October 5th 2022, 22:22 UTC, Grid QM13, Southeast of Yokohama, Japan

AA6DY woke at Grid QM13 at 22:22 UTC, 5:22pm CDT. We received our 2nd packet at 22:54 giving us a 6 Grid Maidenhead of QM13WM and an altitude of 14,240 meters, 46,707 feet.

Our actual total flight time is 32 days, 9 hours and 32 minutes, having launched on September 3rd 2022 at 13:30 UTC.

We are near where we were yesterday, moving northeast. Below is the Gridmap for our current location and the NOAA Hysplit Trajectory over 84 hours from October 5th thru October 9th, which I will continue to update.

Grid QM13WM 22:54 UTC

To follow where we are and where we are going we use the site Ventusky, which tracks the Jetstream at our location and altitude. From the above NOAA model, you’ll notice a change in direction on October 9th, this is based on the expected weather pattern over the coming days.

Ventusky is updated on our Links to Locate and Track tab, but also here Ventusky Oct 5th 21:00 UTC on this site you can zoom in and out, change the calendar date at the bottom left hand corner and follow where we may be going in the coming days. We use Ventusky in planning all our launches.

Our Links to Locate and Track tab is now updating all information including APRS, Following other Pico Balloons around the world, Ventusky and NOAA Hysplit. Please enjoy.

October 4th 2022, Day 33, 22:22 UTC, South of Yokohama, Japan.

AA6DY woke at Grid PM90RI at 22:22 UTC, 5:22pm CDT, just south of Yokohama and north of the Ogasawara Islands of Japan. Our altitude is 14,420 meters, 47,298 feet.

Grid PM90RI, Between Yokohama and Ogasawara Islands of Japan

The NOAA Hysplit below shows us heading northeast over the next 48 hours. The Ventusky Jetstream shows us staying in the same area for the rest of this evening. I’ll update the Hysplit later this evening, to see if it changes.

Our Links to Locte and Track tab is now updating for APRS, Tracking Pico Balloons around the world (including AA6DY), Ventusky for Jetstream and NOAA Hysplit.

We’d like to thank all those who are following our balloon, and a special call out to our new followers, from Japan who have been tracking us and reporting back to me by email. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing you’re out there and reaching us.

We’re working on updating our Getting Started and Technical page so others can do what we do. This is a work in progress, hope you can take a look and comment Getting Started/Technical page

October 3rd 2022, Day 32, 22:32 UTC, East of Yokohama, Japan, North Pacific Ocean

It’s Deja Vu all over again. AA6DY woke at 22:32 UTC, 5:32 pm CDT at Grid QM14MJ just east of Yokohama, Japan over the North Pacific Ocean. Our altitude is 14,420 meters, 47,298 feet.

QM14MJ East of Yokohama, Japan

For those that have been following from our launch on September 3rd 2022, we are flying a Yokohama 32″ sphere balloon that had been pre stretched to an almost 100 inch circumference, by our team member Stewart Spies KB9LM. It also took a special consultation from one of our newer members, Ken Daniel K9YO who has been very successful in long haul flights.

So here we are again, near Yokohama, Japan flying a Yokohama Balloon.

One of the members of our Pico Balloon Community, Tom Medlin, W5KUB is also flying a Yokohama balloon, currently flying 114 days, you can follow Tom’s flight here W5KUB-112

We’re in a Jetstream that’s going to loop up around, I hope we can get back to an easterly direction. Below is the NOAA Hysplit Trajectory model for the next 48 hours.

It’ll take a little while to update APRS and Sondehub, the Ventusky Jetstream has been updated on our website Locate and Track

Till tomorrow, 73, Cary KD9ITO

September 14th, day Twelve, North Pacific Ocean

We’re getting our first reports, AA6DY woke at Grid QM44KE at 21:52 UTC, 4:52 pm CDT. We’re over the North Pacific Ocean east of Yokohama, Japan at an altitude of 14,240 meters, 46,700 feet.

We are flying a Yokohama balloon, pretty amazing!

AA6DY at Grid QM44KE North Pacific Ocean, altitude 46,700 feet

I’ll be updating our Links to Locate and Track tab after we get some more information.