EOSS-203 Space Grant Community College Launch - Recap

EOSS-203 resulted in the successful flight and recovery of 9 payloads from COSGC community colleges, after reaching an altitude of over 103,000 ft.  The payloads were recovered approximately 7 miles north of Fort Morgan, Colorado at 40º 21.68' N, 103º 47.25' W (based on last received packet of KC0UUO-11).  http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/community-colleges/141-transfer/619-community-college-4

Event Date: 
Saturday, January 10, 2015 (All day)
Flight Coordinator: 
Tom Londrigan (KE7KCK)
Launch Site: 
Grid: 
Hwy 14 & 71 West, X=75, Y=50
Flights: 

EOSS-203

Flight Prediction (click this link, then scroll to EOSS 203) Launch time is 7:21 am MST.  (Launch time shifted to match later sunrise)

Balloon Type: 
Totex 3000g latex
Parachute: 
10ft
Beacons: 
FrequencyCallsignTypeNotes
147.420K0SCC-11APRS/Cutter/DF
144.34KC0UUO-11Primary APRSTimeslotted at 0:15 and 0:45
FrequencyList: 

Preflight Net:

  • 147.225 MHz CRA Repeater (107.2 Hz Tone) 8 pm MDT preceding night
  • 146.940 MHz (103.5 HZ Tone) RMRL Repeater if the CRA machine is down
  • 146.640 MHz (100 Hz Tone) DRL will serve as a backup frequency

Recovery Operations:

  • 449.450 MHz RMRL (103.5 Hz Tone)
  • 448.225 MHz (141.3 Hz Tone) Testing… PL verified 7/2/14
  • 446.100 MHz Field Simplex
  • 146.550 MHz Backup field simplex

Launch Site Simplex: 146.550 MHz

HF - Possible ops: 7.235 LSB

Tactical Calls: 
TacticalCall SignNameNotes
AlphaWA0GEH, KC0D, N0KKZMarty, Mark, RickTracking Coordinators
BravoKE7KCK, KG6HXMTom, SamTrackers
CharlieW9CN, KB0YRZMike, ChrisTrackers
DeltaK0SCC, KE0BMVStephen, ParkerTrackers
EchoKC0UUO, N0IXRob, DougTrackers, Presidential Limo
FoxtrotKC0LJohnTracker, Texas
GolfKD0SEMDave, RyanTrackers
HotelN4TCW, WN4ECWLee, EmilyTrackers
TR Breakfast: 
Hello Trackers, Looks like a possible icy adventure Saturday morning. Sure am glad Mark is driving:>) Here are some fine words from our flight coordinator, Tom. Launch site confirmed as Windsor, with launch at 7:21 AM mountain time. The latest predictions have us going east with landing somewhere near Fort Morgan. For those attending the launch, please be aware that conditions will be icy, and there may be holes or ditches concealed by snow. So step carefully and dress warmly. Likewise on the way to landing site, the recent freeze-thaw cycles may leave icy patches or mud on the back roads. Drive with caution. It WILL be slick at 5:30 am! Additionally let's be assured we will not head into the recovery site until we have clearance from the landowner or if Alpha requires us to secure the parachute. Stay safe and warm! Breakfast will be at McDonald's in Ft, Morgan at 6:45, with trackers leaving the area about 7:15 am.