High Altitude Ballooning
Calgary and Area
"Poor Mans Space program"
Nov 7, 2013
GPS programming complete, ready to start building next flight unit
Nov 6, 2013
Programming for RTTY complete, started working on GPS interface for my ATmega 88.
Oct 30, 2013
Programming for field hell mode complete, see microsat1 launch for example.
njanzen wrote:how do your payloads come back to you, I've been working on a GPS autopilot with a controllable parachute.
Gas handling offer Postby njanzen Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:44 pm For anyone who is looking to launch a balloon in the Calgary and area, I have both a Hydrogen filling system and Helium filing system and will help you with your launch in providing the gas at cost as a volunteer. please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
I bit the bullet and went all out on a commercial system from: http://dopsys.com I purchased their mobile setup with GPS I decided i didn't need a serial radio and ordered a BCT15X from radioworld.ca
Wanted Inexpensive pressure sensor (analog output)
Postby njanzen » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:04 pm
Wanted Inexpensive pressure sensor for connecting to an adc on my flight computer.
so far the cheapest i have found is:
digikey part number: 480-3301-ND SENSOR 15 PSI ABS 5V
these cost about $35 each which is alot
How about this. We used this for two years until I switched to different long range gear. Robert http://www.readymaderc.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=64&products_id=456
VE6SRV Postby VE6SRV Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:57 pm Greetings from Edmonton, I'm James VE6SRV. I've been actively involved in HAB since the turn of the century... (Makes you sound old when you say that!). I watched the Vernon crew led by Wilf Mulder VE7OHM launch the Vernon Balloon Experiments (VBX), and decided that they shouldn't have all the fun. So I pestered a few locals that I knew would be easily swayed, and got the Balloon Experiments with Amateur Radio (BEAR) team together. We researched as much as we could about Environment Canada launches, and did some direction finding on their radiosondes. We launched a few payloads in 2000, and then went on hiatus. In 2006 Tony Rafaat contacted us about doing some launches with a school, and the SABLE project was born. SABLE-3 caught worldwide attention, and since then we've been working with a number of different groups and individuals across Canada, and around the world getting HAB groups going. I am actively involved in building out the APRS digipeater network around the Edmonton area, and helping others get their digipeater networks optimized across Canada and the United States. I've also started into flying a PPG which could be used to support payload recovery in areas where terrestrial search may not easily find the payload. http://bear.sbszoo.com James VE6SRV
VE5BNC Postby VE5BNC Wed May 01, 2013 11:32 am Hi everyone Looks like I never introduced myself. I'm Bruce in Saskatoon. I've been a member of the Saskatoon Amateur Radio Club since I got my license 1992. I've always been more of a builder than an operator and have been active in VHF, satellite, ATV, packet and APRS. Late in 2007 Gus - VE5SPI(SK) and I were having coffee and he brought up the idea of flying high altitude balloons. A couple of sips later and I as hooked. Together with Bob - VE5RGM (now VE7RGM) we spent the rest of the winter researching and planning our first flight. It all culminated in our first flight in May of 2008 (http://ve5aa.dyndns.org/balloon/sabre_1.html). It's been a wild ride ever since. This year we're looking forward to new projects and our 19th flight. 73, Bruce - VE5BNC VE5BNC
Here is a launch from environment Canada done by Rick Mercer The following is a excerpt from his show: http://pic.obsd.com/2012-10-14/balloon/envcdnlaunch.wmv