Sunday, August 2, 2015

Party Balloon Completes Double Circumnavigation

Australian ham Andy Nguyen, VK3YT, just keeps outdoing himself. We've reported several times recently on Andy's successes in flying ham radio-equipped Mylar party balloons around the world. Now, the ARRL Letter reports, his latest effort - pico balloon PS-46 - made two complete trips around the world and was into its third loop before it was forced down in the Indian Ocean by bad weather. The balloon transmitted WSPR and JT9 signals on 20 meters and was tracked by hams around the world, including at least two in the United States.