After a long break Parachute Mobile is back

We are pleased to announce that Mission 20 is scheduled for May 31. Mark, AF6IM and Michael, KF6WRW will be back in the air taking contacts from around the Greater Bay Area. Accompanying them will be Parachute Mobile’s illustrious Ground Crew proving live video, APRS and all needed tactical support.

UPDATE!! Mark, Jumper 1, will dedicate one or more of his jumps for HF contacts. We were originally going to use 20 meters but now have changed to 10 meters. Look for us at 28.520MHz.

The Mission will take place at BayArea Skydiving located at Byron Airport in Byron, CA.

Jump Time: We hope to have the first jump commence as close to 1100 hrs as possible.

Frequencies: QSO 1, 146.430 MHZ simplex. QSO 2(alt), 147.570 MHz simplex.

Jump Updates: 147.060 MHz +100 W6CX Mount Diablo.

APRS: Search AF6IM for Jumper 1, or KF6WRW for Jumper 2

Live Video:
Smart phones:

Get your Mission 20 QSL Card!

As usual, we have no control over the weather or the operations at the DZ. The mission is always subject to delay or cancellation.

Contact: Rob Fenn, KC6TYD, Parachute Mobile Team Coordinator,

2015 BBQ Kick Off

A few of the Parachute Mobile team members met for a BBQ get together at Sunnyvale Baylands Park. The sky looked ominous at first, but soon the clouds open up just enough to let in some sun. I brought along my good ‘lo IC-718 and set up a new Ultimax 100 End Fed antenna, which worked out pretty well. The plan for this year is to try and get two missions in this Spring and early Summer and then finish off the year with two more missions in the Fall, with our last mission being in conjunction with Pacificon. The tentative date for Mission 20 is set for Sunday May 24. Check back soon for updates.


HF in the park



Mission 19 QSL CARDS

Jumper 1 complete

Jumper 2 complete

During Mission 19, Jim made this cool video flyby of Mark, Jumper 1, AF6IM

Click her to see it ——->


Mission 19 completed!!

Thank you all that participated during Mission 19. I hope you all enjoyed our two-mile-high adventure.

In the next couple of weeks we will be compiling our notes and reviewing the on-board skydiver recorder to obtain a list of those that made QSOs with the jumpers. Once done we will mail out your mission specific QSL card. Our system is not foolproof. If your call sign was not completely copied we don’t know who are. But the good news is that we’ll believe you. Too make sure you get your QSL card simply drop us an email at and give us your call sign, the Jumper’s name and jump number. If your call sign is good on, we will use the address as posted to get you your card.

Check back latter as we will be posting pictures and videos taken during the event.

Parachute Mobile will be taking a break and will be back up in the air early spring.

Mission 19 during Pacificon

We are proud to announce that Mission 19 is scheduled for October 11 in conjunction with Pacificon. Make a contact with a skydiver and receive a one-of-a-kind QSL card. Didn’t bring a radio? Report to the GOTA station right outside the door from our table. Come by our table located in the north hallway and check out live streaming video from the Drop Zone and from the air. Follow the action on APRS.
QSTs: will be made on 146.430, W6CX 147.060 + 100, N6NFI 145.230 – 100.
QSO frequency: 146.430 MHz simplex
Video Frequency: 5880 MHz
Streaming video:
for smartphones
APRS: Search AF6IM for Jumper 1 and KF6WRW for Jumper 2

Mark, Jumper 1, is planning on using a vintage WW2 HT to make some contacts during this mission. It’s a BC 611 2 vacuum tube radio. The frequency will be 3885 KHz AM. Listen in, or go by our table to find out which jump this will be.

Errol Flynn edited

Jumper 2 getting prepped up, Mission 18