So, you have been walking for an hour, not after climbing a whole lot, approximately 450 metres or so, you round a bend, and there is a lovely little ‘house’ where you can get some nibbles. All at 2100 metres. Very impressive.
It was an interesting experience, made even moreso by listening to the poor waiter explain several times to a potential customer that no, they could not take credit card, due to the fact that there was neither phone signal or electricity to run a credit card terminal available in the Tea House. Cash, was indeed, king.
After the Tea and sandwiches (Cucumber and cheese never tasted so good). I sought out the lavatory before we continued on our way. There was a member of staff standing outside the toilet wearing gloves, ear-protectors, and a handheld radio. When I enquired he informed me I had about 5 mins as the helicopter was on its way up to bring up an empty 40 gallon drum, and take away one of the full ones (I’ll leave it to your imagination). I quickly did my business and headed up the trail for a good view of the exchange.
Due to the wind, the helicopter had to make a few attempts before managing to drop the empty drum and collect a full one, much to the relief of other customers of the Tea House I daresay.
An amateur radio balloon carrying APRS on 144.390 MHz FM has left the USA. Requests have been sent out for APRS operators in the British Isles and Europe to listen for and help track the transatlantic balloon!
The APRS transmission, call sign K6RPT-11, is on 144.390 MHz FM the standard APRS frequency in North America.
At the time of writing, the balloon was South East of the Azores, moving at approx. 225 kph, heading for Morocco. See the link http://aprs.fi/?call=K6RPT-11&mt=roadmap&z=4&timerange=172800&_s=ss_call
Dec 13, 08:40 UTC: It changed course overnight, skipped Morocco, flew slightly North of Malaga and is now heading for Palermo, Italy at about 260kph.
09:25 UTC: It has slowed and dropped several thousand meters since the last beacon. I fear its heading for a dip in the Mediterranean.
09:46:30 UTC: Last packet, 56km/h 4437M
Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first Amateur Radio Satellite, OSCAR 1 (Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio). AMSAT UK has put online a telegram sent from the Radio Society of Great Britain, with news that OSCAR 1 had been received in the United Kingdom along with links to several articles on the satellite and an audio clip of it.