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The retrieval was a wonderful success. Ground control was able to track the balloon all the way to the landing area. Ironically, after getting as close as possible to the Landing Zone, Francois (ZR6COI) radioed back to Chris that he was unable to see the package from his car. Chris (ZS6COG) instructed him to put in the last co-ordinates into the GARMIN and start walking. According to Francois, it took him directly to where the payload was lying.
During the retrieval, text messages were relayed between Francois and Ground control via the APRS network. What was very nice was that radio communications were accomplished via the Klerksdorp repeater. This was being relayed via Echolink and allowed interested parties to actually listen into what was happening
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