Pig in Space

23:07 Fernando Luiz de Souza 0 Comments

Andrew Garratt M0NRD plans to launch Pinky Pig into near-space along with several 434 MHz transmitters at 12pm on Friday, September 25 from the National Hamfest at the Newark Showground.

Andrew has two pigs, Pinky and Perky, but it is Pinky wearing his fetching headset who has been selected to be the passenger on the High Altitude Balloon flight. During the flight images of Pinky will be transmitted to radio amateurs back on Earth using the Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) system.

The SSDV payload, callsign PINKY, will transmit on 434.575 MHz USB RTTY 300 bps 880 Hz shift ASCII-8 no parity 2 stop bits. The backup telemetry tracker, callsign PIGLET, will transmit 434.150 MHz USB RTTY 50 bps 380 Hz shift ASCII-7 no parity 2 stop bits.

There may also be LoRa spread spectrum transmitter on 434.450 MHz, callsign PERKY, however, at the time of writing there was a fault with the module.

The signals from the balloon should be receivable across most of the UK. Those overseas can use the SUWS WebSDR to receive the 434 MHz USB signals.

Read Andrew's Hamfest HAB - Pre Launch Update 

National Hamfest Sep 25-26

High Altitude Balloon links for online tracking, SSDV, UKHAS mail list / chat room, WebSDR

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