Mission 18 is scheduled for September 14, 2015. We hope to have our first jump around 11:00 A.M. We may or may not have a Parachute Control in place to keep everyone up to date. If not, updates will be made on the W6CX repeater at 147.060 + 100, located on top of Mount Diablo. The QSO frequency will be 146.430 simplex. Our previous video gear experienced some mechanical malfunctions so until we get it fixed we are currently testing a new 5.8 GHz system. Preliminary tests have been unsatisfactory so we may or may not have live streaming video available. The jumpers will be setup with APRS and can be followed on your favorite APRS tracking site. For Jumper 1, search AF6IM and for Jumper 2, search KF6WRW. Our APRS system incorporates not only location but altitude, but heart rate a blood oxygenation of the jumper as well.
More information later,
QSL Cards for Mission 17 were mailed 3-4-2015. If you made a contact and do not receive one, please let us know. Email KC6TYD@gmail.com. We apologize for the delay.
Our deepest apologies for the delay in mailing out your QSL Card. In the past we have been lucky to have used a free web-based QSL Card generator. Unfortunately, it’s gone and we are currently writing some software so that we are able to customize the cards specific to each mission. We won’t forget you!
Mission 17 went without a hitch on October 12, 2013 in conjunction with Pacificon, ARRL’s Pacific Division Convention. A big thanks to our skydivers, videographer, and our entire ground crew for making this mission a success.
We were able to complete our Mission Objective of completing three jumps; all in a timely manner. We were even able to sneak in an HF contact using an on old WWII hand-held radio. Check out this link to learn more, https://sites.google.com/site/bc611ww2radioparachutejump/. We did experience some issues with video quality with our air-to-ground transmissions. Our experts are already working on ways to correct this for Mission 18.
If you made a QSO with a Jumper then please let us know. We try our best to log all the calls, but we seem to miss a few now and then. To make sure we have you on the list let us know by sending an email to KC6TYD@arrl.net.
The Parachute Mobile will be taking a break for a bit, but please check back once in a while to get information about Mission 18.
Parachute Mobile Team
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Parachute Mobile Skydiving QSO Jumps!
Unfortunately, we had to scrub our last mission due to high winds. But we’re back and this time it will be in conjunction with Pacificon, ARRL’s Pacific Division Convention.
Our skydivers will jump from 13,500 feet and once they’ve deployed their parachutes they will make contacts (QSOs) with as many hams as possible. The Drop Zone (DZ) will be at the Byron Airport, 14 miles Northwest of Tracy, California.
DATE: October 12, 2013
Jump Times: The first jump is scheduled to occur around 12:00 noon and approximately every 90 minutes thereafter. We do not have control over the plane or weather so times may change. We hope to get in three jumps for the day.
Frequency: QSOs with the jumpers will be on 146.430 MHz simplex with an alternate of 147.570 MHz simplex.
APRS: Each jumper will be fitted with APRS that will transmit location, altitude and biotelemetry. Search for AF6IM for “Jumper 1″ and KF6WRW for “Jumper 2″. No SSID required.
Live Streaming Video: Live streaming video from the DZ and from the air will be available to watch. Go to ustream.tv/channel/mfwright
Updates: QSTs and updates will be made on:
W6CX Repeater on Mount Diablo, 147.060+ 100, MDARC
N6NFI Repeater, Stanford, 145.230- 100
Information Table/GOTA Station: If you are attending Pacificon, come by our information table to see what we’ve been up to. Watch the action unfold as we will have monitors providing live video from the DZ. Don’t have a radio to make a contact? No problem. We will have a GOTA station outside so you can make that contact.
As always, for the most current mission updates and information about parachute mobile, go to parachutemobile.org.
There will be a one-of-a-kind QSL card for all those that make a contact.
NOTE: This event is subject to weather conditions and there is always the possibility will be delayed or cancelled.
Arrived at the DZ early today and discovered the winds were very high. One of the regular staff members suggested that I hold off on unloading too much. I took heed. I grabbed my ammeter and was getting 15 to 18 mph with Gusts as high as 23mph. I heard from the gentleman at the manifest counter that it was as high as 30 mph earlier in the morning. I waited around for about an hour to see if the winds would come down enough so that I might be able to get in a much needed jump. But, nope, winds leveled off at 20 mph. Oh well, this is why we always advise that our missions are subject to cancellation due to weather. Bummer none the less.
We’ll, try again October 12 during Pacificon. Check back latter for more updates.