JRFARC was able to hitch-a-ride for our HF Voyager on the Wave Glider as it makes its way from Hawaii to California.
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.
Kurt - N6FW
The bad news: Between other projects, staff vacations and operations schedules, we need to pull HF Voyager I out of the water tomorrow. Right now it looks like it will be out of the water for a few weeks to a few months.
Now for the good news: We plan to launch HF Voyager II in early October. This will be for a shakedown period of about six weeks. If everything goes well, we plan to then sail HF Voyager II as a passenger on an acoustic monitoring mission from December 2017 until April 2018. The mission will begin in San Diego, California and sail across the Equatorial Pacific to Hawaii.
Stay tuned here for more updates.
73 and good DX,
Kurt - KF6QNC
After a couple of upgrades to the Wave Glider, (copper painted float being the most significant), we expect to be back in the water in the next few days. Please keep an eye out here for an update.
In the meantime, 73 and good DX,
The JRF Hawaii Ops team is pulling the HF Voyager out of the water for the next week or so. We are moving it to a Wave Glider that has a copper painted float. This should help with bio-fouling. We are going to be interested to see if it changes the performance of the antenna.
After about a month out of the water, HF Voyager is back in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Puako, Hawaii. Give her a call with PSK-31 just above 14.070 MHz. If the path is open you'll get a response and make it into the logbook. Here's more detailed instructions.
Feel free to drop us a note using the feedback form.
We'll look for you in the log.
KF6QNC for KG6JF