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Nuts & Volts Magazine (June 2017)

A Recording Weather Station for Near Space and Beyond

By L. Paul Verhage    View In Digital Edition  

My near space missions are tracked using amateur radio. After recovery, the position reports from the balloon are saved into a file and then imported into a spreadsheet. The data is not very useful unless I can link it with the balloon’s altitude. This process does take some time and does lack some accuracy since the time the data was collected doesn’t correspond exactly with the time the balloon’s position data was transmitted. So, I decided to create a weather station that records position and environmental data at the same time during near space missions. Plus, you’ll see that with minor modifications, it can turn into other things like a weather station for ground use, for UAV use, and hikers.


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