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GPSL 2020 - Omaha, NE

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

I hope everyone had a great time in Pella at this year's Super Launch.  Sorry I wasn't able to make it - in addition to all the work stuff, I spent a good chunk of today buying and installing a new dryer after our 12-year-old one crapped out yesterday.  I would much rather have been chasing balloons.

The College World Series is scheduled for June 12-24 in Omaha.  This event books up hotel rooms throughout the metro, even extending to Fremont and Lincoln.  The hotel rates will usually run double the normal through those dates, and they're difficult to find even at the inflated prices.  

Earlier I threw out June 6 as a possible weekend, but after reviewing my own calendar I think this would be hard for me to do, as I'll be out of town attending graduations up until the Monday before.  

I am thinking instead of June 25-27 or July 9-11.  Keep in mind that by July 9th the corn will probably be 6 ft or taller, and will be even taller yet as we go deeper in July.  In late June is more like waist to shoulder high.  

Some ideas for a Thursday event:
  • Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum:  We did this at GPSL 2012 - I don't know if this would be too much of a "rerun" or if people would like to see it again.  We should have enough people to qualify for a guided tour by a docent, which adds a lot to the experience.
  • Henry Doorly Zoo:  Omaha has one of the top-rated zoos in the US.  I've looked on the website to see if they offer guided tours, but apparently they only do that for school groups.  This would be a show up, walk the zoo independently, and depart when you're done sort of event.  This is also a good experience on your own before/after the scheduled GPSL stuff.
  • Local manufacturing plant tour(s):  There are two places here in Omaha that I know of that offer factory tours - Rotella's Italian Bread and Claas (combine manufacturer).  Both of these are relatively short tours (1.5-2 hours) so I think we could do them both - they are only a couple miles apart, too.  Valmont here in Valley has a pretty large facility that might be worth seeing but I don't know if they offer any tours - I'll check into it.
If you have any thoughts on the dates or Thursday events, feel free to send them on or off-list.  Looking forward to seeing you next summer.

73 de Mark N9XTN


Highest Altitude for Texas and Cornell

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

My tracker, KD4STH-2 reached 99,705 feet and flew with either the Texas Team or Cornell. Can both of you email your tracker's highest reported altitude? I wonder if you got later packets at a higher altitude. 

I'm attaching a few near infrared pictures my payload with MOHAB took. Healthy chlorophyll appears brighter than less healthy. So well watered plants look brighter.  

--
Dr. L. Paul Verhage
Near Space Evangelist

Re: GPSL 2020 - Omaha, NE

Jeff Ducklow
 

Hi Mark -

I’ve not been able to attend GPSL since my first one in 2015 due to family commitments on Father’s day weekend.  So I’m excited about the possibility of attending the one you are hosting next year in Omaha.  Thank you.

From my own experience of recovery in farm fields in the spring, I wholly agree the earlier the better.  I’ve had good recovery success when the corn / soybeans are just planted or barely out of the ground in Minnesota in late April into May.  So I’m wondering, would an even earlier GPSL date be possible / better?  

Again, thanks for leading this! Looking forward to GPSL 2020.

Jeff Ducklow
Mayberry Galactic
N0NQN


On Jun 15, 2019, at 11:29 PM, Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:

I hope everyone had a great time in Pella at this year's Super Launch.  Sorry I wasn't able to make it - in addition to all the work stuff, I spent a good chunk of today buying and installing a new dryer after our 12-year-old one crapped out yesterday.  I would much rather have been chasing balloons.

The College World Series is scheduled for June 12-24 in Omaha.  This event books up hotel rooms throughout the metro, even extending to Fremont and Lincoln.  The hotel rates will usually run double the normal through those dates, and they're difficult to find even at the inflated prices.  

Earlier I threw out June 6 as a possible weekend, but after reviewing my own calendar I think this would be hard for me to do, as I'll be out of town attending graduations up until the Monday before.  

I am thinking instead of June 25-27 or July 9-11.  Keep in mind that by July 9th the corn will probably be 6 ft or taller, and will be even taller yet as we go deeper in July.  In late June is more like waist to shoulder high.  

Some ideas for a Thursday event:
  • Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum:  We did this at GPSL 2012 - I don't know if this would be too much of a "rerun" or if people would like to see it again.  We should have enough people to qualify for a guided tour by a docent, which adds a lot to the experience.
  • Henry Doorly Zoo:  Omaha has one of the top-rated zoos in the US.  I've looked on the website to see if they offer guided tours, but apparently they only do that for school groups.  This would be a show up, walk the zoo independently, and depart when you're done sort of event.  This is also a good experience on your own before/after the scheduled GPSL stuff.
  • Local manufacturing plant tour(s):  There are two places here in Omaha that I know of that offer factory tours - Rotella's Italian Bread and Claas (combine manufacturer).  Both of these are relatively short tours (1.5-2 hours) so I think we could do them both - they are only a couple miles apart, too.  Valmont here in Valley has a pretty large facility that might be worth seeing but I don't know if they offer any tours - I'll check into it.
If you have any thoughts on the dates or Thursday events, feel free to send them on or off-list.  Looking forward to seeing you next summer.

73 de Mark N9XTN



Re: Highest Altitude for Texas and Cornell

Sila
 

Thanks Paul. Awesome!

On Jun 16, 2019, at 08:32, L. Paul Verhage KD4STH <nearsys@...> wrote:

My tracker, KD4STH-2 reached 99,705 feet and flew with either the Texas Team or Cornell. Can both of you email your tracker's highest reported altitude? I wonder if you got later packets at a higher altitude. 

I'm attaching a few near infrared pictures my payload with MOHAB took. Healthy chlorophyll appears brighter than less healthy. So well watered plants look brighter.  

--
Dr. L. Paul Verhage
Near Space Evangelist
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Re: Highest Altitude for Texas and Cornell

Michael Hojnowski
 

Paul,

Your tracker recorded the highest altitude on the flight, at almost 400 feet above any of mine.  So, yours stands as apogee for the Cornell flight at 99,705.

Mike

On Sun, Jun 16, 2019, 6:17 PM Sila <kasovoni@...> wrote:
Thanks Paul. Awesome!

On Jun 16, 2019, at 08:32, L. Paul Verhage KD4STH <nearsys@...> wrote:

My tracker, KD4STH-2 reached 99,705 feet and flew with either the Texas Team or Cornell. Can both of you email your tracker's highest reported altitude? I wonder if you got later packets at a higher altitude. 

I'm attaching a few near infrared pictures my payload with MOHAB took. Healthy chlorophyll appears brighter than less healthy. So well watered plants look brighter.  

--
Dr. L. Paul Verhage
Near Space Evangelist
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Re: Highest Altitude for Texas and Cornell

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

Rats. I was hoping to make over 100,000 feet officially. Oh well, that's the breaks (or the burst).

Thanks

On Sun, Jun 16, 2019, 6:30 PM Michael Hojnowski <kd2eat@...> wrote:
Paul,

Your tracker recorded the highest altitude on the flight, at almost 400 feet above any of mine.  So, yours stands as apogee for the Cornell flight at 99,705.

Mike

On Sun, Jun 16, 2019, 6:17 PM Sila <kasovoni@...> wrote:
Thanks Paul. Awesome!

On Jun 16, 2019, at 08:32, L. Paul Verhage KD4STH <nearsys@...> wrote:

My tracker, KD4STH-2 reached 99,705 feet and flew with either the Texas Team or Cornell. Can both of you email your tracker's highest reported altitude? I wonder if you got later packets at a higher altitude. 

I'm attaching a few near infrared pictures my payload with MOHAB took. Healthy chlorophyll appears brighter than less healthy. So well watered plants look brighter.  

--
Dr. L. Paul Verhage
Near Space Evangelist
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Re: Highest Altitude for Texas and Cornell

Christopher Rose
 

Still pics are great. Videos of a camera swinging or rotating make me sick to my stomach. Great stuff!!

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From: "L. Paul Verhage KD4STH"
To: GPSL@groups.io
Cc:
Sent: Sunday June 16 2019 12:17:59PM
Subject: [GPSL] Highest Altitude for Texas and Cornell

My tracker, KD4STH-2 reached 99,705 feet and flew with either the Texas Team or Cornell. Can both of you email your tracker's highest reported altitude? I wonder if you got later packets at a higher altitude. 

I'm attaching a few near infrared pictures my payload with MOHAB took. Healthy chlorophyll appears brighter than less healthy. So well watered plants look brighter.  

--
Dr. L. Paul Verhage
Near Space Evangelist

Re: GPSL 2020 - Omaha, NE

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

Jeff,

I agree that recoveries are much easier without standing crops in the fields.  However, many attendees would not be able to carve out time during the academic year to attend GPSL. I'll certainly have the benefit of two "volunteer" laborers next summer that I wouldn't have during the school year.  Even early June will be difficult for some to attend, and soon after that we're in the midst of the College World Series.

73 de Mark N9XTN


On Sun, Jun 16, 2019 at 8:50 AM Jeff Ducklow <jeffducklow@...> wrote:
Hi Mark -

I’ve not been able to attend GPSL since my first one in 2015 due to family commitments on Father’s day weekend.  So I’m excited about the possibility of attending the one you are hosting next year in Omaha.  Thank you.

From my own experience of recovery in farm fields in the spring, I wholly agree the earlier the better.  I’ve had good recovery success when the corn / soybeans are just planted or barely out of the ground in Minnesota in late April into May.  So I’m wondering, would an even earlier GPSL date be possible / better?  

Again, thanks for leading this! Looking forward to GPSL 2020.

Jeff Ducklow
Mayberry Galactic
N0NQN


On Jun 15, 2019, at 11:29 PM, Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:

I hope everyone had a great time in Pella at this year's Super Launch.  Sorry I wasn't able to make it - in addition to all the work stuff, I spent a good chunk of today buying and installing a new dryer after our 12-year-old one crapped out yesterday.  I would much rather have been chasing balloons.

The College World Series is scheduled for June 12-24 in Omaha.  This event books up hotel rooms throughout the metro, even extending to Fremont and Lincoln.  The hotel rates will usually run double the normal through those dates, and they're difficult to find even at the inflated prices.  

Earlier I threw out June 6 as a possible weekend, but after reviewing my own calendar I think this would be hard for me to do, as I'll be out of town attending graduations up until the Monday before.  

I am thinking instead of June 25-27 or July 9-11.  Keep in mind that by July 9th the corn will probably be 6 ft or taller, and will be even taller yet as we go deeper in July.  In late June is more like waist to shoulder high.  

Some ideas for a Thursday event:
  • Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum:  We did this at GPSL 2012 - I don't know if this would be too much of a "rerun" or if people would like to see it again.  We should have enough people to qualify for a guided tour by a docent, which adds a lot to the experience.
  • Henry Doorly Zoo:  Omaha has one of the top-rated zoos in the US.  I've looked on the website to see if they offer guided tours, but apparently they only do that for school groups.  This would be a show up, walk the zoo independently, and depart when you're done sort of event.  This is also a good experience on your own before/after the scheduled GPSL stuff.
  • Local manufacturing plant tour(s):  There are two places here in Omaha that I know of that offer factory tours - Rotella's Italian Bread and Claas (combine manufacturer).  Both of these are relatively short tours (1.5-2 hours) so I think we could do them both - they are only a couple miles apart, too.  Valmont here in Valley has a pretty large facility that might be worth seeing but I don't know if they offer any tours - I'll check into it.
If you have any thoughts on the dates or Thursday events, feel free to send them on or off-list.  Looking forward to seeing you next summer.

73 de Mark N9XTN



Pictures

Keith Kaiser, WA0̷TJT
 

Did anyone get any pictures from this past weekend, other than near-infrared? I’m looking for a few taken from the balloon, preferably in color for a presentation this Saturday (Field Day).

Keith, WA0̷TJT



2019 GPSL: In the Books!

Mike, n0mpm
 

Well, I survived!  A few bruises here and there but on the whole I think everything went well....A big thanks to everyone that attended.  We truly have a special community of HAB hobbyists and friends.
Next stop:  Omaha, NE for GPSL 2020...
Until then I hope everyone has great launches and successful recoveries...
73,
mike

Re: Pictures

Michael West W5MAW
 

Hey Keith,

 

Here’s the pictures from our (Those Two Texans) payload, including what we get on SSTV. The pictures aren’t amazing, the webcam we used apparently had trouble with finding the right exposure, but it’s something. :)

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/08epnzhhw29ulrk/AACMMa8P4E7EECnIC6Bx5wcNa?dl=0

 

The pictures have Unix timestamps as the file names, I still need to correlate those with the APRS packets.

 

Thanks,

 

From: GPSL@groups.io <GPSL@groups.io> On Behalf Of Keith Kaiser, WA0?TJT via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, June 17, 2019 3:43 PM
To: GPSL@groups.io
Subject: [GPSL] Pictures

 

Did anyone get any pictures from this past weekend, other than near-infrared? I’m looking for a few taken from the balloon, preferably in color for a presentation this Saturday (Field Day).

 

Keith, WA0̷TJT

 

 

 

Re: Pictures

Derek Sigler
 

Here's Arch Reactor's.  We made it to 105,639 feet.

Don, Roxy and I had such a great time!!!  See you in Omaha!!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/hVK7xEXhediQNBAK9


Re: Pictures

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

So you vacuum cast covers for your camera? Cool idea.


On Mon, Jun 17, 2019, 6:12 PM Derek Sigler via Groups.Io <dereksigler=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Here's Arch Reactor's.  We made it to 105,639 feet.

Don, Roxy and I had such a great time!!!  See you in Omaha!!



Re: Pictures

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

Does anyone have ground photos from my launches? 

Zack and Mike H, do you have images from your flights I could use on my webpage (with credit given)?

Thanks

On Mon, Jun 17, 2019, 3:43 PM Keith Kaiser, WA0̷TJT <wa0tjt@...> wrote:
Did anyone get any pictures from this past weekend, other than near-infrared? I’m looking for a few taken from the balloon, preferably in color for a presentation this Saturday (Field Day).

Keith, WA0̷TJT



Re: Pictures

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

Nice shots, Derek!  Looks like you guys had some great cloud cover to make for some interesting photos.

Looking forward to seeing you in Omaha in summer 2020.

73 de Mark N9XTN


On Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 6:12 PM Derek Sigler via Groups.Io <dereksigler=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Here's Arch Reactor's.  We made it to 105,639 feet.

Don, Roxy and I had such a great time!!!  See you in Omaha!!



Calling for GPSL stories (recovery quests; other subjects)

Hank Riley
 

Derek,

Very nice set of pictures.  Good way to post them, too.

It would be terrific if there could be a bunch of postings describing particpants' various experiences in chasing, touring the attractions of Pella, or anything else that might be of interest.

I think the video coverage of the Friday sessions was overall the best it's ever been done.  Real good audio as a result of close miking and a camera run by a live operator who could zoom in on the screen or gear sitting on the bench being demoed (Mike's Bear ejector contraption).

Hank

Re: Pictures

Michael Hojnowski
 

Here are photos from the Cornell / W2CXM flight.  The ground launch photos were taken by my wife Jules, KD2FOU.  The pictures of Jules and I at the recovery were taken by Jerry Gable, KF7MVY.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/SdwPjggpPWK9Z9oY9

Enjoy!
Mike

On 6/17/2019 7:18 PM, L. Paul Verhage KD4STH wrote:
Does anyone have ground photos from my launches? 

Zack and Mike H, do you have images from your flights I could use on my webpage (with credit given)?


Re: Pictures

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

Mike, there's one I'd like to use on my webpage. Would that be alright? I will credit you for the image.

Thanks

On Mon, Jun 17, 2019, 9:30 PM Michael Hojnowski <kd2eat@...> wrote:
Here are photos from the Cornell / W2CXM flight.  The ground launch photos were taken by my wife Jules, KD2FOU.  The pictures of Jules and I at the recovery were taken by Jerry Gable, KF7MVY.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/SdwPjggpPWK9Z9oY9

Enjoy!
Mike

On 6/17/2019 7:18 PM, L. Paul Verhage KD4STH wrote:
Does anyone have ground photos from my launches? 

Zack and Mike H, do you have images from your flights I could use on my webpage (with credit given)?


Re: Pictures

Hank Riley
 

Mike, what happened to Da Bear?


On ‎Monday‎, ‎June‎ ‎17‎, ‎2019‎ ‎10‎:‎30‎:‎39‎ ‎PM‎ ‎EDT, Michael Hojnowski <kd2eat@...> wrote:


Here are photos from the Cornell / W2CXM flight.  The ground launch photos were taken by my wife Jules, KD2FOU.  The pictures of Jules and I at the recovery were taken by Jerry Gable, KF7MVY.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/SdwPjggpPWK9Z9oY9

Enjoy!
Mike

Zack's photos from GPSL

Zack Clobes W0ZC
 

My flight data and photo gallery is now published.




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