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GPSL Registration

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

I have four registrations for GPSL so far. Please get registered soon, I need to coordinate with the wineries and caterers. 

Registation cost is just for the Friday conference and hydrogen.

Winery tours include lunch and you will pay that expense on your own. Three wineries cost $5 each. Parma Ridge winery, were we are eating lunch, requests we spend at least $300 total. So I need to make sure I have enough people going and purchasing lunch and bottles of wine. The cost of wine runs from about 15 to 25.

Re: Looking for camera replacement (was Base 106)

Hank Riley
 

Thanks, Mark,  

These clones are all over the place in varying price and feature classes; haven't been following the evolution of these devices so was unaware of the great variety available.  I took a look at Walmart and there are dozens listed.

For the money it's quite remarkable what quality can be attained as shown in your video.

On the subject of units with wired-in batteries, I thinks it's fair to say that you're renting a camera, not buying it.  This is why point and shoot still cameras that take AA cells are desirable (for ordinary use). 
It's also true too that some of these cheap ones may expire for other causes before their batteries do.

Howard's camera didn't look at all suited for gouging into to bypass the batteries.




A sample video is here:  https://youtu.be/ xEwTDa5o_8E 

gaugeless fixed gas regulator

Hank Riley
 



Has anyone used one of these simple gaugeless brass regulators without having to buy the kit?

This is the picture of the kit John just mentioned, and I would like to know where one could buy just the regulator.  A quick search didn't turn it up, but it must be a standard part from somebody, probably Western.


Weather Balloon Inflator


Re: Regulator for hydrogen

John Kovac KM6GKF
 


From: Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...>
To: GPSL@groups.io
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2018 7:23 AM
Subject: Re: [GPSL] Regulator for hydrogen

John,

You will need a CGA-350 to CGA-580 Cylinder to Regulator Adaptor in order to make the connection.  Hydrogen cylinders are CGA-350.  Also, they are reverse threaded so make sure you turn them the right direction when connecting them to the cylinder.  They are typically around $30.

73 de Mark N9XTN

On Thu, May 10, 2018 at 9:09 AM, John Kovac KM6GKF <jkovac@...> wrote:
I thought I saw a posting about this previously, but I can't find it now.  Will be using hydrogen for the first time in June.  We have used helium previously, and we have the "Weather Balloon Inflator"  from High Altitude Science -   https://www. highaltitudescience.com/ products/3-cm-max-safe- inflator

It just threads right into a helium tank.

Will we need anything different or additional to use hydrogen at GPSL?

Thanks in advance.

John Kovac



Re: Regulator for hydrogen

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

John,

You will need a CGA-350 to CGA-580 Cylinder to Regulator Adaptor in order to make the connection.  Hydrogen cylinders are CGA-350.  Also, they are reverse threaded so make sure you turn them the right direction when connecting them to the cylinder.  They are typically around $30.

73 de Mark N9XTN

On Thu, May 10, 2018 at 9:09 AM, John Kovac KM6GKF <jkovac@...> wrote:
I thought I saw a posting about this previously, but I can't find it now.  Will be using hydrogen for the first time in June.  We have used helium previously, and we have the "Weather Balloon Inflator"  from High Altitude Science -   https://www.highaltitudescience.com/products/3-cm-max-safe-inflator

It just threads right into a helium tank.

Will we need anything different or additional to use hydrogen at GPSL?

Thanks in advance.

John Kovac


Regulator for hydrogen

John Kovac KM6GKF
 

I thought I saw a posting about this previously, but I can't find it now.  Will be using hydrogen for the first time in June.  We have used helium previously, and we have the "Weather Balloon Inflator"  from High Altitude Science -   https://www.highaltitudescience.com/products/3-cm-max-safe-inflator

It just threads right into a helium tank.

Will we need anything different or additional to use hydrogen at GPSL?

Thanks in advance.

John Kovac

Re: Looking for camera replacement (was Base 106)

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 6:53 PM, Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:
The weird thing is that there was no model number to be found.  It is apparently a common camera put into a variety of retail packaging.  I purchased mine for about $40 at Menards.  It's capable of 1080p recording.  There was a cheaper one at Menards later on for about $18 that was 720p.

So far I have used it only in upward-facing cameras in an attempt to get video of the balloon burst, but the battery life is about 90 minutes and it has run out just before burst on both flights so far.  I plan to have it connected to a Li-ion power pack for the next flight.

A sample video is here:  https://youtu.be/xEwTDa5o_8E  Play it back at 1080p for best quality.  It's not the best video for judging how well it does, but if you want to fly something closer to "expendable" this might be a choice for you, rather than a $200+ GoPro (or even a $109 Git2).

73 de Mark N9XTN


On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 9:12 PM, Hank Riley via Groups.Io <n1ltv@...> wrote:
Mark,

Model numbers and approximate prices for the clones you've tried, please.  Examples of video or pictures taken available somewhere?

I've downloaded what is called the Git2 manual (pretty lame -- no specs) for the Git2 and the range of intervals is shown for still photos as 5 to 60 seconds.

This manual is only 1.8 Megs, so I'll attach it here. 

Hank



I have a couple of really cheap GoClones that I've used - video quality is decent, but not as good as a GoPro. 

I'm also looking for something that will take still shots at intervals too, and the Git2 might fit that bill.



360 Video of Balloon Launch

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

I produced a short 360 video of my latest balloon launch. This was from a camera on the ground. Next, I will make one from a drone above the launch and then eventually from the balloon itself.

You'll need an inexpensive 360 viewer and cell phone to watch it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFZcEjyx0jA

--
Dr. Verhage
Chemistry and Engineering
TVMSC

Bumper Sticker

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

Another design that just about sizes it up when you're an amateur near space explorer.

Re: Who is planning on attending GPSL?

Zack Clobes W0ZC
 

Project: Traveler will not be able attend this year either.  :-(  Going to miss you all.



Zack Clobes, W0ZC
Project: Traveler
www.projecttraveler.org

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On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 6:57 PM, Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:
Unfortunately NSTAR can't make it this year.  Our family is going on a cruise at the end of June so that will put a dent in my available vacation days.

73 de Mark N9XTN

On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 7:18 AM, Bruce Coates <bruce.coates@...> wrote:
Hi

Leigh and I  are planning to attend and fly SABRE-29. We're  wondering  who else we'll see this year.

73, Bruce -VE5BNC



Re: Looking for camera replacement (was Base 106)

Zack Clobes W0ZC
 

I've been using an AUKEY Dash Cam in my Jeep for the past few months, and have found it to be very reliable, simple, and good quality.  I have not flown it.

They're about $70 on Amazon which is a bit more, but still a heck of a lot cheaper than my GoPro, and based on my experience won't randomly quit recording like it's $200+ counterpart.


Zack Clobes, W0ZC
Project: Traveler
www.projecttraveler.org

Join us on Facebook for the latest information:



Project: Traveler is a research project of Custom Digital Services, LLC.


On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 6:53 PM, Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:
The weird thing is that there was no model number to be found.  It is apparently a common camera put into a variety of retail packaging.  I purchased mine for about $40 at Menards.  It's capable of 1080p recording.  There was a cheaper one at Menards later on for about $18 that was 720p.

So far I have used it only in upward-facing cameras in an attempt to get video of the balloon burst, but the battery life is about 90 minutes and it has run out just before burst on both flights so far.  I plan to have it connected to a Li-ion power pack for the next flight.

A sample video is here:  https://youtu.be/xEwTDa5o_8E  Play it back at 1080p for best quality.  It's not the best video for judging how well it does, but if you want to fly something closer to "expendable" this might be a choice for you, rather than a $200+ GoPro (or even a $109 Git2).

73 de Mark N9XTN


On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 9:12 PM, Hank Riley via Groups.Io <n1ltv@...> wrote:
Mark,

Model numbers and approximate prices for the clones you've tried, please.  Examples of video or pictures taken available somewhere?

I've downloaded what is called the Git2 manual (pretty lame -- no specs) for the Git2 and the range of intervals is shown for still photos as 5 to 60 seconds.

This manual is only 1.8 Megs, so I'll attach it here. 

Hank



I have a couple of really cheap GoClones that I've used - video quality is decent, but not as good as a GoPro. 

I'm also looking for something that will take still shots at intervals too, and the Git2 might fit that bill.



Re: Who is planning on attending GPSL?

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

Unfortunately NSTAR can't make it this year.  Our family is going on a cruise at the end of June so that will put a dent in my available vacation days.

73 de Mark N9XTN

On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 7:18 AM, Bruce Coates <bruce.coates@...> wrote:
Hi

Leigh and I  are planning to attend and fly SABRE-29. We're  wondering  who else we'll see this year.

73, Bruce -VE5BNC


Re: Looking for camera replacement (was Base 106)

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

The weird thing is that there was no model number to be found.  It is apparently a common camera put into a variety of retail packaging.  I purchased mine for about $40 at Menards.  It's capable of 1080p recording.  There was a cheaper one at Menards later on for about $18 that was 720p.

So far I have used it only in upward-facing cameras in an attempt to get video of the balloon burst, but the battery life is about 90 minutes and it has run out just before burst on both flights so far.  I plan to have it connected to a Li-ion power pack for the next flight.

A sample video is here:  https://youtu.be/xEwTDa5o_8E  Play it back at 1080p for best quality.  It's not the best video for judging how well it does, but if you want to fly something closer to "expendable" this might be a choice for you, rather than a $200+ GoPro (or even a $109 Git2).

73 de Mark N9XTN


On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 9:12 PM, Hank Riley via Groups.Io <n1ltv@...> wrote:
Mark,

Model numbers and approximate prices for the clones you've tried, please.  Examples of video or pictures taken available somewhere?

I've downloaded what is called the Git2 manual (pretty lame -- no specs) for the Git2 and the range of intervals is shown for still photos as 5 to 60 seconds.

This manual is only 1.8 Megs, so I'll attach it here. 

Hank



I have a couple of really cheap GoClones that I've used - video quality is decent, but not as good as a GoPro. 

I'm also looking for something that will take still shots at intervals too, and the Git2 might fit that bill.


Re: Who is planning on attending GPSL?

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

Of course my wife and I will be there!

Let me take a look at the confirmation process.

On May 3, 2018 10:50 AM, "John Kovac KM6GKF" <jkovac@...> wrote:
I registered about a week ago on the web site but so far haven't received an invoice or any confirmation.  Maybe it didn't go through?

My son and I are planning to come from California, probably flying a 1500g latex balloon.  Will be our third flight, and the first with hydrogen.

Best,

John Kovac



From: Jerry via Groups.Io <jerrygable=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: "GPSL@groups.io" <GPSL@groups.io>; "GPSL@groups.io" <GPSL@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, May 3, 2018 8:58 AM
Subject: Re: [GPSL] Who is planning on attending GPSL?

My wife and I will be there but don't plan on launching a balloon.

Jerry


On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 5:18 AM, Bruce Coates
Hi

Leigh and I  are planning to attend and fly SABRE-29. We're  wondering  who else we'll see this year.

73, Bruce -VE5BNC


Re: Who is planning on attending GPSL?

John Kovac KM6GKF
 

I registered about a week ago on the web site but so far haven't received an invoice or any confirmation.  Maybe it didn't go through?

My son and I are planning to come from California, probably flying a 1500g latex balloon.  Will be our third flight, and the first with hydrogen.

Best,

John Kovac



From: Jerry via Groups.Io <jerrygable@...>
To: "GPSL@groups.io" <GPSL@groups.io>; "GPSL@groups.io" <GPSL@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, May 3, 2018 8:58 AM
Subject: Re: [GPSL] Who is planning on attending GPSL?

My wife and I will be there but don't plan on launching a balloon.

Jerry


On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 5:18 AM, Bruce Coates
<bruce.coates@...> wrote:
Hi

Leigh and I  are planning to attend and fly SABRE-29. We're  wondering  who else we'll see this year.

73, Bruce -VE5BNC


Re: Who is planning on attending GPSL?

Jerry
 

My wife and I will be there but don't plan on launching a balloon.

On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 5:18 AM, Bruce Coates
<bruce.coates@...> wrote:
Hi

Leigh and I  are planning to attend and fly SABRE-29. We're  wondering  who else we'll see this year.

73, Bruce -VE5BNC

Who is planning on attending GPSL?

Bruce Coates
 

Hi

Leigh and I  are planning to attend and fly SABRE-29. We're  wondering  who else we'll see this year.

73, Bruce -VE5BNC

Re: Looking for camera replacement (was Base 106)

Hank Riley
 

Mark,

Model numbers and approximate prices for the clones you've tried, please.  Examples of video or pictures taken available somewhere?

I've downloaded what is called the Git2 manual (pretty lame -- no specs) for the Git2 and the range of intervals is shown for still photos as 5 to 60 seconds.

This manual is only 1.8 Megs, so I'll attach it here. 

Hank



I have a couple of really cheap GoClones that I've used - video quality is decent, but not as good as a GoPro. 

I'm also looking for something that will take still shots at intervals too, and the Git2 might fit that bill.

Re: BASE 106 completed

tony everhardt
 


Not sure if this is any interest but I was just looking at these today. They are cheap and the video doesn't look too awful bad. 

N8WAC




On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9:45:19 PM EDT, Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:


Dave,

Do you have some examples from the Git2 posted somewhere?  Always interested in "cheaper than GoPro" alternatives.

I have a couple of really cheap GoClones that I've used - video quality is decent, but not as good as a GoPro.  I'm also looking for something that will take still shots at intervals too, and the Git2 might fit that bill.

Thanks for the tip about these cameras.  I just looked on Amazon and they're about $109.

73 de Mark N9XTN

On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 4:25 PM, David Akerman <dave@...> wrote:
I like the Gitup Git2; inexpensive, reliable (unlike some GoPros) and very good image quality.  It'll need attaching to a 5V powerbank to last throughout  HAB flight.  Usefully, it can be set to power up and start recording when the powerbank is switched on.

Dave

On 2 May 2018 at 22:12, BASE_DePauw <hlbrooks@...> wrote:
Friends,

Flew BASE 106 for the Greencastle Middle School today.  Surface winds picked up to just over 30 km/hr (20 mph) with gusts to 40 km/hr during balloon fill, but we got the flight string airborne.  Somewhat early burst at 26 km (85,500 feet).  Landed in edge of a grove of trees with lowest box 6 meters (20 feet) above the ground.  Easy pull for the Wonder Pole with hook attachment.

One disappointment, my Contour ROAM 3 camera has reached the end of its life with no easy battery replacement.  I am open to small camera suggestions.  Flying for Thorpe Creek Elementary in Fishers, IN on 16 May.  Looking to find a new camera before that flight.  I like cameras that take video to microSD cards, but could be persuaded to try something else.  It would be nice to stay under 200 grams total weight.

Thanks, as always, for the support,
Howard, BASE_DePauw, KC9QBN



Re: BASE 106 completed

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

Dave,

Do you have some examples from the Git2 posted somewhere?  Always interested in "cheaper than GoPro" alternatives.

I have a couple of really cheap GoClones that I've used - video quality is decent, but not as good as a GoPro.  I'm also looking for something that will take still shots at intervals too, and the Git2 might fit that bill.

Thanks for the tip about these cameras.  I just looked on Amazon and they're about $109.

73 de Mark N9XTN

On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 4:25 PM, David Akerman <dave@...> wrote:
I like the Gitup Git2; inexpensive, reliable (unlike some GoPros) and very good image quality.  It'll need attaching to a 5V powerbank to last throughout  HAB flight.  Usefully, it can be set to power up and start recording when the powerbank is switched on.

Dave

On 2 May 2018 at 22:12, BASE_DePauw <hlbrooks@...> wrote:
Friends,

Flew BASE 106 for the Greencastle Middle School today.  Surface winds picked up to just over 30 km/hr (20 mph) with gusts to 40 km/hr during balloon fill, but we got the flight string airborne.  Somewhat early burst at 26 km (85,500 feet).  Landed in edge of a grove of trees with lowest box 6 meters (20 feet) above the ground.  Easy pull for the Wonder Pole with hook attachment.

One disappointment, my Contour ROAM 3 camera has reached the end of its life with no easy battery replacement.  I am open to small camera suggestions.  Flying for Thorpe Creek Elementary in Fishers, IN on 16 May.  Looking to find a new camera before that flight.  I like cameras that take video to microSD cards, but could be persuaded to try something else.  It would be nice to stay under 200 grams total weight.

Thanks, as always, for the support,
Howard, BASE_DePauw, KC9QBN