Several amateur radio operators came together and started launching high altitude balloons with experimental amateur radio payloads. They nicknamed these balloon experiments with amateur radio as BEAR. A balloon carrying the payload along with an APRS tracker is released and reaches a height of 117,000 feet. At that altitude, the earth’s horizon is 460 miles compared to 2-3 miles at ground level.
On February 11, 2012, they launched BEAR-9 carrying a 4×5 camera as the payload. This large format camera resulted in spectacular pictures from the edge of Earth’s atmosphere. Check out the BEAR web site for more information.
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Bandspread – May 2012
Alan Applegate, KØBG, has been running his web site at kØbg.com since 2004. While the site is written for mobile amateur radio operators, he has “articles on amplifiers, antennas, bonding, impedance matching, installing hardware, mobile equipment, noise and RFI abatement, wiring, and much more.” They cover topics from the basic to the advanced and include his experiences building them.
Check Your Mailbox for the May Issue of QST
Read by: Ed KE4JWS
This May issue of QST focuses on digital operating. From RTTY to PACTOR III to PSK31 to D-STAR to JT65, there’s a digital mode to satisfy just about every ham appetite. And with new privileges on 60 meters, there’s a whole new band for digital operators to explore. So set aside a couple of hours, grab a snack and get ready to explore the May issue of QST.
If you’ve ever wanted to try D-STAR, but you don’t have access to a D-STAR radio, you won’t want to miss “From Analog to D-STAR” by Gary Pearce, KN4AQ. In his article, Pearce explores how D-STAR works, how to program a D-STAR radio and even how to get on the air with D-STAR using your existing equipment. QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, is a digital radio guru. His article “Who’s on JT65?” takes a look at this mode developed by Nobel Prize laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, and explores its strong growth as a digital mode on the HF bands.
ARRL Field Day: ARRL PR Committee to Host Field Day Webinar
Read by: MARTHA KJ4RIQ
The ARRL Public Relations Committee will be holding a free webinar entitled Field Day Press Release on Thursday, April 12 at 9 PM (EDT). This webinar is geared for those who want to learn the easiest — and most effective — ways to write up a media release for Field Day and actually get it noticed by the media in your home region. Learn the “tricks of the trade” from the people who actually work in radio, television and print media. ARRL Public Relations Committee Chairman Steven Polunsky, W5SMP, will host the event; Polunsky is also the Public Information Coordinator for the ARRL’s South Texas Section. Joining Polunsky are Bill Husted, KQ4YA (print), Mark Kraham, W8CMK (TV) and Don Carlson, KQ6FM (radio). Space is limited — reserve your spot today.