[00:00] <rjmunro> Party balloons can stay inflated for several days at ground level - how long is it expected to stay aloft?
[00:00] <fsphil> last I heard it was heading east
[00:01] <fsphil> so probably out to the north sea
[00:01] <fsphil> nobody knows if it will float, that's what they want to test
[00:02] <fsphil> but yea it could float for days :D
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[00:14] <NigeyS> phil
[00:14] <fsphil> yo
[00:14] <NigeyS> theyre testing the new near-ir telescope right now, having the images sent to me, frikkin awsome!
[00:15] <fsphil> what are they imaging?
[00:16] <NigeyS> ill upload now
[00:17] <NigeyS> www.nigey.co.uk/astro/lastimage2.jpg
[00:17] <NigeyS> thats only a 30second exposure :o
[00:17] <SpeedEvil> neat
[00:17] <SpeedEvil> What's the FOV?
[00:17] <NigeyS> let me check
[00:18] <NigeyS> 16x16 arc minutes
[00:18] <NigeyS> http://wiki.global-rent-a-scope.com/GetFile.aspx?File=GRAS_Telescopes/IRDK20_14.JPG
[00:19] <fsphil> this is the best I've got of the nebula: http://www.sanslogic.co.uk/images/astrophotography/orion-nebula-1-2007-02-03.jpeg
[00:19] <NigeyS> not bad dude!
[00:19] <NigeyS> its very hard to image as the core gets over exposed so easily
[00:19] <fsphil> I was well chuffed :)
[00:20] <fsphil> the stars are doubled though, the scope wobbled during the exposure
[00:20] <fsphil> that was ages ago, I must try again
[00:20] <fsphil> not being able to focus properly put me off astrophotography
[00:20] <SpeedEvil> That is good
[00:21] <NigeyS> AP is tricky, so many variables
[00:21] <fsphil> the camera I have doesn't have live preview, so focus is a guessing game
[00:21] <NigeyS> everything has to be just right, optics, seeing, transparency, weather, preferably no moon, mount trackin, post processing..etc
[00:22] <fsphil> have you used one of these?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahtinov_mask
[00:22] <NigeyS> phil i use a nikon d60 at home, and i get the same problem, can be a right arse
[00:22] <NigeyS> not yet, but some people i know swear by them
[00:27] <NigeyS> mailto:?body=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Falbum.php%3Faid%3D47083%26id%3D1072598775%26l%3D09dedd9994&subject=Astro Pics
[00:27] <NigeyS> oops
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[00:27] <NigeyS> let me try that again
[00:27] <NigeyS> http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=47083&id=1072598775&l=09dedd9994
[00:28] <NigeyS> a few more pics in there phil
[00:28] <fsphil> gorgeous shot of M81
[00:30] <NigeyS> lovely aint she, and thats just 1 exposure
[00:30] <fsphil> single exposure or stacked?
[00:30] <NigeyS> that m94 image was an arse mind, just didnt come out right at all :/
[00:30] <NigeyS> single
[00:30] <fsphil> oh it says right there
[00:30] <NigeyS> hehe
[00:31] <NigeyS> you should sign up for the free trial at gras, something to do on cloudy nights
[00:31] <fsphil> definitely
[00:31] <fsphil> are you using an equatorial mount?
[00:31] <NigeyS> and that moon pic, was just the htc hero held to the 8inch scope eyepiece .. tricky to do but what a shot! lol
[00:32] <NigeyS> yeah, theyre the best for AP, if you use alt-az you need a wedge
[00:33] <SpeedEvil> My lunar photography tops out at a camera jammed into binoculars.
[00:33] <SpeedEvil> :)
[00:33] <SpeedEvil> I should try stacking with the n900 again
[00:34] <NigeyS> if it works.. :D .. be surprised just what you see in binos mind!
[00:34] <NigeyS> m31 easily if in a dark enough site
[00:34] <SpeedEvil> That does work
[00:34] <SpeedEvil> The camera + binocs
[00:34] <SpeedEvil> clamped well
[00:34] <NigeyS> Genius :D !!
[00:34] <SpeedEvil> They also work great for beam expanders for laser pointers
[00:35] <NigeyS> haha yes, watch out for the planes mind..lol
[00:35] <SpeedEvil> With a convenient second scope to pick up the bounce
[00:35] <fsphil> My attempt at M31 just shows a blurry spot :)
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[00:36] <NigeyS> from my garden im lucky to even get that phil!
[00:36] <fsphil> yea, dark skies are getting rarer
[00:37] <NigeyS> ihave a great big sodium streetlight lightinh up my garden, how nice of cardiff city council
[00:37] <NigeyS> lighting*
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[00:39] <fsphil> maybe they'll start switching them off to save money
[00:40] <NigeyS> ill happily do it for them!
[00:40] <NigeyS> At least two pigs are on the loose in Southampton after escaping from a farm.
[00:40] <NigeyS> dejavu ?
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[01:05] <NigeyS> lol
[01:07] <NigeyS> http://haysvillelibrary.wordpress.com/2010/05/10/the-laser-at-50/
[01:07] <NigeyS> you want 1 of them
[01:10] Action: SpeedEvil1 doesn't know where he'd fit a keck observatory.
[01:11] <NigeyS> maybe a iccle big for the garden :P
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[01:12] <SpeedEvil1> It would make a really handy shed to tidy stuff into.
[01:14] <NigeyS> :p
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[01:14] <NigeyS> lets see who knows this ..
[01:14] <NigeyS> 1420mhz is the frequency for ... ?
[01:15] <SpeedEvil1> hydrogen line?
[01:15] <SpeedEvil1> or something.
[01:15] <SpeedEvil1> oh - m
[01:15] <NigeyS> yups, hydrogen
[01:15] <SpeedEvil1> That's about the resting heartrate of the african greater swan.
[01:16] <NigeyS> dam...
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[01:16] <juxta> heh
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[01:16] <juxta> some swan that
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[01:20] <NigeyS> hey juxta
[01:20] <juxta> hi NigeyS
[01:20] <juxta> how are you?
[01:20] <NigeyS> im good dude, yaself ?
[01:23] <NigeyS> wish the moon would sod off for a bit :@
[01:28] <juxta> heh, doing well
[01:28] <juxta> getting ready for a launch tomorrow
[01:28] <Darkside> hey juxta
[01:28] <Darkside> joel is almost at uni
[01:28] <juxta> hi Darkside
[01:28] <Darkside> im just sorting out our power
[01:29] <Darkside> just got a 4xAA battery holder, that should be fine
[01:29] <juxta> okay
[01:29] <juxta> have we heard back from Shaun?
[01:30] <Darkside> i forwarded you an email from hi
[01:30] <NigeyS> yey another aus launch :D
[01:31] <juxta> yeah - but that didn't have an answer in it
[01:32] <Darkside> yeah...
[01:32] <SpeedEvil> NigeyS: It was quite handy earlier - I was doing stuff outside in the garden.
[01:32] <NigeyS> its a in! i refer to it as the lighbulb in the sky!! lol
[01:32] <Darkside> they said they were going into a meeting
[01:32] <NigeyS> pain*
[01:32] <juxta> I'm off for a minute, time to make a trip to the hardware store
[01:32] <Darkside> not sure what the result of that is..
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[01:33] <NigeyS> hmm within 2 hours if you guys are still around, you'll be the first to know if ive spotted an asteroid.. excited? lol
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[01:44] <Darkside> juxta: i've emailed shaun again basically asking what the charities are directly
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[04:04] <Darkside> ok
[04:04] <Darkside> juxta: hey
[04:05] <shenki> o/
[04:05] <Darkside> \o shenki
[04:05] <Darkside> sup
[04:05] <Darkside> i can type faster than oyu
[04:05] <Darkside> haha
[04:05] <shenki> not much. riding a train
[04:06] <Darkside> (we are on teh same train)
[04:06] <Darkside> haha
[04:06] <Darkside> catchin a train, havin a bud
[04:06] <Darkside> true
[04:07] Last message repeated 1 time(s).
[04:07] <shenki> juxta: so we owe you one FSA03
[04:07] <Darkside> we broke it :<
[04:07] <Darkside> wait no, joel broke it
[04:07] <Darkside> :P
[04:07] <shenki> it's gone to IC heaven
[04:07] <Darkside> though i killed it even more when i 'desoldered' it
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[04:08] <Darkside> as in, got rid of most of the solder, then effectively ripped it off the board...
[04:08] <Darkside> couldn't do anything else :<
[04:08] <Darkside> anyway, we have a replacement GPS module working, and we're gonna buy like 3 of those modules as soon as we have a supplier
[04:08] <Darkside> so you'll get a replacement
[04:09] <shenki> turns out they noobed up the transistorswitch for the gps power
[04:09] <shenki> that's why i had so much trouble yesterday
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[04:41] <juxta> shenki, Darkside
[04:41] <juxta> what happened? :S
[04:58] <juxta> off to get the helium
[04:58] <juxta> back in a while
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[06:31] <W7AS> Hello All, On the spacenear.us site I saw three icons a few hours ago, now nothing ??? Is there a way to pull up history ???
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[08:16] <jcoxon> oh dear - rain rain rain
[08:19] <jcoxon> jonsowman, Randomskk - any of you around?
[08:19] <Colin_> and more rain
[08:20] <jcoxon> Colin_, yeah not great
[08:20] <jcoxon> we should just fill indoors :-)
[08:20] <Colin_> don't forget to allow for the weight of the raindrops when working out the lift
[08:21] <jcoxon> tis a good point
[08:21] <jcoxon> accuweather thinks it'll stop by 12
[08:30] <jcoxon> hmmm need to recruit a norfolk receiving station
[08:30] <jcoxon> anyone know someone who would be interested?
[08:40] <jcoxon> okay submitted to southgatearc
[08:46] <Colin_> difficult on a work day
[08:47] <jcoxon> indeed
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[08:47] <jcoxon> just need one :-)
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[08:56] <jonsowman> hi jc
[08:56] <jonsowman> oh, damn
[09:09] <natrium42> gnite
[09:09] <natrium42> good luck with the launch!
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[09:48] <fsphil_> morning jcoxon, all still go?
[09:48] <jcoxon> yeah i think so
[09:48] <jcoxon> weather is very wet
[09:49] <LazyLeopard> Aye, 'orrible soggy here, too..
[09:50] <jcoxon> i hoping that we can fill undercover
[09:50] <fsphil_> clear skys here, hopefully heading your way too
[09:50] <jcoxon> then we just walk it out and let go
[09:50] <jcoxon> as the balloon is mini
[09:50] <Randomskk> hopefully so
[09:50] <Randomskk> cued at 11 still?
[09:51] <jcoxon> 11:30
[09:51] <jonsowman> 11.30
[09:51] <jonsowman> :)
[09:51] <Randomskk> cool
[09:51] <jcoxon> need to pop into b and q on the way and grab some foiled bubble wrap
[09:52] <jcoxon> as i've got foam but need something a bit more waterproof
[09:53] <jcoxon> jonsowman, i was think - we could fill under the covered bit when you leave the bar
[09:53] <jonsowman> that's an idea
[09:54] <jonsowman> should be fine
[09:54] <jcoxon> and then walk it out
[09:54] <jcoxon> the only wet bit is getting the tank there
[09:54] <jonsowman> hehe
[09:54] <jonsowman> i'm sure we'll manage
[09:55] <jcoxon> hehe lets hope so
[09:55] <jcoxon> so here is the challenge - the fill hole on the balloon is quite small
[09:55] <jcoxon> we'll need to craft an adapter
[09:56] <jcoxon> i've brought some tubing that fits the balloon
[09:56] <jcoxon> then we could just use the normal filling tube but with some tape
[09:56] <jcoxon> to the little tube
[09:56] <jcoxon> also would reduce the pressure when filling
[09:56] <Randomskk> there is not much tape won't solve
[09:56] <jonsowman> that sounds like it'll work
[09:57] <jonsowman> just need to careful with the cylinder valve
[09:58] <jcoxon> yeah
[10:00] <jcoxon> okay setting off now
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[10:01] <fsphil_> this should be interesting!
[10:02] <jonsowman> s/interesting/wet/
[10:02] <jonsowman> :P
[10:13] <fsphil_> not for me *g*
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[10:15] <NigeyS> *yawns* morning all
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[10:22] <fsphil_> morning NigeyS, you're up early! :)
[10:24] <fsphil_> any luck last night?
[10:27] <NigeyS> ya thought id rise early for once lol, not looked through the images yet, but im hopeful :D
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[10:28] <NigeyS> james's launch heading east i take it ?
[10:29] <Randomskk> ish
[10:30] <NigeyS> oh
[10:34] <fsphil_> I meant to setup the radio here, incase it went heigher than expected
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[10:35] <NigeyS> reckon its worth me doing mine ?
[10:37] <fsphil_> if it gets to 5km, reception should be possible within 300km
[10:37] <NigeyS> sweet
[10:37] <fsphil_> that's with a flat horizon though
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[10:37] <fsphil_> might be a bit more, might be a bit less
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[10:56] <SpeedEvil> 300km sounds high
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[10:57] <SpeedEvil> given it's only 500km at 30km
[10:57] Action: SpeedEvil ponders.
[10:57] Action: SpeedEvil decides it's too early to ponder.
[11:00] <Darkside> fsphil_: you there?
[11:00] <fsphil_> hi Darkside, sorta here
[11:00] <NigeyS> hey SpeedEvil
[11:01] <fsphil_> I mean 300km distance, from a payload 5km up :)
[11:03] <Darkside> fsphil_: i need to modify the darkside payload xml file
[11:03] <Darkside> where can i go to get the xml, so i can modify it and send it to people to upload or something
[11:04] <jonsowman> http://robertharrison.org/listen/darkside.xml
[11:04] <jonsowman> i assume that's what you mean?
[11:05] <NigeyS> hey jonsowman
[11:05] <jonsowman> hi NigeyS
[11:05] <NigeyS> how's things mr ?
[11:05] <jonsowman> fine thank you, yourself?
[11:05] <Darkside> yep jonsowman
[11:05] <Darkside> im editing it now
[11:05] <NigeyS> all good here :D
[11:06] <jonsowman> right, am off for the launch
[11:06] <jonsowman> will try and keep this channel updated
[11:07] <jonsowman> bbl
[11:07] <NigeyS> see you in a bit, good luck :)
[11:07] <Darkside> hmmm
[11:08] <NigeyS> hey Darkside wassup ?
[11:09] <Darkside> hey
[11:09] <Darkside> just working out the xml stuff
[11:09] <NigeyS> ahh, your launch is tonight right? (UK)
[11:10] <Darkside> uhmmm
[11:10] <Darkside> about 0UTC on the 18th
[11:11] <NigeyS> brill
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[11:15] <fsphil_> ah, a bit earlier than usual
[11:16] <Darkside> fsphil_: hey
[11:16] <Darkside> i need xml help
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[11:17] <Darkside> i.e. how to get temp displayed properly
[11:17] <Darkside> also battery voltage
[11:17] <juxta> you mean on the tracker Darkside?
[11:17] <Darkside> yeah
[11:17] <Darkside> i.e. what do i put in teh xml to display this
[11:17] <fsphil_> you need a field of type: <dbfield>temp_int</dbfield>
[11:17] <juxta> that's not in the XML as such
[11:18] <Darkside> fsphil_: ok got that
[11:18] <Darkside> and data type is fine as integer?
[11:18] <fsphil_> decimal
[11:18] <Darkside> ok
[11:18] <Darkside> is there a list of what things it will ccept somewhere?
[11:18] <Darkside> i ssume you have a launch to deal with :P
[11:19] <fsphil_> I don't think there's a list, the best place is probably to compare with the other payload xmls
[11:19] <Darkside> ok
[11:19] <juxta> fsphil_, the fields that get displayed on the tracker are hardcoded per payload
[11:20] <juxta> (in the tracker that is)
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[11:23] <fsphil_> ahh, I thought it pulled it in from the xml
[11:24] <fsphil_> so what's the xml for if it's not used by the tracker?
[11:24] <juxta> uh it's a bit hodgepodge really, the result of stuff being built on over the years I guess
[11:25] <juxta> the XML does define the format for the payloads
[11:25] <juxta> but it doesnt for example define the field names in the tracker
[11:26] <fsphil_> so before a launch, someone has to go into the tracker and say... field 8 is temperature, 9 is latitude... and so on
[11:28] <juxta> well it's defined per-payload
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[11:28] <juxta> there are a bunch of functions with arrays of labels relevant to individual payloads
[11:29] <juxta> natrium42, are you in?
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[11:35] <Darkside> hmm, need to get the XML for mine working properly tho
[11:36] <Darkside> else its not going to upload properly i think
[11:50] <Laurenceb__> what time is the launch?
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[11:52] <NigeyS> 12:30 i think
[11:53] <Laurenceb__> cool
[11:57] <davejay> Hope all dos to plan
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[11:59] <fsphil_> it's got great potential for long-duration flights
[11:59] <LazyLeopard> Hmmm... Lull in the rain... Might be time to put that antenna out...
[12:00] <chembrow> and lower cost flights
[12:00] <SpeedEvil> what has?
[12:00] <SpeedEvil> lower cost
[12:00] <SpeedEvil> He?
[12:00] <SpeedEvil> err
[12:00] <SpeedEvil> H
[12:01] <chembrow> micro balloons
[12:01] <SpeedEvil> ah
[12:01] <SpeedEvil> I have some of them, from 3M
[12:01] <SpeedEvil> glass, 50um in diameter.
[12:01] <SpeedEvil> They look really pretty under a microscope
[12:01] <chembrow> lol
[12:02] <chembrow> but no pretty pictures from a pico-hab
[12:02] <chembrow> which is what I really want to get
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[12:29] <Darkside> apologies to the picoatlas guys...
[12:29] <Darkside> we're testing this payload still..
[12:29] <Darkside> (the 'Darkside' payload)
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[12:30] <Tink> Have I the right day... is there a balloon going up from Cambridge today (12:30pm)
[12:30] <Darkside> yep
[12:31] <Tink> Cool... I havent used IRC for 21 years... and It works! asuming Mr Darkside was replying to me
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[12:31] <SpeedEvil> seems likely.
[12:31] <fsphil_> welcome back to the madness Tink
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[12:32] <Tink> Yep... cheers fsphil.
[12:32] <Tink> IRC is all push button now, and I dont get it , so Im just doing things old school on the server window.
[12:32] <fsphil_> telnet? :)
[12:33] <Tink> Nope
[12:33] <Tink> but looks the same
[12:33] Action: SpeedEvil just uses xchat.
[12:33] <SpeedEvil> Though BitchX still works.
[12:33] <Tink> Ahh the old days... rloginin into sites then using other anony servers and uuencoding stuff to get round firewalls
[12:33] <fsphil_> I did telnet once, but replying to pings quickly is tricky -- the server has a habbit of kicking the connection if you're not fast enough
[12:34] <Tink> Is there still such a thing as the Undernet?
[12:34] <fsphil_> yea
[12:34] <Tink> cool
[12:35] <Tink> Well, its coffee time.. then off to look at the old archives.. see if I can find an ancient version of Mirc ... one that doesnt expire after x days
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[12:37] <Darkside> sorry about the adelaide baloon dudes
[12:37] <Darkside> my bad
[12:37] <Tink> fsphil_ ... your not Phile Male by any chance R U?
[12:37] <Tink> whoops
[12:37] <Tink> Phile = Phil
[12:38] <fsphil_> nope
[12:38] <Tink> OK
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[12:38] <Tink> Does everyone on this channel own an expensive radio and RTTY converter software... or whatever it is?
[12:39] <SpeedEvil> no.
[12:39] <Tink> oh
[12:39] <Tink> just a social group who like balloons?
[12:39] <SpeedEvil> fl-digi is quite good at what it does though. The distributed listener client is awesome.
[12:39] <SpeedEvil> Pretty much.
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[12:40] <Colin_> Tink: define "expensive radio" you can copy telemetry with a used rig off ebay and a 10 year old PC running free software
[12:40] <Tink> fl digi, just had a quick look at a website regards that software.. looks like fun for nerds like me!
[12:41] <jcoxon> got lock
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[12:41] <jcoxon> just waiting for He
[12:41] <NigeyS> hey james
[12:42] <LazyLeopard> Ah. Pico is on the map. :)
[12:42] <Tink> Colin.. I saw RTTY working in 1981 using a ZX81 and an old Post Office Radio.. I just assumed that you needed one of those big ole radios with 10 fine tuning dials to get anything out of it.
[12:42] Action: Elwell wonders if he can 'aquire' some helium from the tanks at work... http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1190780
[12:43] <Tink> Helium. ah, the gas that amuses me so much.
[12:44] <Colin_> Tink, no fldigi acts as a soft modem so if you a little off freq it compensates
[12:44] <Colin_> and my intro to rtty was with a Creed 7b in the late 70s
[12:45] Action: Laurenceb__ uses http://ukhas.org.uk/guides:chipcon_cc1020_software_define_radio
[12:45] <Colin_> Hmm.. the alt is showing 89m is something out of calibration or is that the expected accuracy
[12:46] <Tink> Wo... Colin, you either work with this stuff or thats one serious hobby if your still into it. TTFN Chaps and Chap esses, I have enjoyed my first use of IRC in 21 Years!, why did I ever get sidetracked by women??
[12:46] <Colin_> tink, naw I'm just old
[12:47] <Graham_G3VZV> ah the 'old 7B and that peculair hot oily smell and getting a belt off the 80-0-80v line
[12:47] <Colin_> and the noise
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[12:47] <Tink> Good Luck Colin, I hope you guys have success tracking that old balloon from Cambridge. Speaking of which it should have been launched now. TTFN
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[12:48] <Elwell> is there any way you can identify the firmware version of a GPS chipset (and if its replacable for HA stuff?) I have an http://ukhas.org.uk/guides:chipcon_cc1020_software_define_radio
[12:48] <Elwell> err nope
[12:48] <Elwell> is there any way you can identify the firmware version of a GPS chipset (and if its replacable for HA stuff?) I have an EM-406A module I can reuse if needed
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[12:49] <Elwell> but its srif3
[12:50] <Elwell> http://www.sparkfun.com/products/465
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[12:55] <jcoxon> still waiting for He
[12:55] <Laurenceb__> is it on site?
[12:56] <NigeyS> im in the bristol channel :|
[12:57] Action: SpeedEvil passes NigeyS some floats.
[12:57] <NigeyS> lol merci
[12:58] <SpeedEvil> Elwell: generally you can't replace firmware.
[12:58] <SpeedEvil> Colin_: altitude is fairly inaccurate with GPS
[12:59] <Colin_> Oh, it's gps alt that explains it
[12:59] <Elwell> SpeedEvil: dang, thats what I was expecting
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[13:01] <Laurenceb__> is it floating?
[13:02] <SpeedEvil> http://ukhas.org.uk/guides:gps_modules
[13:02] <SpeedEvil> yeah - sirfIII is a problem chipset
[13:04] <fsphil_> nice number of receivers
[13:04] <fsphil_> none to the east though
[13:04] <G4FFC> G4FNS, is that you David?
[13:05] <M0DTS_Rob> I wonder if the mod will have some fun tracking this metallic object today too...!
[13:06] <pelham123> >G4FNS Hi. Copying your mate on 40M but lots of QRM
[13:07] <G4FNS> i'm just going to listen for him
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[13:11] <AlanWB5RMG> Good Day folks, looks like a good day for floating about
[13:11] <AlanWB5RMG> watching via spacenear.us
[13:11] <Elwell> SpeedEvil: ach well, works ok in its primary role as a PPS output at ground level :-)
[13:11] <NigeyS> yeeha im back on dry land lmao
[13:16] <Laurenceb__> i see you baby, shakey your ublox5
[13:17] <NigeyS> lol
[13:18] <M0DTS_Rob> I'm off to work... Good Luck with picoatlas!
[13:18] <Laurenceb__> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holographic_Versatile_Disc
[13:18] <Laurenceb__> ^insane
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[13:19] <NigeyS> 6TB on 1 disk .. ffs !!
[13:19] <fsphil_> sweet!
[13:19] <fsphil_> that's been coming 'real soon now' for ages though
[13:19] <NigeyS> as always with new tech, it is always "coming soon" :/
[13:20] Action: SpeedEvil notes bubble memory.
[13:20] <SpeedEvil> Though sometimes it arrives.
[13:20] <SpeedEvil> I think it was 1990 I first heard claims that flash was going to displace disk.
[13:21] <fsphil_> true, it's getting there now
[13:21] <NigeyS> crikey was it that long ago :o
[13:21] <Laurenceb__> Maxell plan one for early 2020 with a capacity of 500 GB and transfer rate of 20 MB/s
[13:21] <Laurenceb__> delay much
[13:22] <G4FNS> good luck pelham123
[13:24] Action: Laurenceb__ wonders if picoatlas is ever going to launch
[13:25] <Colin_> Laurenceb__: they were waiting for He I believe
[13:25] <Laurenceb__> ah
[13:25] <chembrow> He who must not be named?
[13:31] <fsphil_> temperature is showing as 0 -- nippy day in cambridge?
[13:31] <Colin_> not that bad
[13:32] <fsphil_> ooh the map has the scale ruler now
[13:32] <Colin_> yup added last week
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[13:35] <Laurenceb__> seems to be moving to launch site
[13:36] <jcoxon> its off
[13:36] <jcoxon> very little lift
[13:36] <jcoxon> its not going to go well
[13:36] <jcoxon> we had to add more balloons
[13:36] <jcoxon> eek
[13:36] <Graham_G3VZV> weak but audible here
[13:37] <jcoxon> we also had to remove all the insulation
[13:37] <jcoxon> :-p
[13:37] <GW8RAK> How much lift is there from how many balloons?
[13:37] <fsphil_> it's naked?
[13:37] <jcoxon> 2 big 91cm balloons + 2 48cm balloons
[13:37] <NigeyS> its a nude hab :O !
[13:38] <jcoxon> its still climbing
[13:38] <jcoxon> just
[13:38] <LazyLeopard> Frequency 434070???
[13:38] <GW8RAK> Partially inflated?
[13:38] <Laurenceb__> is it sunny?
[13:38] <jcoxon> yes
[13:38] <Laurenceb__> solar heating may be significant
[13:38] <jcoxon> 434.07329
[13:38] <fsphil_> 0.9m/s ascent
[13:38] <GW8RAK> It is if you click satellite on the tracker :0
[13:38] <fsphil_> heading west too
[13:38] <Laurenceb__> well its high enough to avoid ground obsticles so far :P
[13:39] <NigeyS> west.. yey i might find it lol
[13:39] <fsphil_> I might get a chance myself ;)
[13:39] <Graham_G3VZV> 434.0753 on USB here
[13:39] <Futurity> Hi, can someone please remind me of the tracking URL?
[13:39] <juxta> ooh, balloon is up?
[13:39] <NigeyS> james go blow it south west a bit ;)
[13:39] <juxta> Futurity, http://spacenear.us/tracker
[13:39] <Graham_G3VZV> shift seems nearer 465hz
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[13:40] <Laurenceb__> does the temperature go -ive?
[13:40] <fsphil_> floating already?
[13:41] <juxta> wow, if so, that's a low float :)
[13:41] <Laurenceb__> heh float
[13:41] <juxta> jcoxon, can you still see it?
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[13:41] <jcoxon> yeah
[13:42] <Colin_> in the cloud base and the wet causing the drop in ascent rate?
[13:42] <fsphil_> little burst of speed
[13:42] <jcoxon> i'm in doors now
[13:42] <Laurenceb__> that was odd
[13:43] <Laurenceb__> downdraft maybe?
[13:43] <jcoxon> i think it went through the clouds
[13:43] <Laurenceb__> probably a temperature shift
[13:43] <fsphil_> it's accelerating .. slightly
[13:43] <Laurenceb__> warmer clouds
[13:44] <NigeyS> if it crosses the m40 i should be able to pick it up :D
[13:44] <fsphil_> could be some time!
[13:45] <NigeyS> ive got coffee and maple syrup pancakes.. im happy..lol
[13:46] <fsphil_> speaking of food, lunch time!
[13:46] <g4tnx> Did you have to inform the CAA or is it small enough to be exempt?
[13:46] <jcoxon> both
[13:46] <jcoxon> its small enough
[13:46] <jcoxon> but we told the
[13:46] <jcoxon> m
[13:47] <GW8RAK> What are the limits on the exemption please? Size of balloon or intended height?
[13:47] <juxta> jcoxon, does the balloon say 'happy birthday' or something on it? ;p
[13:47] <jcoxon> GW8RAK, 2m in all directions for the whole thing
[13:47] <jcoxon> juxta, the small ones do
[13:47] <GW8RAK> Okay, thanks for that.
[13:48] <juxta> heh - is this a bunch of small balloons or a big one?
[13:49] <jcoxon> 2 big + 2 small
[13:49] <jcoxon> we got desperate
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[13:50] <LazyLeopard> 434073.440 ;)
[13:50] <g7leu> i've seen previous launches mentioned in the notams for various local airfields but this time there is no mention in at least cambridge, stansted, birmingham or luton
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[13:50] <jcoxon> g7leu, we used the notam for cambridge and then contact the ATC before hand
[13:50] <Laurenceb__> google maps is really slow
[13:50] <g7leu> lovely strong signal here in burwell, but sadly i don't have decoding capability at the moment
[13:51] <Laurenceb__> waiting for khm.google.com ........
[13:53] <Laurenceb__> does the temperature go -ive?
[13:53] <jcoxon> thats not temp
[13:53] <jcoxon> thats tx mode
[13:53] <Laurenceb__> ah
[13:53] <juxta> I'll change the heading jcoxon
[13:54] <juxta> done - if you refresh it now says 'transmission mode'
[13:55] <g7leu> what is the significance of the green circle on the map?
[13:55] <SpeedEvil> 5 degree line of sight
[13:55] <g7leu> ok, ta
[13:55] <SpeedEvil> blue is 0 degree
[13:57] <Darkside> shiiiiiiit i need to be up in 6 hours
[13:57] <Laurenceb__> looks like a float at ~1Km
[13:58] <jcoxon> 1km!
[13:58] <Laurenceb__> oh its speeding up
[13:58] <Laurenceb__> odd
[13:59] <fsphil_> it keeps doing that
[13:59] <fsphil_> jcoxon: I hope you've no plans for today or tomorrow :)
[13:59] <Colin_> jcoxon: why no prediction data on the tracker?
[14:00] <jcoxon> oh we didn't load any
[14:00] <jcoxon> Colin_, partially as we have no idea what altitude it'll burst/float at
[14:01] Action: Colin_ nods - I guess if they pop at different alts it will do interesting things
[14:01] <fsphil_> if they pop at all
[14:01] <Colin_> true
[14:02] <Laurenceb__> how did you seal them?
[14:03] <fsphil_> about 10km from the launch site now
[14:03] <jcoxon> eek - sweepstake on float altitude
[14:04] <fsphil_> 5.5km
[14:04] <Darkside> shiiiiit, hope this still isnt floating in 10 hours or so..
[14:04] <Colin_> Darkside: why
[14:04] <fsphil_> the map can handle it :)
[14:04] <Darkside> because we're launching then
[14:04] <Darkside> haha
[14:05] <AlanWB5RMG> jcoxon - what alt are you aiming for ?
[14:05] <Colin_> the tracker handle more than one
[14:05] <fsphil_> slowing down again
[14:05] <jcoxon> AlanWB5RMG, no idea
[14:05] <Darkside> fsphil_: its more the shitloads of data coming in whenever you load spacenear.us thats the problem
[14:05] <jcoxon> the higher the better
[14:05] Action: Laurenceb__ guesses 1.4Km
[14:05] Action: Colin_ guesses 2.2km
[14:05] <fsphil_> good point Darkside
[14:06] <fsphil_> add a filter to the tracker? something like http://spacenear.us/tracker/pico
[14:06] <Darkside> wont work for tomorrows payloads :P
[14:06] <Darkside> since theres gonna be 2 payloads transmitting
[14:06] <fsphil_> aah more htan one
[14:06] <AlanWB5RMG> the WhiteStar team refers to a narrow band of jet sream for their trans-Atl float alt,
[14:06] <Darkside> yes we have a UHF and a VHF payload
[14:07] <juxta> jcoxon, do predictions put it turning around and heading out to sea?
[14:07] <jcoxon> yes
[14:07] <jcoxon> if it gets high enough :-p
[14:07] <juxta> hehe
[14:08] <AlanWB5RMG> but, that jet stream alt probably varies somewhat... /;^)
[14:08] <juxta> any guesses on altitude jcoxon?
[14:09] <Futurity> lol just checked http://spacenear.us/tracker/
[14:09] <Futurity> and its practically over my house
[14:10] <fsphil_> quick, release the secret weapon!!
[14:10] <Futurity> lol
[14:10] <Futurity> shame i'm working and not at home
[14:10] <NigeyS> lol
[14:10] <fsphil_> drat, foiled again!
[14:11] <NigeyS> Futurity, go and blow it a bit so it heads west :D
[14:11] <Futurity> may have got a full decoded packet ;)
[14:11] <juxta> fsphil, Futurity - what's the current freq?
[14:12] <jcoxon> really beginning to slow
[14:12] <jcoxon> not good
[14:12] <Futurity> I'm not receiving as at work
[14:12] <juxta> oh right
[14:12] <LazyLeopard> 434075.660
[14:12] <juxta> thanks LazyLeopard
[14:12] <Futurity> If i were at home, i'd be getting a great signal now
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[14:13] <LazyLeopard> Dial's at 434.074.40
[14:13] <fsphil_> no chance of a signal here at all :)
[14:13] <Futurity> i'll as my wife to step outside and see if she can see it
[14:13] <Graham_G3VZV> deepfades have started so its found some wind maybe
[14:13] <jcoxon> turn dam it
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[14:13] <juxta> jcoxon, do you not want it heading over london at that alt?
[14:14] <Graham_G3VZV> shift still around 460Hz
[14:14] <jcoxon> probably best not go that way
[14:15] <juxta> asc rate is still moving around a bit, perhaps it's just caught in winds
[14:15] <Elwell> freq shift is due to temp on modules?
[14:15] <NigeyS> speeding up again a bit
[14:15] <juxta> Elwell, yes
[14:15] <jcoxon> yeah the module is very exposed
[14:15] <juxta> does this one have the crystal oven running jcoxon?
[14:16] <LazyLeopard> Air-cooled, even?
[14:16] <jcoxon> juxta, no
[14:16] <jcoxon> its air-cooled
[14:16] <jcoxon> very air-cooled
[14:16] <NigeyS> its naked!
[14:16] <AlanWB5RMG> pretty sharp turn to the east, climbing better now
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[14:16] <NigeyS> grr west dam you west !
[14:16] <juxta> i really should go to bed
[14:17] <juxta> but I'm very interested to follow this
[14:17] <chembrow> there's a song reference in there...
[14:17] <NigeyS> hehe
[14:17] <NigeyS> lol chembrow
[14:17] <NigeyS> juxta, ustream for the launch tonight ?
[14:17] <juxta> yes I think Mark will be doing it
[14:17] <juxta> Darkside that is
[14:18] <NigeyS> can we have a kangaroo pleaseeeeeee weve had cows and horses, give us a kangaroo, a plastic one will do :p
[14:18] <juxta> maybe at the landing site
[14:18] <NigeyS> haha brill !
[14:18] <chembrow> jcoxon how much He did you use compared to a normal launch, was it significantly less?
[14:18] <jcoxon> chembrow, yes
[14:19] <jcoxon> but hte balloons are tiny
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[14:19] <NigeyS> hey jon
[14:19] <Laurenceb__> are there hardware photos?
[14:19] <jonsowman_mob> hi
[14:20] <chembrow> might be a good way to get a launch quicker and cheaper
[14:20] <Laurenceb__> float
[14:20] <NigeyS> eugh james its headed straight for Luton :|
[14:20] <jcoxon> eek
[14:20] <juxta> what's in Luton?
[14:20] <jcoxon> its going down
[14:20] <eroomde> that's where they tale terrorists who hijeack aeroplanes
[14:20] <eroomde> they divert them to luton
[14:20] <NigeyS> an airport for 1 :|
[14:20] <eroomde> I presume cos that's where most of them live
[14:21] <LazyLeopard> It's turned distinctly East...
[14:21] <NigeyS> oh -0.2m mi5 shot it down!
[14:21] <davejay> It heading toward my house lol
[14:21] <fsphil_> prepare the secret weapon again!
[14:21] <NigeyS> parcel it up and send it back to james :p
[14:21] <Laurenceb__> seems to be more or less floating
[14:22] <fsphil_> there goes my 5.5km guess
[14:22] <juxta> hmm, rising again now
[14:22] <NigeyS> its done a right angle turn .. fun
[14:22] <Elwell> who's G3VZV-FCD?
[14:22] <Graham_G3VZV> we could be tracking it for days...what is the expect battery life James?
[14:22] <eroomde> james says 20ish hrs
[14:22] <Elwell> ah, I guess Graham :-)
[14:22] <Graham_G3VZV> Elwell, Graham g3VZV using a FUNcube SDR dongle
[14:22] <Laurenceb__> 2Ah lipo iirc
[14:22] <jcoxon> Graham_G3VZV, over 20hrs
[14:22] <fsphil_> how's the funcube doing?
[14:23] <Elwell> Graham_G3VZV: same Q as ^^ :-)
[14:23] <Laurenceb__> ooh funcube
[14:23] <Elwell> saw the -fcd and wondered :-)
[14:23] <Laurenceb__> can anyone do harmonic rejection tests on the funcube?
[14:23] <Graham_G3VZV> dongle is doing fine - the satellite s nearing final engineering model stage so we are going all out to book/buy a launch later this eyar
[14:23] Action: Elwell still needs to make up some cables
[14:23] <NigeyS> i know where the balloons headed .. Newmarket races!
[14:23] <Laurenceb__> buy a launch ?!
[14:24] <Laurenceb__> who is paying?
[14:24] <juxta> whoa - 1.0m/s asc rate now
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[14:24] <Graham_G3VZV> Laurenceb, amsat memebrs and radio amateurs and anyone else we can get to cogh up via paypal etc:)
[14:25] <Laurenceb__> nice
[14:25] <Elwell> I'd have probably done more with my fcd if the damn Qt app didn't keep segfaulting
[14:25] <Laurenceb__> how much roughly will it cost?
[14:25] <LazyLeopard> ...and the ebay of dongle #200 is at 285 quid with five and a half days to go...
[14:25] <Laurenceb__> im guessing piggyback on another payload
[14:25] <NigeyS> heh jcoxon i might be coming back to cambridge..lol
[14:25] <NigeyS> it*
[14:26] <Graham_G3VZV> Laurenceb, the launch - prob about 50k euros..
[14:26] <Laurenceb__> wow
[14:26] <NigeyS> 50k :o what you launching, a bar of gold ?!
[14:26] <Laurenceb__> thats crazy cheap
[14:26] <chembrow> Graham_G3VZV have you got a web site with any info on it?
[14:27] <juxta> NigeyS, I'd say that's a rocket
[14:27] <NigeyS> sounds like, 50k though .. wow serious money
[14:27] <Laurenceb__> NigeyS: for a freaking satellite thats kind of cheap
[14:27] <Graham_G3VZV> try www.funcube.org.uk and wwww.funcubedongle.com
[14:27] <Elwell> strikes me as cheap
[14:27] <NigeyS> oooooo satellite
[14:27] <LazyLeopard> I'd say this site's a good bet --> http://funcube.org.uk/
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[14:28] <Graham_G3VZV> make that 3 w's
[14:28] <Laurenceb__> the funcude dongle, tbh im not convinced about harmonic rejection
[14:28] <chembrow> thx
[14:28] <Laurenceb__> *cube
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[14:28] <Laurenceb__> doesnt the LO on the DVBT tuner ic have lots of harmonics?
[14:28] <jcoxon> http://www.youtube.com/randomskk#p/a/u/0/VjpzSRefPeQ
[14:29] <Laurenceb__> and has anyone tested harmonic rejection with the funcube dongle?
[14:30] <juxta> jcoxon, oh wow, that just looks like a gift of some sort :)
[14:30] <AlanWB5RMG> jcoxon, nice left turn you programmed into the party balloons .. /;^)
[14:30] <Graham_G3VZV> laurenceb, dunno not an issue that I have heard abt . Howard G6LVB is the creator and uberguru
[14:30] <Laurenceb__> ok
[14:31] <Colin_> Hmm.. heading for Duxford
[14:31] <Laurenceb__> Graham_G3VZV: I looked at the feasibility of such a device a year or so ago, and found that harmonics in the LO kind of screwed it
[14:31] <Laurenceb__> maybe i was wrong.. dunno
[14:31] Action: Laurenceb__ went for hacking a chipcon transceiver instead
[14:32] <jcoxon> okay guys,
[14:32] <jcoxon> soon it'll drop into day mode
[14:33] <jcoxon> where they'll be 10 seconds gaps in between tx's
[14:33] <Laurenceb__> what does that mean?
[14:33] <m1x10> Hi all
[14:34] <NigeyS> hi m1x10
[14:34] <LazyLeopard> Ten seconds of silence between fixes, and a chirp at the beginning of each one, I expect... ;)
[14:34] <Graham_G3VZV> the AFC wont enjoy that:(
[14:34] <jcoxon> yeah it won't
[14:35] <jcoxon> but to save batteries and all
[14:35] <jcoxon> at 1600 it'll revert back
[14:36] <LazyLeopard> It flew directly oer Duxford..
[14:36] <Laurenceb__> its based on time, or altitude?
[14:37] <jcoxon> Laurenceb__, time
[14:37] <SpeedEvil> how long do you hope for the batteries to last?
[14:37] <SpeedEvil> Does it go into a slow mode on the ground?
[14:37] <jcoxon> i tested with an old lipo and it did over 20hrs
[14:37] <jcoxon> this is a better quality lipo
[14:38] <Futurity> I see that it survived Duxford Air Space museum :)
[14:38] <SpeedEvil> :)
[14:38] <NigeyS> speeding up again
[14:38] <Elwell> aah, so *thats* where hinxton is
[14:38] <jcoxon> come on 2km
[14:38] <jcoxon> come on
[14:39] <NigeyS> it'll do 2k easy
[14:39] <SpeedEvil> Oh - right
[14:39] <jcoxon> okay we are moving location
[14:39] <jonsowman_mob> bbl
[14:39] <jcoxon> bbiab
[14:39] <SpeedEvil> this is a teeny one, I forgot
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[14:39] <SpeedEvil> It looks like it's exponentiating out to 2800ish
[14:40] <Colin_> might get to my 2.2k
[14:40] <Laurenceb__> seems to be speeding up
[14:40] <NigeyS> ya, 2.5k maybe
[14:41] <SpeedEvil> What diameter and colour is this?
[14:42] <juxta> SpeedEvil, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjpzSRefPeQ
[14:42] <NigeyS> <jcoxon> 2 big 91cm balloons + 2 48cm balloons
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[14:43] <NigeyS> eek slowing down and heading south again
[14:43] <SpeedEvil> Do you have enough strapons?
[14:43] <SpeedEvil> err
[14:43] <SpeedEvil> mischan
[14:43] <NigeyS> wtf..lol
[14:44] <SpeedEvil> It's really not what it sounds like.
[14:44] <Laurenceb__> haha
[14:44] <NigeyS> mmhmm ;)
[14:44] <juxta> http://www.bash.org/?246405
[14:44] <juxta> erm, nsfw, etc
[14:44] <NigeyS> lmao juxta
[14:45] <GW8RAK> Safe for my work!
[14:45] <NigeyS> hm speeding up again almost 1m/s
[14:46] <juxta> okay - bed time!
[14:46] <SpeedEvil> Were the multiple balloons scientifically calculated for any reason, or 'hmm - not enough lift, add anohter' ?
[14:46] <juxta> night all, good luck James
[14:46] <SpeedEvil> juxta: Night.
[14:46] <NigeyS> nn juxta!
[14:46] <Darkside> juxta: thats code
[14:46] <Darkside> sex.c
[14:46] <NigeyS> think he said it was desperation...
[14:46] <juxta> SpeedEvil, yeah I think the later
[14:47] <SpeedEvil> It should allow for a nice controlled descent when one burst
[14:47] <SpeedEvil> s
[14:47] <juxta> true that
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[14:48] <Darkside> for those who were wondering" http://slexy.org/view/s2LebaOlTg
[14:49] <NigeyS> haha nice 1 Darkside
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[14:54] <Laurenceb__> "DARPA contract monitor",
[14:54] <Laurenceb__> lulwut
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[14:56] <juxta-phone> still rising? :p
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[14:57] <jcoxon> Update please
[14:58] <Colin_> heading to Haverhill
[14:58] <Colin_> 2.37Km alt
[14:58] <Colin_> rate 0.2m/s
[14:58] <jcoxon> Okay
[14:58] <jcoxon> Reception okay? Xx
[14:58] <NigeyS> 2.5 2.5 cmon .. :p
[14:59] <Colin_> still 3 trackers (not me, I'm at work)
[14:59] <jcoxon> Bbl
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[14:59] <juxta-phone> wow my phone renders the tracker so nicely
[14:59] <juxta-phone> Like a garbled mess
[14:59] <NigeyS> lol
[14:59] <NigeyS> what phone is it juxta ?
[15:00] <juxta-phone> nokia 1100
[15:00] <NigeyS> oo
[15:00] <fsphil_> still rising? maybe my 5.5 wasn't far off then
[15:01] <NigeyS> 0.1m/s .. possible i guess
[15:01] <Colin_> juxta-phone: it looks ok on my iPad
[15:01] <juxta-phone> my nokia 1100 has less pixels
[15:02] <juxta-phone> but... More buttons!
[15:03] <fsphil_> our boss got an htc desire .. lovely phone
[15:03] <NigeyS> i got the hd phil, top phone
[15:03] <juxta-phone> (it's an e71, i dont think an 1100 would quite cut the mustard for anything internet related)
[15:04] <juxta-phone> What alt is it at now guys?
[15:05] <fsphil_> 2.4km
[15:05] <Colin_> 2.4km
[15:05] <fsphil_> can't see it getting all that much higher
[15:05] <SpeedEvil> looks like it's still rising slowly
[15:05] <juxta-phone> Thats getting reasonably high :)
[15:05] <SpeedEvil> I'd not be surprised at my earlier estimate of 2.8
[15:06] <SpeedEvil> Tracker looks good on n90
[15:06] <SpeedEvil> n900
[15:06] <juxta-phone> Alrighty - i best sleep
[15:06] <juxta-phone> Night all
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[15:07] <SpeedEvil> Night.
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[15:11] <radicalbiscuit> is it transmitting on 434.075MHz?
[15:12] <fsphil_> give or take a few khz
[15:12] <Laurenceb__> might actually be floating now
[15:12] Action: russss takes a few khz
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[15:13] <radicalbiscuit> ok. and what kind of modulation?
[15:14] <Colin_> set radio to USB, then use fl-digi
[15:14] <Colin_> and choose payload - pico
[15:14] <radicalbiscuit> great. all i needed to know! thx
[15:15] <fsphil_> after picking pico, press autoconfigure
[15:16] <adambro> is it transmitting on 868mhz ?
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[15:16] <Laurenceb__> 434.075
[15:16] <Colin_> don't know, main telemetry is on 70cms
[15:17] <m1x10> fsphil: I guess the gps is working normally and I didnt damaged it: http://imagebin.org/133058
[15:18] <fsphil_> there's no 868mhz module this time
[15:18] <fsphil_> too risky
[15:18] <AlanWB5RMG> that alt is starting to level off nicely - looks good /;^)
[15:19] <Colin_> yup, it's pretty close to my 2.2Km guess
[15:19] <Colin_> Ah, we have a tracker to the east of the Balloon
[15:20] <adambro> ok re 868 mhz. I don't have a receiver for SSB on 70cms unfortunately
[15:20] <NigeyS> -0.4ms hmmm
[15:21] <NigeyS> burst already? :|
[15:21] <Colin_> steady downwards trend now
[15:21] <Colin_> maybe it opened one of the seals a bit and it's leaking
[15:21] <Colin_> be nice if it did come down, would save a wet landing
[15:21] <AlanWB5RMG> maybe one of the birthday candles burnt out ?
[15:21] <NigeyS> true
[15:22] <NigeyS> lol
[15:22] <Colin_> lol
[15:22] <LazyLeopard> Hmmm... Descending...
[15:23] <AlanWB5RMG> when I was a kid, in the 60s - we'd take a dry-cleaning bag, balsa spreaders at the base, with birthday candles...
[15:23] <SpeedEvil> Are all the balloons required to get positive lift?
[15:23] <m1x10> fsphil: http://imagebin.org/133060 :)
[15:23] <Colin_> SpeedEvil: they had to add a couple at the last min - so maybe
[15:24] <AlanWB5RMG> we would hang strips of Al foil to try to get on the radar at the airport.. /;^)
[15:24] <NigeyS> lol alan
[15:25] <Colin_> AlanWB5RMG: it's a silver mylar balloon it probably shows up quite nicely except that the de-clutter software will delete it
[15:27] <Colin_> coming down faster now - it must be losing gas
[15:27] Action: SpeedEvil imagines a duck resting on top of the payload.
[15:27] <chembrow> so no float then
[15:27] <g7leu> any recommendations for mac software that's able to decode the telemetry?
[15:28] <radicalbiscuit> dl-fldigi
[15:28] <Colin_> fl-digi?
[15:28] <Laurenceb__> need a better way to seal the envelopes i guess
[15:29] <NigeyS> think its gonna be a splashdown
[15:29] <Colin_> it will be close - but the direction will change again as it gets lower
[15:29] <g7leu> thanks re fldigi
[15:30] <LazyLeopard> At what altitude did it get into the eastward airstream? At some point it should drop back into that southward one...
[15:30] <Colin_> g7leu: if you actually want to send telemetry to update the tracker you need the dl- version
[15:30] <LazyLeopard> ...at about 1400m, it seems.
[15:30] <chembrow> what did the payload weigh in at in the end? anyone know?
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[15:31] <fsphil_> good news m1x10 !
[15:32] <Colin_> what? going up again
[15:32] <fsphil_> hehe, this may be the oddest flight path ever
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[15:32] <Laurenceb__> lulwut
[15:32] <Laurenceb__> maybe solar heating?
[15:33] <Colin_> I think a seagull must have perched on it for a bit
[15:33] <SpeedEvil> The duck got off.
[15:33] Action: Colin_ high 5's SpeedEvil
[15:33] <chembrow> is it likely that this is more sensitive to thermals etc... due to the lower lift?
[15:33] <Colin_> could be
[15:33] <LazyLeopard> Weird. ;)
[15:33] <SpeedEvil> also thermals happen more lower down
[15:33] <NigeyS> chembrow, about 80grams i think
[15:33] <SpeedEvil> usually payloads are going up at 5m/s or soish
[15:33] <SpeedEvil> at 2.5km
[15:33] <Colin_> SpeedEvil: it's only at about 10,000 feet - lots of thermals there
[15:34] <SpeedEvil> yeah
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[15:34] <chembrow> NigeyS thanks
[15:34] <Colin_> I think it's most likely solar heating it probably went behind a cloud. The sky is quite patchy here atm
[15:35] <Colin_> which means it will probably come down at sunset
[15:35] <LazyLeopard> Hmmm... Sunset's in about an hour...
[15:36] <Elwell> hope you packed your canoe if you want to get payload back.
[15:36] <AlanWB5RMG> better start paddlin now /;^)
[15:36] <SpeedEvil> Rain even
[15:37] <AlanWB5RMG> ice ?
[15:37] <Graham_G3VZV> oh it just qsyed a kilohetrz or so
[15:38] <russss> this is a pretty cool flight
[15:38] <AlanWB5RMG> that was a pretty steady drop rate, my bet would be shade/rain effect, now back in the sun
[15:38] <LazyLeopard> Was that a sudden frequency change, or did I just knock something?
[15:38] <AlanWB5RMG> no insulation, right - that may account for freq shift as well
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[15:40] <Graham_G3VZV> no it was a very sudden shift up in frequnecy the best part of 1kHz. Not a gradual thermal effect
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[15:42] <LazyLeopard> ...and descending again...
[15:42] <Laurenceb__> condensation on the pcb?
[15:42] <jonsowman> how's it going guys
[15:42] <Laurenceb__> might also explain the decrease in altitude
[15:43] <LazyLeopard> Frequency's quite ragged now.
[15:43] <AlanWB5RMG> ice on the pcb ? WB8ELK swears by his small-cell bubble wrap for insulation.
[15:44] <g7leu> fldigi installed. what mode should i use (sorry, new to this stuff)
[15:44] <x-f> bubble wrap wouldn't explode in higher altitudes?
[15:45] <LazyLeopard> Not at the 2km or so it's at now...
[15:45] <radicalbiscuit> does anyone know if any online receivers (like those at globaltuners.com) are able to pick this up? I haven't been able to find anything yet
[15:45] <Randomskk> radicalbiscuit: they have been used successfully in the past
[15:45] <radicalbiscuit> right. Wasn't sure if anyone was using one now
[15:46] <AlanWB5RMG> x-f, the larger cell variety can, the tiny bubbles havent shown that problem
[15:46] <LazyLeopard> g7leu: RTTY 425 50 8n2 (or just select pico as payload if you've got dl-fldigi)
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[15:46] <AlanWB5RMG> seems there was a vhf/uhf tuner in the Netherlands
[15:47] <x-f> Alan, thanks, will keep that in mind
[15:47] <radicalbiscuit> right, its interface won't load for me :/
[15:47] <radicalbiscuit> but it would definitely be the one
[15:47] Action: SpeedEvil crosses fingers for canterbury.
[15:47] <AlanWB5RMG> havent been there lately, gotta URL handy ?
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[15:48] <g7leu> LazyLeopard: Thanks. getting a clean decode now in burwell (near newmarket)
[15:49] <radicalbiscuit> http://www.globaltuners.com/receiver/1/
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[15:49] <fsphil_> g7leu: are you running dl-fldigi or just fldigi?
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[15:49] <g7leu> can fldigi upload the data anywhere useful? i have a good signal here still
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[15:50] <Laurenceb__> looks like sunset is causing cooling
[15:50] <fsphil_> dl-fldigi will upload strings automatically
[15:50] <g7leu> just fldigi, i think
[15:50] <g7leu> ah, ok. i'll find dl-fldigi
[15:50] <AlanWB5RMG> the tuner I recall, was not at globaltuners, but a SDR at a university ...
[15:50] <radicalbiscuit> hmm ok
[15:50] <fsphil_> problem with the ukhas wiki? 504 Gateway Timeout
[15:51] <NigeyS> eek you broke it
[15:52] <Randomskk> okay for me
[15:52] <jonsowman> fsphil_: fixed
[15:52] <fsphil_> woo, fixed
[15:52] <fsphil_> there's a link to download dl-fldigi here: http://ukhas.org.uk/projects:dl-fldigi
[15:52] <fsphil_> fill in your callsign and coordinates, and you'll be added to the map :)
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[15:53] <AlanWB5RMG> looks like the one I knew is off-line for now (http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/)
[15:54] <LazyLeopard> Hmmm... The station nearest th eballoon, G8KHW, doesn't seem to have logged anything since the frequency jump...
[15:54] <AlanWB5RMG> club station moved, no outside antenna currently /;^(
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[15:57] <radicalbiscuit> thanks for checking!
[15:57] <g7leu> fsphil: now running dl version. callsign entered. just looking to see where i put co-ordinates
[15:57] <g7leu> (found it)
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[15:58] <eroomde> back
[15:58] <eroomde> wow, funny old flight path
[15:59] <eroomde> well, altitude profile
[15:59] <Graham_G3VZV> just stopped
[15:59] <Graham_G3VZV> and came back
[15:59] <LazyLeopard> Dropped into ten-seconds-silence mode
[15:59] <eroomde> I'm very impressed it got to 2.5km
[15:59] <NigeyS> wb eroomde
[15:59] <NigeyS> ah yeah he said 4pm
[16:00] <SpeedEvil> Landing ~17:30?
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[16:02] <g7leu> fsphil: i'm on the map now, and still getting clean decodes but not appearing in list of receivers
[16:02] <russss> is it leaking?
[16:02] <radicalbiscuit> FT790 is going to be able to look up out the window and wave to the payload :D
[16:02] <LazyLeopard> More like thirty-second-silence mode...
[16:02] <SpeedEvil> russss: one may have burst?
[16:02] <russss> ah, fair point
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[16:02] <russss> gentle landing
[16:03] <russss> someone get out there in ipswich and catch it
[16:03] <Colin_> g7leu: do you have it set to transmit the packets over the net
[16:03] <fsphil_> g7leu: is the title bar turning green when you receive the string?
[16:03] <LazyLeopard> g7leu: Are you online or offline mode?
[16:03] <radicalbiscuit> g8khw i mean
[16:03] <eroomde> yeah there were two big party balloons which made it only just not neutrally bouyany, and two garish smaller happy birthday party balloons which made it positive
[16:03] <g7leu> colin: not turning green.
[16:03] <Colin_> at this rate it will be the Felixtowe pilot boat that catches it
[16:03] <fsphil_> red?
[16:03] <eroomde> and one of the small ones going would be enough for it to slowly start descending
[16:03] <g7leu> not changing colour
[16:04] <fsphil_> are you in HAB mode?
[16:04] <russss> speed over ground seems to have slowed though
[16:04] <Colin_> g7leu did you start it with -HAB ?
[16:04] <russss> (can the tracker calculate that?)
[16:04] <Colin_> russss: there is no prediction data loaded apparently
[16:05] <g7leu> fsphil: this is on a mac. not sure how to start it in HAB mode
[16:05] <fsphil_> hmm.. nor am I .. anyone else using the mac version?
[16:05] <Colin_> g7leu: from the command line - add -HAB
[16:06] <Colin_> Actually, LazyLeopard uses MACs he may know
[16:06] <g7leu> colin: things tend not to be started from the command line on a mac
[16:06] <LazyLeopard> Would expect it to hit the lower airstream and start heading south soon, of the airflow over Ipswich matches that over Cambridge...
[16:06] <fsphil_> my mac is too old for it (PPC)
[16:06] <AlanWB5RMG> dl-fldigi, check setup tab 'Misc" then sub-tab "Text capture", check box for "Enable detection & extraction"
[16:06] <LazyLeopard> Colin_: ...but I run dl-fldigi on the Ubuntu-running frankenlaptop David gave me... ;)
[16:07] <Colin_> LazyLeopard: Ah, ok
[16:07] <g7leu> yes, detection and extraction is ticked
[16:07] <fsphil_> if Online is ticked, and Detect and Extract then it should upload
[16:07] <fsphil_> though you won't get the extra GUI bits
[16:08] <fsphil_> I though the Mac version installed two icons, one for HAB and one for normal mode
[16:08] <fsphil_> like it does in win and linux
[16:08] <g7leu> where is the option to tick online?
[16:08] <LazyLeopard> Ah. You're using r63 which doesn't handle the checksums the same way.
[16:09] <fsphil_> DL Client menu
[16:09] <fsphil_> ooh old version?
[16:09] <LazyLeopard> G7LEU : ZZ,G7LEU,2011-01-17 15:59:57,52.286854,0.329798,UNKNOWN,DUALBAND VERTICAL WHITE-STICK,r63
[16:09] <LazyLeopard> G7LEU : PICO,1012,16:06:40,52.0435, 1.1634,1384,0,10,6;2*16CA
[16:09] <LazyLeopard> Checksum invalid
[16:09] <g7leu> ah, ok. that was freshly downloaded minutes ago
[16:09] <russss> I mean the tracker should be able to calculate speed over ground from the GPS data
[16:09] <russss> and graph it!
[16:09] <LazyLeopard> It's filtering out "+" signs, too.
[16:10] <russss> I demand more graphs.
[16:10] <fsphil_> jonsowman: bad gateway again :)
[16:10] <Randomskk> russss: work is afoot on the new version of the tracker
[16:10] <Randomskk> it will have many more graphs
[16:10] <Randomskk> and dials and things
[16:10] <jonsowman> fsphil_: try now
[16:10] <Laurenceb__> Rocketboys parcel delivery service
[16:10] <AlanWB5RMG> last one I got, was Ver 3.20.29
[16:10] <russss> I don't think it'll hit the sea but there's a fair chance it'll end up in a river.
[16:11] <fsphil_> g7leu: try this: https://github.com/downloads/jamescoxon/dl-fldigi/dl-fldigi-3.20.29.r114.dmg
[16:11] <fsphil_> latest version for mac
[16:11] <Randomskk> http://twitpic.com/3qw32l
[16:11] <fsphil_> thanks jonsowman, working again
[16:11] <Randomskk> http://twitpic.com/3qw3i6
[16:11] <NigeyS> might land on a ferry and end up in france
[16:11] <Colin_> someone phone the pilot boat and ask them to pick it up
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[16:12] <jonsowman> hi jcoxon
[16:12] <NigeyS> .com
[16:12] <Randomskk> yo jcoxon
[16:12] <jcoxon> hey
[16:12] <Colin_> Hi jcoxon it's over Ipswich
[16:12] <AlanWB5RMG> what are the oddds of landing on G8KHW, map shows he has a big tower ?
[16:12] <Graham_G3VZV> signals here too weak to decode now:(
[16:12] <Colin_> descending
[16:12] <jcoxon> heading for steve
[16:12] <NigeyS> yo J
[16:13] <russss> speed over ground has slowed massively
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[16:13] <LazyLeopard> ...but he's not uploaded a record in a while...
[16:13] <Colin_> russss: it's at the height where the wind dir is changing
[16:14] <AlanWB5RMG> perhaps he didn't catch the freq shift ...
[16:14] <jonsowman> what's current dial frequency?
[16:14] <AlanWB5RMG> seems that the HAB version doesn't allow the AFC button ?
[16:15] <LazyLeopard> Yeah, don't think I've noticed him since that sudden frequency shift\.
[16:15] <g7leu> thanks for your help gents. now uploading and appearing in the list
[16:15] <dave_fev> 434.07660 USB Decode on 1350 and 1700 approx
[16:15] <LazyLeopard> Signl's fading here. Yay, g7leu!
[16:15] <jonsowman> thanks dave_fev
[16:16] <lastminute> that fev is awesome!
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[16:16] <AlanWB5RMG> good job g7leu, nothing like a deadline... /;^) just in time, eh ?
[16:17] <g7leu> was determined to get a few packets in before splashdown :)
[16:17] <jonsowman> jcoxon: you home?
[16:17] <Laurenceb__> sunset
[16:17] <Colin_> Is anybody doing a chase?
[16:18] <AlanWB5RMG> who was it that had the canoe ?
[16:18] <dave_fev> It could do with a couple of extra "diddles" before $$PICO. I keep losing the first $ before the AFC kicks in.
[16:18] <g7leu> dave: same here, the afc doesn't quite have time
[16:18] <Randomskk> I keep asking people to do that
[16:18] <Randomskk> people keep not >_>
[16:19] <jonsowman> UUUUUUUUUUU$$ would be a good idea
[16:19] <LazyLeopard> Make sure you don't have SQUelch on.
[16:19] <fsphil_> just a few more $'s would do the job
[16:19] <jcoxon> i'm back
[16:19] <jonsowman> :)
[16:19] <jcoxon> just setting up my station
[16:19] <jcoxon> not sure if its needed
[16:19] <AlanWB5RMG> seems last I used it, the AFC would not come on ? Am I missing something ?
[16:20] <jonsowman> under 1km
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[16:20] <g7leu> too noisy for decode here now. only using a smallish vertical
[16:21] <Graham_G3VZV> still able to see signal on the weaterfall and get some data but not with checksum - amazing tho
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[16:21] <jcoxon> freq?
[16:21] <Graham_G3VZV> 881m
[16:21] <LazyLeopard> AlanWB5RMG: To make it effective you sometimes need to widen the RTTY "bandwidth" window a bit...
[16:21] <Graham_G3VZV> 434075.8
[16:21] <fsphil_> I can't see the map -- potential splash-down?
[16:21] <russss> looks like it's heading for the river
[16:22] <dave_fev> 434.07660 USB Decode on 1300 and 1700 approx
[16:22] <AlanWB5RMG> Ahhh, RTTY, we have been using DominoX16 with wb8elk, he sends both, but Domino is 'more better' /;^)
[16:23] <fsphil_> not good if your frequency drifts all over the place :)
[16:23] <AlanWB5RMG> perhaps Domino is not elegible for AFC...
[16:23] <LazyLeopard> It'll clear the first...
[16:24] <fsphil_> it probably could, but fldigi can't -- yet
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[16:25] <Colin_> looks like it's heading more west again
[16:25] <kokey> i heard there are some people looking for some dry suits
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[16:25] <fsphil_> haha
[16:25] <jcoxon> got it
[16:25] <LazyLeopard> Could really use lines from G8KHW about now... ;)
[16:25] <Colin_> jcoxon: who is chasing it?
[16:25] <Graham_G3VZV> still "seeing" the signal in Milton keynes:)
[16:26] <russss> it's going to cross the river!
[16:26] <adambro> over dry land again
[16:26] <LazyLeopard> One river crossed!
[16:27] <kokey> that is actually a pretty good area to land
[16:27] <g7leu> each line is failing to get the first 2 or 3 characters here, but seeing the rest fine. add another vote to the "please add a pre-amble" list!
[16:27] <fsphil_> the little battery is working a treat so far
[16:27] <russss> oh shit there's another river.
[16:27] <kokey> if it lands there
[16:28] <LazyLeopard> G7LEU You've probably got SQU (bottom right) green. If so, turn it off.
[16:28] <LazyLeopard> SQL, even...
[16:28] <Graham_G3VZV> its getting dark outside - does it have "flasher"?
[16:28] <g7leu> lazyleopard: it was yellow. now turned off
[16:29] <LazyLeopard> That should help.
[16:29] <g7leu> but the signal is right down in the noise now and only getting the odd character. tracked it further out than i expected to though :)
[16:29] <LazyLeopard> Just hearing it now, but not decoding any more...
[16:29] <jcoxon> i'm getting it
[16:29] <adambro> is the altitude asl ?
[16:30] <jonsowman> jcoxon: are you going to go and find it?
[16:30] <jcoxon> could do tomorrow
[16:30] <eroomde> adambro: yes
[16:30] <SpeedEvil> It's looking close.
[16:30] <jcoxon> if it lands on land
[16:30] <eroomde> adambro: +/- tides n stuff
[16:30] <Colin_> jcoxon: will the battery last until tomorrow?
[16:30] <SpeedEvil> Actually - it should make it - with luck
[16:30] <jcoxon> yes
[16:31] <SpeedEvil> Will it stop when it hits is another question
[16:31] <AlanWB5RMG> Anyone with phone# for G8KHW ?
[16:31] <LazyLeopard> Whoo! Got that one!
[16:31] <jcoxon> he would have gone back to work
[16:31] <adambro> eroomde: ok
[16:31] <eroomde> jcoxon: are you if suffolk now?
[16:32] <Colin_> LazyLeopard: you can probably work them out by hand ignoring the obvious errors even when the checksum fails
[16:32] <jcoxon> yes
[16:32] <eroomde> radio reception?
[16:32] <jcoxon> i've got a strong signal
[16:32] <fsphil_> I'm going to try reed-solomon codes on the telemetry strings for my next flight
[16:32] <eroomde> ok
[16:32] <SpeedEvil> Is M6LEP really beyond LOS?
[16:33] <eroomde> so we should definitely see it crash into the water then
[16:33] <Laurenceb__> fsphil: it tends to get screwed by flkdigi
[16:33] <Laurenceb__> as missing characters mess up reed solomon
[16:33] <LazyLeopard> SpeedEvil: I'm getting it just audible but not decodable...
[16:33] <fsphil_> Laurenceb__: I've added code to pad out missing characters, for the image stuff
[16:33] <adambro> should get across the river now I think
[16:33] <eroomde> adambro: i'm not so sure
[16:34] <jcoxon> 407m
[16:35] <fsphil_> eek
[16:35] <SpeedEvil> It's coming down slowly - should easily make it
[16:35] <eroomde> it would have to make it another 2km horizontal in only 400m height
[16:35] <fsphil_> just took a quick peek at the map
[16:35] <kokey> which direction is the tide going?
[16:35] <eroomde> i guess it needs winds of >4-5mph
[16:35] <jcoxon> 51.9513,+1.1876,374
[16:35] <junderwood> It lost 250 m crossing that last bit of land. It has another 450m to go. It will make it.
[16:35] <junderwood> I bet it lands in that forest just the other side :-)
[16:36] <AlanWB5RMG> it would be cool if the groundtrack had little tick marks indicating elevation, 5k, 10k, 15k ...
[16:36] <fsphil_> jcoxon: there's a chance it might take off again tomorrow once the sun heats it up
[16:36] <junderwood> AlanWB5RMG, click anywhere on the track for info
[16:36] <kokey> looking good
[16:36] <eroomde> ah wow, fldigi just did a massive update for me - it seems to be getting slow
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[16:37] <SpeedEvil> I'm guessing around tendring
[16:37] <eroomde> ok maybe it will make it - the altitude and the map position were out of sync!
[16:37] <kokey> haha with some luck it'll land right by the station
[16:37] <AlanWB5RMG> right, but just for quick visual ref... where it passes those boundaries, ie 5k, 10k, etc
[16:37] <kokey> who has access to the railways CCTV? ;-)
[16:38] <NigeyS> lol
[16:38] <SpeedEvil> jcoxon: Are you on a hill or something?
[16:38] <Colin_> SpeedEvil: his home position is wrong
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[16:38] <SpeedEvil> ah
[16:38] <jcoxon> SpeedEvil, yes
[16:39] <Laurenceb__> fsphil: theres python code on the wiki
[16:39] <fsphil_> Laurenceb__: for what?
[16:39] <AlanWB5RMG> ah, NOW the parachute comes out...
[16:39] <LazyLeopard> ;)
[16:40] <kokey> hehe, cute
[16:40] <jonsowman> jcoxon: whereabouts are you?
[16:40] <jcoxon> bildeston
[16:40] <kokey> does it hold onto the balloons?
[16:40] <AlanWB5RMG> somehow Mary Poppins umbrella comes to mind . . . /;^)
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[16:41] <M0WOJ> The saying "home and dry" has never been more apt
[16:41] <adambro> land there is about 20-30m
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[16:41] <Colin_> AlanWB5RMG: the tracker limits for descent and landed are obviously too wide
[16:42] <russss> well this is hardly a typical flight
[16:42] <jcoxon> 51.9226,+1.1827,192
[16:42] <Colin_> jcoxon: do you still have a signal?
[16:42] <jcoxon> yes
[16:42] <AlanWB5RMG> That was a wonderful flight James, very entertaining..
[16:42] <kokey> nice radio
[16:43] <jcoxon> certainly interesting
[16:43] <fsphil_> unique :)
[16:43] <jcoxon> still getting it
[16:43] <NigeyS> hope it avoid that reservoir looking thing :|
[16:43] <adambro> 184m
[16:44] <parag0n> looking at where it bent near ipswitch, if it hadnt got caught with that wind it might have hit FT790
[16:44] <kokey> maybe it'll make the park
[16:44] <Colin_> or that airfield
[16:45] <kokey> hope no one is trying some flyovers
[16:45] <adambro> 155m
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[16:45] <jcoxon> 122m
[16:45] <russss> does the balloon have contact details on it?
[16:45] <jcoxon> yes
[16:45] <fsphil_> the antenna worked a treat too ;)
[16:46] <AlanWB5RMG> with the decent rate similar to the ascent rate, the surface winds are nearly the same effect.
[16:46] <radicalbiscuit> classic flight. one for the books
[16:47] <parag0n> whats the green circle on the map btw?
[16:48] <jonsowman> 5 degree horizon
[16:48] <Colin_> 5 deg line of sight
[16:48] <Colin_> parag0n: there is a zero deg one further out
[16:48] <kokey> along the edge of the milky way?
[16:48] <NigeyS> who's going fieldwalking then? :P
[16:48] <jcoxon> ok down
[16:49] <fsphil_> got a position?
[16:49] <Colin_> jcoxon: final tracker update?
[16:49] <jcoxon> 51.9134,+1.?19,122
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[16:50] <jcoxon> right charging the radio
[16:50] <kokey> must be well close to that airfield
[16:50] <fsphil_> congratulations :D
[16:50] <jcoxon> yeah thats where we'll head
[16:50] <fsphil_> and good luck with the recovery
[16:50] <earthshine> Ooh a launch. Wish i'd known earlier.
[16:50] <jcoxon> congrats when its recovered
[16:50] <radicalbiscuit> where can I follow updates about recovery?
[16:50] <SpeedEvil> Good luck !
[16:50] <jcoxon> bbl
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[16:50] <fsphil_> here :)
[16:51] <radicalbiscuit> somewhere where I don't have to read every second :P I was thinking a block, twitter, or something
[16:51] <g7leu> is there a twitter and / or rss feed to keep up to date with launches etc.?
[16:51] <NigeyS> he's recovering tonight in the dark? :|
[16:51] <fsphil_> he's got a position, so it shouldn't be too difficult
[16:51] <kokey> how much did the electronics cost about?
[16:51] <kokey> the radio's great
[16:52] <kokey> hope it's not raining too wildly over there
[16:52] <adambro> http://twitter.com/jamescoxon perhaps worth following
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[16:54] <g7leu> thanks adambro. now stalking, errr i mean following, james :)
[16:54] <AlanWB5RMG> Google Satellite shows a fellow on his tractor just 200m to the NW, perhaps he saw it land ?? JK JK JK /;^)
[16:55] <SpeedEvil> kokey: probably in the region of 120 quid
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[16:59] <Laurenceb__> fsphil: for reedsolomon
[17:03] <m1x10> fsphil: got the new 3v3 sd card working :)
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[17:05] <m1x10> will try now for the last time the jpeg camera
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[17:08] <MXP> Hello
[17:08] <m1x10> Hi
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[17:10] Action: Laurenceb__ has 64MB SDRAM botting on df3120
[17:10] <Laurenceb__> *booting
[17:10] <MXP> Can you tell me the usual places most of you buy balloons/other equipment?
[17:12] <m1x10> MXP: http://ukhas.org.uk/
[17:12] <m1x10> thats a good start
[17:12] <m1x10> fsphil: camera still works !!!!!
[17:13] <m1x10> tested on arduino enviroment.
[17:13] <MXP> Thanks - I've had a look around there, and can't seem to find any web links to suppliers.
[17:13] <m1x10> I now believe that the 644p got damaged that's why I had so many issues.
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[17:52] <fsphil> woo, home sweet home
[17:53] <m1x10> :)
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[17:57] <fsphil> Laurenceb__, there's a reed-solomon decoder in dl-fldigi already. it should be fairly simple to add support for it. will be limited to 8-bit though
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[17:59] <fsphil> needs to be a fixed length string too
[17:59] <fsphil> I can't see any way of doing variable-length data
[18:00] <fsphil> not easily anyway
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[18:17] <AlanWB5RMG> later folks, see you next time ... /;^)
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[18:24] <fsphil> cya AlanWB5RMG!
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[18:32] <futurity> HI, Is the pico still up?
[18:35] <Zuph> ping stilldavid
[18:35] <stilldavid> hi Zuph , just read the inflation test :)
[18:35] <Zuph> stilldavid: cool :) Still going to NCAR library Wednesday?
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[18:35] <stilldavid> Thursday now, but yes!
[18:35] <Zuph> Ah!
[18:36] <stilldavid> I'm excited, for some intensely nerdy reason
[18:36] <Zuph> Heh :) Us too!
[18:36] <stilldavid> I got a new camera with a wide angle lens so I can take decent photos
[18:36] <Zuph> We will get you a list of things we think will be interesting as soon as we make it :)
[18:37] <stilldavid> please do! I plan on spending a fair amount of time there
[18:37] <Zuph> (Probably tonight or tomorrow)
[18:37] <stilldavid> whenever.
[18:37] <Zuph> Alright :)
[18:38] <Zuph> Recovered from free day yet?
[18:38] <stilldavid> oh man. too soon, dude.
[18:38] <Zuph> heh
[18:38] <stilldavid> that was madness. If I show up in the recap video, I hope they sensor it
[18:39] <Zuph> Hopefully nothing too permanent
[18:39] <stilldavid> it's just insane for people to expect us to infinitely scale for one day out of the year
[18:39] <futurity> hi, does anyone know if PicoAtlas was recovered? Did it land on land?
[18:40] <russss> it apparently landed on land
[18:40] <russss> but I don't believe anyone's attempting to recover
[18:40] <stilldavid> wow, its altitude graph is not the typical one I'm used to seeing :)
[18:41] <futurity> Fantastic news. Was it valuable to warrant driving there to collect it?
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[18:41] <futurity> Its a shame I don't live closer to it
[18:41] <futurity> i may have gone looking for it
[18:42] <futurity> was it an expensive payload does anyone know?
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[18:42] <stilldavid> futurity, doubtful as it was so minimal
[18:42] <stilldavid> http://ukhas.org.uk/projects:picoatlas
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[18:43] <futurity> stilldavid: thanks. I'm looking to do a very cheap launch this year. Perhaps something like this one
[18:43] <stilldavid> using a latex balloon or a party balloon?
[18:44] <futurity> well i've got a family and work part-time, so its more cost bound rather than constrained to a particular technology
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[18:45] <futurity> latex seems to give more height, but costs more in helium
[18:46] <futurity> i guess the advantage of latex is that i'm more likely to get the payload back ;)
[18:46] <adambro> how big balloon do you need to be launching to need to contact the CAA?
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[18:54] <Elwell> adambro: someone said < 2m in all dimensions here earlier
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[18:54] <Elwell> err >2m to contact, <2m you don't need to...
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[18:54] <fsphil> there's a launch video up on youtube
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[18:55] <fsphil> which for some reason I can't copy and paste the url
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[18:56] <fsphil|m> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjpzSRefPeQ
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[18:56] <fsphil> thanks fsphil|m
[18:56] <fsphil|m> np fsphil
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[18:59] Action: m1x10 succeeded in creating a 3rd UART for his 2-uart mcu :)
[18:59] Action: m1x10 can finally send his debug messages through this modular 3rd uart :):)
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[19:19] <m1x10> cu all
[19:19] <m1x10> time to rest
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[19:36] <fsphil> when the burst calculator says 469 L, that means 469 litres of gas, at sea level air pressure?
[19:41] <fsphil> no, that doesn't make sense
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[19:45] <g6nhu> hey hey
[19:45] <fsphil> hiya g6nhu
[19:45] <g6nhu> Missed this but it looks like it came down pretty close to me
[19:46] <fsphil> cool! I'm not sure if jcoxon went out to get it or not
[19:46] <g6nhu> I live just outside Frinton
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[19:48] <fsphil> that is close. it might be worth waiting to see if james found it first, no point you both going
[19:48] <fsphil> to late
[19:54] <futurity> Hi, I think someone said that james hasn't gone to collect it
[19:55] <futurity> russss>
[19:55] <futurity> it apparently landed on land
[19:55] <futurity> [6:40pm] <russss>
[19:55] <futurity> but I don't believe anyone's attempting to recover
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[19:57] <fsphil> <kokey> must be well close to that airfield
[19:57] <fsphil> <fsphil_> congratulations :D
[19:57] <fsphil> <jcoxon> yeah thats where we'll head
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[19:57] <fsphil> he should use the chase car function of the tracker :)
[19:57] <futurity> so jcoxon has gone to get it? if so cool
[19:57] <fsphil> that's what I thought, but I could be wrong there
[19:59] <fsphil> I wonder why it didn't float
[19:59] <SpeedEvil> burst
[20:00] <SpeedEvil> Were the balloons full when launched?
[20:00] <fsphil> don't think they where
[20:02] <Colin_> jcoxon said he'd go get it in the morning - when it's daylight
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[20:02] <fsphil> if it hasn't taken off again by then :)
[20:03] <SpeedEvil> Talking of landings.
[20:03] <SpeedEvil> http://www.spacex.com/updates.php
[20:03] <Colin_> pretty sure it's got a small leak - so it will deflate more overnight
[20:03] <SpeedEvil> DragonX capsule hit less than 1 mile from target
[20:03] <fsphil> yea
[20:03] <fsphil> if it dropped because of temperature it might go back up when the sun hits it
[20:04] <fsphil> if it didn't get tangled in a tree
[20:04] <Colin_> it's flat farmland around there
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[20:40] <stilldavid> futurity, http://twitter.com/#!/jamescoxon/status/27102470995968000
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[20:42] <fsphil> cool
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[21:09] Nick change: laurence_ -> Laurenceb_
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[21:12] <Laurenceb_> has picoatlas been recovered?
[21:18] <The-Compiler> fsphil, ^
[21:18] <RocketBoy> Someone said they were gonig to recover it in the morning
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[21:20] <Laurenceb_> it had a lucky escape
[21:20] <Laurenceb_> seemed quite promising, but it didnt really seem to be superpressurising
[21:20] <RocketBoy> yeah - very lucky to land on land
[21:21] <Laurenceb_> more zero pressure/superpressure
[21:21] <juxta> morning all
[21:21] <Laurenceb_> "a bit of pressure" balloon
[21:21] <Laurenceb_> maybe one single larger maylar balloon and better sealing would have worked better
[21:21] <RocketBoy> humm yes - I guess we will know more when they get it back
[21:21] <Laurenceb_> not sure if such things are avaliable off the shelf
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[21:23] <RocketBoy> well - I think that was the hope - I think other people have used big party balloons with reasonable sucess
[21:23] <Laurenceb_> would be worth trying again for sure
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[21:23] <Laurenceb_> maybe test the balloons first with an air compressor
[21:24] <Laurenceb_> and aer muffs :P
[21:24] <RocketBoy> yes - that would be best
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[21:33] <Darkside> can we get the twitter follower runnong in here?
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[21:33] <jonsowman> oh yeah, griffonbot is dead again I think
[21:33] <Darkside> follow either #projecthorus or #arhab
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[21:33] <jonsowman> DanielRichman: ^^
[21:34] <jonsowman> Darkside: I think it already follows #arhab
[21:34] <jonsowman> it's just dead at the moment
[21:34] <Darkside> ok
[21:34] <Darkside> hmm also gotta get ustream working again
[21:34] <Darkside> maybe when im not in a bus
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[21:37] <omni96> hi!
[21:37] <fsphil> hehe, the picoatlas payload looks like a giant bug
[21:37] <fsphil> http://twitpic.com/3qw3i6
[21:38] <omni96> hehe
[21:38] <omni96> like a little spider
[21:38] <omni96> are you in the picoatlas team?
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[21:38] <fsphil> nope, just an observer :)
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[21:39] <omni96> k
[21:39] <omni96> does anyone know if i can add my project to the ukhas wiki?
[21:40] <omni96> is there an admin to ask before?
[21:40] <DanielRichman> k I really need to fix griffonbot. He ought to look for twitter's keepa-alive \r\n and reconnect if it loses it, and ping freenode
[21:40] <jonsowman> omni96: of course, just sign up for an account and go :)
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[21:40] <omni96> cool :)
[21:41] <NigelMoby> Have we heard back from James yet?
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[21:42] <fsphil> there was a twitter message, too dark to recover tonight
[21:43] <fsphil> but they have the exact position
[21:43] <omni96> "Controlled payloads" reffers to payloads controlled for a ground station or autopilots that navigate by themselvs?
[21:43] <omni96> from*
[21:43] <NigelMoby> Ach dam
[21:45] <Darkside> ok
[21:45] <Darkside> i think we're good for ustream
[21:46] <Darkside> im gonna broadcast directly from my phone i think
[21:46] <fsphil> the usual location?
[21:47] <The-Compiler> what am I just missing?
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[21:49] <Darkside> fsphil: yeah
[21:49] <Darkside> but i'm on NextG now, so i should get better signal / throughput
[21:50] <Darkside> DanielRichman: hows griffonbot coming?
[21:51] <DanielRichman> ah um sorry - hold on a second; need to restart off this terrible OS
[21:53] <juxta> Darkside, is your payload ready?
[21:53] <Darkside> needs some duct tape
[21:53] <Darkside> and maybe a little more hot glue
[21:53] <Darkside> apart from that, yeah
[21:53] <Darkside> bring hot glue if you can
[21:53] <Darkside> we didnt have any at joels place, to lock the strings down
[21:53] <Darkside> just been using tape, and i dont know how well thats gonna hold
[21:53] <The-Compiler> Darkside: are you launching soon(ish)? I think I missed something :D
[21:53] <juxta> alright
[21:54] <Darkside> The-Compiler: in a few hours
[21:54] <Darkside> juxta: are we going for an 11AM launch or so?
[21:54] <juxta> we'll see
[21:54] <juxta> probably end up being more like 12:00
[21:54] <juxta> but we'll try for a bit earlier
[21:54] <fsphil> I used tape to hold the strings, was a bit worried but it seemed to hold
[21:54] <Darkside> once the balloon gets inflating we can look at the payloads
[21:54] <Darkside> 1kg balloon?
[21:54] <juxta> anyway - I'm going to head off now
[21:54] <The-Compiler> what timezone?
[21:54] <Darkside> The-Compiler: around 1UPC
[21:55] <Darkside> UTC
[21:55] <Darkside> argh
[21:55] <juxta> +10.30 The-Compiler
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[21:55] <The-Compiler> uh, won't be up then :/
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[21:56] <The-Compiler> guess I'll check back around 6 UTC then ;)
[21:56] <The-Compiler> good luck guys :)
[21:56] <Darkside> dammmn im gonna be at the meet point with drowe and joel way too early
[21:57] <Darkside> might be forced to go and get a iced coffee and a pie >_>
[21:57] <Darkside> how sad
[21:57] <fsphil> depends, what kind of pie?
[21:58] <juxta> 'pie' here means meat pie
[21:58] <NigelMoby> Kangaroo pie!
[22:00] <fsphil> haven't had a good mince pie in ages
[22:00] <Darkside> NigelMoby: i wish
[22:00] <fsphil> had a haggis pie once .. before I knew what it was
[22:00] <Darkside> not from the place i'm going to
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[22:05] <Elwell> DagoRed: re griffonbot - I did a similar hack but using the supybot rss feed plugin + a twitter search as rss
[22:05] <Elwell> err tab failure
[22:05] <DagoRed> it's cool
[22:05] <Elwell> DanielRichman: see ^^^
[22:06] <DanielRichman> ok
[22:06] <DanielRichman> where on earth has he gone
[22:06] <DanielRichman> he left because he got sigkilled
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[22:07] Action: griffonbot is GriffonBot [http://github.com/ssb/griffonbot]
[22:07] <DanielRichman> right.
[22:07] Action: griffonbot is following: #arhab #ukhas #cusf #atlasballoon
[22:07] Action: griffonbot is tracking emails sent to ukhas@googlegroups.com
[22:07] <DanielRichman> Darkside:
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[22:08] <DanielRichman> !slap griffonbot
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[22:20] <jcoxon> hey all
[22:20] <SpeedEvil> hey
[22:22] <griffonbot> @darksidelemm: Testing #arhab [http://twitter.com/darksidelemm/status/27128600557789184]
[22:22] <Darkside> cool
[22:22] <jcoxon> yeah unable to recover it as i couldn't see it!
[22:23] <jonsowman> hehe
[22:24] <jcoxon> didn't seem to super-pressure
[22:24] <jcoxon> i wonder if the happy birthday burst
[22:24] <jcoxon> so it came down as quick as it went up
[22:25] <jonsowman> it levelled off and then dropped sharply a few mins later
[22:25] <jonsowman> i wonder if one/both of the small balloons burst then
[22:26] <jcoxon> hmmm google maps is confusing me
[22:26] <jcoxon> maps.google.co.uk gives a different position
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[22:28] <Elwell> projection wierdisms?
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[22:30] <futurity> jcoxon: sorry to hear you can't find it
[22:30] <futurity> I've lost a remote control plane before now, mainly due to it being too dark to find it once I got to the landing site
[22:32] <futurity> I wonder if there is a light weight device that could be added to the payload which makes it easier to find it
[22:32] <futurity> like a flash bulb
[22:32] <futurity> or a bunch of LEDs that that flash every minute
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[22:42] <fsphil> buzzer
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[22:44] <fsphil> though an LED could be spotted further away
[22:45] <futurity> i agree. an ultra bright LED pulsed for a very short time is good enough to locate a payload and it wouldn't drain the barrtry much
[22:45] <Upu> buzzer
[22:45] <Upu> is what I have planned
[22:45] <Upu> just a quick circuit the FC can trigger below say 500 feet
[22:46] <jonsowman> we had two 1W leds that flashed every 10 seconds on our first payload
[22:46] <Upu> you'll be able to hear a buzzer going even if it's 2000 feet up
[22:46] <jonsowman> once it got below 5km
[22:46] <Upu> xenon strobe :)
[22:46] <futurity> have you tried to find your mobile phone when you phone it because you've lost it
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[22:46] <futurity> not easy to find it if you are already very close
[22:46] <futurity> but it does help
[22:47] <jonsowman> futurity: it's inevitably those times when it's on silent
[22:47] <jonsowman> :P
[22:47] <futurity> lol very true
[22:47] <Upu> I have an iPhone I always know where it is (on the charger)
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[22:47] <futurity> lol, same here
[22:47] <futurity> and when its not
[22:47] <Upu> its flat
[22:47] <futurity> it doesn't ring because its flat ;)
[22:47] <futurity> ;)
[22:47] <jonsowman> haha
[22:47] <Upu> :)
[22:48] <futurity> but its still great :)
[22:48] <jonsowman> i don't find battery life a problem on mine really
[22:48] <jonsowman> i charge it every night and that's sufficient
[22:48] <futurity> nore me to be honest
[22:48] <Upu> its not bad I guess, the tracker app we have chews it up
[22:48] <futurity> i charge it every night and its never run out of battry
[22:48] <jonsowman> Upu: I can imagine
[22:48] <Upu> but I borrowed an older nokia while back and it was like 3 days without a charge
[22:48] <futurity> did jcoxon not find it in the end?
[22:49] <jonsowman> yeah I have a £5 samsung job at home, battery lasts two weeks easily
[22:49] <jonsowman> futurity: no, too dark
[22:49] <futurity> oh dear
[22:49] <futurity> did he receive the signal at the site though?
[22:49] <jonsowman> yup the landing position is known
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[22:49] <jonsowman> or near enough anyway
[22:49] <Upu> oh btw I have a supplier for 3G SIMs now £2 a month PAYG 4p a Mb no contract term and they have fixed public IP addresses
[22:50] <Upu> if anyone wants one for tracking apps
[22:50] <futurity> well hopefully someone can find it in the future
[22:50] <fsphil> proper public IP?
[22:50] <Upu> yep
[22:50] <jonsowman> Upu: oo, sounds interesting
[22:50] <Upu> we use them for firewall backs
[22:50] <fsphil> what network?
[22:50] <Upu> backups
[22:50] <futurity> is it a populated area, or in a field / woods where hopefully it'll be relatively safe
[22:50] <Upu> Three I hink
[22:50] <jonsowman> getting a car soon (probably) and will be installing a carputer for tracking/chasing
[22:50] <fsphil> ooh
[22:50] <fsphil> I'd be interested in that
[22:51] <jonsowman> Upu: so it's £2/month fixed + 4p/MB ?
[22:51] <Upu> yep
[22:51] <jonsowman> right
[22:51] <Upu> £25 cost for the SIM sorry
[22:51] <Upu> but thats it then
[22:51] <fsphil> aah, I though it was or
[22:51] <jonsowman> still, that's pretty good
[22:52] <Upu> yeah we put one in to sort out a connectivity issue for a customer
[22:52] <Upu> they used 8Gb
[22:52] <Upu> "lol"
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[22:52] <Upu> we told them how much it was going to cost
[22:52] <jonsowman> how long are these likely to be around for?
[22:52] <Upu> oh a while I guess
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[22:52] <Upu> its a business ISP we use
[22:53] <Upu> http://www.exa-networks.co.uk/business/connectivity/mobile
[22:53] <Dan-K2VOL> buenas noches
[22:53] <fsphil> is incoming traffic counted?
[22:53] <Upu> yes
[22:53] <Upu> hi Dan
[22:53] <Dan-K2VOL> hi Upu
[22:54] <Upu> Exa are on the same business park as we are
[22:54] <jonsowman> Upu: I won't be needing it until about June, but I'll give you a shout then
[22:54] <jonsowman> if they're all gone by then, no problem
[22:54] <Upu> yeah no problems we have an account with them
[22:54] <Upu> its a product they offer its not a special offer so they'll be about
[22:55] <jonsowman> okay cool
[22:55] <jonsowman> is the £2 for every day, or every day that you actually use it?
[22:55] <Upu> no £2 a month rental
[22:55] <jonsowman> ahh
[22:55] <Upu> so £24 a year
[22:55] <jonsowman> sorry
[22:55] <Upu> + £25 initial purchase
[22:55] <jonsowman> that is very good
[22:55] <Upu> then if you use it
[22:55] <Upu> 4p a meg
[22:55] <Randomskk> yes, yes it is
[22:55] <Upu> all ex VAT ofc
[22:56] <Randomskk> I totally worked for a competitor
[22:56] <jonsowman> great, thanks :)
[22:56] <Upu> and static IP
[22:56] <Randomskk> but I don't think my company knew this company was competing with them
[22:56] <jonsowman> static IP is really helpful
[22:56] <jonsowman> SSHing to my car \o/
[22:56] <Upu> lol
[22:56] <fsphil> static IP is really unusual for a mobile network
[22:56] <Upu> firewall it :)
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[22:56] <Upu> yeah I know we've been looking for someone for a while but most people who do it charge silly money
[22:56] <Upu> and/or are with Vodaphone
[22:57] <Randomskk> who else did you look at, out of interest?
[22:57] <fsphil> the O2 sim I have gives you a nat'ed IP
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[22:57] <Upu> There are a few people down south doing it but all are quite expensive
[22:57] <Upu> £100 set up
[22:57] <Upu> £25 pcm for 18 month contract
[22:57] <Upu> you can cancel these any any time
[22:57] <Upu> 1 months notice
[22:57] <Upu> which is good if you fancy loosing it :)
[22:57] <Randomskk> they look very nice
[22:58] <fsphil> there's a risk of a port scan, would cost a lot
[22:58] <Upu> http://www.nucleusnetworks.co.uk/mobile-broadband/3g-static-fixed-ip.htm
[22:58] <Upu> that was the first one but they didn't come back to me when I called them
[22:58] <fsphil> hmm
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[22:59] <Upu> yeah the "back ground radiation" of the internet is about 1kb/sec
[22:59] <Upu> maybe more i've not bothered checking for a while
[22:59] <fsphil> nor here
[22:59] <Upu> actually
[23:00] <Upu> I'll ask them if they do any sort of filtering but I don't think they do as we had no issue setting up mail servers, RDP gateways and VPNs on the end of one
[23:01] <Upu> anyway I'm going to call it a night
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[23:04] <Darkside> cool, ustream works
[23:05] <fsphil> offline?
[23:06] <Elwell> UpuZZz: sounds like the AAisp ones using 3: http://aaisp.net.uk/telecoms-mobile.html
[23:07] <Darkside> fsphil: just tested for few seconds
[23:07] <fsphil> ooh I didn't know aaisp did mobile broadband
[23:08] <Randomskk> ooh.
[23:08] <Elwell> fsphil: beware its 3g only - no fallback to 2g
[23:08] <Elwell> but if your coverage is good...
[23:08] <fsphil> good point -- it's fair in the town, but patchy else where
[23:08] <fsphil> there seemed to be good coverage at our launch site though
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[23:12] <rjmunro> Has there been any writeup of today's flight yet?
[23:12] <SpeedEvil> The end is yet to be determined!
[23:12] <SpeedEvil> It's a cliffhanger at the moment
[23:13] <fsphil> stay tuned :)
[23:13] <SpeedEvil> Well - it's probably not a cliffhanger.
[23:13] <SpeedEvil> As there aren't any cliffs round there.
[23:13] <fsphil> treehanger
[23:13] <fsphil> though it was fairly flat land
[23:13] <fsphil> hedgehanger...
[23:15] <SpeedEvil> http://twitter.com/#!/SpaceXer/status/27120679073615874
[23:15] <SpeedEvil> Sometimes text abbreviations really piss me off.
[23:15] <SpeedEvil> This is one of those cases.
[23:15] <fsphil> rgr
[23:18] <rjmunro> Did it have a parachute, or did it just float down?
[23:19] <SpeedEvil> It had lots of balloons
[23:19] <SpeedEvil> some of which probably stil inflated
[23:19] <rjmunro> I guessed a multi-balloon system can suffer a single balloon burst, then float down gently.
[23:19] <SpeedEvil> yep
[23:20] <Randomskk> seems likely. the balloons were all inflated to different levels, and there were two different sizes
[23:20] <fsphil> strange altitude profile though, esp. the part where it seemed to be going back up
[23:20] <Randomskk> the two small ones just made it positively buoyant - without them it sank slowly
[23:21] <rjmunro> I wonder to what degree those balloons leak at the seals rather than burst in low pressure environments.
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[23:22] <fsphil> I wonder if one can be got that doesn't have any seams
[23:24] <rjmunro> Is it me, or did it descend very slowly between 16:45 and 18:30?
[23:26] <rjmunro> Sorry, just realised that's probably just missing data.
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