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Essex Scout’s 434 MHz balloons

Scouts at Kingston Ridge Campsite in Essex had something special at their Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) – High altitude balloon launches

Radio amateurs Chris M6EDF and Steve G0TDJ launched balloons with 434 MHz transmitters on the Saturday and Sunday. The scouts were able to receive the signals from the balloons and follow their progress on a real-time display.

The balloon launched on Saturday had the callsign JOTA1 and reached an altitude of over 15,000 metres before landing in the North Sea.

JOTA2 on Sunday floated at an altitude of around 6,000 metres and traveled a lot further, its radio signals were last heard over Sweden.

Read the Essex Ham report on the first day of the event – Basildon JOTA 2014 – Day One

http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/basildon-jota-day-one.html

 

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Amateur Radio high altitude balloon experiments often serve as precursors to CubeSat design, construction, and launch.  High altitude balloon launches were a major highlight of the Jamboree On the Air (JOTA) 2014 during this past weekend at Essex in the UK.  Amateur radio operators Chris (M6EDF) and Steve (G0TDJ) launched two balloons (JOTA1 and JOTA2) which carried 434 MHz amateur radio transmitters.  JOTA2 was last heard over Sweden, while JOTA1 reached an altitude of over 15,000 meters before it plunged into the North Sea.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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