They have launched and 2nd balloon today July 25th. Watch the video below and you can track this one by following the links for K2BSA-12. Currently K2BSA-11 is over the Atlantic ocean and we will have to wait until it gets near land to see if it made the ocean crossing.
The 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree will be held July 19-28 at the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in southern West Virginia. This event is held every 4 years and will draw thousands of Scouts from around the country. There will be an Amateur Radio station onsite (WV8BSA) conducting demonstrations and providing instruction for the Radio Merit Badge. Also scheduled are a balloon launch with APRS tracking, and a contact with the ISS. A large part of our demonstration will be getting Scouts on the air making QSOs. If you have some spare time during daylight hours, please consider getting on the air and looking for us so that we can help spark some of the magic we all enjoy in this hobby.
Our very own Colin K0LIN set up the WSPR transmitter at the club last night. It is putting out 50 mW of power into the HyTower vertical antenna. As you can see by the map below even with 50 mW of power station from around the world can here our magical hill top. For more details check out WSPRnet.org click on the map link at the top right hand side. If you scroll down you can enter a search just for W3KWH on the 20 meter band and see the latest receptions. Click on the map for a full size version
In honor of Bobby’s visit to his hometown I have recovered his 6 meters recordings from the old site.
SCARC member N3LL, Bob Carnahan, put together a small collection of recordings made of 6-meter skip activities in which DX stations running as little as 30-watts can be heard. Most of the recordings are contacts between the club’s station, W3KWH, and others; however, Bob includes one DX contact made from his home running only 100-watts and using a par omni loop antenna design.
All links provide MP3 streams (compatible w/dial-up)
5T5SN in Mauritania, Italy – received by N3LL in Pittsburgh, PA
N3LL was using a simple par omni loop antenna.
FG1GW – Guadeloupe, France – with W3KWH
FM5AA – Martinique, France – with W3KWH / Bob (N3LL)
K6MYC near Fresno, California, in QSO with NU3A in Newark, Delaware
VE9PLB – Miramich, New Brunswick, Canada – with N3LL – Pittsburgh, PA
VP2V – British Virgin Islands – with N3LL – Pittsburgh, PA
W3HH – Short code segment from W3HH in Ocala, Florida
WA3TTS 6-Meter beacon [SCARC, Pittsburgh] running at 40-milliwatts as copied by K0KP in Duluth, Minnesota
N3LL, while operating from the gulf coast of Florida [25-miles south of Sarasota; grid: EL86], made this recording as he tuned through a rare 6-meter band opening on January 25, 2009.