Well things have been really busy lately hence no project updates. At the last club night we were busy calculating what balloon and parachute we would need and then from this working out the remaining costs. We also spent some time following a flight that had been launched by Dave Akerman the same day to get some practice at using HabHub for following other HAB flights on HabHub.com.
I have been busy myself doing more research on radios and antennas and have purchased some of my own equipment (self funded). In order to ensure we have our own robust radio tracking system I have researched and invested in not one but two radio scanners. I bought an AOR AR8000 from E Bay needed a couple of repairs which I have already completed and a Yupiteru MVT-7100 from a fellow Habber. One of the scanners will be used in Mission Control and the other in the Chase Car.
The Yuptiteru came with a Log Periodic Antenna suitable for long range directional reception, the Chase Car still needs a Mag Mounted Antenna which I will buy shortly.
To assist with radio tracking we have also been in touch with the Appledore and District Amateur Radio Club and as a result they have kindly volunteered to assist with the project. One member has already been tracking HAB flights, so we have struck lucky.
Finally the launch application letter has been sent by email and post and I have had a reply to say that it has been received and is being processed.
P.S. We had a visit from the North Devon Gazette, here is a link to the article.