Upcoming presentations

Mission 32 QSL cards are almost completed and should be in the mail soon. In the mean time you may want to consider coming to a Parachute Mobile presentation. This Wednesday, the 19th at 7pm we’ll be at Orinda Library presenting at the Lamorinda Area Radio Interest Group, k6ori.groupspaces.com, and on October 11, we’ll be presenting at the Stock-Delta Amateur Radio Club at 7pm at The Amblers Club, w6sf.org. Hope to see you there.


Mission 32 Completed

Thank you to all that participated during Mission 32. Another great mission completed. As soon as we review the recordings and consolidate our logs we’ll get the QSL cards out. If you made a contact with a skydiver and you haven’t emailed us as of yet, be sure to do so at skydivinghams@ gmail.com. State which jumper it was; Rob or mark, and the jump number. If you happened to recall what time you made the contact indicate that as well.

Don’t forget, Mission 33 will take place in conjunction with Pacificon, October 20.


Mission 32 is set for August 25, 2018

Mission 32 will take place August 25, 2018.  We’re ramping up for another great mission.  Some modifications are being made to the HF equipment vest.  We’ll also be experimenting with new APRS radio during the HF jump.

Frequencies

FM QSOs will be on 146.430 simplex

HF QSOs will be on 14.250

APRS

Search AF6IM or KC6TYD depending on the jumper.

Live streaming video:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mfwright

EchoLink:

NE6RD-L

There will continuous updates here on the website and QSTs made on the W6CX repeater, 147.060+ 100, and N6NFI repeater, 145.230- 100.

QSL Card

If you make a contact with a skydiver you will receive a QSL card.  Please be sure to confirm your contact by sending an email to Rob, at KC6TYD@gmail.com.  Please indicate which jump it was and the time of your contact.

As always, the mission is subject to delay or cancellation due to weather or aircraft issues.


Parachute Mobile presents at the FARS meeting

Come and check it out!  Parachute Mobile will be resenting this Friday at the FARS (Foothill Amateur Radio Society) monthly meeting.  http://www.fars.k6ya.org/meeting/meeting2018#july


What is Parachute Mobile?

Parachute Mobile is a unique combination of skydiving and amateur radio (ham radio). For the past nine years we have brought a new nitch to the ham radio community that has been widely accepted and rewarding for many.

The main objective for Parachute Mobile is simple but yet complex at the same time. The Skydiver is equipped with ham radio and other biotelemetry equipment. Once the jumper is away a HAHO (High Altitude High Opening) is executed to provide a long descent at which time the jumper will make as many radio contacts as possible. As you would expect, the altitude provides a great opportunity to make contacts with ham operators many miles away. All stations that are lucky enough to make a contact with the jumper are rewarded with a one-of-a-kind contact card (QSL card) certifying their contact. Contacts have been made on both 2 and 20 meters.
There is so much more. Over the years we’ve added APRS, air-to-ground streaming video, and now EchoLink.

Safety is paramount during or missions. Every effort is made to recognize potential snag points and equipment that could potentially interfere with the skydivers’ gear. Before each jump a two-page safety check is completed.

Parachute Mobile currently has 2 active skydivers, however our Ground Crew is made of over 12 hams from around the Great San Francisco Bay Area. This is not your typical ham event. Our missions are more of a special event with excitement, production, and education.

Our next mission will be Mission 32, August 25, 2018.


QSL Cards update

The QSL cards are almost done. Thank you for your patients.


Mission 31 completed!

Thank you to all those that participated in Mission 31. It will be at least a couple of weeks as I go through all the logs, emails, and audio recordings and come up with a final QSO log. We try our best to record and write the Q’s as they come in but we do miss a few hear and there. Please, if you made a contact with a jumper please email me at KC6TYD@gmail.com. Please state which jumper it was, Rob or Mark, and the time. As soon as consolidate all the pictures that were taken I’ll decide on what will got on the QSL card and get those out to you. QSL cards will be mailed to addresses as listed in QRZ.com. I’ll annouonce here and on Facebook when the QSL cards are mailed out. Come back soon to view some photos of the mission.

Mission 32 is Schedule for August 25.

-Rob