On Sunday, Aug 28th, early in the morning the 6th Amateur Radio Weather Balloon was successfully launched from Singapore. Balloon Experiments with Amateur Radio (BEAR-6) with the call sign 9V1UP-11 lifted off at 6:50 SGT.
Payload DRA818V with APRS telemetry – location, altitude, temperature and pressure, on 144.39 MHz and with SSTV (Robot 36) on 145.55 MHz was assembled by 9V1LW. The BEAR-6 team members were Lih Wei 9V1LW, Fu Hang, 9V1FH, Choong, 9V1CV and Chew, 9V1YP.
It went to a height above 32 km and speed exceeded 90 km/h a one point.The flight ended with the loss of signal at 10:33.
Balloon Experiment with Amateur Radio BEAR-5 is expected to be airborne on Sunday, 12th Jun 2022 from around 06:45 SGT. CAAS, RSAF and IMDA have approved our application to launch. Payload DRA818V is assembled by 9V1LW and 9V1CV.
APRS on 144.390 MHz, will transmit telemetry: location, altitude, temperature and pressure.
On reaching higher altitude, every 5 minutes SSTV on 145.500 MHz, transmitting a virtual postcard of the balloon.
Join the fun hunting for the APRS signals after launch. The balloon is estimated to be in the air for a few hours. Signals are likely to be received in the region: Singapore, Johor, and Riau. For the past few months, a team of Singapore hams have worked on a project to launch a weather balloon carrying amateur radio. The flight system consists of a 600g weather balloon filled with Helium (industrial grade) and the payload is assembled from a LightAPRS tracker. Approval of flight involved “no objection” from CAAS, RSAF and IMDA, and Saturday’s flight requires release clearance from RSAF duty controller. For launch, two teams will be deployed in the western side of Singapore. The launch team will attend to the lift off while the remote monitoring team will receive and iGate the APRS signals.
The project team is busy preparing for the launch and may not have time to answer questions that you may have. A presentation will share various aspects of the project at the next SARTS meeting. Come this Saturday, share in comments when you receive 9V1UP-11, stating your QTH and telemetry.