Transatlantic balloon attempt coming up!

White Star plans to launch a transatlantic balloon flight attempt at 0000 UTC (Thursday evening for most of the US). If you’re a ham operator set up for digital modes, you can monitor the telemetry transmissions on the 40m band and automatically report them. The flights predictions call for a three day flight.

Here’s the White star site

Here’s a link to their HF radio info page

Telemetry data is received and reported using the dl-fldigi application. The project page for that is here, but if you’re running Ubuntu Linux, just grab it from this ppa.

During the flight, you’re likely to find other people who are following the action in the #highaltitude chat on freenode IRC.

Also if you’re a ham using Ubuntu, check out the Ubuntu-hams team, or drop into the #ubuntu-hams chat on freenode IRC.

It can be a lot of fun to help track the balloon flights. Here’s a previous post I made about a tracking adventure.

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I'm Steve Conklin, AI4QR I'm employed by Canonical, Inc as a Linux Kernel Engineer. Interests include Linux, open source software and hardware, electronics and music, and amateur radio.
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2 Responses to Transatlantic balloon attempt coming up!

  1. Steve KD4TFN says:

    Is it just a coincidence that the projected path has it landing in Libya?

  2. Pingback: Illruminations: Transatlantic balloon attempt coming up! | The Linux Minute

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