Retrieval ‘great example of international co-operation through amateur radio’
A balloon that originally came from California was found in a wooded area outside Liverpool, N.S., on Saturday.
The mid-altitude balloon was part of a four-balloon, cross-continent race from the west coast to the eastern time zone. The silver Mylar balloon that was found in Nova Scotia was the winner.
The Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club and the Annapolis Royal Space Agency retrieved the balloon after its four-day journey.
“It’s been an interesting day,” said Alphonse Penney, a member of the radio club. “It was a good drive in on the roads and then slogging through the woods. Even though it was only 750 metres, it’s thick bush and it took a while to get in there. But we recovered it quite easily. We spotted it from 95 metres away.”
There was a position reporting system on board, so the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club, with help from other amateur radio operators around the Liverpool area, was able to narrow the search field.
Would you like to talk to astronauts in the International Space Station? Make friends around the world? Build electronic projects? Assist your community in times of disaster? Keep in touch when traveling off the beaten path? If so, then welcome to wonderful world of Amateur Radio!
Amateur Radio operators, also known as “hams”, are licensed by the Federal Government to communicate with similarly authorized enthusiasts in almost every country in the world. They come from all walks of life – from the teenager next door, to people you know at work, to Nobel Prize winning scientists, astronauts, and famous entertainers. They all share a love for the magic of radio!
With the last day of 2018 about to enter the history books, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look back at what AVARC has accomplished this year, and give a preview of what’s coming up in 2019.
The highlight of the year was undoubtedly Field Day. AVARC partnered with the Kings County ARC in a joint effort that generated 1,892 QSOs, and 6,448 points. This was good for first place in not just our 2A category, but the top score in Canada in any category! It was also an excellent example of what two relatively small clubs can accomplish when they work together.
The 2018 Field Day results have been published. The combined Kings County / Annapolis Valley ARC entry was NUMBER ONE in all of Canada in any category, with 1892 QSOs and a score of 6448! Overall we were 131 of 2902 participants.
These are excellent results, and clearly show the benefits of two clubs working together to provide emergency communications support. Well done to all those who took part!