QST QST QST…
Parachute Mobile is a unique way of combining two great hobbies; skydiving and amateur radio. Our skydivers will jump from 13,000 feet and once they have deployed their parachutes they will make contacts (QSOs) with as many hams as possible. The Drop Zone will be at Byron Airport where we have had great success in the past. This will be our 12th mission.
Date: September 9, 2012
Jump Times: The first jump is scheduled to occur between 1100 and 1200 hrs and approximately each hour thereafter. We don’t have control over the aircraft so times may change. We hope to make 4 jumps.
“Jumper 1” and “Jumper 2” will be fitted with APRS that will transmit location and altitude as well as biotelemetry data, which includes SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation) and heart rate. Look for AF6IM for Jumper 1, and KF6WRW for Jumper 2 on your favorite APRS web site. No SSID required.
We also hope to provide streaming video by logging into justin.tv
QSTs and updates will be made on:
W6CX Repeater (Mount Diablo), 147.060+ 100
SARA Repeater (Mt Oso), 145.390- 136.5
LPRC Repeater (Loma Prieta), 146.640- 162.2
QSOs with the Jumpers will be on 146.430 simplex with an alternate of 147.570 simplex
Event specific QSL cards will be available.
Hear the action, make a QSO!
Note: this event is subject to weather conditions and there is always the possibility the event could be canceled.