November 12th and 13th 2022, AA6DY and K9YO

Pico Balloon K9YO woke on November 12th at 09:20 UTC at Grid JN83LC, near Bilbao, Spain, flying at an altitude of 13,060 meters, 42,837 feet

K9YO, at Grid JN83LC near Bilbao, Spain, altitude 42,837 feet

Pico Balloon K9YO is no stranger to this area having visited last on November 9th about 4 days ago, just a little further south of Bilbao. We had reported that we expected K9YO to travel back west and then north towards Norway. We still expect that to happen and then turn southeast towards the Caspian Sea by November 16th. Click on Locate and Track link for for the 84 hour NOAA Hysplit Model Trajectory projections for both our balloons.

Below is our “Best Guess” of K9YO on November 16th.

K9YO “Best Guess” on November 16th 2022

Pico Balloon AA6DY woke on November 13th at 01:32 UTC at Grid BJ41KI, east of Kiribati in the Country of Oceania, flying at an altitude of 14,480 meters, 47,494 feet.

AA6DY received reports from two stations, KFS in California and KA7OEI in Utah, we’d like to thank them for finding our balloon before AA6DY went to sleep. We had received both 2 packet reports over a 10 minute period before going to sleep. Receiveing both packets gave us a 6 Grid Maidenhead and accurate altitude. For more information on how our balloons receive information, and pictures of our launch, please go to our Technicial Page

AA6DY at Grid BJ41KI, east of Kiribati in the Country of Oceania, altitude 47,494 feet

Based on our previous NOAA Hysplit and Sondehub Float models, we were predicting Pico Balloon AA6DY was heading east towards South America. Below is our “Best Guesss” on November 16th 2022

AA6DY “Best Guess” on November 16th 2022

Pico Balloon AA6DY was launched from Willow Hill Golf Course, Northbrook, IL on September 3rd 2022. We’ll be watching AA6DY as we approach our 3rd Circumnavigation around the world in the coming days.

Our Locate and Track page has been updated for K9YO, for NOAA Hysplit, APRS and Ventusky for wind speed and direction. AA6DY has been updated for the NOAA Hysplit Model. The Sondehub Float models from November 11th are still shown on our Locate and Track page.

Till Tomorrow, 73, Cary KD9ITO

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