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Embry Riddle WX Balloon Launch with SharkRF OpenSpot - Post Event Discussion

Six Shooters ARC - San Diego
Presentation August 21, 2017

Occurred June 10, 2017
Embry Riddle OpenSPOT In Near Space Post Event Discussion.

If YouTube video available will post link.

Gene Swiech WB9COY will present his high altitude balloon payload which included a DMR OpenSPOT transmitting on 439.000MHz. The payload was launched from Emery Riddle University in Prescott Arizona as part of the NASA Eclipse project. Other accepts of the payload included a 5GHz down link and an APRS GPS reporting sytem. The OpenSPOT with only 20mW of power was easily heard 30 miles down range. The openSPOT also was able to access the internet allowing hams across the country to connect to the payload. This was accomplished via the 5GHz downlink.

Time permitting Gene will also demonstrate how the OpenSPOT can be used via the AREDN broadband ham net system using a Raspberry PI server. Two OpenSPOT modules will be connected via the AREDN system and a completely off the grid contact will be made using the two OpenSPOT modules severed by the Raspberry PI.

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