Call Sign fill needed

During Mark’s HF jump he made QSOs with two DX stations, but unfortunately we need a fill on their call signs. The first one is N2F?Y from New York and the second one we believe to be AE9JQY, or something close to that. If you recognize those calls let us know. Email us at skydivinghams@gmail.com.


Mission 37 is complete!

Thank you to all those that participated in Mission 37. After some technical issues in the morning we finally got things rolling. Three successful jumps! We would have had a fourth but the winds got to high.

If you made a contact with a skydiver, then please email us at skydivinghams@gmail.com.  Please indicate which jumper it was, and the time of your contact.  As soon as we find that perfect picture we’ll get your QSL card out to you. Make sure your address on QRZ.com is good.

It’s break time. The skydivers and crew will be taking a fall/winter break.  Look for Mission 38 sometime around April, 2020.  Continue to check in once in a while and follow us on Facebook.


Mission 37 coming soon, UPDATED 10-17-19

UPDATE:  Here is the Live Steaming Video Link https://video.ibm.com/channel/N3MMeufqbcL

If you’re attending Pacificon we’ll have our information table set up and staff ready to answer questions.  Monitors will be available so that you can watch the live video coming from the Drop Zone and from the air.  A GOTA station will be available so you can make a QSO!  Look for us in the hallway just inside the patio doors.

We hope to have our first jump between 10 and 11 A.M.  Our Parachute Control (Net Control) will be situated on Mount Diablo providing updates and answering question all day long.  Listen in on 146.430 MHz simplex.  Updates will also be mode on the W6CX repeater, 147.060 +100.  Too far away?  Listen in on our EchoLink node, NE6RD-L.  On mission day well will also provide updates right here throughout the day.  Sorry, AllStar will not be available for this Mission.  We will post the URL for our Live Streaming Video as soon as it is activated so be sure to check back later.

Since our target audience will be the conventioneers at Pacificon, the first round of QSOs will be from our GOTA station at the Marriott Hotel.  Once those contacts are complete the jumper will open it up to everyone else.  Please listen to the instructions from Parachute Control prior to each jump.

If you make a contact with a skydiver be sure to email us at skydivinghams@gamail.com so we can make sure you get your QSL card.  Please make sure the address on your QRZ page is correct.

Have you ever wanted to skydive?  Bay Area Skydiving is offering tandem jumps, with video and photos, for only $229.  That’s a $99 saving.  Book your jump at bayareaskydiving.com and enter Voucher Code PM2019 at checkout.  If for some reason the code does not work, make your reservation, and once at the Drop Zone mention Parachute Mobile.  Feel the freedom of free fall and the spectacular view starting from 13,000 feet.


Happy Birthday

A Big thanks to all our volunteers and to those that have participated throughout the years.


QSL Cards have been mailed

Mission 36 QSL cards have been mailed.  If you’re expecting one and don’t see it soon please Email me at KC6TYD@gmail.com.

Our next mission will be October 19, 2019 in conjunction with Pacificon.

-Rob, KC6TYD

Team Coordinator


Mission 36 edited audio recordings

It’s not alway easy to keep a log of the QSO’s when your descending from 13,000 feet in the air.  That is why we attached a digital recorder to each radio vest.  Attached are the edited recordings for each of the three jumps.  Dead air was removed to reduce the size of the files.  Due to the limited space on the vests we have not been able to come up with a way to have a second HF receiver designated to record both sides of our HF jumps.  Utilizing a small mixer we only get the receive side.  However, we can record the jumper’s transmitted side by recording the traffic on the ground.  With the use of post production audio editing I’ve compiled the two tracks.  I’ve been told that there is a way I can tap into the pin-out from the mic jack that will provide audio from the jumper when he keys the mic, but that hack is still a mystery to me.  I imagine a small RJ adaptor that goes between the radio and the mic that provides a small 1/8 speaker jack to use as audio out to the mixer is all that is needed.  If any of you techy folks out there want to brew this up for us we’d certainly compensate you for the parts.  The HF radio we use is the good ol’ FT-817.

-Rob, KC6TYD


Another Parachute Mobile presentation coming soon

Hello everyone. QST, Parachute Mobile will be presenting at the next San Mateo Radio Club’s next monthly meeting, Friday, September 20. Visitors welcome.  https://www.meetup.com/SanMateoRadioClub/events/261528960/