HF Voyager Off-Line for a couple of days

The cloud cover 20N 134W is pretty bad today and it doesn't look good for the next few days. We've decided to shut down the power to the HFV payload for the time being. We will monitor the sky conditions and as soon as we're making adequate power, we'll bring her back on-line.

A couple of quick metrics in the meantime. (Since mission start 15-JAN-18):

1116 total contacts, 752 unique call signs, 17 countries, and contacts made from over 200 grid squares.

We really appreciate the interest and support of the project. Keep an eye here for updates.

Good DX and 73,

Kurt - N6FW

HF Voyager to be off-line due to power limitations

HF Voyager (HFV) will be off-line for the next 24 to 48 hours due to low solar energy availability. The last two days have been very overcast in the eastern Pacific Ocean. As a result our batteries have not been replenished at a reasonable rate. We are turning HFV off to conserve energy. As soon as weather permits, we will bring HFV back online. As of this writing, it looks like Thursday (3/8) or Friday (3/9) will be the earliest we can do so.

Thanks for your continued interest in the HF Voyager. 699 contacts, 18 countries and counting.

73,

Kurt - N6FW
HF Voyager Program Manager

HF Voyager Trans-Pacific Mission Tentative Launch Approches

As Jupiter Research Foundation Prepares to launch the HUMPACs mission JRFARC prepares the HF Voyager payload for a trans-Pacific voyage.

Jupiter Research Foundation (JRF) is planning to launch a Wave Glider SV-3 vehicle to look for a 'missing' population of humpback whales in the low northern latitudes. The JRF Amateur Radio Club will be piggy-backing a autonomous 20 meter band station on the mission.This station will tentatively support interactive PSK-31 and FT8 modes, as well as WSPR for propagation study.

We are planning for a mid-December launch and three to four months at sea.

Please check back here for mission status and schedule.

73,

Kurt - N6FW