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Almost a satellite



First, an apology to those who deem this off topic, but over the last two
years the most distant reports received for this project have been from
satellite operators, so I have to assume there is some interest out
there.......

Once again the North Okanagan Radio Amateur Club and the Wild Rose Network
plan to launch their third balloon experiment dubbed VBX-3 (Vernon Balloon
eXperiments 3).  The launch is scheduled to take place Saturday, August 7th,
1999 @ 17:30 UTC from Watson House in Vernon, British Columbia in grid DO00.
The balloon package will include an APRS beacon for global
positioning/telmetry data (144.39MHz), a crossband voice repeater (446.00
MHz input and 146.52 MHz output) and a slow scan television transmitter
(SSTV - sharing output on 146.52 Mhz). The new addition this year is the
SSTV unit, a Kenwood Visual Communicator (VC-H1) which was kindly donated by
Kenwood Electronics Canada.
You can monitor VBX-3 live via the Internet for cross band repeater audio
(Real audio), position information (javAPRS), and viewable SSTV images!

Check out: http://www.junction.net/norac

The groundstation will be VE7ISS, located at the Interior Space & Science
Centre in Vernon, B.C.

73,
Ron VE7VVW


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