The Data sheet for the latest flight has been added to the respective flight page and can be found here.
There will be a couple of APRS units, the main unit being on 144.850Mhz. The remainder will be on the usual 144.800Mhz.
The parot repeater that was quite a hit on one of the previous flights will again be flying. the frequency for this is 437.900Mhz. Please give us a call on the day. The talk time has been increased from the previous 5 or 10 seconds to a full minuite now. Enjoy
New balloon set to fly: -
Habex will once again be taking to the air. The group has just recieved confirmation via CAMU that the launch has been approved and that a "Notam" (Notice to airman) has been issued for the flight.
The date set for the flight is Saturday the 30th November at the Klerksdorp airfield (FAKD / KXE). Duration of the Operation is 0400Z - 1200Z.
More information will be posted here shortly with updates there after.
Well, there is one week left till launch. Assembly and testing is going well and the payload string is growing. Currently there will be the standard controller, a X Band repeater with APRS unit, HF beacon and lastly a camera at the botton with its own APRS unit as well.
Special thanks must go to two of our sponsors for making this possible. They are RF Design for radios and GPS equipment and Afrox for the Gas we need.
For further commentary on this fligh and for more detailed information, please go to the flight page:-
Oh dear. Unfortunately errors creep into the system and the date mentioned below for the next balloon launch at the Klerksdorp Hamfest is wrong. We all unfortunately thought it was on the 4th June. Fortunately an alert Ham member in Klerksdorp noticed the error and informed us.
So, the next launch is actually the 2nd July 2011.
Please make an effort to view the balloon launch or just track it. Also, come to the Hamfest being organised by the Klerksdorp ham fraternity. We are sure you will have much fun.