Saturday, April 24,
The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group
of Northern Virginia launched a small 11-ounce Ham Radio Beacon from Rocky
Gap State Park near Clumberland, MD. The payload rose to about 100,000 feet
where the balloon burst and the payload drifted back to earth. The members
of the Radio Group tracked the Beacon for almost 4 hours until it returned
to the ground near Gaithersburg, MD. Recovery teams were unable to locate
the small package because the beacon signal was lost.
This is the story of the launch. Our Launch
Team was composed of Mary - KF4UUY, Bob - KF4VBM, Ray - K4AJA, Paulson McIntyre
and Norm - AI2C. We had developed a Launch SOP and hoped it would guide us,
since none of us had actually launch a balloon of this size. As you see below
everything went great with the launch. And a good time was had by all.