The "BBxx" balloon flight project:
Lightweight 'tracker/telemetry' transmitters built following the concept of the QRP-Labs U3S transmitter. Some of the flights use a trimmed down QRP-Labs synthisizer kit to generate the transmitter's signal, and all run on a modified version of QRP-Labs U3S firmware. Track the latest flight at the QRP-Labs balloon flights page.
ZL1RS balloon flight "BB05" was launched at around 21:15 UTC on 24 April 2018 and completed a circumnavigation of the earth on 08 May 2018. It is still flying. Tracking map and information at the QRP-Labs "BB05" flight page.
ZL1RS balloon flight "BB04" was launched at 20:45 UTC on 10 January 2018 and appears to have suffered a burst balloon about 4,400 km east of New Zealand after 3 days of flying.
ZL1RS balloon flight "BB03" was launched just after 17 UTC on 07 January 2018 and was lost in an area of bad weather 2,000 km east of New Zealand after 2 days of flying.
ZL1RS balloon flight "BB02" was launched at 17:45 UTC on 17 Dec 2017 and was lost in an area of bad weather in the southern Indian Ocean after 9 days of flying.
ZL1RS balloon flight "BB01" was launched at about 18 UTC on 07 Dec 2017 and appears to have come down in bad weather about 3,000 km west of Chile after 5 days of flying.
An ocean going marine buoy containing a GPS and Ultimate3S based transmitter. This project is intended to drifted in the Pacific Ocean at the mercy of the tides, currents and wind directions while sending its position, battery voltage and temperature information via HF radio telemetry on the 30m band in WSPR and JT9 digital modes. The battery bank finally went flat on 29 June 2017 after 407 days at sea.
The following 6m Beacons are currently operational from ZL:
ZL1SIX ... 50.0110, 25W ERP beamed to the west from RF64VT
ZL1VHF ... 50.0433, 20W ERP from RF73MB, attended beacon while a permanent site is being arranged
ZL2MHB ... 50.030, 10W ERP from RF80KL
ZL2WHO/b ... 50.0240, 100W ERP beamed to the west from RE79VR
ZL2SIX ... 52.490, 1W ERP from RE68 (very weak, rarely heard)
ZL3SIX ... 50.0399, 100W ERP beaming alternately NE and NW from RE66EJ
ZL3MHB ... 50.055, 20W ERP from RE57MI
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