World Jamboree Balloon Launch

Amateur Radio Balloon Launch from the Summit

The NA1WJ staff plan to launch four Pico balloons from the Summit during the World Scout Jamboree with call signs NA1WJ-5, NA1WJ-6, NA1WJ-7, and NA1WJ-8.

The Skytracker payload that flies on the small Jamboree balloons weighs less than a half ounce and is totally solar-powered. It will transmit its position and altitude every two minutes during daylight hours and could float in the Jet Stream for days and weeks. It could potentially fly across the Atlantic Ocean or even around the World.

We will provide links on this page to track the flights as they are launched.

Here’s our tentative launch plans:

  • July 21, 10 AM Eastern, test launch prior to Jamboree to also show tracking in the station when it opens.
  • July 23, 10 AM Eastern
  • July 25, 10 AM Eastern
  • July 20, 10 AM Eastern

Our launch plans are subject to change based on weather.

Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning (ARHAB) is an Amateur Radio activity for near space explorers and enthusiasts dedicated to the education and study of aerospace science. For more information about this activity visit: