INCREDIBLE PERSPECTIVE: The Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club used Roma as the site to launch a weather balloon up 33km as a way of testing radio frequencies and strength, and led to some dazzling shots of planet earth.
INCREDIBLE PERSPECTIVE: The Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club used Roma as the site to launch a weather balloon up 33km as a way of testing radio frequencies and strength, and led to some dazzling shots of planet earth. Contributed

How do you like the view from up here?

BELIEVE it or not, the camera that took these incredible shots of our planet took off from Roma.

Our region was the site for the launch of the Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club’s weather balloon carrying a radio transmitter last week.

The aim of the exercise, which took months to prepare and required the approval of CASA, was to test how far their radio signal could reach if launched to the edge of space.

Club member David Nebe said the feeling of watching their balloon take off into the air was “amazing”.

“We had been watching the weather forecast and it was just picture-perfect – it was a beautiful morning and she went straight up,” he said.

“The moment it went up, that was the most amazing feeling I’ve ever had.”

The Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club used Roma as the site to launch a weather balloon up 33km as a way of testing radio frequencies and strength, and led to some dazzling shots of planet earth.
The Bundaberg Amateur Radio Club used Roma as the site to launch a weather balloon up 33km as a way of testing radio frequencies and strength, and led to some dazzling shots of planet earth. Contributed

The balloon and its payload reached 33km above the surface of the earth before it popped, at which point the load was carried back to earth 78km away from the launch site.

Mr Nebe said the resulting radio coverage was impressive.

“The whole idea was to have a high-altitude as a transmitter to improve communication distance,” he said.

“Suddenly all these radio frequencies started calling us because of the transmitter.”


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