The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has presented its Technical Excellence Award for this year to Andy Nguyen, VK3YT, whose vinyl party balloons carrying amateur radio transmitters have repeatedly circled the globe – sometimes more than once – and have sparked tremendous interest among trackers around the world.
|The view from one of VK3YT's early balloon launches. |
(From picospace.net website)
Southgate Amateur Radio News reports that many amateurs seen Nguyen's work as pioneering a new era of small solar-powered balloons carrying amateur radio payloads. At press time, Nguyen had launched at least 65 balloons carrying various amateur payloads. Follow the travels of Andy's balloons at <www.picospace.net>.