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Re: Pictures from Herington airport

Don Pfister <ka0jlf@...>
 

Actually, other than oil spots on the floor it was not too bad. It is open and
bottom of the door is over 10' - ceiling (rafters are at least 12' high.

I put the photos on my page too. I actually dropped some of the dups that
weren't very good.

Thanks

Mark Conner wrote:


Pictures from Herington airport

Mark Conner <n9xtn@...>
 


Re: Dinner on Thursday

Don Pfister <ka0jlf@...>
 

Paul, maybe this needs to go to other lists too. I know Bob and I were planning
on being there but he doesn't get this list. I'm not sure who else might be in
the same situation.

That sounds good to me.

Don

pverhage1960 wrote:

I'll be in town on Thursday. Can I get a list of people who expect to
be here on Thursday and may want to go to dinner? I'll recommend a
Chinese/American buffet on the sourthwest side of town.

Paul


Re: Helium Transportation

Don Pfister <ka0jlf@...>
 

Paul, I will plan to be there.

Just a note, the "truck and gas" was gasoline for the truck - not the helium.
;-)

Don

pverhage1960 wrote:

Don and I dropped off the 9 helium tanks at the airport. The total
cost for the truck and gas was $100. Needless to say, we need people
with cars to help us haul the tanks out of there on Monday. If we get
two or three cars, with each one carrying two tanks, we can haul them
out in two trips for less than $100.

Paul


Re: Kansas repeaters

Don Pfister <ka0jlf@...>
 

A quick repeater report: the only one that I could hit from the Herington Airport
was the Junction City 146.880 that was with less than 50W mobile, but I did have my
pre-amp on - but I'm not sure I needed it. I was able to hit it without the pre-amp
but I didn't have anyone to talk too. It seemed a bit spotty up and down the hills.

I was not able to bring up the 'Herington' repeater at all. I guess it doesn't
exist anymore. I tried with and without the tone. EIC do you know if the Herington
repeater is no more?

The Manhattan repeater had pretty good coverage from I-70 but dropped out before
Herington. I talked to Mike KD0FW for a long time on it, as I drove between Topeka
and Manhattan. He was at his home in Independence, MO. I think he has a better than
average antenna system. ;-)

That is about it.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Don


Re: Send email please

Mark Conner <n9xtn@...>
 

I tried to send him a note, but came back as invalid e-mail
address.

- Mark

----- Original Message -----
From: "pverhage1960" <paul.verhage@boiseschools.org>
To: <GPSL@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2002 16:20
Subject: [GPSL] Send email please


I can send messages to the group, but I can't send email
outside the
group.

Can someone please send email to kc0dw@cox.net and let him know
what's
happening as far as our changes? My HT wasn't hitting the
repeater
very well last night, so he couldn't understand everything I
was
saying. Once you email him, please let the group know.


Media

pverhage1960 <paul.verhage@...>
 

I don't know about the slide carosel yet, can someone bring one?

I've faxed WDAF in KC and WIBW in Topeka. I let materials with the
Manhattan Mercury and talked to the Herington Times by phone.

If you know some other media to call, please do so. I'll update WIBW
as to the Herington launch.

Paul


Send email please

pverhage1960 <paul.verhage@...>
 

I can send messages to the group, but I can't send email outside the
group.

Can someone please send email to kc0dw@cox.net and let him know what's
happening as far as our changes? My HT wasn't hitting the repeater
very well last night, so he couldn't understand everything I was
saying. Once you email him, please let the group know.

Paul


Dinner on Thursday

pverhage1960 <paul.verhage@...>
 

I'll be in town on Thursday. Can I get a list of people who expect to
be here on Thursday and may want to go to dinner? I'll recommend a
Chinese/American buffet on the sourthwest side of town.

Paul


Helium Transportation

pverhage1960 <paul.verhage@...>
 

Don and I dropped off the 9 helium tanks at the airport. The total
cost for the truck and gas was $100. Needless to say, we need people
with cars to help us haul the tanks out of there on Monday. If we get
two or three cars, with each one carrying two tanks, we can haul them
out in two trips for less than $100.

Paul


Wind data for 3 Jul 1200Z Eta

Mark Conner <n9xtn@...>
 

981,144,6
2005,190,21
2782,193,21
3573,193,19
4380,192,17
5207,191,13
6050,190,11
6913,191,11
7795,189,9
8701,180,9
9626,168,9
10584,169,11
12572,182,15
14692,185,9
16975,205,13
19439,215,15
22110,209,15
25033,201,13
28268,213,11
31893,254,7
36020,272,7
40833,249,9
46732,262,3
54829,55,7
65419,75,18
68471,110,25
71620,113,22
77122,50,12
79101,55,19
83746,82,27
85574,93,30
87598,95,31
89835,95,25
92375,74,22
95308,82,21
102755,85,26
110793,100,43
111459,100,43


Forecast update, 3 Jul

Mark Conner <n9xtn@...>
 

The two model solutions (Eta and AVN) are coming closer together,
and are showing less risk of getting close to Junction City.

AVN - 95kft burst = 323 deg at 10 miles
AVN - 75kft burst = 020 deg at 10 miles
Eta - 95 kft burst = 325 deg at 15 miles
Eta - 75kft burst = 005 deg at 13 miles

All are favorable landing sites.

Weather for Saturday looks decent but hot. Temps at sunrise will
be in the low 70s, and probably will reach the low 90s by
afternoon. Dew points will be in the 60s, making it humid.
While we shouldn't have the x-country hikes our Western brethern
do, bringing some drinks is still recommended. Skies should be
relatively clear at the start of the day, but cumulus clouds
should form after mid-morning.

The Herington repeater is down for maintenance at the moment,
however, the owner (WV0S) expects to have it back on the air
Thursday or Friday. I'll get an update when it's back on line.

Is there anyone who can bring a video camera to tape the
symposium and launch?

Graphics will be posted soon to
http://members.cox.net/n9xtn/gpsl-2002-forecast.gif. SA9 file at
http://members.cox.net/n9xtn/gpsl-2002-forecast.sa9 .

73 de Mark N9XTN


Fw: SF Gate: Up, up and away/A man and his lawn chair take flight

Mark Conner <n9xtn@...>
 

Here's our featured speaker for next year's GPSL!

73 de Mark N9XTN

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Wednesday, July 3, 2002 (SF Chronicle)
Up, up and away/A man and his lawn chair take flight
Steve Rubenstein, Chronicle Staff Writer


San Francisco -- Something important was proved Tuesday in San
Francisco when a young man strapped himself into a lawn chair
tied to a strand of flimsy balloons and floated 50 feet above
Potrero Hill.
It was not a stunt, said the man in the chair. It was a
scientific experiment.
No one knew exactly what was proved, however. Perhaps it was
that latex can burst under pressure, a concept already well known
in San Francisco.
The idea, if there was one, was to recreate the 1982 flight of
"Lawn Chair Larry" Walters, the Los Angeles truck driver who flew
a similar rig 16,000
feet into the sky above Southern California and lived to tell
about it. An Australian TV company had commissioned the joyride
for an upcoming special
on urban legends.
"Nothing can go wrong," said stuntman Adam Savage, preparing
to go aloft, while a large number of things that could not go
wrong kept going wrong.
The latex balloons, purchased for $10 apiece from a surplus
store, had an unsettling knack of bursting during inflation. At
least six of them popped
before Savage had even taken his place in the chair.
Then the balloons turned out to need twice as much helium to
fill as Savage originally calculated, and extra gas cylinders had
to be scrounged.
Then, with only minutes before lift-off, the batteries on the
emergency walkie-talkies went out.
"I need some triple-A batteries!" the balloonist yelled.
"Somebody go check the deli! Maybe they have some!"
Meanwhile, more balloons popped.
"It's not making me nervous," Savage said, nervously, as the
latex shards drifted to earth. "I suppose these balloons have
outlived their shelf
life. That's why they were only $10 each."
After a quick review of the flight plan with the TV producer
("You go up, then you come down"), Savage climbed into the lawn
chair ($29 from Sears),
strapped on his safety harness (borrowed from a Mission District
climbing gym) and gazed up at his towering string of balloons,
which resembled a
strand of giant Vidalia onions glistening in the morning sun.
Shortly before 9 a.m., helpers began removing sandbags and
releasing their hold on three ropes tethering the chair to parked
cars. Savage, not quite sure how to control the proceedings,
began to rise slowly into the sky and drift gently over Missouri
Street, like the Wizard of Oz making his
getaway.
The TV crew said Savage had soared to a height of 100 feet,
but less partial observers placed the altitude at about half
that. The walkie-talkie failure was never a factor, as
air-to-ground communication was conducted largely by shouting.
The greatest humiliation occurred midway into the flight, when
Savage downed a beer and, after warning observers below to stand
clear, dropped the bottle over the side. The bottle failed to
break on impact, clearly indicating to all the
less-than-life-threatening height of Savage's lawn chair.
"Better have another beer!" someone yelled.
Meanwhile, a modest crowd of gawkers gathered on Missouri
Street to take in the spectacle, such as it was. Dogs barked,
drivers honked and
passers-by giggled.
After 12 minutes aloft, the TV cameraman had recorded
sufficient footage, and there was no good reason for the flight
to continue. One by one,
Savage fired a BB gun at the balloons and the chair descended, as
Sir Isaac predicted it would.
Back on the ground, Savage reached for a celebratory cigar and
basked in what accolades there were. He said it had been eerie to
ride his lawn
chair on the same day that balloonist Steve Fosset completed his
round-the-world solo flight, although that comparison seemed more
of a
stretch than anything that happened to the latex.
"I'm just glad it turned out OK," said Ed Wallace, manager of
the electrical warehouse next door whose airspace Savage had
drifted into. "It
didn't make any sense at all. He said he had the whole thing
worked out perfectly, but it didn't look that way. The potential
for him getting hurt
was pretty good."

E-mail Steve Rubenstein at srubenstein@sfchronicle.com.
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Copyright 2002 SF Chronicle


Re: Kansas repeaters

Don Pfister <ka0jlf@...>
 

Paul, if you check email, I'm on my way. I'll try to monitor this repeater in
Manhattan (147.255+) and call you on it. Knowing you and radio I will expect to
call you on your cell phone. ;-) I should see you at the designated spot around
9 a.m.

73 de Don in route.

Mark, I'll take my new repeater directory and see how the list checks out. I
hope to run mobile APRS.

Don Pfister wrote:

Will do.

Mark Conner wrote:

The MAARS web site and the majority of the Google references show
147.255+ as the repeater frequency.

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/1173/repeater.html

Don and Paul can give us a coverage report tomorrow.

Thanks for researching the list. On your way east, can you try
out Herington 147.135+ (maybe 88.5 Hz tone)? If you can hit it
from I-70 it should be good for the chase.

- Mark

----- Original Message -----
From: "Larry Cerney" <lcerney@mindspring.com>
To: <EOSS@yahoogroups.com>; <GPSL@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2002 22:30
Subject: [GPSL] Kansas repeaters

Hello all;

I've put together a list of the repeaters along I-70 West of
Manhattan, KS.
I'm getting ready to program in the freqs to flip through on
the way out and
back. Thought it might be of some interest to others.

Question to our friends in Kansas, the 2000 ARRL repeater
directory shows
the Manhattan MAARS repeater to be 147.250 + and some of the
emails have
shown 147.255 +. What is the repeater freq?
--

[Signature File]
Name=Don Pfister KA0JLF
HABITAT SkyLab soon to add SeaLab (underwater robotics)
(High Altitude Basic Investigation Testing And Tracking)
Email=ka0jlf@earthlink.net or ka0jlf@kc.rr.com or donp@netlab.org

http://habitat.netlab.org
http://www.kc.net/~dpfister - going away not sure when they will pull the plug
http://www.netlab.org/~donp
http://home.earthlink.net/~ka0jlf
http://home.kc.rr.com/cdpfister/
http://www.netlab.org:8888/ Visit the Lab in the Hobby wing. HABITAT being
built...

view stations on the web real time (~3 minute updates):
http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/find.cgi?KA0JLF Home
http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/find.cgi?KA0JLF-9 van
http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/find.cgi?KA0JLF-11 balloon


Forecast update, 2 Jul #2

Mark Conner <n9xtn@...>
 

The Eta and AVN now cover the launch time. Unfortunately, the
Eta indicates a more unidirectional wind profile and a bit
stronger one.

For a 95,000 ft burst, the landing is 352 degrees at 19 miles.
This is not far where US77 crosses the Kansas River and is only a
mile or two south of Junction City. For a 75,000 ft burst, the
landing is at 014 degrees at 20 miles, which is comfortably south
of I-70.

If this continues, I plan to switch NSTAR to a 600 or a 350g
balloon (have one each of 800, 600, and 350) to get a lower burst
altitude and move the landing east, and really gassing the
balloon up to shorten the trip.

The AVN model, on the other hand, is more consistent with the
previous MRF predictions (297 at 9 miles for 95kft and 355 at 5
miles for 75 kft). It should be consistent, however, as it has
the same physics.

In my experience, the Eta is better at the lower levels and the
AVN is better higher up. What I did was come up with a hybrid
wind profile using the Eta below 20,000 ft, the AVN from 20 to 60
kft, and the latest Topeka sounding data above 60 kft. Doing
this gave landings to the NNW and NNE at 10-12 miles in both
cases.

Still time for things to change. The wind profile I used is
below.

- Mark

1237,156,6
1240,161,7
1988,194,23
2766,206,26
3556,206,25
4364,206,23
5190,207,21
6030,207,21
6893,206,21
7776,206,19
8678,206,17
9606,195,11
10561,174,11
12552,194,17
14685,207,17
16962,215,17
19419,220,15
25066,186,7
31962,266,6
36106,292,9
40945,300,9
46834,337,7
54800,60,7
60311,81,11
61712,95,10
62910,92,10
63533,91,11
65200,87,11
67404,83,12
68602,80,12
70328,78,16
76597,90,17
79199,90,18
84812,77,17
87795,85,17
92611,64,17
94025,62,19
97178,66,23
100885,72,27
103018,75,29
105367,75,29
109501,75,29


Re: Kansas repeaters

Don Pfister <ka0jlf@...>
 

Will do.

Mark Conner wrote:

The MAARS web site and the majority of the Google references show
147.255+ as the repeater frequency.

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/1173/repeater.html

Don and Paul can give us a coverage report tomorrow.

Thanks for researching the list. On your way east, can you try
out Herington 147.135+ (maybe 88.5 Hz tone)? If you can hit it
from I-70 it should be good for the chase.

- Mark

----- Original Message -----
From: "Larry Cerney" <lcerney@mindspring.com>
To: <EOSS@yahoogroups.com>; <GPSL@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2002 22:30
Subject: [GPSL] Kansas repeaters

Hello all;

I've put together a list of the repeaters along I-70 West of
Manhattan, KS.
I'm getting ready to program in the freqs to flip through on
the way out and
back. Thought it might be of some interest to others.

Question to our friends in Kansas, the 2000 ARRL repeater
directory shows
the Manhattan MAARS repeater to be 147.250 + and some of the
emails have
shown 147.255 +. What is the repeater freq?


Re: Kansas repeaters

Mark Conner <n9xtn@...>
 

The MAARS web site and the majority of the Google references show
147.255+ as the repeater frequency.

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/1173/repeater.html

Don and Paul can give us a coverage report tomorrow.

Thanks for researching the list. On your way east, can you try
out Herington 147.135+ (maybe 88.5 Hz tone)? If you can hit it
from I-70 it should be good for the chase.

- Mark

----- Original Message -----
From: "Larry Cerney" <lcerney@mindspring.com>
To: <EOSS@yahoogroups.com>; <GPSL@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2002 22:30
Subject: [GPSL] Kansas repeaters


Hello all;

I've put together a list of the repeaters along I-70 West of
Manhattan, KS.
I'm getting ready to program in the freqs to flip through on
the way out and
back. Thought it might be of some interest to others.

Question to our friends in Kansas, the 2000 ARRL repeater
directory shows
the Manhattan MAARS repeater to be 147.250 + and some of the
emails have
shown 147.255 +. What is the repeater freq?


Kansas repeaters

Larry Cerney <lcerney@...>
 

Hello all;

I've put together a list of the repeaters along I-70 West of Manhattan, KS.
I'm getting ready to program in the freqs to flip through on the way out and
back. Thought it might be of some interest to others.

Question to our friends in Kansas, the 2000 ARRL repeater directory shows
the Manhattan MAARS repeater to be 147.250 + and some of the emails have
shown 147.255 +. What is the repeater freq?

Kansas Repeaters
West to East
Goodland 147.030 + WA0GBN Open
Colby 146.820 - W0WOB Open Wide
Colby 444.650 + W0WOB Open
WaKeeney 444.770 + N0FBS Open
Hays 146.790 - N0IGX Open
Hays 147.180 + KB0RZA Open Wide
Hays 443.600 + KD5WY Open Wide 107.2 PL
Russell 147.280 + KB0QGX Open Wide
Russell 444.950 N0KOU Open Wide Input 448.950
Salina 145.430 - N0KSC Open Wide
Salina 146.730 - N0KSC Open Wide
Salina 146.910 - K0KSC Open
Salina 147.030 + W0CY Open Wide
Salina 442.200 + N0KSC Open
Salina 443.900 + W0CY Open
Salina 444.500 + N0SGL Open Wide
Abilene 145.330 - NU0S Open Wide
Junction City 146.880 - N0UZT Open Wide
Junction City 147.300 + W0CWJ Open
Junction City 442.050 + KF0HS Open
Manhattan 145.410 - W0QQQ Open
Manhattan 147.250 + N0TOK Open Wide
Manhattan 444.170 + W0QQQ Open

Thanks...
73....
Larry
K0ANI

"The ideas that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new
courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty and Truth."

Albert Einstein


ANSR Launch

kd7lmo <mgray@...>
 

ANSR has decided not to launch our payloads at the GPSL. After
conferring with other ANSR members, we decided it would be best not
to launch. The ANSR-8 flight is only a couple weeks away and it
wouldn't give us enough time to prepare for that flight if something
went wrong at GPSL. We all know how Mr. Murphy likes to visit.

However, we will still make our presentation at the conference as
well as display our payload packages. I will also attend the launch
to help in any way I can.

I am certain ANSR will be able to fly on a future GPSL.

73s de Michael Gray, KD7LMO


Re: AV Equipment for GPSL

Bill Brown
 

I have some slides I'd like to show if possible....is there a Carousel style
slide projector available at the university or could someone bring one?

Also, since I've been working 80 hour weeks with no end in sight....I might
not make it until after noon on the 5th, so please schedule me in the
afternoon for my talk.

See you all soon,

- Bill WB8ELK

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