We launched W9BLN and KB9LM on June 19th 2022 from Northbrook, IL, 30 minutes apart. These balloons took a different path, south, around the Gulf of Mexico and over the Atlantic Ocean and the other southwest. W9BLN after 9 days left the United States and headed Northeast over the Atlantic Ocean. We are now 11 days into our flight.
We have not heard from W9BLN today which had last reported yesterday after surving an area storm around Nova Scotia Cananda. We believe that there are still storms and high clouds which may be preventing W9BLN from transmitting and discovering the location. We’ll continue to monitor tomorrow for wakeup.
We have previously reported that KB9LM was transmitting intermittently at Grid DL79 near Chihuahua Mexico. We did hear from KB9LM last night from June 29th 20:52 UTC to June 30th 00:42 UTC, June 29th, 3:52 pm to 7:42 pm CDT yesterday and just started again today, June 30th at 22:02 UTC, 5:02 pm CDT and still transmitting at Grid DL79. We’ll continue to monitor KB9LM for transmissions and movement. The receiving Amateur Radio Stations are now between 1700 Km and 2200 Km from KB9LM. What we thought was KB9LM transmitting from a tree is showing a power rating between .001 and .002 which shows an altitude between 3,000 and 6,000 meters.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a flight that lasted more than a couple of days. Our Technical Team is continuously working on our Pico trackers, software, building our solar panel packages and antennas in preparation of our future launches.
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Till tomorrow, 73, Cary