QSL Cards are in the mail!

Sorry for the delay. The QSL cards have been placed into the mail box as of Sunday, November 22. If for some reason you don’t get it, let us know by dropping an email to kc6tyd@gmail.com.

Some Mission 22 Photos

In The Air
Close up of Mark










From the DZ





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Mark getting prepped

From Pacificon






Parachute Control



Mission 22 completed

Thank you to all those that participated. We were able to make a total of 5 jumps. We apologize for all the delays and sudden changes, but that’s just the way it is at the Drop Zone.

As a reminder, if you made a contact with a jumper please email kc6tyd@gmail.com and us know which jump and jumper it was. Mae sure to include your call sign and make sure address on QRZ.com is correct. Please allow us time to go the the multiple logs of QSOs and to time to create you one-of-a kind QSL card. A posting will be made when the QSL cards are mailed.

Parachute Mobile Team

Mission 22 current updates

Last jump of the day!!

1404 Jumper 3 on take off!!! Go Rob!!

1600 Jumper 3 loading the plane

1555 KC6TYD Rob in 7 mins will making his “100” jump!!!

1510 Jumper 1 will be making a Dstar first then will be switching over to 2 meters

1445 Jumper 1 safe and on the ground

1428 Jumper 1 13000ft Jumper away

1417 Jumper 1 Mark HF Take off!!

1345 Jumper 1 20 mins out to go.

1320 Mark Jumper 1 getting ready for HF/2 meter jumper. HF 28.245

1305 AF6IM Jumper 1 HF

1305 Jumper 1 Mark going up soon

1245 Jumper 3 QSO sounding great up in the air!!

12:26 Jumper 3 on the plane. Yay!!!

12:13 Jumper 3 suited and going up in 12 mins

11:50 hrs: Jummper 3 ROB!!! getting suted up.

1125: Jumper 2 is on the ground safely. Standby for updates for the next jump

10:50 Jumper 2 Michael KF6MRW up in the air at 5000 ft

1050 hrs: Jumper 2 has loaded the plane

10:40 hrs: Jumper 2 suiting up and getting ready to jump.
Streaming live video from the DZ http://M.ustream.tv/channel/mfwright

1030 hrs: Just in….Jump 1 is in 15 minutes (1045hr)

1018 hrs: All three Parachute Mobile venues have checked in. We are currently waiting for more people to manifest for the first jump. We will get a 30 minutes heads up, at which time we will post that here.13

Mission 22 is schedule for October 17, 2015

Mission 22 will be here soon! This mission is in conjunction with ARRL’s Pacific Division Ham Radio Convention, PACIFICON, pacificon.org. For this event we will have an information table located in the outer hallway of the San Ramon Marriott where you can learn all about what Parachute Mobile is and some of the cool stuff we’ve been doing behind the scenes to make these events so much fun. We will also have monitors where you can view live streaming video from the Drop Zone, located at the Byron Airport, as well as air to ground video from Jumper 2.

We hope to have our first jump under way somewhere around 10:00 A.M and every 60 to 90 minutes thereafter. Unfortunately, we have no control over the aircraft and sometimes there are shutdown delays when minimum occupancy has not been met for a load. On occasion, Mother Nature plays her hand, and if winds are too high we may have to scrub the mission. If such an unfortunate circumstance were to occur, it will be posted here.

On the day of the event, updates will be announced (QSTs) on the W6CX repeater located on Mount Diablo at 146.070 + 100, or, if you are at Pacificon, come by the table and check the updates on the ETJ (Estimated Time of Jump) board.

Just prior to each jump you will want to switch over to 146.430 MHz simplex to make your QSO. The Jumpers exit the King Air 90 jumpship at 13,500 feet, free fall for a few seconds to get a stable position for canopy deployment, then open their parachutes so that they can get the longest hang-time possible for QSOs during descent. There will be HF jumps for this mission. Expect at least one jump to have comms on 10 meters at 28.425 MHZ USB. On subsequent jumps we may move to another band so listen for updates.

As mentioned earlier, we will have live streaming video. You can view this by logging into:
http://m.ustream.tv/channel/mfwright (for mobile devices)

When possible, depending on payload profiles, the jumpers will be equipped with APRS.
For Jumper 1 search: AF6IM
For jumper 2 search: KF6WRW
What’s cool about our APRS data is that you will see biotelemetry. The jumper’s heart rate and blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) will be displayed.

As always, make a QSO with a jumper and receive a one-of-a-kind QSL card. Since our jumpers have no way of manually logging their calls during their descent, we rely on audio recordings taken during each jump. Unfortunately, we still get busted calls. If you make a contact let us know by emailing kc6tyd@gmail.com and let us know about your QSO.

If you happened to be in or around the Byron Airport on the day of the mission, feel free to come by and we’ll show you all that happens to safely conduct our missions. Directions can be found here: http://www.bayareaskydiving.com

To find out how Parachute Mobile got started, click on the About Parachute Mobile tab at the top of the page.

Check back again soon.

“In the air-On the air”

Mission 21 QSL cards have been mailed

Check you mailbox soon for your one-of-a-kind QSL card confirming you QSO with a skydiver. Based on our audio recordings taken during each jump and confirming with those that have emailed us, we only have one QSO that is busted and need help with. If you made a 10 meter contact with Jumper 2 and your call is similar to W_YX, let us know. Email us at KC6TYD@Gamail.com

All of Mark’s gear

All Mark's gearThis doesn’t include APRS