Pacificon – Mission 13 on the 13th from Byron, CA


Parachute Mobile Skydiving QSO jump!

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. 

Date: October 13, 2012.  This will be our 13th mission and we are proud to be a scheduled event during Pacificon.  Conventioneers are encourage to make a QSO with the skydiver and to come by our display table to learn more about our projects.  Forgot your HT?  No problem, go to the San Ramon Comm Van to make a QSO.

Jump Times:  The first jump is scheduled to occur around 1200 hrs and approximately each hour thereafter.  We don’t have control over the aircraft or weather so times may change.  We hope to make 4 jumps.

QSOs with the Jumpers will be on 146.430 simplex with an alternate of 147.570 simplex

“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 will also be streaming live video from the Drop Zone (DZ).  Log into or come by the display table to watch the action unfold.

QSTs and updates will be made on:

W6CX Repeater (Mount Diablo), 147.060+ 100

N6NFI Repeater (Stanford), 145.230- 100

SARA Repeater (Mt Oso), 145.390- 136.5 (Central Valley)

LPRC Repeater (Loma Prieta), 146.640- 162.2 (Coastal Region)

Special Event 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.  But you can still visit with us at our display table at Pacificon.