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Re: Pico balloon race from West Coast to East Coast today

Bill Brown
 

Mark,

  Email me at  wb8elk   at   Gmail and I'll send you ordering info.

- Bill WB8ELK


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From: Iverson, Mark A <mark.a.iverson@...>
To: GPSL@groups.io <GPSL@groups.io>
Sent: Mon, Jun 1, 2020 10:36 am
Subject: Re: [GPSL] Pico balloon race from West Coast to East Coast today

Bill,

Where can I get a couple of your Skytrackers? I have always wanted to do a Pico balloon!

Thanks! 
Mark 


On Jun 1, 2020, at 9:44 AM, Bill Brown via groups.io <wb8elk@...> wrote:


This could be a good test of our planned live streaming of GPSL launches. Four Pico balloons using APRS Skytrackers on 36-inch mylar foil balloons will lift off from CA and Oregon this morning live-streamed on YouTube. Weather permitting I may join them as they fly past here for an extended race across the Atlantic and KM4BUN and KM4ZIA in Atlanta may also join the race across the Atlantic.


- Bill WB8ELK

Re: Pico balloon race from West Coast to East Coast today

Iverson, Mark A
 

Bill,

Where can I get a couple of your Skytrackers? I have always wanted to do a Pico balloon!

Thanks! 
Mark 


On Jun 1, 2020, at 9:44 AM, Bill Brown via groups.io <wb8elk@...> wrote:


This could be a good test of our planned live streaming of GPSL launches. Four Pico balloons using APRS Skytrackers on 36-inch mylar foil balloons will lift off from CA and Oregon this morning live-streamed on YouTube. Weather permitting I may join them as they fly past here for an extended race across the Atlantic and KM4BUN and KM4ZIA in Atlanta may also join the race across the Atlantic.


- Bill WB8ELK

Pico balloon race from West Coast to East Coast today

Bill Brown
 

This could be a good test of our planned live streaming of GPSL launches. Four Pico balloons using APRS Skytrackers on 36-inch mylar foil balloons will lift off from CA and Oregon this morning live-streamed on YouTube. Weather permitting I may join them as they fly past here for an extended race across the Atlantic and KM4BUN and KM4ZIA in Atlanta may also join the race across the Atlantic.


- Bill WB8ELK

Symposium on Zoom for GPSL 2020

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

GPSL 2020,

Thanks to Mike KD2EAT, we have access to an enterprise-level Zoom account with the ability to record and export video.  Jim Emmert has volunteered to edit the recordings into individual presentations and put them up on YouTube.  We should be able to host a few hundred participants.  Our going-in plan is to mute everyone on arrival, and all but the host and speaker during the presentations.

My (somewhat limited) experience with large online meetings has been that asking questions in a chat window is more effective than by voice.  The speaker can choose to take the question during the session, or hold it until the end.  Keeping everyone muted will avoid the accidental open mike during a presentation, which can be really annoying for everyone.

Video sharing may be an issue - the quality of the video shared through Zoom is not the best, certainly lower quality than viewing it on YouTube.  I think the way to go might be to upload the video to YouTube, then provide the URL in your presentation and count everyone down to hit the "play" button.  Mike and I are going to do some experiments to see what works best.

In a subsequent announcement, we will open free on-line registration through the superlaunch.org website.  We'll provide the Zoom URL off-list to registered participants only to minimize Zoom-bombing (but we'll also be able to block if necessary).  

I believe I have four presentations on the schedule now, still looking for more.  You can contact me directly to volunteer.  It's not hard, and does not have to involve a lot of preparation.  Walking through some cool photos, a demo of your payload, or showing a neat video is great.

For Saturday, I am thinking about having a relatively open meeting format starting pre-launch and continuing through recovery.  It would have to pretty unmoderated, unless someone who's not flying would like to volunteer.  I don't know how well everyone can share from their phones or chase laptops, but it might be fun for people to kind of scan around to different chase teams.  

After recovery, we could either have unscheduled open mike sharing through the afternoon, or a set time in the evening for everyone to get home, do a quick review of their photos/video, and make a short presentation.  

If you have suggestions or ideas for GPSL 2020, let me know.  While we can't meet in person, having this be a virtual session opens up a lot of other possibilities, especially for presentations from people who might not normally be able to participate in a GPSL.  

73 de Mark N9XTN


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Re: Just for comic relief: Pint in Space!

Steve G8KHW / AJ4XE
 

What makes you say that?  From the Hydrogen cylinders used (and rolling countryside) I'd say it was shot in the UK by UK company Sent-Into-Space

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoIPcV8FwsQ&t=28s

    Steve G8KHW

On 29/05/2020 13:29, Wayne wrote:
The video looks it was filmed by the students at SpaceWeather.com for their Earth to Sky store gift items.
www.spaceweather.com

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Re: Just for comic relief: Pint in Space!

Wayne
 

The video looks it was filmed by the students at SpaceWeather.com for their Earth to Sky store gift items.
www.spaceweather.com

Just for comic relief: Pint in Space!

Hank Riley
 

Re: GPSL 2020 will be virtual

John Dinneen
 

Happy Memorial Day everyone,

 

Turns out our EOSS Club Treasurer has an Enterprise Version of ZOOM which has much higher limits and advanced features he is willing to share for GPSL.

 

More Detail to come from Rob N0RPF  roblights@...

 

Stand by for more

 

John F Dinneen KCØL

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Home: 469.362.1942

Cell:    214.797.3399

 

From: GPSL@groups.io <GPSL@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jerry via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2020 3:44 PM
To: GPSL@groups.io
Subject: Re: [GPSL] GPSL 2020 will be virtual

 

If we think there will be more than that attending we can all chip in for a large meeting add on for a month at $65.  That would raise the limit to 500

 

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

 

 

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, 12:40:53 PM MST, John Dinneen <john.dinneen@...> wrote:

 

 

Mark,

 

I have a ZOOM Pro account which can host up to 100 participants for meetings up to 24 hours long

I can also record, but would record to a file on my PC which could then be shared via DropBox.

 

ZOOM recording to the Cloud is constrained to 1 Gb – and an 8 hour conference video would be much larger than that.

 

I am happy to donate my account for use for GPSL.

 

Thanks for all you are doing in this interesting year!

 

John F Dinneen KCØL

kc0l@...

john.dinneen@...

Home: 469.362.1942

Cell:    214.797.3399

 

From: GPSL@groups.io <GPSL@groups.io> On Behalf Of Mark Conner N9XTN
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:07 PM
To: GPSL@groups.io
Subject: [GPSL] GPSL 2020 will be virtual

 

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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Re: GPSL 2020 will be virtual

Jerry
 

If we think there will be more than that attending we can all chip in for a large meeting add on for a month at $65.  That would raise the limit to 500

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


On Saturday, May 23, 2020, 12:40:53 PM MST, John Dinneen <john.dinneen@...> wrote:


Mark,

 

I have a ZOOM Pro account which can host up to 100 participants for meetings up to 24 hours long.

I can also record, but would record to a file on my PC which could then be shared via DropBox.

 

ZOOM recording to the Cloud is constrained to 1 Gb – and an 8 hour conference video would be much larger than that.

 

I am happy to donate my account for use for GPSL.

 

Thanks for all you are doing in this interesting year!

 

John F Dinneen KCØL

kc0l@...

john.dinneen@...

Home: 469.362.1942

Cell:    214.797.3399

 

From: GPSL@groups.io <GPSL@groups.io> On Behalf Of Mark Conner N9XTN
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:07 PM
To: GPSL@groups.io
Subject: [GPSL] GPSL 2020 will be virtual

 

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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Re: GPSL 2020 will be virtual

John Dinneen
 

Mark,

 

I have a ZOOM Pro account which can host up to 100 participants for meetings up to 24 hours long.

I can also record, but would record to a file on my PC which could then be shared via DropBox.

 

ZOOM recording to the Cloud is constrained to 1 Gb – and an 8 hour conference video would be much larger than that.

 

I am happy to donate my account for use for GPSL.

 

Thanks for all you are doing in this interesting year!

 

John F Dinneen KCØL

kc0l@...

john.dinneen@...

Home: 469.362.1942

Cell:    214.797.3399

 

From: GPSL@groups.io <GPSL@groups.io> On Behalf Of Mark Conner N9XTN
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:07 PM
To: GPSL@groups.io
Subject: [GPSL] GPSL 2020 will be virtual

 

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

Keith Kaiser, WA0̷TJT
 

I have a Zoom account and am happy to have it used by GPSL. 
Keith, WA0̷TJT




Re: GPSL 2020 update

Zack Clobes W0ZC
 

One other thought I had this afternoon is the virtual conferences that I've been doing through work lately have the main presentation pre recorded, then they just broadcast that at the prescribed time, and have a short live Q&A at the end. 

It really makes for an efficient presentation because it gives the presenters a chance to proofread and edit their product, AND it eliminates the situation where the presenters internet turns South.

I'm not sure what software they're using but it's not the normal WebEx/Zoom/Skype/Teams.  It's something else designed specifically for this. I can ask if it's if interest.


Zack

Zack


On Fri, May 22, 2020, 5:16 PM Bill Brown via groups.io <wb8elk=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Mark,

  That sounds great.  There is a way to have Zoom meetings do a recording and upload to YouTube. W5KUB does this for his weekly online program. He was using Skype but has recently converted to Zoom and it is working great.

- Bill WB8ELK



-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...>
To: GPSL@groups.io
Sent: Fri, May 22, 2020 4:12 pm
Subject: [GPSL] GPSL 2020 update

Thanks to everyone who has offered to support our virtual GPSL in some fashion.  It looks like we have a few solutions for Google Meet or Zoom that if they pan out, we can have 100+ logged in and won't have to pay for it.  We will record the sessions and upload them to YouTube afterwards.  We'll also work to make original materials (PowerPoint and video files) available for download so you can see them in their best quality.

Our start/end time on Friday will be dictated by the number of presentations we have.  The lunch hour could be open-mike time, where people can ask questions or chat while they eat.  We'll push either end of the schedule towards the middle of the day so than neither coast is unduly inconvenienced for the start/end time.

I'm thinking about setting a 1400Z launch time for Saturday - that would be 10am ET, 9am CT, 8am MT, and 7am PT/Arizona.  I don't know if we'll have any participants in the Pacific time zone - if not, we could make it an hour earlier.   We probably don't want to go much later for our Eastern Time participants.  Anyone planning to fly a balloon for this, please chime in with your considerations.

As always, suggestions for how to make this a great virtual GPSL are welcome.

73 de Mark N9XTN


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Re: GPSL 2020 update

Bill Brown
 

Hi Mark,

  That sounds great.  There is a way to have Zoom meetings do a recording and upload to YouTube. W5KUB does this for his weekly online program. He was using Skype but has recently converted to Zoom and it is working great.

- Bill WB8ELK



-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...>
To: GPSL@groups.io
Sent: Fri, May 22, 2020 4:12 pm
Subject: [GPSL] GPSL 2020 update

Thanks to everyone who has offered to support our virtual GPSL in some fashion.  It looks like we have a few solutions for Google Meet or Zoom that if they pan out, we can have 100+ logged in and won't have to pay for it.  We will record the sessions and upload them to YouTube afterwards.  We'll also work to make original materials (PowerPoint and video files) available for download so you can see them in their best quality.

Our start/end time on Friday will be dictated by the number of presentations we have.  The lunch hour could be open-mike time, where people can ask questions or chat while they eat.  We'll push either end of the schedule towards the middle of the day so than neither coast is unduly inconvenienced for the start/end time.

I'm thinking about setting a 1400Z launch time for Saturday - that would be 10am ET, 9am CT, 8am MT, and 7am PT/Arizona.  I don't know if we'll have any participants in the Pacific time zone - if not, we could make it an hour earlier.   We probably don't want to go much later for our Eastern Time participants.  Anyone planning to fly a balloon for this, please chime in with your considerations.

As always, suggestions for how to make this a great virtual GPSL are welcome.

73 de Mark N9XTN


Virus-free. www.avg.com

GPSL 2020 update

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

Thanks to everyone who has offered to support our virtual GPSL in some fashion.  It looks like we have a few solutions for Google Meet or Zoom that if they pan out, we can have 100+ logged in and won't have to pay for it.  We will record the sessions and upload them to YouTube afterwards.  We'll also work to make original materials (PowerPoint and video files) available for download so you can see them in their best quality.

Our start/end time on Friday will be dictated by the number of presentations we have.  The lunch hour could be open-mike time, where people can ask questions or chat while they eat.  We'll push either end of the schedule towards the middle of the day so than neither coast is unduly inconvenienced for the start/end time.

I'm thinking about setting a 1400Z launch time for Saturday - that would be 10am ET, 9am CT, 8am MT, and 7am PT/Arizona.  I don't know if we'll have any participants in the Pacific time zone - if not, we could make it an hour earlier.   We probably don't want to go much later for our Eastern Time participants.  Anyone planning to fly a balloon for this, please chime in with your considerations.

As always, suggestions for how to make this a great virtual GPSL are welcome.

73 de Mark N9XTN


Virus-free. www.avg.com

Re: GPSL 2020 will be virtual

Bill Brown
 

Hi Mark,

  I think the cost of the extended Zoom is not too much for a one month subscription and there is a 40-minute limit for the free version...or a one-year one that we can use for virtual balloon events in the future.  Count me in for a 30 to 50 minute talk about Pico ballooning and new payloads for latex flights.

- Bill WB8ELK


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...>
To: GPSL@groups.io
Sent: Thu, May 21, 2020 10:06 pm
Subject: [GPSL] GPSL 2020 will be virtual

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: 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


Virus-free. www.avg.com

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.