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Re: Share a lift?

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

That's the plan, I will provide a Tracker for you. This'll be my 196th flight. So I'm looking forward to it. Thanks


On Sun, Jun 9, 2019, 12:21 PM Michael Hojnowski <kd2eat@...> wrote:
Paul,

So there has been a lot of chatter.  I just want to make sure we're still on the same page.  As I understand it, you're providing a tracker at callsign KD4STH-3 for me to use with my flight.  I think you have some others going on too, so I just wanted to confirm that we're still "on" to put one on my payload string.  It's not a big deal if not, but I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything.  I've got plenty of trackers, so if you made other plans, it's no bother at all.  Just let me know.

Also, I've moved my other tracker that was on xx:40 off to xx:50, as documented in the latest spreadsheet Mike has been circulating.

Thanks!
Mike

On 6/3/2019 12:01 AM, L. Paul Verhage KD4STH wrote:
I would be happy to be a backup tracker for you. The tracker is a StratoTrack and it weighs 9 oz. There are four cords to connect it to the payload string.

It's KD4STH-3 and transmits APRS at 144.390.

Thanks

On Sun, Jun 2, 2019, 9:30 PM Michael Hojnowski <kd2eat@...> wrote:
Paul,

I'd be happy to have a stowaway.  If it's light enough, I could use it as a second tracker on my little "drop" payload that I'll be releasing between 90-95000 feet.  Otherwise, I could stick it in one of my two payload boxes as a second backup.  Either is fine with me.

Mike / KD2EAT

On 6/2/2019 9:19 PM, L. Paul Verhage KD4STH wrote:
I've got a third and light weight tracker that I'd like to see about sharing a balloon. If I can, that would be flight 195 for me. Does anyone have space on their balloon for an extra tracker?

Thanks

On Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 9:08 AM Mike, n0mpm <morgamp52@...> wrote:
Less than 2 weeks and counting!
Please let me know if you are planning to attend the Wednesday evening Picnic and the Thursday Tours.  Genelle doesn't want to run short on BBQ and Brats and I need to get an accurate count for the folks at Lely and Vermeer.(I have the numbers for EOSS folks already).
Here is some info for those attending these early events....Please note the dress requirements for the tours!!!!

Wednesday:  Hosted by Mike and Genelle

            Picnic at N0MPM’s House

            1109 Fountain View Dr, Pella IA

            5:30pm to 9:00pm
           

 

Thursday Tours:

REQUIRED ATTIRE (both Tours):  Long Pants/Slacks and NO Open Toe Shoes.  No one will be allowed on the tours without required attire!!

 

Lely Inc Tour:  Meet at Lely Parking Lot at 9:15AM  Please Car Pool to Save on Parking

                        775 250 Avenue,  Pella IA

                        Directions:  From the Town Square, Go East on Washington St.  Road will turn into Vermeer Rd.  Continue to the east side of the Vermeer Manufacturing Complex.  Turn left (north) about ¼ mile.  Lely will be on the West side of 250th Ave.

 

Vermeer Tour:  Meet at the Vermeer Parking Lot Building 4 at 1:15PM  Please Car Pool

                          1210 Vermeer Road,  Pella, IA

                          Directions:   From the Town Square, Go East on Washington St.

 Road will turn into Vermeer Rd.  Turn Left at Gate #4.  We will meet in  front of Building 4 and enter together.



Re: Share a lift?

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

I'm driving right now so I can't look at the spreadsheet but does this take care of our time slot conflict?


On Sun, Jun 9, 2019, 12:25 PM L. Paul Verhage KD4STH via Groups.Io <nearsys=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
That's the plan, I will provide a Tracker for you. This'll be my 196th flight. So I'm looking forward to it. Thanks

On Sun, Jun 9, 2019, 12:21 PM Michael Hojnowski <kd2eat@...> wrote:
Paul,

So there has been a lot of chatter.  I just want to make sure we're still on the same page.  As I understand it, you're providing a tracker at callsign KD4STH-3 for me to use with my flight.  I think you have some others going on too, so I just wanted to confirm that we're still "on" to put one on my payload string.  It's not a big deal if not, but I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything.  I've got plenty of trackers, so if you made other plans, it's no bother at all.  Just let me know.

Also, I've moved my other tracker that was on xx:40 off to xx:50, as documented in the latest spreadsheet Mike has been circulating.

Thanks!
Mike

On 6/3/2019 12:01 AM, L. Paul Verhage KD4STH wrote:
I would be happy to be a backup tracker for you. The tracker is a StratoTrack and it weighs 9 oz. There are four cords to connect it to the payload string.

It's KD4STH-3 and transmits APRS at 144.390.

Thanks

On Sun, Jun 2, 2019, 9:30 PM Michael Hojnowski <kd2eat@...> wrote:
Paul,

I'd be happy to have a stowaway.  If it's light enough, I could use it as a second tracker on my little "drop" payload that I'll be releasing between 90-95000 feet.  Otherwise, I could stick it in one of my two payload boxes as a second backup.  Either is fine with me.

Mike / KD2EAT

On 6/2/2019 9:19 PM, L. Paul Verhage KD4STH wrote:
I've got a third and light weight tracker that I'd like to see about sharing a balloon. If I can, that would be flight 195 for me. Does anyone have space on their balloon for an extra tracker?

Thanks

On Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 9:08 AM Mike, n0mpm <morgamp52@...> wrote:
Less than 2 weeks and counting!
Please let me know if you are planning to attend the Wednesday evening Picnic and the Thursday Tours.  Genelle doesn't want to run short on BBQ and Brats and I need to get an accurate count for the folks at Lely and Vermeer.(I have the numbers for EOSS folks already).
Here is some info for those attending these early events....Please note the dress requirements for the tours!!!!

Wednesday:  Hosted by Mike and Genelle

            Picnic at N0MPM’s House

            1109 Fountain View Dr, Pella IA

            5:30pm to 9:00pm
           

 

Thursday Tours:

REQUIRED ATTIRE (both Tours):  Long Pants/Slacks and NO Open Toe Shoes.  No one will be allowed on the tours without required attire!!

 

Lely Inc Tour:  Meet at Lely Parking Lot at 9:15AM  Please Car Pool to Save on Parking

                        775 250 Avenue,  Pella IA

                        Directions:  From the Town Square, Go East on Washington St.  Road will turn into Vermeer Rd.  Continue to the east side of the Vermeer Manufacturing Complex.  Turn left (north) about ¼ mile.  Lely will be on the West side of 250th Ave.

 

Vermeer Tour:  Meet at the Vermeer Parking Lot Building 4 at 1:15PM  Please Car Pool

                          1210 Vermeer Road,  Pella, IA

                          Directions:   From the Town Square, Go East on Washington St.

 Road will turn into Vermeer Rd.  Turn Left at Gate #4.  We will meet in  front of Building 4 and enter together.



Noctilucent Clouds

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 


Noctilucent clouds are unusual clouds found in the mesosphere, around 50 miles high. They consist of ice crystals condensed on meteoric dust and when visible, usually at high latitudes, like 50 degrees.

The last two days, they've been visible as low as San Jose. I made a time lapse of them last night that you might like. It's on my YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmbjeyApOYc

Saturday forecast

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

There's quite a bit of uncertainty going into Saturday's forecast, with two general trends.  One is that a warm front will be lifting northward from Missouri and generating broad areas of showers and isolated thunderstorms Friday night into Saturday, then a cold front arrives late Saturday afternoon with clearing skies for early Sunday.  The rain would probably be heavy enough Saturday morning to make it difficult at best to have a launch.

The second is that the frontal system is held to the south and Pella remains under cool high pressure with relatively clear conditions through the weekend.

So far, the area NWS offices are not placing strong bets either direction, and going with a middle-of-the-road approach for Saturday - "chances of rain but not a washout".

- Mark

Re: Saturday forecast

Mike, n0mpm
 

Since their on no strong NWS bets, I have decided to go with the second trend!!!
Please inform the NWS so they don't waste time on working the first scenario!

2019 GPSL - - Pella is Ready to Say Hi !

Mike, n0mpm
 

The numbers are in and we should have a great GPSL.  I doubt we will get any more registered, but who knows.  I was surprised this morning with 2 more out of Missouri..
Here's the breakdown:
Wednesday Picnic:  28  (Genelle is already cooking up a storm, food not WX)
Thursday Tours:  30
Thursday Dinner:  38
Friday Conference:  39
Friday Banquet:  52
Balloons to Fly:  4 Latex/3 or 4 Pico
Saturday Dinner:  41

Can't wait to see my old friends and to meet my soon to be new friends!!
Thank-you for helping make 2019 GPSL a good one!
mike

2019 GPSL Revised Tour Info

Mike, n0mpm
 

A few notes on getting to our Thursday tours. 
REMINDER FOR BOTH TOURS:  Long pants and closed toe shoes are required. 
See the attached Map...

Lely Tour:  Meet at the Parking lot at 9:15am.
Parking is very limited at Lely.  We will park just a tad SW of the Lely facility and hoof it over to the office/plant.  Follow the RED line into the far north-east parking area.  Enter at GATE 7.  You will be going past active manufacturing traffic, so be extremely careful and on the look out for forklifts etc.  This is not normal, but with last year's tornado things are really congested. 
The two buildings shaded in pink are no longer standing.  Don't get confused when you drive by on the way to Lely.

Vermeer Tour:  Meet in the Parking lot at 1:15pm.
You will follow the light blue line into the parking area for Plant 4.  Enter at GATE 4.  Just look for an open space as we will be sharing parking with employees.  Again, be very careful in the parking lots.

Are T-tanks reliably 260 cu feet?

Michael Hojnowski
 

Hey Gang,

I understand we're getting T-tanks for GPSL, which are "nominal 260 cu feet".  I'm planning to launch a pico, and my HAB will want a greedy 210 cubic feeet.  Do you think I'll make it with one tank? Does anyone expect to have a lot of gas left after they fill, and want to donate to a good cause?  ;-p

Mike / KD2EAT

Re: Are T-tanks reliably 260 cu feet?

L. Paul Verhage KD4STH
 

I have purchased a tank as a reserve. You could take a hit from that tank, if needed.


On Mon, Jun 10, 2019, 5:53 PM Michael Hojnowski <kd2eat@...> wrote:
Hey Gang,

I understand we're getting T-tanks for GPSL, which are "nominal 260 cu
feet".  I'm planning to launch a pico, and my HAB will want a greedy 210
cubic feeet.  Do you think I'll make it with one tank? Does anyone
expect to have a lot of gas left after they fill, and want to donate to
a good cause?  ;-p

Mike / KD2EAT



Re: Are T-tanks reliably 260 cu feet?

Mike, n0mpm
 

I have had pretty good luck with getting the advertised capacity of 260cuft....We  launched PENS-13 a few weeks ago with a estimated 255 cuft fill requirement...Emptied the tank and it came in right on plan..
mpm

Re: Are T-tanks reliably 260 cu feet?

Michael Hojnowski
 

Awesome!  Paul, I may take you up on that. We'll see how it goes.

Thanks!
Mike

On 6/10/2019 9:48 PM, Mike, n0mpm wrote:
I have had pretty good luck with getting the advertised capacity of 260cuft....We  launched PENS-13 a few weeks ago with a estimated 255 cuft fill requirement...Emptied the tank and it came in right on plan..
mpm

2019 GPSL Live Stream

Mike, n0mpm
 

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
 

Thanks for doing this!  I had hoped to attend this years GPSL, but family commitments took priority.  However, I will likely get a chance to watch some of the live stream.  Much appreciated.

Jeff Ducklow
Mayberry Galactic
N0NQN


On 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

Garrett, Mark
 

Mike:

When you send it out on YouTube Live will you be monitoring the chat that YouTube provides?  I am sure there will be questions posted.

If there is WiFi in the lab and attendees have access to it, I might be able to assist.  If possible to get the URL the day of the conference I would like to spread that around on Facebook since there is no limit to the number of viewers on YouTube.  I have in the past posted Pico balloon launch and tracking information to the Amateur Logic Facebook page and that has generated a respectable response.  
The conference stream might pick up a few new future balloonists. 

Mark 
KA9SZX

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

NWS Des Moines forecast discussion excerpt for Thu-Sun

Mark Conner N9XTN
 

Quiet weather is
then expected into Thursday and much of Friday with temperatures
holding at or below normal. In fact, lows on Thursday morning will
be approaching record levels in some locations of the west. Strong
moisture transport is expected by late Friday afternoon into Friday
night and some thunderstorms activity is anticipated at this point.
This threat will persist into Saturday prior to the arrival of a
cold front by afternoon. The rain chances on Sunday appear low and
any activity on that day would be isolated.  

Re: 2019 GPSL Live Stream

Mike, n0mpm
 

Hadn’t thought about monitoring chat, but I think we could do that...will check with Jim..
Yes on WiFi....we will get the PW before we begin on Friday..
mike

s3research predictor updated.

Jerry
 

Just wanted to let everyone know that I have updated my flight prediction tools to use the new GFS Version 15 (FV3-based) weather model.  The oldest weather file you can use is 2019061212.  The earlier ones are no longer supported by the too.


HABHUB is still using the 06 prediction so I don't know if they have the support in place or not.


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

Re: s3research predictor updated.

Creager, Gerald J - Capt, CAP - Health Services Officer - (SWR-OK-001)
 

Jerry

I'm interested in your approach to flight predictions. I've a little background in numerical weather prediction.

Gerry
-- 


Capt Gerry Creager, CAP

Oklahoma Wing Health Services Officer

Assistant Director, Communications Planning 


(C) 979.229.5301
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary
gocivilairpatrol.com
okwgcap.org




On Wed, 2019-06-12 at 17:28 +0000, Jerry via Groups.Io wrote:
Just wanted to let everyone know that I have updated my flight prediction tools to use the new GFS Version 15 (FV3-based) weather model.  The oldest weather file you can use is 2019061212.  The earlier ones are no longer supported by the too.


HABHUB is still using the 06 prediction so I don't know if they have the support in place or not.


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

2019 GPSL APRS Time Slots

Mike, n0mpm
 

Well, I got dizzy looking at this so Plan B will be to review the plans at the picnic and during the Friday Symposium.....
My sense is that you all have it figured out...
mike

Re: s3research predictor updated.

Jerry
 

Gerry,

Here is a link to a presentation I did at GPSL a few years ago: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vsodol5ca9846y3/Presentation.pdf?dl=0

It gives the basics.  If you want more information let me know.


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


On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 10:43:22 AM MST, Creager, Gerald J - Capt, CAP - Health Services Officer - (SWR-OK-001) <gerald.j.creager@...> wrote:


Jerry

I'm interested in your approach to flight predictions. I've a little background in numerical weather prediction.

Gerry
-- 


Capt Gerry Creager, CAP

Oklahoma Wing Health Services Officer

Assistant Director, Communications Planning 


(C) 979.229.5301
U.S. Air Force Auxiliary
gocivilairpatrol.com
okwgcap.org




On Wed, 2019-06-12 at 17:28 +0000, Jerry via Groups.Io wrote:
Just wanted to let everyone know that I have updated my flight prediction tools to use the new GFS Version 15 (FV3-based) weather model.  The oldest weather file you can use is 2019061212.  The earlier ones are no longer supported by the too.


HABHUB is still using the 06 prediction so I don't know if they have the support in place or not.


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