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Amsat & Turma del Plata Balloon adventure

Sunday October 16 2005 at 7 AM (10 AM GMT) this 25 feet impressive balloon will be launched from Capilla del Seor (50 miles NW from Buenos Aires). Will transmit telemetry with a CW beacon on 2 meters FM at 144.005 Mhz. (See photos
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This is the premiere joint experience between AMSAT Argentina (20 yearsorganization, owner of LUSAT-1 AO-19) and Turma del Plata (1st and only argentine organization highly experienced on aerostatic ballons).

Bothorganizations signed on 2005 a cooperation agreement for joint experiments &development. Experience is headed toward testing equipment & operation for future LUSAC satellite of Amsat Argentina.

This hot air balloon is the result of continuous development and multiple launches made by Turma del Plata headed by an enthusiastic group of highly skilled experimenters worldwide known by their activity on balloons.

Balloon will emit CW at 10 WPM every 30 seconds, providing sequence number,temperature, battery voltage, LU7AA AMSAT callsign, Turma del Plata amateurs callsign, and text explaining this event. (Hear planned transmission here ).

Any 2 meters handy will allow listen to balloon on a radius of at least 150 miles during the 2 hours estimated flight. Received CW on 144.005 Mhz will allow track balloon position and trajectory thru triangulation. A net will be
set up on 7.145 Khz (40 meters) and 146.715 (-600 Khz, LU1EQ Escobar Radio Club repeater). Anybody can join the safari launch team, being at Capilla del Seor municipal camping from 6 AM local time. Team will have a previous get
together at 5 AM on Marquez Ave. and Pan-American highways cross, radio linked via LU1EQ FM repeater.

This launch is extremely depending on weather conditions, winds, etc, given balloon is made of china paper. In the event conditions are not favorable,flight will be reprogrammed (informing with available anticipation) for next Sunday at same place and time.

More information, circuits and details on and where all received balloon reports will be acknowledged with a Certificate forevery participant and a CD + Satellite and ballons books to the reporter that
send more telemetry either on texts or audio file to

Thank you for joining ! and being part of the future.


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