Please join us for our last mission of the year. Make a contact with Mark, Jumper 1, or Rob, Jumper 3, while they descend from 13,000 feet under their parachutes. This mission is in conjunction with Pacificon, ARRL’s Pacific Division Convention, which will take place October 14-16. QSO jumps will only take place Saturday, October 15. If you happen to be attending Pacificon at the San Ramon Marriott, come on by and say hello. We’ll be located in the hallway by the patio doors. We’ll have monitors providing live streaming video from the Drop Zone as well as APRS telemetry during each jump. We’ll also have a GOTA (Get-On-the-Air) to make your contacts from.
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to wear a parachute on your back? Come by our table on Sunday and check out all our gear. See our customized radio vests that are used during each jump.
Come back soon for all the mission specific information.
As of 9-2-16 Mission 24 QSL cards have been mailed. If you are expecting one….or two, and you don’t receive them by the end of the week let me know by emailing email@example.com
You can find a few pictures that were taken during Mission 24 in the Parachute Mobile Images tab
A big thanks you to all that participated. We hope that the event was not only exciting to take part in but was informative as well.
Remember, if you made a contact with a skydiver, please Email Rob at KC6TYD@gmail.com. Indicate witch jumper it was and the jump number. If you’re not quite sure which jump it was, here was the sequence for the day:
Jump 1-Jumper 1, Mark, AF6IM
Jump 2 Jumper 3, Rob, KC6TYD
Jump 3, Jumper 1, Mark, D-Start jump
Jump 4, Jumper 3, Rob
A big thanks to our Ground Crew at the DZ and to our team on Mnt Diablo at Parachute Control.
We are still looking over all our post mission stats and results. Once this has been completed we’ll be able to get out all the QSL cards. Please be patient, it could take a few weeks. If for some reason, you don’t receive your card, let us know. Check back soon to view pictures and videos take during the mission. Some have already been post on our Facebook page.
MISSION 25 will be in conjunction withe PACIFICON, October 14-16. The jumps will be on Saturday the 15th. Be sure to come by and visit us at our booth.
Soooo sorry for all those that had been patiently waiting for the DMR Jump. I was all geared up and ready to get on the plane. One last radio check and for some unknown reason I couldn’t get into any repeater. Since tI had no time to trouble shoot I quickly scrambles to at least get in another FM jump.
Remember, IF you made a contact email me at KC6TYD@gmail.com
Due to technical difficulties-no DMR–SORRY
DMR will be the next jump. ETJ 1520ish
Jumper 1 is on the plane. They are loading the rest of the jumpers and should be in the air shortly. Expect D-Star QSOs around 1435.
Jumper 1 is on the plane. They are waiting for the rest of the jumpers to load.
Well…we missed that plane. We are still doing final checks with Jumper 1. We expect to be up in 20 or so minutes. Will keep you posted.
Jumper 1 is outfitted with final checks being done. The plane is waiting for the next load of jumpers. The next load should be up in the air in the next few minutes. Estimated Time of Jump (ETJ) is expected to be around 2:15pm. Temp here is 90 degrees. Once again…this will be a D-Star jump.
Slight change in schedule. Our next jump will be around 2pm with Jumper 1 doing a D-Star jump. Details available on the website and the Facebook page.
Jumper 3 is safely back on the ground. We are still determining the estimated time of the next jump.
Jump plane is loaded and taxing for takeoff.
Plane is on the ground. Jumper 3 is on his way out to the plane.
Jumper 3 is outfitted and ready to go. We are waiting for the plane to return. Estimated Time of Jump (ETJ) is approximately 12:20 PM Pacific.
Jumper 1 is out and making QSO.
Jumper 1 is on the plane and climbing to jump altitude.
Jumper 1 is on the plane waiting for take off. Ascent should be about 10 minuted.
Update: Approx 7 to 10 to load and then another 10 minutes or so to climb to altitude.
Jumper 1 is manifested for 1100 ish. All safety checks have been completed. Jumper 3 is manifested for 1140 ish. Live streaming video should be good. If it freezes or goes down let us know.
Jumper 1, Mark Meltzer, AF6IM, is being outfitted with his parachute and radio equipment. Checklists are being reviewed multiple times to ensure Marks’s safety and proper radio operation. We missed the first planeload of jumpers, which just took off. So Mark will be manifested. hopefully, for the next planeload.
More Ground Crew have arrived. APRS has been checked. Radios checked and all OK. Not a whole lot of tandem jumpers her yet which means no ETJ (estimated time of jump) as of yet. I’m guessing after 1000 at this point. We’ll keep you updated.
Good morning. Ground crew have arrived at the DZ and are starting to get things setup The TacOps station is complete. This were where our comms and equipment gear are stationed. Michael, K6MFW, is setting up is ground video station from where he will provide live streaming of today’s activity.
Check back here regularly for updates.
CURRENT MISSION STATUS: We are GO
QST QST QST
Parachute Mobile Mission 24 is set for August 14, 2016.
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.
FREQUENCIES: FM Jump QSO frequency will be 146.430 MHz simplex.
We will also be dedicating one jump for D-star contacts and one jump for DMR. Locally, D-Star will be via the W6CX C repeater on Mount Diablo, output 145.000, input 147.500, reflector REF014 C.
*UPDATED*DMR frequency will be on California 3106.
Updates: On mission day, updates will be made regularly from “Parachute Control”, a team located on top of Mount Diablo. Use the simplex frequency to contact them. Periodic repeater updates will be made on the W6CX repeater located on Mount Diablo, 147.060+ 100.
STREAMING VIDEO: Ground video of jumper prep, take off and landings will be available. Air-to-ground video is still tentative. To watch the excitement unfold go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mfwright.
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 the jumper’s call sign at APRS.Fi, or click here, http://aprs.fi/#!call=AF6IM http://aprs.fi/#!call=KC6TYD
WEBSITE: On mission day we will post updates for each jump so if you are out of range of the repeater check here. Facebook: You can also follow us on Facebook for updates.
NOTICE: As always, this event is subject to change, delay, or cancellation. We have no control of the weather or the airplane.
Mission 25 will be October 15, 2016 as a special event during Pacificon!
Mission 24 is set for August 14!
Mission Plan will be very similar to previous missions:
2 meter QSO’s on 146.430 MHz simplex
D-Star QSO’s…frequency TBD
NEW!!!! DMR QSO! Talk Group 3106
Live ground video of all the action.
Come back for updates.
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