Jonathan Trappe KJ4GQV on a “Chairway to heaven”

Jonathan Trappe soars in bid to be the first man to cross the Atlantic in a balloon cluster systemAt 1200Z today, Jonathan Trappe KJ4GQV took off from Caribou Maine beneath a cluster of 370 helium-filled balloons in  an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Ham that he is, he’s carrying beacons transmitting on 14.0956 MHz (110 Baud ASCII RTTY using the callsign NG0X) and 144.390 MHz APRS (using KJ4GQV).

Trappe’s progress can be followed here and here.

The trip could be as long as 2,500 miles (4,000km) and take between three and five days. Depending on the weather, he could land anywhere between Iceland and Morocco and will fly at altitudes up to 25,000 feet (7600m).


More details and lots of photos here.

UPDATE: He’s landed safely in Newfoundland – well short of Europe…



  4 comments for “Jonathan Trappe KJ4GQV on a “Chairway to heaven”

  1. Guy N7UN
    September 13, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Looks like he landed in Newfoundland 4 hrs or so ago. See for a nice track mapping by DeLorme.

  2. September 13, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Good story John. Thanks for this one and so many before it. 73 Jim W1PID

  3. September 13, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Too bad he didn’t make it – I wonder what happened.

    Remember this guy back in the 80’s:

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