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.

Mission 27 Update

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.

-Rob, KC6TYD


Mission 26 highlights

If you weren’t here you missed out.



Greg the Cable Guy

Ken at Comms

Rob all prepped.

The Three Amigos

Mark ready to go

Michael G at work

Troy geared up

The video Guru’s

Mission 26 Crew

Pictures from our remote site at Parachute Control coming soon.

Mission 26 completed

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 kc6tyd@gmail.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.

Mission Day Updates

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 kc6tyd@gmail.com 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.