Friday, 22 April 2016

The Voyage Home?

The final transmission of the day from the VE3KCL S-9 balloon at 0837Z today reported it over the North end of the Sea of Japan. It is travelling between the Asiatic Russian mainland and the island of Sakhalin, where on September 1st, 1983 Korean Airlines flight 7 was shot down by a Soviet fighter.

Current direction is Northeast (towards the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Aleutians) with a speed of 40 knots. It was just off the mainland when it shut down for the night and current direction and speed will have crossed the island within 3 hours and entered the Sea of Okhotsk, where we'll probably see it when it wakes up this evening (North American Eastern time).

During the day its messages were received by Austrian, New Zealand and Japanese stations, with most reports coming from JQ2WDO, according to the WSPRnet database.


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