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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Mission 27 is still scheduled for Saturday, July 1st, however, we’re a little short on volunteers sign-ups. For safety reasons if we don’t have enough volunteers we may have to scrub the mission. If you live local and would like to experience volunteering with us please let us know. The location would be Byron Airport in Byron California at Bay Area Skydiving. Check back for mission status updates.
If you weren’t here you missed out.
Pictures from our remote site at Parachute Control coming soon.
A big thanks to all our Parachute Mobile followers. Hope you all got a QSO. Mission 26 was a blast for us I hope it was for you too.
We were glad to get QSOs as far south as Fresno and Clovis. We’ll be going through the logs to see what other areas we had contacts in.
If you made a contact with a jumper email Rob at email@example.com and let him know which jump it was and the approximate time. Assuming your information is correct on QRZ you’ll all get a QSL card. Give us a few weeks to creat them.
Mission 27 is scheduled for July 1st. Hope to hear you all there.
1702, Parachute mobile is done for the day, we had 4 great jumps and many many contacts. Thanks go out to everyone who participated in Mission 26. We really appreciate you taking the time to contact our jumpers. It is people like you that make all the effort it takes to put these missions together worth it. A reminder to anyone who made a contact today, if you can please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the the number of the jumper you made a contact with. This will help us confirm contacts so we can get a QSL card out to you. Just let Rob know if it was jumper 1,2,3 or 4.
1616, The plane is taking off at this moment. The plane should reach altitude in approximately 12 minutes. The Jumper will be jumper 3 Rob KC6TYD.
1511, Looks like the jump has been pushed to around 1600hrs. Updates to follow.
1417, Next jump will be jumper 4 Rob KC6TYD, takeoff approximately 40 minutes to boarding.
1355, Jumper 4 is in the air!
1334, Jumper 4 is waiting for the plane to return to start loading. Should be around 5 minutes for the plane to land. Jumper 4 is Troy W7BIG, he will have streaming video at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mfwright.
1330, The Jumper Mark AF6IM is out of the plane and descending. Mark will be doing Dstar initially, so FM contacts stand by till Mark calls for FM contacts
1320, Plane is in the air!
1313, Jump #2 with Mark AF6IM will be taking off now, it will be about 12 minutes before it reaches altitude. The first part of this jump will be Dstar, once the Dstar contacts are done, Mark will open it up for FM contacts.
1231, The airplane has been delayed, the expected arrival is now 1315 hours. We will update again when the plan is on the ground.
1222, The plane for the jumper 1 Mark AF6IM is now on the ground, Mark will be loading up shortly. Once the plane takes off it will be about 10 minutes to reach altitude.
1128, In approximately 40 minutes Jumper 1 Mark AF6IM will be jumping. Mark will start out doing Dstar contacts. See frequency information below on this page. After Dstar contacts Mark will open it up for FM. Standby for further information as time gets closer.
1100, Jumper 3 is now safely on the ground at the drop zone.
1034, APRS is up and running, look for KC6TYD http://aprs.fi
1027, The first jump of the day will be boarding in the next few minutes. It will take approximately 10 minutes to reach altitude. The first Jumper will be Rob KC6TYD Jumper 3.
1020, We have streaming video now at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mfwright. This is ground video at the moment, when jumpers are up we should have their video as well.
0916, Still finishing up our Drop Zone Set up. Check back soon for updates. Tune into 146.430 simplex for live updates as well.
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Parachute Mobile Mission 26 is set for May 13, 2017.
Make a contact with a skydiver and receive a one-of-a-kind QSL card.
WHERE: We will be conducting our Mission from Bay Area Skydiving, Byron Airport, Byron, CA.
TIME: We hope to have our first jump sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 A.M. We are usually able to make 3 to 5 jumps for the day.
FREQUENCIES: QSO frequency will be 146.430 MHz simplex.
We will also be dedicating one jump for D-star. Locally, D-Star will be via the W6CX C repeater on Mount Diablo, output 145.000, input 147.500, reflector REF014 C. Plans are to conduct an HF jump on 20 meters at 14.250MHz
Updates: On mission day, updates will be made by “Parachute Control”, a team located on top of Mount Diablo. Use the QSO frequency to contact them. Periodic repeater updates will be made on the W6CX repeater located on Mount Diablo, 147.060+ 100.
WEBSITE/Facebook: On mission day we will post jump updates here on the website and on Facebook.
STREAMING VIDEO: Ground video and air-to-ground video will be will be available. To watch the excitement unfold go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mfwright.
Facebook Live: Periodic Facebook live broadcast may happen throughout the day so be sure to follow us on Facebook.
APRS: View live APRS data during each jump. Along with altitude and speed there will also be biotelemetry from the jumper that will include heart rate and SpO2 (blood oxygen level). Just search for the jumper’s call sign at APRS.Fi.
Feel free to come by the DZ and say “Hi” and check out our operation.
NOTICE: As always, this event is subject to change, delay, or cancellation. We have no control of the weather or the airplane.
The 2017 season has started.
We are excited to announce this years Mission dates:
October, 21 (Pacificon)
Dates are subject to change so check back once in a while for updates.
Volunteers: You don’t have to be a skydiver to participate in Parachute Mobile. In fact, most of our crew is made up of non skydivers. It takes careful planning and will coordinated execution for each jump. From comms to live video production to jumper preparation, I’m sure there is something you can jump into. No pun intended. Of course, if you just want to come by the DZ to check things out, that’s OK too. Drop us a email at kc6tyd@gmail,com.
Check us out on facebook. When possible, we’ll try and post some Facebook Live posts. This may include non mission practice jumps as we test our equipment and setup.
More to come so check back.