Mission 40 is scheduled for October 16, 2021. This will be in conjunction with Pacificon, ARRL’s Pacific Division Conference.
Come by and check out our booth in Bishop Hall across from the patio doors. We’ll have monitors showing all the live footage from the Drop Zone and from the air. We will also have a GOTA station so you can make a QSO with a skydiver.
Come back soon for more updates.
During Mission 39 jump 3, the HF jump, Mark reports that it was very hard to hear everyone’s call signs. We did have a recorder recording, however it was only recording Mark and since he had a lot of busted calls we are asking all those that made a contact with him to give us a “fill”. Please email us at email@example.com if you think one of the following busted calls was yours:
A station from Minnisota
A station from Nova Scotia
This wasn’t a contest and we want to make sure you get your QSL card.
0732-Good morning everyone. We are currently getting our video stream and APRS igate equipment all set up. This will be the first entry for todays timeline. When we have updates we will add a new timeline so you will need to refresh your web browser periodically.
1000 – Good morning from Byron Airport. We continue to setup for Mission 39. We have setup video systems and ham radio antennas and radios (both VHF and UHF). Mark (AF6IM), Jumper 1, has been prepped and we hope to manifest him for a jump run shortly. Here are a couple of important links:
Streaming URL: https://video.ibm.com/channel/N3MMeufqbcL
QSO email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay tunes for more updates.
11:30 Mark, Jumper 1, AF6IM has been manifested for the next jump run scheduled for approximately 30 minutes from how. This will be a VHF jump with QSO frequency: 146.430 Mhz simplex.
1155 – Mark, Jumper 1, AF6IM is in the plane and the plane is in the air! YAY! He’ll be in the air in about 10 minutes. This is a VHF jump. See frequency above.
1206 – Mark is out of the plane and in the air!
1221 – Mark, AF6IM, Jumper 1 is on the ground! YAY!
1310 – Rob, KC6TYD, Jumper 3, is suiting up. We hope to have him in the air in approximately an hour. This will be another VHF jump. Frequency: 146.430 Mhz simplex.
1343 – Rob, KC6TYD, Jumper 3, is suited up and ready to go. He is manifesting for a jump run scheduled in 45 minutes or so. Will keep you posted.
1442 – Rob, KC6TYD, Jumper 3, is on the plane and the plane has taken off. It’s a lighter load, so he should be jumping out in less than 10 minutes. Will let you know when he’s out.
15:08 – Rob, KC6TYD, Jumper 3, is safely on the ground. Thanks for all the QSOs! We will have at least one more jump with Mark on HF.
1615 – Mark, AF6IM, Jumper 1 is suited up and ready to go. We are hoping to get on the next manifest leaving in a few minutes. If all goes to plan…he should be out of the plane in 15 or 20 minutes. This is an HF jump: 14.250 Mhz USB.
1624 – Mark, AF6IM, Jumper 1 is aboard and the plane has taken off.
1645-Marks has made about 6 Qs on HF. Remember, please email us at skydivinghams @gmail.com if you make a contact so we can get your QSL card.
1655 – Mark, AF6IM, Jumper 3 is back safe and sound on the ground! YAY! Sounds like there were many HF QSOs! Sweet! Thank you all for your participation! That’s a wrap for Mission 39! 73! ~Steve K6WW
Look for updates here on the website or on Facebook starting around 9:30a.m. or earlier. QSTs will also be made on the W6CX repeater, Mount Diablo, at 147.060+100
Hope to hear you on the air!
We’re still finishing up on the final touches. The weather is looking quite favorable but those Byron winds can pick up in the afternoon.
Sorry, but we won’t have Echo/Link or AllStar as options for the mission. It’s a logistic thing. Hoping to have it up running for Mission 40 in October.
Check back again soon.
Mission 39 is just a few weeks out. We are looking forward to making a QSO with you. Here is a flyer with all the pertinent information. Feel free to share it and repost it.
We typically try to get the first jump in around 11:00A.M. However, we seem to be prone to delays in one way or another. If you’r in line of site of Mount Diablo, listen in on the W6CX repeater at 147.060+100 for updates. We will also make updates here on the website and on Facebook.
We record each jump so that we have a QSO log, but due to weaker signals and doubling, we may not get yours. If you make a QSO email us at email@example.com so that you can receive you QSL card. Addresses are obtained via QRZ.com so make sure your information is up to date.
Check back soon for updates.
Mission 39 will take place on August 21.
Mission 40 will take place on October 16.
More information will be post with all the specifics soon.
Mission 38 QSL Cards went out today. If you don’t receive yours, let me know.
Thank you to all that participated in Mission 38. After being grounded for 3 hours, due to fog, we were finally able to completed a successful jump. I actually had enough time to make a sunset jump as well. It was nice to get in at least one mission in after being grounded for most of the year. A Special thanks goes out to Michael W, K6MFW, who handle most of the tactical and video ops. A big thanks to Beau A, K6EAU, as well. Beau simply came by to make a QSO, but we put him to work.
Here is edited video of the first jump: https://youtu.be/UrTBPmhGehg
Parachute Mobile will be back next Spring. In the mean time we’ll be working on upgrades and improvements to some of our gear. We’ll also come up with our 2021 schedule, which we’ll be sure to post here. In the meantime, if your club would like to learn more about Parachute Mobile, email me at KC6TYD@gmail.com. I have a PowerPoint presentation that I’m sure would be very informative.
1000: Myself, Rob, KC6TYD and Micheal, K6MFW, are at the DZ and have been setting up all the gear. So far our APRS and air-to-ground video have passed their initial tests. Unfortunately, the air-to-ground video will not be live today. When I arrived the DZ at 0700 hrs the sun was coming up, but 30 minutes later the fog rolled in. So at the moment nothing is be happening until the fog burns off. That’s OK, we still have more to do. I’ll post again when we have a better ETJ…Estimated Time of Jump.
1219: 1205: Well, sorry folks. We are still on weather hold due to fog. I’m manifested for the first load. When the fog burns of we’ll typically get a 15 or 20 minute load time. When that happens we’ll be sure to post that. Michael, who is filling all the Ground Crew duties today, has successfully completed a parachute gear, radio, video, and APRS safety check. If you go to APRS.fi you will see me at the DZ since we have been making some test. Look for KC6TYD-8. Since we have some time we’ll conducted a Live update on Facebook in about 10 to 15 minutes. We’ll show you the setup at the DZ as well as the radio vest set up.
1311: We have been given a load time that is now 17 minutes!
1512: Well that was a long morning. Thank you to all those that participated. Remember to send an Email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you made a contact and state the time. We are going to repack and see if we can get another jump in. We’ll be back with an update soon.
1548: Looks like I can get in one more jump. I’m manifested for load 6, which is showing a load time of 1620 (4:20). I suspect it will be later then that, but I hope not too late. Wheels have to be up before sunset.