Art VK4GO/JA1OGS has published new APRS maps covering Viêt-Nam. The software package he used is called UI-View and works under Windows operating system for personal computers, APRSdroid under Android for smartphones is also avaiable. No GPS or radio is required to use the application. He also provides a page where he gives more explanations about what is APRS.
The FSpace team (leaded by XV9AA), having already achieved the successful launch of the F-1 cubesat, has now reached a new milestone. They have entirely succeeded in building, launching, tracking and recovering an high-altitude balloon using several Amateur Radio technologies like APRS.
This is a rare event in Vietnam for several reasons, including the fact that civilian aviation regulations are not as developed as in western countries. This open the way for more experiments and will help the country to gain skills and experiences in aircraft and space technologies.
As facts, the balloon reached an altitude of about 70.000ft (more than 21 km), flew for more than 2 hours over 200 km. The two way trips to recover it by motorbike took longer…