Amateur radio operators in New England and northern Atlantic coast
in the US and Canada are invited to listen and operate via the crossband repeater payload on a high altitude balloon flight from Hermon,
Launch is planned for June 2, 2012 at about 0830 EDT (UTC-4)
by members of the Pine State Amateur Radio Club as one of the events during the 25th Annual Bangor Hamfest at Hermon High School.
is working with the University of Maine Electrical and Computer Engineering Department to plan and execute the flight.
The crossband repeater frequencies are:
Uplink: 147.570 MHz
Downlink: 446.100 MHz
The payload will also include APRS for position and altitude tracking. University of Maine tracking information can be found at:
Coverage for the VHF/UHF repeater is estimated to be more than 450
miles. Stations as far away as western New York, Long Island, all of
New England, and Maritime Canada should be able to work it.
The PSARC High Altitude Balloon team will award a certificate for
the station furthest away from the balloon to make contact through
the repeater. Please join in to help set a distance record for the
Steve Jordan, KD1OM,
President PSARC and
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