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Re: GPSL 2020 will be virtual

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

I will present, I just need to find a topic.

I am also interested in traveling somewhere to get help launching my 200th balloon. Can I visit with someone?

Thanks Mark for getting GPSL 2020 rolling. It's a shame Covid-19 got in the way.

On Thu, May 21, 2020, 9:06 PM Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:
I received word today from my contact at the University of Nebraska-Omaha that they will not be able to host us for this year's GPSL event.  While Nebraska has already lifted some gathering restrictions and will lift additional ones on June 1, I think the ones that will remain will make it difficult to host an enjoyable event.  In-person participation also looks to be considerably reduced compared to previous years, and finding an appropriate venue at this date will be problematic.

We still plan to have our usual Friday symposium, so this will serve as a call for presenters.  Even if you just want to have 10 minutes to show a cool video you have, that's great.  

The meeting platform is also open for discussion.  Zoom and Google Meet appear to be limited to 100 participants for their free tier, and we may well exceed that number.  If someone has access to a higher tier, particularly one that would support recording, that would be great.  I don't know if recordings from any of those platforms can be exported to YouTube, or if recording access would be limited to that platform.  If someone would be willing to help me out in this area, it would be greatly appreciated.  I may be able to use my employer's Microsoft Teams capability, but will have to see if there are issues with doing so.  It looks like Teams recordings can be exported.

We also plan to have a simultaneous Saturday launch for teams that would like to fly for GPSL.  We'll be in at least three different time zones for launches, so we'll have to pick a time compatible for everyone.   I'm thinking we'll also have an post-flight meeting for people to share experiences.

While it's a disappointment we can't meet in person this year, I'm hopeful we can still have a great event at our own locations for our 20th Super Launch.

73 de Mark N9XTN
GPSL 2020 coordinator


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GPSL 2020 will be virtual

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

I received word today from my contact at the University of Nebraska-Omaha that they will not be able to host us for this year's GPSL event.  While Nebraska has already lifted some gathering restrictions and will lift additional ones on June 1, I think the ones that will remain will make it difficult to host an enjoyable event.  In-person participation also looks to be considerably reduced compared to previous years, and finding an appropriate venue at this date will be problematic.

We still plan to have our usual Friday symposium, so this will serve as a call for presenters.  Even if you just want to have 10 minutes to show a cool video you have, that's great.  

The meeting platform is also open for discussion.  Zoom and Google Meet appear to be limited to 100 participants for their free tier, and we may well exceed that number.  If someone has access to a higher tier, particularly one that would support recording, that would be great.  I don't know if recordings from any of those platforms can be exported to YouTube, or if recording access would be limited to that platform.  If someone would be willing to help me out in this area, it would be greatly appreciated.  I may be able to use my employer's Microsoft Teams capability, but will have to see if there are issues with doing so.  It looks like Teams recordings can be exported.

We also plan to have a simultaneous Saturday launch for teams that would like to fly for GPSL.  We'll be in at least three different time zones for launches, so we'll have to pick a time compatible for everyone.   I'm thinking we'll also have an post-flight meeting for people to share experiences.

While it's a disappointment we can't meet in person this year, I'm hopeful we can still have a great event at our own locations for our 20th Super Launch.

73 de Mark N9XTN
GPSL 2020 coordinator


Virus-free. www.avg.com


Re: Mike Moody is a Silent Key

Jerry
 

Not great pictures but here are a few with Mike in them from past GPSLs





Jerry Gable
Balloon Flight Prediction tools
http://www.s3research.com


On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 8:50:04 AM MST, Hank Riley via groups.io <n1ltv@...> wrote:


If someone could post a few pictures of Mike, or provide a website link pointing to pictures, that would be nice.


Re: Mike Moody is a Silent Key

Hank Riley
 

If someone could post a few pictures of Mike, or provide a website link pointing to pictures, that would be nice.


Re: Mike Moody is a Silent Key

Jeff Ducklow
 

GPSL 2015 that Mike helped organize was a wonderful event.   It was my first (and so far only) GPSL event and Mike was very kind to me and made me feel very welcome to be included in the group.  I’m very sorry to hear of his passing.  God’s comfort to all who grieve his passing.

Jeff Ducklow
MerryBerry Galatic
N0NQN


On May 18, 2020, at 11:44 PM, L. Paul Verhage KD4STH <nearsys@...> wrote:

Mike hosted GPSL 2015. 

I got word that he passed away and I have included the link to his obituary. He was a nice guy and I enjoyed flying with him. One of our balloons made over 124,000 feet.



Re: Mike Moody is a Silent Key

Garrett, Mark
 

Wow.  Such a shock to lose Mike so soon.  Enjoyed the GPSL he hosted and will miss him at future balloon events.  
My thoughts are with Mike's family and friends.   

Mark KA9SZX

On Mon, May 18, 2020 at 11:44 PM L. Paul Verhage KD4STH <nearsys@...> wrote:
Mike hosted GPSL 2015. 

I got word that he passed away and I have included the link to his obituary. He was a nice guy and I enjoyed flying with him. One of our balloons made over 124,000 feet.



--
Mark Garrett 
Chief Engineer
Tri States Public Radio
WIUM Macomb, IL
WIUW Warsaw, IL
WVKC Galesburg, IL
K292GR Burlington, IA


Re: Mike Moody is a Silent Key

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

I was thinking I would launch a balloon in his memory after Covid-19 is less of a problem.



On Mon, May 18, 2020, 10:50 PM Bill Brown via groups.io <wb8elk=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Paul,
  
  I'm so sorry to hear that news about Mike. I always enjoyed talking with him and the 2015 GPSL was a great event.

- Bill WB8ELK


-----Original Message-----
From: L. Paul Verhage KD4STH <nearsys@...>
To: GPSL@groups.io
Sent: Mon, May 18, 2020 11:44 pm
Subject: [GPSL] Mike Moody is a Silent Key

Mike hosted GPSL 2015. 

I got word that he passed away and I have included the link to his obituary. He was a nice guy and I enjoyed flying with him. One of our balloons made over 124,000 feet.


Re: Mike Moody is a Silent Key

Bill Brown
 

Hi Paul,
  
  I'm so sorry to hear that news about Mike. I always enjoyed talking with him and the 2015 GPSL was a great event.

- Bill WB8ELK


-----Original Message-----
From: L. Paul Verhage KD4STH <nearsys@...>
To: GPSL@groups.io
Sent: Mon, May 18, 2020 11:44 pm
Subject: [GPSL] Mike Moody is a Silent Key

Mike hosted GPSL 2015. 

I got word that he passed away and I have included the link to his obituary. He was a nice guy and I enjoyed flying with him. One of our balloons made over 124,000 feet.


Mike Moody is a Silent Key

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

Mike hosted GPSL 2015. 

I got word that he passed away and I have included the link to his obituary. He was a nice guy and I enjoyed flying with him. One of our balloons made over 124,000 feet.


Mike Moody

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

I'm sure many of you remember Mike. If you do and had the pleasure to work with him, could you contact me offline. Thank you


Re: Looking for groups that plan to launch at GPSL 2020

Hank Riley
 

I of course, predictably, would like some form of live broadcast and after-event-posted video recording of a Friday session, even if its usual scope has to be limited in depth and/or duration.
______________________________________________


On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Bill Brown wrote:

Hi Mark,

We plan to attend (3 of us) and would like to launch a payload in collaboration with another group if possible. If an in-person event is not practical, then we would love to do the Friday conference via Zoom and do a live streaming event launch on Saturday either via Zoom or Facebook Live.

- Bill WB8ELK, Bev WB4ELK and Mark KA9SZX


Re: Looking for groups that plan to launch at GPSL 2020

Bill Brown
 

Hi Mark,

We plan to attend (3 of us) and would like to launch a payload in collaboration with another group if possible. If an in-person event is not practical, then we would love to do the Friday conference via Zoom and do a live streaming event launch on Saturday either via Zoom or Facebook Live.

- Bill WB8ELK, Bev WB4ELK and Mark KA9SZX


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...>
To: GPSL@groups.io
Sent: Tue, Apr 28, 2020 4:48 pm
Subject: [GPSL] Looking for groups that plan to launch at GPSL 2020

I would like to assemble a list of those who are planning to launch a balloon at this year's GPSL in Omaha if we can have an in-person event.  My concern at the moment is that even if we are able to have an in-person GPSL this year, so many may have work or financial impacts that we don't have a sufficient group to make it worthwhile.

If you or your group are planning to attend GPSL this year and fly a balloon, please send your email address (one person per group that's flying) to n9xtn@....  

Also, if your group is a regular attendee and you know for sure you will *not* be coming if we have an in-person event, I'd like to know that also.  

73 de Mark N9XTN
GPSL 2020 coordinator


Re: Looking for groups that plan to launch at GPSL 2020

Michael Hojnowski
 

I fear that with the purchase of a new home (which needs 170 years worth of repairs) and the pandemic that we'll be staying home this year.  I hope to put together a payload and simulcast a launch to be there in spirit.

Mike / KD2EAT

On 4/28/2020 5:48 PM, Mark Conner N9XTN wrote:
I would like to assemble a list of those who are planning to launch a balloon at this year's GPSL in Omaha if we can have an in-person event.  My concern at the moment is that even if we are able to have an in-person GPSL this year, so many may have work or financial impacts that we don't have a sufficient group to make it worthwhile.

If you or your group are planning to attend GPSL this year and fly a balloon, please send your email address (one person per group that's flying) to n9xtn@....  

Also, if your group is a regular attendee and you know for sure you will *not* be coming if we have an in-person event, I'd like to know that also.  

73 de Mark N9XTN
GPSL 2020 coordinator



Re: Looking for groups that plan to launch at GPSL 2020

Michael
 

Remote. Plan on trying a floater. 

--Michael Willett

On Apr 28, 2020, at 11:02 PM, stan siems <ssiems@...> wrote:

I will be launching from home if I get every thing in time

Stan WB0EMJ

On 4/28/2020 5:33 PM, Zack Clobes W0ZC wrote:
Unable to attend in person.  Probably remote.


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

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

On Tue, Apr 28, 2020 at 4:48 PM Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:
I would like to assemble a list of those who are planning to launch a balloon at this year's GPSL in Omaha if we can have an in-person event.  My concern at the moment is that even if we are able to have an in-person GPSL this year, so many may have work or financial impacts that we don't have a sufficient group to make it worthwhile.

If you or your group are planning to attend GPSL this year and fly a balloon, please send your email address (one person per group that's flying) to n9xtn@....  

Also, if your group is a regular attendee and you know for sure you will *not* be coming if we have an in-person event, I'd like to know that also.  

73 de Mark N9XTN
GPSL 2020 coordinator


Re: Looking for groups that plan to launch at GPSL 2020

stan siems
 

I will be launching from home if I get every thing in time

Stan WB0EMJ

On 4/28/2020 5:33 PM, Zack Clobes W0ZC wrote:
Unable to attend in person.  Probably remote.


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 Tue, Apr 28, 2020 at 4:48 PM Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:
I would like to assemble a list of those who are planning to launch a balloon at this year's GPSL in Omaha if we can have an in-person event.  My concern at the moment is that even if we are able to have an in-person GPSL this year, so many may have work or financial impacts that we don't have a sufficient group to make it worthwhile.

If you or your group are planning to attend GPSL this year and fly a balloon, please send your email address (one person per group that's flying) to n9xtn@....  

Also, if your group is a regular attendee and you know for sure you will *not* be coming if we have an in-person event, I'd like to know that also.  

73 de Mark N9XTN
GPSL 2020 coordinator


Re: Looking for groups that plan to launch at GPSL 2020

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

I plan to attend in person if it is possible.


On Tue, Apr 28, 2020, 3:48 PM Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:
I would like to assemble a list of those who are planning to launch a balloon at this year's GPSL in Omaha if we can have an in-person event.  My concern at the moment is that even if we are able to have an in-person GPSL this year, so many may have work or financial impacts that we don't have a sufficient group to make it worthwhile.

If you or your group are planning to attend GPSL this year and fly a balloon, please send your email address (one person per group that's flying) to n9xtn@....  

Also, if your group is a regular attendee and you know for sure you will *not* be coming if we have an in-person event, I'd like to know that also.  

73 de Mark N9XTN
GPSL 2020 coordinator


Re: Looking for groups that plan to launch at GPSL 2020

Zack Clobes W0ZC
 

Unable to attend in person.  Probably remote.


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 Tue, Apr 28, 2020 at 4:48 PM Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:
I would like to assemble a list of those who are planning to launch a balloon at this year's GPSL in Omaha if we can have an in-person event.  My concern at the moment is that even if we are able to have an in-person GPSL this year, so many may have work or financial impacts that we don't have a sufficient group to make it worthwhile.

If you or your group are planning to attend GPSL this year and fly a balloon, please send your email address (one person per group that's flying) to n9xtn@....  

Also, if your group is a regular attendee and you know for sure you will *not* be coming if we have an in-person event, I'd like to know that also.  

73 de Mark N9XTN
GPSL 2020 coordinator


Looking for groups that plan to launch at GPSL 2020

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

I would like to assemble a list of those who are planning to launch a balloon at this year's GPSL in Omaha if we can have an in-person event.  My concern at the moment is that even if we are able to have an in-person GPSL this year, so many may have work or financial impacts that we don't have a sufficient group to make it worthwhile.

If you or your group are planning to attend GPSL this year and fly a balloon, please send your email address (one person per group that's flying) to n9xtn@....  

Also, if your group is a regular attendee and you know for sure you will *not* be coming if we have an in-person event, I'd like to know that also.  

73 de Mark N9XTN
GPSL 2020 coordinator


Helium becomes more rare due to collapse of oil market

Jeff Ducklow
 

I thought this article on shrinking helium supplies might be of general interest to the group.  It is written by a professor of out of Durham University in the UK.  Here is the link:


https://theconversation.com/helium-supplies-at-risk-from-plunging-oil-prices-which-is-bad-news-for-our-coronavirus-effort-137106



Jeff Ducklow
Mayberry Galactic
N0NQN




Minor GPSL 2020 update

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

I checked with UNO on the status of their summer events.  At the moment, they have cancelled all campus events through June 30 (GPSL session at UNO is July 10).  The person I'm working with does not know when they will decide about July events.

I'm also aware that some may have difficulty traveling to GPSL this summer because of job situations.  That will also be factored into the in-person vs virtual decision - if we don't have a critical mass that can come in person and launch, it may not make sense to have it in person.  

73 de Mark N9XTN

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