November 21st 2022, AA6DY and K9YO

We’re still wating for K9YO to report today, last reporting on November 19th at 23:08 at Grid BN46HR just south of Alaska heading east. We were expecting K9YO to report somewhere just north of Montana over Canada. For now we’re going to call K9YO Missing in Action. Our Locate and Track page has the updated NOAA Hysplit model which shows K9YO expected “Best Guess” location around November 23rd over the Atlantic Ocean. I’ll update our Locate and Track page when I hear from K9YO.

We’re now linking a new feature on our Locate and Track page. We’re sharing from what we learned from Tom Medlin, W5KUB on an APRS feature showing all our balloons (currently two) on one page. Tracking AA6DY & K9YO on APRS APRS is showing the correct location when we update, however don’t rely on the altitude on APRS, please use the altitude we provide. APRS sometimes gets confused of the 2nd packet altitude. It’s a nice feature seeing both our balloons at their last reported location.

Pico Balloon AA6DY has left South America on November 21st at 10:32 UTC at Grid GJ71EN over the North Atlantic Ocean. Pico Balloon AA6DY was just northwest of Belem, Brazil flying at an altitude of 14,000 meters, 45,920 feet. We enjoyed our first travels over South America visiting Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Brazil

AA6DY at Grid GJ71EN, altitude 45,920 feet

Our “Best Guess” for Pico Balloon AA6DY on November 24th 2022

“Best Guess” AA6DY on November 24th 2022

Our Locate and Track page has been updated for the NOAA Hysplit model for both AA6DY and K9YO and for AA6DY; Ventusky for wind speed and direction and Sondehub for tracking other Pico Balloons around the world

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