We launched 2 balloons today, Bob KD9RDU (Noah’s Dad) and me, Cary KD9ITO. I failed to mention that my callsign KD9ITO was the first launch on September 25th, never transmitted but the balloon went somewhere over Lake Michigan. Here was my 2nd attempt at greatness. But first was Bob KD9RDU. Bob who has been a member of our team from the beginning had just passed his General exam and was honored with a balloon.
Cary KD9ITO launched a half hour after Bob but didn’t fair as well, losing steam in Indiana, trying to figure out how we can go from 25,000 feet to lost in a minute, Hmmm.
From the track above you can see we didn’t start seeing the first spot till we were on the other side of Lake Michigan, 90 minutes after launch. This kept us biting our nails, was this a successful launch or another failure? This seemed to be a common theme, 90 minutes from launch to get a reading.