How did you establish an altitude of 2900 feet?
I’m assuming AGL as well.
At that altitude, one could easily tether a
balloon, and it would be able to stay in a fixed location for a
If you have a specific article to reference, it
would be best to provide a link to the article instead of a
I did go to the media page, but I’m not searching
for an unknown article.
The images on the top of the page caught my eye.
Not sure what the top one was, but the middle one looks like a
cloud. The bottom one looks like a blurry picture of a weather
I know what blurry pictures of weather balloons
look like. I have taken quite a few trying to get images of
flights I have participated in.
Our latex flights, and the hundreds of flights
launched by the weather service can look fairly interesting, and
can raise eyebrows if you happen to see one without knowing what
Little white dots, and not so little white dots in
the sky can attract attention.
I personally have seen hundreds of UFOs in my
lifetime. Most of them I have been able to determine to be
airplanes after short duration of observation. Then there are
the little lights zipping across the sky at night. those can be
identified using satellite tracking software. I especially liked
seeing the iridium flares. The high magnitude flares can be
Everything can be unidentified until you figure
out what it is. Sometimes it’s easier to identify than other
I think most who have responded thought that you
were wanting to fly your MADAR unit under a balloon at altitude,
in a stationary position for observational readings.
That might cause more problems for your cohorts as
more UFO observations might be triggered by a flight of this
Keep your eyes on the skies!
should have mentioned that the altitude was 2,900 feet.
And there were two or three objects which stayed the
same distance apart the entire time. For more info see
my article under the media page at www.missourimufon.org
On Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at
10:50 AM Steve G8KHW / AJ4XE <steve@...
humm - read "in" as inches missed the almost
On 17/06/2020 13:19, Zack Clobes W0ZC wrote:
Her question was about a 30 foot (~10 meters)
balloon, not inches.
On Wed, Jun
17, 2020, 4:11 AM Steve G8KHW / AJ4XE <steve@...
Its possible but quite unlikely I think
- 30in balloons (I assume you are
talking about the variety used for
floater flights with payloads of a few
grams) usually float about 8,000m
(25,000ft) - about the 350mBar layer in
the atmosphere - this is quite an active
The shape of the balloon will have very
little impact on the drift (if any at
On 16/06/2020 23:15, Margie Kay
have a question for you balloon
experts - I am a MUFON investigator
and am wondering if it is possible
for a balloon 30' in diameter to be
shaped like a flat donut and stay in
the same location and altitude for
over six hours?
appreciate your comments.
I'm setting up my MADAR unit in
Independence, Missouri tonight if I
can figure it out!
KF4ZTI-11 was launched this
morning (Saturday) from
Clarksville TN with just one pound
of payload attached. GoPro type
camera and an APRS tracker. It
transmits every 1 minute on 144.39
and then 10 seconds later on
144.34 MHz...This payload sat in a
tree for a week or two last year
and saw quite a bit of weather. As
a result the transmit frequency
has shifted to 144.348 MHz on APRS
as well as 144.398 MHz when it
gets below -20 C...As a result it
is out of the passband for most
digipeaters. I am still copying it
here in Huntsville AL from 220
miles out but is about out of
range for me. Is there someone in
the St. Louis, Kansas City, Little
Rock, Memphis or east OK or NE TX
that can set up an iGate tuned to
144.348 MHz tonight? If you
already have an iGate, can you
tune it to 144.398 or 144.348 MHz?
This is an unplanned latex floater
due to KF4ZTI putting in only a
few ounces of positive lift on a
1200 gram balloon. It floated all
day around 107000 feet but is
descending after sunset...probably
will level out around 90,000 feet
and continue on west across
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