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AerosmithPA
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:53 pm    Post subject: Weather balloon recovery Reply with quote

The MnGCA received the following communication. If you feel you can help Chris, please contact him at the below email address. I think it would also be interesting to hear on this forum if you have any noteworthy experiences as a result of this communication. Good luck.




capnchris sent a message using the contact form at
http://mngca.org/contact.

Hello Fellow Cachers! I am writing in reference...to request for volunteers to utilize their
Geocaching skills to recover two weather balloons that landed outside of
Minneapolis last week. Here is the background for the request. I work as a
field technician for Space Data Corporation, based in Chandler, AZ. (
http://www.spacedata.net/ ). We specialize in high altitude balloon platform,
usually consisting of radio repeater hardware. The company was conduction
balloon manufacturing quality testing in MN over the past two weeks to take
advantage of the extreme cold (-20F) as to find the lower limit of balloon
survival at there temperatures.. We track the balloons with SPOT trackers
and were able to recover all but 2 of the dozen balloons we launched. I am
happy to answer any questions and provide GPS coordinates to the landing
zones.

Thank you,

Chris Coffman (aka capnchris on geocaching.com)
chris.coffman@spacedata.net


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bflentje
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why weren't the coordinates provided up front? The "Minneapolis area" is quite vast. I am not likely to decide to go looking for them unless they're in my neck of the woods.
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AustinMN
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
Why weren't the coordinates provided up front? The "Minneapolis area" is quite vast. I am not likely to decide to go looking for them unless they're in my neck of the woods.


Obviously you have never dealt with souvenir hunters.
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AustinMN wrote:
bflentje wrote:
Why weren't the coordinates provided up front? The "Minneapolis area" is quite vast. I am not likely to decide to go looking for them unless they're in my neck of the woods.


Obviously you have never dealt with souvenir hunters.


Obviously. Question
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Rustynails
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I emailed and offered to help recover his balloons and let him know I lived south of the cities.

He emailed me back with the coordinates and information needed for recovery. I checked the coordinates and see both are north of the cities. One to the northwest and the other northeast in Wisconsin. About a 110 and 75 mile round trip for me. I have emailed him back and thanked him for considering me and explained this would be to far to travel. It would have made an interesting adventure that I would have liked to do.
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A-body
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He responded to an email from as well, but I did not get any coordinates. Champlin and New Richland WI is all he told.
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Mn-treker
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of them is not too far from Surfer Joe.
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dornole
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering why, if they had coordinates, would they not have been able to recover them . . .
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Mn-treker
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have coords and have been told that both are on private property.
One very near to my work has not been able to be contacted.
But with the location that I see it may be one of 6 possibles.
The other is farm field in Wisconsin. they might be having trouble locating owner.
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Aix sponsa
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has nothing to do with these balloons, but once when our family was walking on trail in the woods near our house we found a weather balloon with a connected box. The information needed had been obtained. We sent back whatever parts that they said they would take. It was sent back more to recycle parts of it than for anything else. It was fun finding the balloon, and learning about weather balloons as a family. I'm sure the equipment carried now is far more intricate. That was in the summer. The dead of winter in this area would have truly tested its Minnesota capabilities. Very Happy
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Mn-treker
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I went to the address and area that the coords indicated.
I was also given the address that the transponder was indicating.
I came up empty, neighbors knew nothing.
I did see a scar on the roof indicating a landing with tracks in the snow
on the ground indicating the owners of the house got it.
But they wont answer the door or are not home.
I left contact info from the owner of the package.
Hopefully it is not in the trash. The next one is out near Clear lake Wisconsin. in a farm field.
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capnchris
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I appreciate the number of responses received from volunteers interested in recovering the weather balloons!

Thanks go out to Mn-treker, who has made multiple attempts for the balloon in Champlin. Unfortunately, the home owner seems to not be interested in helping or has other pressing issues. Typically, we have had better luck with property owners helping to return our equipment. I am still holding on to hope that they will find the time to give us a call.
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