Mission Updates

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.


Kurt - N6FW

HFV(1) Coming out of the water indefinitely

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