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CAPSAT balloon outcome



[ From the SkyQuest email list; SkyQuest is not directly related
to CAPSAT, but is another New England area balloon project
supporting CAPSAT.   For more information about both CAPSAT
and SkyQuest and many others, please see HABLIC ]
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The CAPSAT team did a great job putting up the balloon and it flooded
New England Tuesday with monster packet signals.

A few notes of interest:

   Dick Seifert, KB2FF, in the Keene, New Hampshire area was 
   able to stimulate the interest of the Keene Sentinel, so a 
   story from that newspaper should be forthcoming.

   Steve Ford, QST managing editor, received the CAPSAT signals 
   in Newington, CT at W1AW.

   Ken Freedman, N1QQV, connected to CAPSAT from the
   Connecticut shore east of New Haven in Madison.  That may 
   be the most distant station to have been able to accomplish 
   a connect.

   Interest in CAPSAT caused the HABLIC balloon website hit counter 
   to register 96 hits on Monday (a one day record), and about 240 
   hits over a three day period.  The launch was publicized on several 
   key email lists (including amsat-bb), local radio nets, and on 
   Usenet.

In the coming days I'll try to relate some information about what
happened with the launch.   Don't forget that the trial SkyQuest
launch will be this weekend, weather permitting.  Chances are it
will be Sunday, but weather is always a factor.

One thing I'm anxious to hear from Lou Broad, CAPSAT architect,
is if the payload was recovered, and if so how and where.

Hank Riley, N1LTV
SkyQuest/HABLIC

http://www.geocities.com/capecanaveral/3161/hablic.htm

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