We’ve just launched a lightweight foil floater. It’s the lightest one I’ve ever built.Total payload weight including AAA battery and 2m dipole antenna weights 15 grams. Balloon is a single Qualatex 91 cm. Free lift is about 2.5 gram. It’s a Pecan Pico 4 tracker with frequency agile APRS. The transmit cycle has been reduced to 5 minutes to save as much power as possible. Follow KT5TK-5 on aprs.fi .
Prediction looks great! Will we make it to Europe? We’ll see…
BLT-36 has reached the Atlantic! We have crossed Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. 108 mph in direction Azores! The tracker will switch over to the European APRS frequency (144.800 MHz) at a longitude of 25 degrees West. Therefore if you’re receiving at the Azores, you might start listening on 144.390 MHz APRS first.