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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

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



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



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: 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

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

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: 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



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

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


Re: Texas Team

Christopher Rose
 

Hi, I was travelling and not able to pay attention to flights. Does anyone have the tracks saved for viewing yet?
Thanks,
Chris
KB8UIH



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "L. Paul Verhage KD4STH" <nearsys@...>
Date: 6/15/19 2:18 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: gpsl@groups.io
Subject: [GPSL] Texas Team

Are you guys in town? I need my tracker.

Thanks

Re: Texas Team

Michael West W5MAW
 

Yes, we're here. It's at the Peanut Bar with Jim. We left to get some food and take a break.

--
Michael West W5MAW


From: GPSL@groups.io <GPSL@groups.io> on behalf of L. Paul Verhage KD4STH via Groups.Io <nearsys@...>
Sent: Saturday, June 15, 2019 1:18:33 PM
To: gpsl@groups.io
Subject: [GPSL] Texas Team
 
Are you guys in town? I need my tracker.

Thanks

Texas Team

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

Are you guys in town? I need my tracker.

Thanks

aprs-fi with prediction overlay

Jerry
 

I created an overlay with most of the balloon trackers and a prediction on it.  I sent it to some friends back home and thought some others might want to follow along at home.  The link below will start it up.  The prediction is for the dropped bear we are chasing.  It will be released at 90K feet if all goes well.  Ascent is 1160 f/m and down is 1181 f/m


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

Re: 2019 GPSL Live Stream

Jeff Ducklow
 

Thanks.  I’m watching!

Jeff

On Jun 14, 2019, at 9:38 AM, Michael West W5MAW <groups.io@...> wrote:

Jeff, I think you were looking at my ARHAB.org stream which wasn’t live yet.
 
 
Pella ARC stream (lapel mic audio): https://youtu.be/TNIlFjB2meY
 
The first one has better audio, just consider mine as a backup / extra angle if needed.
 
From: GPSL@groups.io <GPSL@groups.io> On Behalf Of Zack Clobes W0ZC via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, June 14, 2019 9:10 AM
To: GPSL@groups.io
Subject: Re: [GPSL] 2019 GPSL Live Stream
 
 
On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 9:07 AM Jeff Ducklow <jeffducklow@...> wrote:
 
 
I’ve found the GPSL channel on YouTube. I’m new to watching a live stream event on YouTube.
 
Do you have to login to watch?  I just see the ARHAB logo….
 
 
 
 
On Jun 14, 2019, at 8:35 AM, Zack Clobes W0ZC <zclobes@...> wrote:
 
We're setting up now.  Don't believe there's any reason that it would be delayed.
 
Zack
 
On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 8:17 AM Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:
I'm on the live stream page at YouTube and it says it will start at 11am.  Is that correct, or will it start at 9 with the first speaker?
 
73 de Mark N9XTN
 
 
On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 10:06 PM Mike, n0mpm <morgamp52@...> wrote:
If all goes per plan, we will live stream the Friday Conference on YouTube...
Go to YouTube.com and search for "GPSL Live"
Most likely you will have to search for it again after our lunch break..Sometimes it retains the same YouTube address and sometimes not !
 I will be monitoring the live stream.  Send me an email if you have issues...
In addition, we will record the presentations and have them available later if all else fails.....
Mike
 
 
 
 
 


Re: 2019 GPSL Live Stream

Michael West W5MAW
 

Jeff, I think you were looking at my ARHAB.org stream which wasn’t live yet.

 

Streams I know of are here: https://twitter.com/arhaballooning/status/1139538189444636672

 

Pella ARC stream (lapel mic audio): https://youtu.be/TNIlFjB2meY

ARHAB.org: https://youtu.be/4meJlb21HoE

 

The first one has better audio, just consider mine as a backup / extra angle if needed.

 

From: GPSL@groups.io <GPSL@groups.io> On Behalf Of Zack Clobes W0ZC via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, June 14, 2019 9:10 AM
To: GPSL@groups.io
Subject: Re: [GPSL] 2019 GPSL Live Stream

 

Try this:

 

 

 

Zack 

 

On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 9:07 AM Jeff Ducklow <jeffducklow@...> wrote:

 

 

I’ve found the GPSL channel on YouTube. I’m new to watching a live stream event on YouTube.

 

Do you have to login to watch?  I just see the ARHAB logo….

 

 

 

 

On Jun 14, 2019, at 8:35 AM, Zack Clobes W0ZC <zclobes@...> wrote:

 

We're setting up now.  Don't believe there's any reason that it would be delayed.

 

Zack

 

On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 8:17 AM Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:

I'm on the live stream page at YouTube and it says it will start at 11am.  Is that correct, or will it start at 9 with the first speaker?

 

73 de Mark N9XTN

 

 

On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 10:06 PM Mike, n0mpm <morgamp52@...> wrote:

If all goes per plan, we will live stream the Friday Conference on YouTube...
Go to YouTube.com and search for "GPSL Live"
Most likely you will have to search for it again after our lunch break..Sometimes it retains the same YouTube address and sometimes not !
 I will be monitoring the live stream.  Send me an email if you have issues...
In addition, we will record the presentations and have them available later if all else fails.....
Mike

 

 

 

 

 

Re: 2019 GPSL Live Stream

Zack Clobes W0ZC
 


On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 9:07 AM Jeff Ducklow <jeffducklow@...> wrote:


I’ve found the GPSL channel on YouTube. I’m new to watching a live stream event on YouTube.

Do you have to login to watch?  I just see the ARHAB logo….




On Jun 14, 2019, at 8:35 AM, Zack Clobes W0ZC <zclobes@...> wrote:

We're setting up now.  Don't believe there's any reason that it would be delayed.

Zack

On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 8:17 AM Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:
I'm on the live stream page at YouTube and it says it will start at 11am.  Is that correct, or will it start at 9 with the first speaker?

73 de Mark N9XTN


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 10:06 PM Mike, n0mpm <morgamp52@...> wrote:
If all goes per plan, we will live stream the Friday Conference on YouTube...
Go to YouTube.com and search for "GPSL Live"
Most likely you will have to search for it again after our lunch break..Sometimes it retains the same YouTube address and sometimes not !
 I will be monitoring the live stream.  Send me an email if you have issues...
In addition, we will record the presentations and have them available later if all else fails.....
Mike





Re: 2019 GPSL Live Stream

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

I don't think a login is necessary.  I'm seeing the live stream now (at 9:08 CT).

- Mark

On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 9:07 AM Jeff Ducklow <jeffducklow@...> wrote:


I’ve found the GPSL channel on YouTube. I’m new to watching a live stream event on YouTube.

Do you have to login to watch?  I just see the ARHAB logo….




On Jun 14, 2019, at 8:35 AM, Zack Clobes W0ZC <zclobes@...> wrote:

We're setting up now.  Don't believe there's any reason that it would be delayed.

Zack

On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 8:17 AM Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:
I'm on the live stream page at YouTube and it says it will start at 11am.  Is that correct, or will it start at 9 with the first speaker?

73 de Mark N9XTN


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 10:06 PM Mike, n0mpm <morgamp52@...> wrote:
If all goes per plan, we will live stream the Friday Conference on YouTube...
Go to YouTube.com and search for "GPSL Live"
Most likely you will have to search for it again after our lunch break..Sometimes it retains the same YouTube address and sometimes not !
 I will be monitoring the live stream.  Send me an email if you have issues...
In addition, we will record the presentations and have them available later if all else fails.....
Mike





Re: 2019 GPSL Live Stream

Jeff Ducklow
 



I’ve found the GPSL channel on YouTube. I’m new to watching a live stream event on YouTube.

Do you have to login to watch?  I just see the ARHAB logo….




On Jun 14, 2019, at 8:35 AM, Zack Clobes W0ZC <zclobes@...> wrote:

We're setting up now.  Don't believe there's any reason that it would be delayed.

Zack

On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 8:17 AM Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:
I'm on the live stream page at YouTube and it says it will start at 11am.  Is that correct, or will it start at 9 with the first speaker?

73 de Mark N9XTN


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 10:06 PM Mike, n0mpm <morgamp52@...> wrote:
If all goes per plan, we will live stream the Friday Conference on YouTube...
Go to YouTube.com and search for "GPSL Live"
Most likely you will have to search for it again after our lunch break..Sometimes it retains the same YouTube address and sometimes not !
 I will be monitoring the live stream.  Send me an email if you have issues...
In addition, we will record the presentations and have them available later if all else fails.....
Mike





Re: GPSL forecast

Zack Clobes W0ZC
 

I'm sorry to hear you won't make it.  We were trying to remember who was hosting this morning at breakfast.

We'll get Omaha stubbed in for the 2020 dates.

Zack

On Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 8:02 AM Mark Conner N9XTN <mconner1@...> wrote:
For tomorrow morning, I think there will be a relative lull in activity.  A band of showers and thunderstorms will move across Iowa this morning and early afternoon (they're in Omaha now) but weaken as they do so.  Another round will fire up late today or overnight, but I expect most of it will move off to the east of Pella by dawn Saturday.  There may be lingering light showers and it should remain pretty cloudy and damp.  South winds of 7-12 mph expected at launch time, with 7am temps around 68-70 and about 80 by noon.

Later Saturday stronger thunderstorms are expected to fire up in western Iowa and move eastward though the afternoon and evening.  Main threat will be marginally severe hail and strong winds.  In the Pella area this should happen well after recovery is done.

Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to make it to Pella for the launches.  I'm starting to think about potential 2020 dates for hosting GPSL in Omaha.  The College World Series runs through Father's Day weekend, so we won't be able to have it then due to lack of hotel room availability (or, the rates are about 2x normal).  We could have it June 4-6 or July 9-11.  The June date would involve shorter corn for easier recoveries. :)

73 de Mark N9XTN