A successful Mission 14 completed!Posted: March 24, 2013
A big thanks to all of the Parachute Mobile team members for their time and contribution. Without you, we could not have done it.
Mission 14 certainly came with its share of hurdles. Every mission seems to have a few. From manpower to equipment problems, from internet to jump delays. Murphy was sure throwing what he could at us, but to no avail. That’s because we’re hams!
This Mission was a first for a few things. Our spiffy media banners were debuted, which caught a lot of attention. This was our first mission were all our power at the drop zone was provided by generator or battery. We also setup our own internet connection, both at the drop zone and at radiofest, since reliable internet was not available. Due to technical problems with our 2.4 GHz transmitter, we used a 1.2GHZ transmitter without any prior testing, and it worked great!
Unfortunately, our mission came with delays. Every drop zone has their own way of doing things. As we found out, we have to manifest our jumps before 10:00 A.M. to secure a spot on the plane before noon. Well, for safety issues, our jumpers were not ready for that manifest time, which meant our next chance to get up in the air was later in the day. We apologize for the huge delay.
Our jumpers are deployed with a recording station to establish a QSOs log. As you can appreciate, the jumpers are not in a position to complete a physical log. Unfortunately the receiver for the recorder lost audio and thus, we have no record of the QSOs. This is very upsetting for us as we always promise a one-of-a-kind QSL card to all those that make a contact. If you made a contact, then please send us an email stating so to firstname.lastname@example.org and while get that right out to you.
We will soon post pictures and videos from Mission 14, so please come back and check them out.
No date as of yet for Mission 15, but as soon as we do we’ll post it here.
From the Parachute Mobile team