 10, 2011 7:23 PM
>     Subject: [HoustonScan] RE: [BLT] Balloon launch in Beaumont?
>
>
>    Well, nothing happened...went by the Beaumont Muni at 10AM..noone
>    there.....Guess it was all a fake....or made up??? (HHMMM)
>
>     > -----Original Message-----
>     > From: Walter Holmes [mailto:Walterh at k5wh.net]
>     > Sent: Friday, September 09, 2011 5:33 PM
>     > To: 'Chris Boone'; SETXHam at yahoogroups.com;
>     > HOUSTONSCAN at YAHOOGROUPS.COM;
>   HoustonHam at yahoogroups.com;
>     > 'Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX and surrounding areas'
>     > Cc: blt at stevens.com
>     > Subject: RE: [BLT] Balloon launch in Beaumont?
>    >
>    > Sounds a great secret as you said.. :)
>    >
>    > Has anyone leaked out the payload frequencies yet as well ?
>    >
>    > Walter/K5WH
>    >
>    >
>    > -----Original Message-----
>    > From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at
stevens.com] On
>    > Behalf Of
>    > Chris Boone
>    > Sent: Friday, September 09, 2011 1:43 PM
>    > To: SETXHam at yahoogroups.com;
> HOUSTONSCAN at YAHOOGROUPS.COM;
>    > HoustonHam at yahoogroups.com; 'Amateur (Ham) Radio in Houston. TX
> and
>    > surrounding areas'
>    > Cc: blt at stevens.com
>    > Subject: [BLT] Balloon launch in Beaumont?
>    > Importance: High
>    >
>    > I understand there is a balloon launch scheduled for Saturday
morning
>    > (10am?) in Beaumont but no one has mentioned it on any of the lists
here
>    > (including the SETX local list)..Just thought I would throw that
>    out..(since
>    > no one wants to pass the info along..guess it's a secret??)
>    >
>    >
>    >
>    > Chris
>    >
>    > WB5ITT
>    >
>    > _______________________________________________
>    > BLT mailing list
>    > BLT at stevens.com
>    > http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
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From w5acm at swbell.net Sun Sep 11 23:31:56 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy MacAllister)
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 23:31:56 -0500
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 Dinner Meeting - THIS Wednesday!
Message-ID: <8D8ACEC2C4C846B7BCA8A86EB1290D10@w5acmathlon>

BLT Team,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 5:30 PM Salt Grass Steak House
8943 Katy Freeway
I-10 West, South side, between Campbell and Voss
This dinner meeting will focus on results from BLT-27.
It was a FANTASTIC flight!
Congrats and thanks to all that made this HAPPEN!

We will vote on changing the dinner venue to Brickhouse. Be sure to
attend
and vote.

There is an opportunity to fly a light payload on October 8th.
Astronomy Day.
Care to play???

A few BLT-26 DVDs are still left.
Rave Reviews! Don't miss out!

To The Edge of Space!
Andy W5ACM




From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue Sep 13 09:44:50 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:44:50 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: Ham radio balloon launch with Citi Bank credit card
points
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385AE3F1C@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Thanks to Craig for THIS ONE!
OVER THE TOP!!!

Andy W5ACM

C U at Saltgrass on Wednesday!


-----Original Message-----
Subject: Ham radio balloon launch with Citi Bank credit card points


Have you guys seen this Citi commercial?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF1zTb_pbfU

Craig
K1BDX
Houston Texas



From Collin.Macallister at kirbycorp.com Tue Sep 13 09:47:03 2011
From: Collin.Macallister at kirbycorp.com (Collin Macallister)
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 09:47:03 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Ham radio balloon launch with Citi Bank credit card points
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385AE3F1C@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385AE3F1C@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID:
<8726EE03318B924C8467FF0DBA02FAB80109C25E9F63@001EXMB01.corp.kmtc.prv>

What the heck, that's exactly how I remember my first balloon launch
trip...except the people weren't dressed as nice...and it was hot...

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com [mailto:Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 09:45
To: blt at stevens.com
Subject: FW: Ham radio balloon launch with Citi Bank credit card points

Thanks to Craig for THIS ONE!
OVER THE TOP!!!

Andy W5ACM

C U at Saltgrass on Wednesday!


-----Original Message-----
Subject: Ham radio balloon launch with Citi Bank credit card points


Have you guys seen this Citi commercial?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF1zTb_pbfU

Craig
K1BDX
Houston Texas



From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue Sep 13 10:58:54 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:58:54 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: BLT-27 Dinner Meeting - THIS Wednesday!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385AE4015@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Reminder...



-----Original Message-----
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
Behalf Of Andy MacAllister
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2011 11:32 PM
To: blt at stevens.com
Subject: [BLT] BLT-27 Dinner Meeting - THIS Wednesday!

BLT Team,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at 5:30 PM Salt Grass Steak House,
8943 Katy Freeway, I-10 West, South side, between Campbell and Voss.
This dinner meeting will focus on results from BLT-27.
It was a FANTASTIC flight!
Congrats and thanks to all that made this HAPPEN!

We will vote on changing the dinner venue to Brickhouse. Be sure to
attend
and vote.

There is an opportunity to fly a light payload on October 8th.
Astronomy Day.
Care to play???

A few BLT-26 DVDs are still left.
Rave Reviews! Don't miss out!

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Thu Sep 15 13:48:13 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:48:13 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: [BVARC] High altitude ballon flight to carry 10 meter
      beacon
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385B457C3@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

More info at http://www.ntexbp.org/

Don't Miss IT!

Andrew MacAllister | T +1 713 827 4334
From: bvarc-bounces at bvarc.org [mailto:bvarc-bounces at bvarc.org] On
Behalf Of darrell kirk
Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2011 1:10 PM
To: bvarc at bvarc.org
Subject: [BVARC] High altitude ballon flight to carry 10 meter beacon

Fore those interested in high altitude balloon fight's .
 There we be one from North Texas    this weekend on Saturday the
17'th
 from Hillsboro Tx .
Pre-lunch activities will begin about 7:00 AM    with HF NET on 7.260+/-
5khz
LSB beginning around 8:00 AM .
On board a cross band repeater , Cross-band repeater Package [UPLINK ;
445.800 MHZ   Down :147.560 Mhz ]
APRS 144.390 CALL SIGN     W5SJZ-11.
  VOICE BEACON 146.560 MHZ
10 Meter CW beacon on 28.274 MHZ



Recption reports are requested and encouraged. we happly QSL the event.

DARRELL
KC5JAR
From Cboone at earthlink.net Sun Sep 18 15:14:51 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2011 15:14:51 -0500
Subject: [BLT] For sale
Message-ID: <009801cc763f$9fcc3800$df64a800$@net>

Elderly Extra Class friend is moving into assistant living facility and
has
to sell all his current gear...I am handling it for him: ALL below will
be
checked out on my personal IFR 1500 service monitor/spectrum analyzer
before
money changes hands...NOTE bottom of list; WILL deliver for free under
terms
(including Jasper/Woodville). CONTACT me direct for pics and more info.
PLEASE pass this on to other mail lists you may be on that I AM NOT!!
BVARC,
NARS, etc

THANKS!! Jack needs all the money he can get........NON SMOKER and ALL
GEAR
CLEAN!

Kenwood TR-7950 with mic and mobile mount bracket (quick release) No tone
board but one can be installed/retrofitted AND for all tones, not just 3
AND
will do DECODE as well as encode!! $75 obo...

will retrofit the TS64 Comspec to it with external rotary switch for ALL
PL
tones, encode AND decode (the original did only 3 ENCODE only) for cost
of
the TS64 and $20 labor. May take a week or more to get to it...WAY behind
in
projects! OR if you feel up to it, I can give you the info on how to do
it
yourself..

Astron PS20 PS (will load test to 20A) $50 obo

TenTec Omni VI PLUS HF transceiver MINT (Ten Tec currently sells this for
$1250) NO tuner.....
Ten Tec Goose neck Desk mic and speaker/PS for the Omni (ncluded with the
OMNI)

Ten Tec 422 Centurion HF linear amp (TenTec sells this used demo for
$2875!!) MINT shape with pair of 3-500Zs (THIS could be exactly like the
one
TenTec is selling! :) ....YOU do the math on this one; have to load test
this at shop or at friends house...IFR can only take 150w MAX but can
look
at spectrum output with NO problem. MAY consider $2500 or slightly lower
on
this one!

****Ten Tec keyer with built in paddles (model 607 IIRC)****
SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

****ICOM IC706MKII****** SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alpha Delta DX Ultra (all band RECEIVE dipole..someone recommended this
to
Jack and AD does NOT sell it as a transmit antenna...but with a tuner it
should work ok 160-10 with 200w PEP or so...MAY handle 1KW but I AM NOT
guaranteeing that; will check resonant spots using MFJ analyzer today)
and
some LMR 400 connecting it to the OMNI---$120 obo

SMALL antenna tuner (150w max??) Jack just pulled it out today and I will
look it over later...and then post it

PICs becoming available TODAY

ALSO CAN deliver to Beaumont-Port Arthur, Houston OR Belton, TX hamfest
Sept 30 or October 1st!!! OR even Lake Charles, LA if you are to the
east...So if you are in Texas and close to Houston or the route to Belton
from Houston (usually 290 to 6 and then north to Belton!), let me
know...free delivery...but will require CASH for that unless PayPal or
check
clears before hand.

ALL others, prices DO NOT include shipping and handling.

Chris
WB5ITT
SETX Telecom (RF, IT, Voice and Broadcast Engineering for 37 years!)


From Cboone at earthlink.net Mon Sep 19 03:38:59 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 03:38:59 -0500
Subject: [BLT] For sale
In-Reply-To: <009801cc763f$9fcc3800$df64a800$@net>
References: <009801cc763f$9fcc3800$df64a800$@net>
Message-ID: <014101cc76a7$93f36680$bbda3380$@net>
TR7950 and small tuner have been sold...The amp is not the Centurion but
the
Ten Tec Centaur.....(3) 572B tubes and about 700-800w out....new price on
it
was $750....looking for ~$580 or OBO....it is in MINT condition...and
equiv
to the SB200 but better operation and has 160,80,40,20,15 AND 10m!!!




From w5acm at swbell.net Tue Sep 20 19:37:35 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy MacAllister)
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:37:35 -0500
Subject: [BLT] My Results - Ham radio balloon flight today south of
Dallas
Message-ID: <5E636D64F0B34C1EA85A63CC48F3AED7@w5acmathlon>

I was setting up at Bear Creek Park for a Houston QRP Club event on
Saturday
morning. The TH-D72A was sitting on a picnic table with an AL-800 long
whip.
Just before 10 AM I noticed excellent copy on the balloon cross-band
repeater downlink, and made three QSOs with North Texas folks involved
with
the flight - WE5T near Ft. Worth, W5ROX near Taylor, and N5XED near Ft.
Worth. I used my ICOM 706 in the car for the 70-cm uplink. When the
balloon
burst the signal fades were fast and furious. It sounds like most of
their
gear worked, but unfortunately the 10M beacon did not - from what I
heard...

Any other reports from BLT members?

Andy W5ACM

> From: clavus83627 at mypacks.net [mailto:clavus83627 at mypacks.net]
> Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 6:41 AM
> To: AF8D David
> Cc: Glen Reid; MacAllister, Andrew [PROCESS/DAN/HOU]
> Subject: Ham radio balloon flight today south of Dallas
>
>
> Hey, David, It looks like they will be transmitting on 147.56 and
146.56
> MHz
>
> if you hear any interference with your IRLP nodes this weekend this
might
> be why
>
> craig
>
>
> http://maps.google.com/maps?q=hillsboro+tx&hl=en&ll=32.008076,-
97.190552&spn=2.007509,4.641724&sll=37.0625,-
95.677068&sspn=30.048013,40.78125&vpsrc=6&t=m&z=8
>
>>
>>
>>THE SKINNY
>>
>>NTBP FLIGHT 19, ???Salute the Shuttle, Thirty Years in Space???
>>
>>
>>
>>Hillsboro Airport, Exit 3 on Interstate Highway 35W
>>
>>9 am, Sat, Sept 17, 2011
>>
>>APRS 144.390 MHz, W5SJZ-11
>>
>>HF Launch Net on 7260 +/- 5 kHz, LSB and 1430 +/-
>>
>>Crossband Uplink is 445.800 MHz and downlink is 147.560 MHz
>>
>>2 mtr Beacon, 146.560MHz
>>
>>10 mtr Beacon, 28.274 mhz
>>
>>
>>
>>Launch Net will be Friday September 16th at 8pm on 147.28 and
>>carried on Echolink at K5AMM-R (Area 5 US). Live broadcast will be
>>attempted on (www.batc.tv , member
>>streams, K5PHD).
>>
>>
>> Tommy Davis, W5TCD Launch Director
>>
>>
>>Larry Westmoreland
>>
>>K5PHD
>>
>
>



From w5acm at swbell.net Tue Sep 20 19:57:55 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy MacAllister)
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:57:55 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Fw: My Results - Ham radio balloon flight today south of
      Dallas
Message-ID: <0BEF20A1815A4F5CA60BA0FFC1905B32@w5acmathlon>
I was setting up at Bear Creek Park for a Houston QRP Club event on
Saturday
morning. The TH-D72A was sitting on a picnic table with an AL-800 long
whip.
Just before 10 AM I noticed excellent copy on the balloon cross-band
repeater downlink, and made three QSOs with North Texas folks involved
with
the flight - WE5T near Ft. Worth, W5ROX near Taylor, and N5XED near Ft.
Worth. I used my ICOM 706 in the car for the 70-cm uplink. When the
balloon
burst the signal fades were fast and furious. It sounds like most of
their
gear worked, but unfortunately the 10M beacon did not - from what I
heard...

Any other reports from BLT members?

Andy W5ACM

> From: clavus83627 at mypacks.net [mailto:clavus83627 at mypacks.net]
> Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 6:41 AM
> To: AF8D David
> Cc: Glen Reid; MacAllister, Andrew [PROCESS/DAN/HOU]
> Subject: Ham radio balloon flight today south of Dallas
>
>
> Hey, David, It looks like they will be transmitting on 147.56 and
146.56
> MHz
>
> if you hear any interference with your IRLP nodes this weekend this
might
> be why
>
> craig
>



From kg5ai at comcast.net Wed Sep 21 05:14:05 2011
From: kg5ai at comcast.net (Myles Barkman)
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2011 05:14:05 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Fw: My Results - Ham radio balloon flight today south
      ofDallas
References: <0BEF20A1815A4F5CA60BA0FFC1905B32@w5acmathlon>
Message-ID: <CE247ED8D86444439CEBDAFCEB97F58F@Office>

I made contact as well from the house near Hermann SE Hospital.
I noticed that same rapid flutter after burst and had a very difficult
time understanding any audio on the downlink after that.
I heard someone up there say they could hear the 10m beacon (I never
did).
The voice beacon on 146.560 was audible at first but later stopped
working (before burst).
Think it only got up to about 83,000 feet.

Myles KG5AI
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Andy MacAllister
  To: blt at stevens.com
  Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 7:57 PM
  Subject: [BLT] Fw: My Results - Ham radio balloon flight today south
ofDallas


  I was setting up at Bear Creek Park for a Houston QRP Club event on
Saturday
  morning. The TH-D72A was sitting on a picnic table with an AL-800 long
whip.
  Just before 10 AM I noticed excellent copy on the balloon cross-band
  repeater downlink, and made three QSOs with North Texas folks involved
with
  the flight - WE5T near Ft. Worth, W5ROX near Taylor, and N5XED near Ft.
  Worth. I used my ICOM 706 in the car for the 70-cm uplink. When the
balloon
  burst the signal fades were fast and furious. It sounds like most of
their
  gear worked, but unfortunately the 10M beacon did not - from what I
heard...

  Any other reports from BLT members?

  Andy W5ACM

  > From: clavus83627 at mypacks.net [mailto:clavus83627 at mypacks.net]
  > Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 6:41 AM
  > To: AF8D David
  > Cc: Glen Reid; MacAllister, Andrew [PROCESS/DAN/HOU]
  > Subject: Ham radio balloon flight today south of Dallas
  >
  >
  > Hey, David, It looks like they will be transmitting on 147.56 and
146.56
  > MHz
  >
  > if you hear any interference with your IRLP nodes this weekend this
might
  > be why
  >
  > craig
  >


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  BLT mailing list
  BLT at stevens.com
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From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Wed Sep 21 16:01:24 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2011 21:01:24 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-28 Fast and Furious High Times!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385BEE50A@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT-28 Fast and Furious High Times!!!!

October 8, 2011.
Brazos Bend Park
George Observatory
3 lb payload with GPS/APRS on 2M
Beacon with data on 10M
Internal video recording
...and lots more!

Anticipated Altitude = 105,000 feet!

Stay tuned...

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Thu Sep 22 12:23:22 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 17:23:22 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-28 Launch Schedule
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385BEEAB9@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

1 PM - Arrive near observatory - set up probably in grass near parking
lot
3 PM - Launch!


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Fri Sep 23 21:10:57 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 02:10:57 +0000
Subject: [BLT] NO BLT-28 Flight for George Observatory on Astronomy Day -
      October 8
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D966F@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,

Thanks to all of you that jumped in to volunteer and help out with the
"short-fuse" BLT-28 Project! Unfortunately the folks at the George
Observatory have declined the opportunity. Here is a bit of the text:
--------------------------------------------
The state people and regional director have looked at the emails.
There is not enough notice and time for the State and Museum legal
people to evaluate and approve the balloon launch.
The Amateur Radio club may want to consider applying next year far in
advance so that the legal departments involved can make an assessment.

Barbara Wilson
Astronomer/Manager
HMNS- George Observatory
--------------------------------------------
We have a lot of items ready for a flight. If upper wind conditions will
cooperate, we may wish to do the "Fast and Furious" flight at another
time and location - SOON.

Comments?

Andy W5ACM


From reiff at rice.edu Fri Sep 23 22:20:50 2011
From: reiff at rice.edu (Patricia Reiff)
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:20:50 -0500
Subject: [BLT] NO BLT-28 Flight for George Observatory on Astronomy Day
      - October 8
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D966F@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D966F@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <CF727918-E5A8-487B-B85C-0FDA9E225E9A@rice.edu>

I have a ranch in Waller county!   Would need to coordinate with FAA.

Pat Reiff - Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 23, 2011, at 9:10 PM, <Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com> wrote:

> BLT Team,
>
> Thanks to all of you that jumped in to volunteer and help out with the
"short-fuse" BLT-28 Project! Unfortunately the folks at the George
Observatory have declined the opportunity. Here is a bit of the text:
> --------------------------------------------
> The state people and regional director have looked at the emails.
> There is not enough notice and time for the State and Museum legal
> people to evaluate and approve the balloon launch.
> The Amateur Radio club may want to consider applying next year far in
> advance so that the legal departments involved can make an assessment.
>
> Barbara Wilson
> Astronomer/Manager
> HMNS- George Observatory
> --------------------------------------------
> We have a lot of items ready for a flight. If upper wind conditions
will cooperate, we may wish to do the "Fast and Furious" flight at
another time and location - SOON.
>
> Comments?
>
> Andy W5ACM
>
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>
> !DSPAM:3344,4e7d3c5451621709319915!
>
>

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue Sep 27 13:29:55 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 18:29:55 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT-28 Rescheduled and Re-sited
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E106990385CA5016@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Regroup!
New Plan!
With Options!

The experimental QRP flight of BLT-28 is BACK!
Everything is VERY dependent on the ground track predictions,
BUT we are planning for a launch from No Label Brewery in Katy
(exit 741) at ~11 AM on October 29, 2011.

The APRS digi KT5TK-12 is on the air from No Label.

We have alternate site invitations near Hungerford and Waller.
Be sure and put this date on your calendar!

Max payload weight is 3 lbs.
The primary balloon of choice is a Totex 800 gr.
Predicted altitude is over 100,000 feet.

Here's hoping for a favorable ground track!

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM


From thomas at familytreedna.com Wed Oct 5 18:40:29 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Wed, 05 Oct 2011 18:40:29 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Fwd: Fwd: But, officer...
Message-ID: <4E8CEAED.9080809@familytreedna.com>

http://www.engadget.com/2004/09/09/missile-balloons/

Ballooning of the other kind :)

Thomas
KT5TK



From k5saf at att.net Sat Oct 8 11:39:31 2011
From: k5saf at att.net (TCM)
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2011 11:39:31 -0500
Subject: [BLT] KA7NSR-12 Flight is Up
Message-ID: <005c01cc85d8$db534780$91f9d680$@net>

http://aprs.fi/?call=a%2FKA7NSR-12



Flight info - http://www.ansr.org/ANSR.html



73,



Tom K5SAF


From rhiller at sdicgm.com Sun Oct 9 20:54:56 2011
From: rhiller at sdicgm.com (Rick Hiller)
Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2011 20:54:56 -0500
Subject: [BLT] WTB: Hy-Gain 18 HT Vertical
Message-ID: <02fc01cc86ef$9e2ce5b0$da86b110$@com>

Fwd from Rick - W5RH....



Once again I am in the market for a used 18 HT Vertical antenna, in the
Houston/Austin/San Antonio area.



Please let me know (off list) if you have one, or know of one,   for sale.



Cross-post to other local reflectors, please.
73,



Allen Brier N5XZ / KL5DX

1515 Windloch Lane

Richmond, TX 77406-2553

281-342-1882

713-705-4801 (Cell)

n5xz at arrl.net




From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue Oct 11 19:46:32 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:46:32 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Dinner-Meeting TOMORROW! - BLT-28 Rescheduled and Re-sited
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D96A0@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT-28 dinner meeting Wednesday @ 5:30 PM - Salt Grass on I-10 West.

Andy W5ACM

________________________________
From: MacAllister, Andrew [PROCESS/DAN/HOU]
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 1:29 PM
To: blt at stevens.com; HQRP at yahoogroups.com; hqrp at stevens.com
Subject: BLT-28 Rescheduled and Re-sited

Regroup!
New Plan!
With Options!

The experimental QRP flight of BLT-28 is BACK!
Everything is VERY dependent on the ground track predictions,
BUT we are planning for a launch from No Label Brewery in Katy
(exit 741) at ~11 AM on October 29, 2011.

The APRS digi KT5TK-12 is on the air from No Label.

We have alternate site invitations near Hungerford and Waller.
Be sure and put this date on your calendar!

Max payload weight is 3 lbs.
The primary balloon of choice is a Totex 800 gr.
Predicted altitude is over 100,000 feet.

Here?s hoping for a favorable ground track!

To The Edge of Space!

Andy W5ACM


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Fri Oct 14 23:49:04 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011 04:49:04 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: [QRP-L] N4KGL Radio Beacon Rocket Launch Planned
October
 15th 1700 UTC
In-Reply-To: <1318612168.83615.YahooMailNeo@web82001.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
References:
<1318610408.16234.YahooMailClassic@web83604.mail.sp1.yahoo.com>,
      <1318612168.83615.YahooMailNeo@web82001.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D96AE@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Rockets!!!

________________________________
From: Henry Schneider [w5hns at sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2011 12:09 PM
To: MacAllister, Andrew [PROCESS/DAN/HOU]
Subject: Fw: [QRP-L] N4KGL Radio Beacon Rocket Launch Planned October
15th 1700 UTC




--- On Fri, 10/14/11, Greg Lane <lanekg at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Greg Lane <lanekg at gmail.com>
Subject: [QRP-L] N4KGL Radio Beacon Rocket Launch Planned October 15th
1700 UTC
To: qrp-l at mailman.qth.net
Date: Friday, October 14, 2011, 6:44 AM

I plan to launch the N4KGL Beacon Rocket again at approximately 1700 UTC
12:00 Central on Saturday October 15th from the Samson, AL launch site.
The
CW Beacon will be on 14.060 and identify as N4KGL/B. The power is 1 watt.
The antenna is a 33 foot wire trailing the rocket. I'll use a larger
motor
this launch. The expected altitude should exceed 1500 and the flight time
will expected to be about two minutes. If preparations are on schedule
I'll
send a post to QRPSPOTS.com<http://QRPSPOTS.com> at 1630 UTC. If there is
a change of plans I'll
post it to QRPSPOTS.com. I would love to get any reports via QRPSPOTS.com
or LaneKG at gmail.com. Please give the UTC time and note any variation
of the
signal. I will also have my QRP rig on at the site and may give a CQ on
14.060 + or - after the rocket is recovered.

The launch is with SouthEast Alabama Rocketry Society SEARS
www.sears572.com<http://www.sears572.com> and
my N4KGL blog is N4KGL.info<http://N4KGL.info>.

Greg
N4KGL
Panama City, FL.

The March Launch photos are at
http://www.picnik.com/show/id/12890346777_JK3Qk


>
>
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From k5saf at att.net Sat Oct 15 09:56:19 2011
From: k5saf at att.net (TCM)
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011 09:56:19 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Technology Museum in Wharton
Message-ID: <002401cc8b4a$99383460$cba89d20$@net>

Check it out



http://www.20thcenturytech.com/index.html



Who knew?



73,   Tom K5SAF
From w5acm at swbell.net Sun Oct 16 00:29:53 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy MacAllister)
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2011 00:29:53 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Technology Museum in Wharton
References: <002401cc8b4a$99383460$cba89d20$@net>
Message-ID: <BE4684EAEF2E42D3A4B99C500E867AEF@w5acmathlon>

They need to put the BLT in there!
I want to play some of their video arcade games...
I will make it a point to visit!!

TNX,
Andy W5ACM

----- Original Message -----
From: "TCM" <k5saf at att.net>
To: <blt at stevens.com>
Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2011 9:56 AM
Subject: [BLT] Technology Museum in Wharton


>   Check it out
>
>
>
>   http://www.20thcenturytech.com/index.html
>
>
>
>   Who knew?
>
>
>
>   73,   Tom K5SAF
>
>   _______________________________________________
>   BLT mailing list
>   BLT at stevens.com
>   http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>


From sparks.ron at gmail.com Sun Oct 16 12:33:41 2011
From: sparks.ron at gmail.com (Ron Sparks)
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2011 12:33:41 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Technology Museum in Wharton
In-Reply-To: <BE4684EAEF2E42D3A4B99C500E867AEF@w5acmathlon>
References: <002401cc8b4a$99383460$cba89d20$@net>
      <BE4684EAEF2E42D3A4B99C500E867AEF@w5acmathlon>
Message-ID: <CAE=gggcjpMOS6Bxk4dZhkBhrJz=R2v6-4saGXSiU0g+-
obJoOg@mail.gmail.com>
Yep, we definately need to donate a cheap DVD player and old TV to them
for
a continuous loop of BLT footage. I think I have a DVD player I could
give.

Ron, AG5RS

On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 12:29 AM, Andy MacAllister <w5acm at swbell.net>
wrote:

>   They need to put the BLT in there!
>   I want to play some of their video arcade games...
>   I will make it a point to visit!!
>
>   TNX,
>   Andy W5ACM
>
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   From: "TCM" <k5saf at att.net>
>   To: <blt at stevens.com>
>   Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2011 9:56 AM
>   Subject: [BLT] Technology Museum in Wharton
>
>
>   >   Check it out
>   >
>   >
>   >
>   >   http://www.20thcenturytech.com/index.html
>   >
>   >
>   >
>   >   Who knew?
>   >
>   >
>   >
>   >   73,   Tom K5SAF
>   >
>   >   _______________________________________________
>   >   BLT mailing list
>   >   BLT at stevens.com
>   >   http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>   >
>
>   _______________________________________________
>   BLT mailing list
>   BLT at stevens.com
>   http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

From kmkendrick at gmail.com Sun Oct 23 16:36:42 2011
From: kmkendrick at gmail.com (Kirk Kendrick)
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 16:36:42 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Oct 28th predictions?
Message-ID:
<CAO7XGmUxNYty+9RuQOTqJe8DrJ4LSpyARjCjkCZQNenyWwupHg@mail.gmail.com>

Just wondering...we're a week away...what's the predictions look like so
far
for the 28th from No Label??

Are we a (tentative) go?
Kirk KK2Z

From w5ezmtx at gmail.com Sun Oct 23 18:58:33 2011
From: w5ezmtx at gmail.com (A.C. SPRAGGINS)
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 18:58:33 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Oct 28th predictions?
In-Reply-To:
<CAO7XGmUxNYty+9RuQOTqJe8DrJ4LSpyARjCjkCZQNenyWwupHg@mail.gmail.com>
References:
<CAO7XGmUxNYty+9RuQOTqJe8DrJ4LSpyARjCjkCZQNenyWwupHg@mail.gmail.com>
Message-ID: <CAGL_CTUb5CDXPPZoxiKbHB56yKYi+__-0ZE-
9NdpivJaKvYOdA@mail.gmail.com>

Hi Kirk:

Thomas, kt5tk, Sparkles, ag5rs, and I were all at No Label in Katy
yesterday. It was a fabulous day, but a little windy.

Thomas said that, so far, winds aloft are NOT favorable for a launch next
Saturday, suggesting possibly next summer.

Perhaps he will post an update.

73 and Prosit,

A.C.
W5EZM

On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 4:36 PM, Kirk Kendrick <kmkendrick at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Just wondering...we're a week away...what's the predictions look like
so
> far
> for the 28th from No Label??
>
> Are we a (tentative) go?
> Kirk KK2Z
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

From thomas at familytreedna.com Sun Oct 23 19:59:09 2011
From: thomas at familytreedna.com (Thomas Krahn)
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 19:59:09 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Oct 28th predictions?
In-Reply-To: <CAGL_CTUb5CDXPPZoxiKbHB56yKYi+__-0ZE-
9NdpivJaKvYOdA@mail.gmail.com>
References:
<CAO7XGmUxNYty+9RuQOTqJe8DrJ4LSpyARjCjkCZQNenyWwupHg@mail.gmail.com>
      <CAGL_CTUb5CDXPPZoxiKbHB56yKYi+__-0ZE-
9NdpivJaKvYOdA@mail.gmail.com>
Message-ID: <4EA4B85D.6080300@familytreedna.com>

Hi all,

The predictions for a launch from NoLabel next Saturday are not too
favourable.
http://kt5tk.tkrahn.com/download/BLT28/HAB-prediction-2011-10-29.png

I've been observing the predictions for the last month and the Jet
stream doesn't change very much its direction. It just gets stronger the
later in the year.

Essentially we have 3 options:
1.) We move the launch point further to the north. If we launch
somewhere in the Lake Conroe area (which is good accessible through I45)
the balloon is predicted to drift roughly in direction Beaumont. Lots of
unhabited area there.

2.) We delay the launch from NoLabel until May/June 2012 when the
conditions change back to some East direction. We may better organize
and prepare a public event with lots of spectators around 1-2 pm.

3.) We could make two launches (1. + 2.)

What do you think?

Thomas


On 10/23/2011 06:58 PM, A.C. SPRAGGINS wrote:
> Hi Kirk:
>
> Thomas, kt5tk, Sparkles, ag5rs, and I were all at No Label in Katy
> yesterday. It was a fabulous day, but a little windy.
>
> Thomas said that, so far, winds aloft are NOT favorable for a launch
next
> Saturday, suggesting possibly next summer.
>
> Perhaps he will post an update.
>
> 73 and Prosit,
>
> A.C.
> W5EZM
>
> On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 4:36 PM, Kirk Kendrick<kmkendrick at gmail.com>
wrote:
>
>> Just wondering...we're a week away...what's the predictions look like
so
>> far
>> for the 28th from No Label??
>>
>> Are we a (tentative) go?
>> Kirk KK2Z
>> _______________________________________________
>> BLT mailing list
>> BLT at stevens.com
>> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>>
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>
>



From kmkendrick at gmail.com Sun Oct 23 20:24:51 2011
From: kmkendrick at gmail.com (Kirk Kendrick)
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 20:24:51 -0500
Subject: [BLT] Oct 28th predictions?
In-Reply-To: <4EA4B85D.6080300@familytreedna.com>
References:
<CAO7XGmUxNYty+9RuQOTqJe8DrJ4LSpyARjCjkCZQNenyWwupHg@mail.gmail.com>
      <CAGL_CTUb5CDXPPZoxiKbHB56yKYi+__-0ZE-
9NdpivJaKvYOdA@mail.gmail.com>
      <4EA4B85D.6080300@familytreedna.com>
Message-ID: <CAO7XGmXoFnnGaY5KqeunF1q-
8Umq0ap13r7QF_+=zNt0v_hfOA@mail.gmail.com>

I think we should go for #2 -- lots of publicity...with a launch from No
Label. That gives us a May/June and then August launch. And...sounds
like
an opportunity to fly beer again.

Kirk KK2Z

On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 7:59 PM, Thomas Krahn <thomas at
familytreedna.com>wrote:

>   Hi all,
>
>   The predictions for a launch from NoLabel next Saturday are not too
>   favourable.
>   http://kt5tk.tkrahn.com/download/BLT28/HAB-prediction-2011-10-29.png
>
>   I've been observing the predictions for the last month and the Jet
> stream doesn't change very much its direction. It just gets stronger
the
> later in the year.
>
> Essentially we have 3 options:
> 1.) We move the launch point further to the north. If we launch
> somewhere in the Lake Conroe area (which is good accessible through
I45)
> the balloon is predicted to drift roughly in direction Beaumont. Lots
of
> unhabited area there.
>
> 2.) We delay the launch from NoLabel until May/June 2012 when the
> conditions change back to some East direction. We may better organize
> and prepare a public event with lots of spectators around 1-2 pm.
>
> 3.) We could make two launches (1. + 2.)
>
> What do you think?
>
> Thomas
>
>
> On 10/23/2011 06:58 PM, A.C. SPRAGGINS wrote:
> > Hi Kirk:
> >
> > Thomas, kt5tk, Sparkles, ag5rs, and I were all at No Label in Katy
> > yesterday. It was a fabulous day, but a little windy.
> >
> > Thomas said that, so far, winds aloft are NOT favorable for a launch
next
> > Saturday, suggesting possibly next summer.
> >
> > Perhaps he will post an update.
> >
> > 73 and Prosit,
> >
> > A.C.
> > W5EZM
> >
> > On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 4:36 PM, Kirk Kendrick<kmkendrick at
gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Just wondering...we're a week away...what's the predictions look
like so
> >> far
> >> for the 28th from No Label??
> >>
> >> Are we a (tentative) go?
> >> Kirk KK2Z
> >> _______________________________________________
> >> BLT mailing list
> >> BLT at stevens.com
>   >> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>   >>
>   > _______________________________________________
>   > BLT mailing list
>   > BLT at stevens.com
>   > http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>   >
>   >
>
>
>   _______________________________________________
>   BLT mailing list
>   BLT at stevens.com
>   http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>

From w5acm at swbell.net Tue Oct 25 00:13:55 2011
From: w5acm at swbell.net (Andy MacAllister)
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:13:55 -0500
Subject: [BLT] GO or NO-GO? - Re: Oct 28th predictions?
References:
<CAO7XGmUxNYty+9RuQOTqJe8DrJ4LSpyARjCjkCZQNenyWwupHg@mail.gmail.com><CAGL
_CTUb5CDXPPZoxiKbHB56yKYi+__-0ZE-
9NdpivJaKvYOdA@mail.gmail.com><4EA4B85D.6080300@familytreedna.com>
      <CAO7XGmXoFnnGaY5KqeunF1q-
8Umq0ap13r7QF_+=zNt0v_hfOA@mail.gmail.com>
Message-ID: <E17CF4A937984417B6FD73E6253911D1@w5acmathlon>

BLT Team,

Option 2 looks good, BUT we will not give up on the Saturday launch until
the LAST MINUTE... almost...
This means that we will analyze the Friday morning predictions, and do
the
GO - NO GO thing at that time.
Several folks are working the numbers every day.

The environment on the west side of No Label Brewery is perfect for
prepping
a small 800 gr ballon and getting a payload up.

For those of you that would like to give it a try with predictions, we
have
a 800 gr balloon with a 3 lb payload and a 3' diameter parachute. Assume
a
rise rate of 1000' per minute...
Launch time is between 9 AM and 11 AM.

The current payload includes a 0.5W telemetry beacon on 14.152 MHz with
GPS
data, temperature, power output, etc.
There is also a 144.39 MHz APRS transmitter with solar power, LiPo
batteries
and more...
We currently have a digipeater on top of the No Label Brewery now,
signing
KT5TK-12.

We have three alternative launch sites, but considering the
circumstances,
waiting for Spring will be the option of choice if conditions do not
favor a
safe landing site - in the country - on Saturday.

The good news is that this Saturday is the last time for free BEER at No
Label Brewery. The taps open at 1 PM. In November there will be a $5 fee
per
person for beer.

There will be a BLT-28 pre-flight meeting at the QTH of KT5TK on
Wednesday
at 8 PM to finish the payload and verify that all critical-one issues are
addressed.

More tomorrow!

To The Edge Of   Space!

Andy W5ACM


There is no good reason for anything to be anywhere... therefore,
anything
is possible!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kirk Kendrick" <kmkendrick at gmail.com>
To: "Thomas Krahn" <thomas at familytreedna.com>
Cc: <blt at stevens.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2011 8:24 PM
Subject: Re: [BLT] Oct 28th predictions?


>I think we should go for #2 -- lots of publicity...with a launch from No
> Label. That gives us a May/June and then August launch. And...sounds
like
> an opportunity to fly beer again.
>
> Kirk KK2Z
>
> On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 7:59 PM, Thomas Krahn
> <thomas at familytreedna.com>wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> The predictions for a launch from NoLabel next Saturday are not too
>> favourable.
>> http://kt5tk.tkrahn.com/download/BLT28/HAB-prediction-2011-10-29.png
>>
>> I've been observing the predictions for the last month and the Jet
>> stream doesn't change very much its direction. It just gets stronger
the
>> later in the year.
>>
>> Essentially we have 3 options:
>> 1.) We move the launch point further to the north. If we launch
>> somewhere in the Lake Conroe area (which is good accessible through
I45)
>> the balloon is predicted to drift roughly in direction Beaumont. Lots
of
>> unhabited area there.
>>
>> 2.) We delay the launch from NoLabel until May/June 2012 when the
>> conditions change back to some East direction. We may better organize
>> and prepare a public event with lots of spectators around 1-2 pm.
>>
>> 3.) We could make two launches (1. + 2.)
>>
>> What do you think?
>>
>> Thomas
>>
>>
>> On 10/23/2011 06:58 PM, A.C. SPRAGGINS wrote:
>> > Hi Kirk:
>> >
>> > Thomas, kt5tk, Sparkles, ag5rs, and I were all at No Label in Katy
>> > yesterday. It was a fabulous day, but a little windy.
>> >
>> > Thomas said that, so far, winds aloft are NOT favorable for a launch
>> > next
>> > Saturday, suggesting possibly next summer.
>> >
>> > Perhaps he will post an update.
>> >
>> > 73 and Prosit,
>> >
>> > A.C.
>> > W5EZM
>> >
>> > On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 4:36 PM, Kirk Kendrick<kmkendrick at
gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> >> Just wondering...we're a week away...what's the predictions look
like
>> >> so
>> >> far
>> >> for the 28th from No Label??
>> >>
>> >> Are we a (tentative) go?
>> >> Kirk KK2Z
>> >> _______________________________________________
>> >> BLT mailing list
>> >> BLT at stevens.com
>> >> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>> >>
>> > _______________________________________________
>> > BLT mailing list
>> > BLT at stevens.com
>> > http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>> _______________________________________________
>> BLT mailing list
>> BLT at stevens.com
>> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>>
> _______________________________________________
> BLT mailing list
> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>



From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue Oct 25 21:11:43 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 02:11:43 +0000
Subject: [BLT] GO or NO-GO? - Re: Oct 28th predictions?
In-Reply-To: <E17CF4A937984417B6FD73E6253911D1@w5acmathlon>
References:
<CAO7XGmUxNYty+9RuQOTqJe8DrJ4LSpyARjCjkCZQNenyWwupHg@mail.gmail.com><CAGL
_CTUb5CDXPPZoxiKbHB56yKYi+__-0ZE-
9NdpivJaKvYOdA@mail.gmail.com><4EA4B85D.6080300@familytreedna.com>
      <CAO7XGmXoFnnGaY5KqeunF1q-
8Umq0ap13r7QF_+=zNt0v_hfOA@mail.gmail.com>,
      <E17CF4A937984417B6FD73E6253911D1@w5acmathlon>
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D96CC@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT-28 meeting is on for 8 PM Wednesday @ 7819 Windswept Lane.

________________________________________
From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [blt-bounces at stevens.com] On Behalf
Of Andy MacAllister [w5acm at swbell.net]
Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 12:13 AM
To: Kirk Kendrick; Thomas Krahn
Cc: blt at stevens.com
Subject: [BLT] GO or NO-GO? - Re: Oct 28th predictions?

BLT Team,
Option 2 looks good, BUT we will not give up on the Saturday launch until
the LAST MINUTE... almost...
This means that we will analyze the Friday morning predictions, and do
the
GO - NO GO thing at that time.
Several folks are working the numbers every day.

The environment on the west side of No Label Brewery is perfect for
prepping a small 800 gr ballon and getting a payload up.

For those of you that would like to give it a try with predictions, we
have a 800 gr balloon with a 3 lb payload and a 3' diameter parachute.
Assume a rise rate of 1000' per minute...
Launch time is between 9 AM and 11 AM.

The current payload includes a 0.5W telemetry beacon on 14.152 MHz with
GPS data, temperature, power output, etc.
There is also a 144.39 MHz APRS transmitter with solar power, LiPo
batteries and more...
We currently have a digipeater on top of the No Label Brewery now,
signing KT5TK-12.

We have three alternative launch sites, but considering the
circumstances, waiting for Spring will be the option of choice if
conditions do not favor a safe landing site - in the country - on
Saturday.

The good news is that this Saturday is the last time for free BEER at No
Label Brewery. The taps open at 1 PM. In November there will be a $5 fee
per person for beer.

There will be a BLT-28 pre-flight meeting at the QTH of KT5TK on
Wednesday at 8 PM to finish the payload and verify that all critical-one
issues are addressed.

More tomorrow!

To The Edge Of   Space!

Andy W5ACM


There is no good reason for anything to be anywhere... therefore,
anything
is possible!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kirk Kendrick" <kmkendrick at gmail.com>
To: "Thomas Krahn" <thomas at familytreedna.com>
Cc: <blt at stevens.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2011 8:24 PM
Subject: Re: [BLT] Oct 28th predictions?


>I think we should go for #2 -- lots of publicity...with a launch from No
> Label. That gives us a May/June and then August launch. And...sounds
like
> an opportunity to fly beer again.
>
> Kirk KK2Z
>
> On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 7:59 PM, Thomas Krahn
> <thomas at familytreedna.com>wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> The predictions for a launch from NoLabel next Saturday are not too
>> favourable.
>> http://kt5tk.tkrahn.com/download/BLT28/HAB-prediction-2011-10-29.png
>>
>> I've been observing the predictions for the last month and the Jet
>> stream doesn't change very much its direction. It just gets stronger
the
>> later in the year.
>>
>> Essentially we have 3 options:
>> 1.) We move the launch point further to the north. If we launch
>> somewhere in the Lake Conroe area (which is good accessible through
I45)
>> the balloon is predicted to drift roughly in direction Beaumont. Lots
of
>> unhabited area there.
>>
>> 2.) We delay the launch from NoLabel until May/June 2012 when the
>> conditions change back to some East direction. We may better organize
>> and prepare a public event with lots of spectators around 1-2 pm.
>>
>> 3.) We could make two launches (1. + 2.)
>>
>> What do you think?
>>
>> Thomas
>>
>>
>> On 10/23/2011 06:58 PM, A.C. SPRAGGINS wrote:
>> > Hi Kirk:
>> >
>> > Thomas, kt5tk, Sparkles, ag5rs, and I were all at No Label in Katy
>> > yesterday. It was a fabulous day, but a little windy.
>> >
>> > Thomas said that, so far, winds aloft are NOT favorable for a launch
>> > next
>> > Saturday, suggesting possibly next summer.
>> >
>> > Perhaps he will post an update.
>> >
>> > 73 and Prosit,
>> >
>> > A.C.
>> > W5EZM
>> >
>> > On Sun, Oct 23, 2011 at 4:36 PM, Kirk Kendrick<kmkendrick at
gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> >> Just wondering...we're a week away...what's the predictions look
like
>> >> so
>> >> far
>> >> for the 28th from No Label??
>> >>
>> >> Are we a (tentative) go?
>> >> Kirk KK2Z
>> >> _______________________________________________
>> >> BLT mailing list
>> >> BLT at stevens.com
>> >> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>> >>
>> > _______________________________________________
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>> > BLT at stevens.com
>> > http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
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From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Fri Oct 28 11:14:55 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:14:55 +0000
Subject: [BLT] NO GO for launch tomorrow...
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E10699038607A43E@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,
Upper wind conditions have continued to deteriorate. Even if we went to
Wharton, the 65 mile ground track to the northeast would be prohibitive.
Here's a note from AB5SS:

Well, the winds are not getting any better, nor are they forecast to
improve. So, unfortunately, I'd recommending stopping the countdown
clock and aborting tomorrow's launch attempt for BLT-28. The winds
between 30-50K are just screaming upwards of 80 knots!


We WILL NOT fly tomorrow, but will fly either in the Spring, or at a
suitable time before then.

To The Edge of The Brewery!

The taps at No Label open at 1 PM for those that would like to at least
get out for a while tomorrow.

I always liked Wayne Green's callsign - W2NSD - NEVER SAY DIE...

Next time!!!

Andy W5ACM


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sun Nov 6 23:41:56 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2011 05:41:56 +0000
Subject: [BLT] BLT Dinner Meeting THIS Wednesday - November 9th - Brick
 House on 290!
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D96E0@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

BLT Team,

This is reminder of our dinner meeting on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at
5:30 PM. We will be at our alternate venue - the Brick House Tavern and
Tap, 12910 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040. Join us! We have a table
reserved for the event.
John, AB5SS has prepared a preliminary animated slide show of BLT-27. We
will have it for your viewing pleasure...

To The Edge Of Space!

Andy W5ACM

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Sun Nov 6 23:54:40 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2011 05:54:40 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: We Should Build One / Multi-Copter Full Scale
In-Reply-To: <00f901cc9cf0$8dee98d0$a9cbca70$@net>
References: <00f901cc9cf0$8dee98d0$a9cbca70$@net>
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903852D96E3@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

Spectacular!
Andy W5ACM

________________________________
From: Tom Matthews [tm100 at att.net]
Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2011 7:57 PM
Subject: We Should Build One / Multi-Copter Full Scale

http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/11/man-flys-in-electric-multi-
copter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+make
zineonline+(MAKE)&utm_content=My+Yahoo

Not sure who the first test pilot should be, but?.

Tom



From kg5ai at comcast.net Thu Nov 17 23:03:44 2011
From: kg5ai at comcast.net (Myles Barkman)
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 23:03:44 -0600
Subject: [BLT] electronics sale this weekend in Humble
Message-ID: <0E2707F82E8845E4B0B4224A5622ECD6@Office>

I am forwarding this info on request from someone else. He asked me to
post this info about a sale in Humble. I am forwarding this to groups
and people that may be able to forward on to other groups of interest.
>From the sound of it, this appears to be an estate sale. I have no
other information.
If you know another group in the area that the members could benefit from
this information, please pass it along.

FORCED TO DOWNSIZE!!!!!

 I am retiring and moving to a smaller house. I have to sell all my
electronic test equipment, printers and plotter, electronic parts,
vintage radios, and high end audio equipment,

 You have to see it to believe how much stuff I have.

Forced sale, everything must go.   Drop in and make us an offer, you won't
believe the low prices.



SALE

Electronics, electronic parts and test equipment, audio equipment, CDs,
thousands of LPs and more. Large engineering collection being
liquidated.
20114 Cherry Oaks Lane, Humble, TX 77346

Saturday, November 19, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

And

Sunday, November 20, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



All sales are final, to be paid in cash, and as-is.

 ELECTRONIC TEST EQUIPMENT

 Tektronix   Logic Analyzer, 7D01.........$300

 Tektronix Amplifier, 7A16A ...............$50

 Tektronix time base with pretrigger acquire clock, 7B87 .$50

 Tektronix dual time base, 7B92A ............$80

 Tektronix amplifier, 7A16A ................$50

 Tektronix waveform calculator, 7854 keyboard ....$90

 H P voltmeter, range, 403B (dB),    .001 to 300 volts.$220

 Sony/Tektronix 308   data analyzer ..........$180

 Tektronix logic analyzer 1241 .............$190

 Tektronix 2440, 500 MHz digital scope ........$1200

 Tektronix scope, 7854 with ...............$1200

             7A26, dual trace amp

             7A26, dual trace amp

             7B87, time base

             7B87, time base

             7B92A, dual time base

             scope cart, Tektronix model 3

             5 each probes

 Tektronix scope, 7623B with .............$600
            2 each 7A18 dual trace amp

            7B53A, main triggering amp

 Boonton signal generator 102B, 4.3 to 520 MHz ..$900

 H P pulse generator 8012B ..............$125

 Weston 622, DC volt/mAmp meter 3000 volts/750 mAmp ...$100

 H P distortion amp 334A ................$500

Seven Tektronix plug in modules

 H P selective level meter 3586B ..........$275

 Tektronix TM 5006 ..................$350

            2 each digital multimeter DM501A

            digital counter DC503A

            programmable arbitrary function generator AFG 5101

 Tektronix logic analyzer 1240 ...........$100

 AUDIO EQUIPMENT, ETC

 Tandberg TR 2045 FM stero receiver ......$45

Tandberg TCD 320   Cassette Deck.........$50

Nakamichi 1000 3 head Cassette Deck.......$2750

Electrovoice speakers................$229

Infinity speakers...................$

Infinity speakers RS 5.................$125

 MISCELLANEOUS

Houston instrument DMP-60 Series, plotter

 VINTAGE RADIO

 Grebe Synchrophase Radio Receiver.......$395

 ELECTRONICS PARTS: you have to see it to believe that I had so many
parts!

 ----------------------------------
Myles Barkman | KG5AI | mailto:kg5ai*at*comcast.net | Houston TX
Freq Zone http://home.comcast.net/~freqzone
HoustonScan at yahoogroups.com list owner

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Fri Nov 18 09:37:56 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:37:56 +0000
Subject: [BLT] FW: [Balloon_Sked] Lost Balloon
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903862D2581@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

http://www.11alive.com/News/Odd/213249/186/High-altitude-balloon-and-
payload-missing-possibly-landed-in-Metro-Atlanta


Brian Erwin
KJ4TDM
CoCoRaHS #: AL-BL-15
Sent via DroidX2 on Verizon Wireless?


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Fri Nov 18 10:06:36 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 16:06:36 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Lost Balloon - resend
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903862D25D4@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

http://www.11alive.com/News/Odd/213249/186/High-altitude-balloon-and-
payload-missing-possibly-landed-in-Metro-Atlanta


Brian Erwin
KJ4TDM
CoCoRaHS #: AL-BL-15
Sent via DroidX2 on Verizon Wireless

From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Mon Nov 21 10:38:31 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:38:31 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Qu8k Rocket Launch
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903862D2C7D@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

October 7, 2011

Private Rocket To 121,000 Feet (Plus Video)

By Glenn Pew, Contributing Editor, Video Editor

A team self-identified as Qu8k (spoken "quake") claims to, on Sept. 30,
have launched an unmanned 26-foot rocket at 2,185 mph to more than
100,000 feet over Black Rock Desert, Nev., and possibly earned a monetary
prize for the effort. The team's effort addressed the Carmack Challenge,
which, among other things, required the rocket to record a GPS altitude
of over 100,000 feet to win a prize of $5,000. Qu8k says that none of
four independent GPS systems onboard its vehicle maintained positional
lock through the trip and suspects some simple reasons for that.
According to Qu8k, that launch included a roughly 15G acceleration and
pushed the rocket through 17,000 feet in less than 11 seconds. GPS
notwithstanding, the team's rocket returned intact and Qu8k believes it
has data that confirms they bested the goal. They also have video.

Qu8k says accelerometer data and time to apogee available from onboard
video footage allow them to mathematically deduce "with high certainty"
that the rocket reached 121,000 feet. It will be up to former computer
game developer John Carmack, who in February announced his "Carmack
Challenge," to determine if Qu8k can earn the $5,000 prize based on that.
Qu8k has images they say were recorded by onboard cameras during the
rocket's journey and those images (and the video) clearly show a black
midday sky and the curvature of the earth below the rocket at apogee. The
team says the rocket reached its highest point 90 seconds into the flight
where it deployed its chute. The rocket then returned to earth over the
next seven minutes and landed just three miles from its launch tower.
According to Qu8k, all parts of the vehicle were recovered and could be
easily prepared to fly again.

http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/qu8k_rocket_lauch_desert_altitude_12
1000_205520-1.html


From Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com Tue Nov 22 12:31:09 2011
From: Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com (Andrew.MacAllister at
emerson.com)
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 18:31:09 +0000
Subject: [BLT] Ham Radio Rules! - FW: what????
Message-ID: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903862D33F5@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>

'Tis true!

Andrew MacAllister | T +1 713 827 4334
From: Reass, William A
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 11:39 AM
Subject: what????

This can't be true???

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/11/17/radio-days-are-back-ham-radio-
licenses-at-all-time-high/?test=faces


it is a plot!!


From Cboone at earthlink.net Tue Nov 22 14:30:02 2011
From: Cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:30:02 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Ham Radio Rules! - FW: what????
In-Reply-To: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903862D33F5@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903862D33F5@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
Message-ID: <095801cca955$8385cc80$8a916580$@net>

Damn straight!!! :)

Chris
WB5ITT

>   -----Original Message-----
>   From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com] On
>   Behalf Of Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
>   Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 12:31 PM
>   To: blt at stevens.com; HQRP at yahoogroups.com; hqrp at stevens.com
>   Subject: [BLT] Ham Radio Rules! - FW: what????
>
>   'Tis true!
>
>   Andrew MacAllister | T +1 713 827 4334
>   From: Reass, William A
>   Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 11:39 AM
>   Subject: what????
>
>   This can't be true???
>
>   http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/11/17/radio-days-are-back-ham-
>   radio-licenses-at-all-time-high/?test=faces
>
>
>   it is a plot!!
>
>   _______________________________________________
>   BLT mailing list
>   BLT at stevens.com
>   http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt


From n5ptn at n5ptn.net Mon Nov 28 01:19:36 2011
From: n5ptn at n5ptn.net (Michael)
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 01:19:36 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Ham Radio Rules! - FW: what????
In-Reply-To: <095801cca955$8385cc80$8a916580$@net>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903862D33F5@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <095801cca955$8385cc80$8a916580$@net>
Message-ID: <4ED33608.8080309@n5ptn.net>

A few inaccuracies, but overall a decent article. License is free
now?? I didn't know that. Mine's coming up for renewal too.
Michael - N5PTN

Chris Boone wrote:
> Damn straight!!! :)
>
> Chris
> WB5ITT
>
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: blt-bounces at stevens.com [mailto:blt-bounces at stevens.com]
On
>> Behalf Of Andrew.MacAllister at emerson.com
>> Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 12:31 PM
>> To: blt at stevens.com; HQRP at yahoogroups.com; hqrp at stevens.com
>> Subject: [BLT] Ham Radio Rules! - FW: what????
>>
>> 'Tis true!
>>
>> Andrew MacAllister | T +1 713 827 4334
>> From: Reass, William A
>> Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 11:39 AM
>> Subject: what????
>>
>> This can't be true???
>>
>> http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/11/17/radio-days-are-back-ham-
>> radio-licenses-at-all-time-high/?test=faces
>>
>>
>> it is a plot!!
>>
>> _______________________________________________
>> BLT mailing list
>> BLT at stevens.com
>> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>>
>
> _______________________________________________
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> BLT at stevens.com
> http://lists.stevens.com/mailman/listinfo/blt
>
>


From plcmark at gmail.com Mon Nov 28 06:32:36 2011
From: plcmark at gmail.com (Mark Bayern)
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 06:32:36 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Ham Radio Rules! - FW: what????
In-Reply-To: <4ED33608.8080309@n5ptn.net>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903862D33F5@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <095801cca955$8385cc80$8a916580$@net> <4ED33608.8080309@n5ptn.net>
Message-ID: <CAKOKdPL=gT-
HHWi8KwtDEfyETdMaawTitgEybS9o0hL0xJVONQ@mail.gmail.com>

>>"License is free now??

Yep! The FCC doesn't charge for a license. If you renew directly
(over the web) with the FCC it won't cost you a penny. They do charge
for vanity calls. The VECs are allowed to charge a minimal amount for
their expenses, any upgrades or initial licenses will have a cost. In
fact, looking back at the article it states: "All you need is a couple
hundred bucks to get started and a FCC license -- which is free, but
requires a $10 to $12 fee to cover expenses."

What I found interesting was the complete lack of any mention that
there might be some knowledge required to get the license.

Mark   AD5SS



On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 1:19 AM, Michael <n5ptn at n5ptn.net> wrote:
> A few inaccuracies, but overall a decent article. ?License is free
> now?? ?I didn't know that. ?Mine's coming up for renewal too.
>
> Michael - N5PTN
>

From mike at ka5cvh.com Mon Nov 28 07:52:00 2011
From: mike at ka5cvh.com (Mike (KA5CVH) Urich)
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 07:52:00 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Ham Radio Rules! - FW: what????
In-Reply-To: <4ED33608.8080309@n5ptn.net>
References: <B51E3308C76B514E97BF378288E1069903862D33F5@usstlz-
pmsgem02.emrsn.org>
      <095801cca955$8385cc80$8a916580$@net> <4ED33608.8080309@n5ptn.net>
Message-ID:
<CA+hFFPmFWwMw9FHU4FVkqZryJV9dOXUbX4XM2R+BzenmzViU3w@mail.gmail.com>

On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 1:19 AM, Michael <n5ptn at n5ptn.net> wrote:

> A few inaccuracies, but overall a decent article. ?License is free
> now?? ?I didn't know that. ?Mine's coming up for renewal too.

Mike U wrote

Yep, has been for some time.   Vanity calls are a different animal
however.

--
Mike Urich KA5CVH
http://ka5cvh.com

PIO STX-D14 S/E - APIC D1 & D14
http://harriscountyares.org
Life is hard, church shouldn't be!
http://fairmontpark.org

From cboone at earthlink.net Mon Nov 28 09:37:35 2011
From: cboone at earthlink.net (Chris Boone)
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 09:37:35 -0600
Subject: [BLT] Ham Radio Rules! - FW: what????
Message-ID: <6rriawt8nyosluqwnd9goua1.1322494627036@email.android.com>

And given the Extra Class running around Beaumont-Prot Arthur-Orange and
East Texas area, you DON'T!

Chris
WB5ITT


Sent via my Samsung Transform Ultra from Boost Mobile

Mark Bayern <plcmark at gmail.com> wrote:

What I found interesting was the complete lack of any mention

				
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