Mission 28!!!

Mission 28 is scheduled to take place August 26, 2017. Make a contact with a skydiver and receive a one of a kind QSL card.

We will be at a new location for this Mission. The Drop Zone is Skydive California in Tracy. 25001 S Kasson Rd. https://skydivecal.com/. Come on by and visit if you like.

We hope to have our first jump soon after 10:00 A.M.  The jump payload schedule is quite full.

FM QSO: 146.430 MHz
HF QSO: 14.250 MHz
D-Star: Ref014C (locally, W6CX 145.000 +, West Cost Reflector)
APRS: Track the individual skydivers by call sign; AF6IM, KC6TYD, W7BIG
Streaming video: Several point of views will be available including air-to-ground. Log into: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mfwright

Parachute Mobile will be acting as Net Control atop Mt Diablo. ETJs (estimated time of jump) will be announced periodically as will as other mission specific information. Updates will also be made on the W6CX repeater at 147.060 +100. Not in repeater range? No problem. Updates will be made here on the website and on our Facebook page.

We make every effort to record your QSO. To ensure that you receive your QSL card please email KC6TYD@gmail.com indicating which jumper, the jump number, and the time you made your contact.

As always, we do not have control over Drop Zone, aircraft, and the weather, so this event is subject to delay or cancellation.


Mission 28

Mission 28 is scheduled for Saturday, August 26th.

New venue! The mission will be held at Skydive California in Tracy. The address is 25001 Kasson Rd.

Come by and say hi. Consider volunteering as one of our Ground Crew.

Check back latter for mission updates.


Mission 27 QSL Cards are in the mail!

Sorry these got out late. If you don’t receive yours and you made a contact then email Rob at kc6tyd@gmail.com.


Parachute Mobile presenting at MARC meeting.

Parachute Mobile will be presenting Parachute Mobile at the next Manteca Amateur Radio Cub meeting August 3rd at 7:00PM. Go to the MARC website at K6MAN.org for location information. Hope to see you there.


Mission 27 is over

Well. after a wind delay in the morning Mission 27 was a success. We got three jumps in with plenty of contacts. Remember to email Rob at kc6tyd@gmail.com and let him know you made a contact, even if it was a busted one. This wasn’t a contest. Please indicate if it was Rob or Troy and an approximate time.  Give us a few weeks to process all the contact and put together the QSL Cards.

Mission 28 is schedule for August 26, 2017. Hope to hear you on the air then.


Mission 27 Update Log

Last call for a QSL card with Rob KC6TYD

4:00  QSO time!!!!!!

 

3: 50 Rob is up in the plane

3: 35 Last jump of the day, Rob KC6TYD for parachute contact

3:16 Rob KC6TYD in 20 mins @ 3:40

3:15 Rob KC6TYD up next for QSO with a parachuter

2;41 Troy W7BIG landed

2:30 QSO time

2:17 2 minutes and he should be out of the plane

1:55  Troy, W7BIG, will be loading the plane within the next few minutes.  Remember, If you get a QSO email Rob at kc6tyd@gmail.com.

1;14 Troy W7BIG waiting to load now @ 1:55

12:30 Rob KC6TYD landed

Getting Troy W7BIG prepped for his jump @1;35

12:20 taking QSO now

12:15 Rob KC6TYD jumper away

 

12:05 220 degrees, 13.8 mph

12;00 Rob Kc6TYD in air

11;55 Rob Kc6tyd boarding plane for Jump 1

 

11:32 Prepping Rob KC6TYD for his jump @ 11;48. So far so good.

 

1046:  Yeahh!  Winds are sitting around 20 mph.  We’ll go with that!  Rob, KC6TYD will jump at approximately 1148 hrs.  There are still possibilities for delays so check back soon.

0931: WIND DELAY.  Winds are still too high but appear to be dropping.  Winds are currently 20 with gusts to 27 MPH.  At least the numbers are going in the right direction. Streaming video is live at ustream.tv/channel/mfwright

Good Morning!

Partial setup at the Drop Zone was completed yesterday. By 5:00 P.M. winds progressively picked up and at one point during the night were well above 50 MPH. I guess that’s why this place sits in the shadow of hundreds of windmills. The forecast is predicting the winds to decrease but as of 6:20 A.M they are at 27 MPH with gusts to 38 MPH. For safety reasons, The maximum wind speed our skydivers will jump in is 18 MPH.

Please check back for mission updates.


Mission 27 is a go!

Join in with the skydivers and ground crew as we bring you Mission 27 on Saturday, July 1st, starting around 9:30 AM. Make a QSO with a skydiver and get a one-of-a-kind QSL card. Watch us on Streaming Video and follow us on APRS as the mission unfolds.

Skydivers: Rob, KC6TYD, and Troy, W7BIG.

QSO Frequency: 146.430 simplex

QST and Updates: We will not have “Parachute Control” directing traffic as we usually do on the QSO frequency.  To get QSTs and periodic updates on Mission Day listen to the W6CX repeater located on Mount Diablo, 147.060+

APRS: Follow each skydiver during their jumps on APRS.  Simply search their call signs respectively at aprs.fi:  Rob, KC6TYD, or Troy, W7BIG.

Live streaming video: We will have up to 4 POV (point of view) cameras that will bring you live streaming video from the ground and from the air.  Go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mfwright

The skydivers wear a recording station as part of their payload, however, it does not always capture every QSO.  To confirm your QSO email Rob at kc6tyd@gmail.com for either skydiver.  This way you’ll get you QSL card.  Addresses are obtained by your QRZ.com information.

NOTICE: As always, this event is subject to change, delay, or cancellation. We have no control of the weather or the airplane.  Check back often.