Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Second Ham Radio Balloon Crosses the Equator

Track of PS-58 balloon (in red). (Courtesy VK3YT website)
Andy Nguyen, VK3YT, continues to do amazing things with balloons carrying ham radio transmitters. According to Southgate Amateur Radio News, Andy's PS-58 balloon was launched from Australia on December 29. It floated northeast across the Pacific, over the equator and across Central America and the Caribbean Sea before heading out over the North Atlantic and floating toward Africa. As this is written on January 29, a month after its launch, PS-58 is still up there, being tracked by hams on multiple continents.

Nguyen's previous balloon flight, PS-57, also crossed the equator - twice - before coming down in back weather in the Indian Ocean.