Balloon Launch Information Bulletins
bruninga at usna.edu
Thu Feb 7 15:14:58 CST 2008
> This is the heads up for the Vienna Wireless
> Society VWS-6 balloon flight.
> ... is intending to launch VWS-6, an amateur
> radio balloon flight, this Saturday around
> 10:00 am EST from Strasburg, VA.
Andre, Can we get the following back to the VWS powers that be:
*** Please put out local APRS bulletins on the status of the
launch so that mobiles will be alerted to this activity. It
doesn't take much to send out a bulletin to be received by all
the mobiles in real time:
You can even do it from your D7 or D700:
1) Since this is a regional activity, go ahead and violate the
usual 2 hop path receommendation and use 3 hops. This should
cover the 6 state area.
2) Send your bulletins using the message address of BLN# where #
is the number of the one-line bulletin.
3) Use sequential BLN# numbers if the information is new. But
you can also re-use the same BLN# to overwrite (or in effect
cancel) a previous bulletin.
4) Your bulletin can even contain the text [Balloon in view] and
any APRS software with voice code will speak it. The D700 will
speak some words, but I forget the vocabulary.
APRS is an information distributino resource. Plesae use it to
keep everyone informed about the progress of this launch. Not
just tracking the balloon!
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