Mission 21 completedPosted: September 21, 2015
Mission 21 is now in the log book. Thanks everyone who participated. Thank you to all those that have Emailed us confirming their QSOs with a jumper. As it turns out we were able to capture most of the Q’s on a recording station that is part of the jumpers payload. Unfortunately, sometimes it does not get the whole call sing so you are encourage to Email us at KC6TYD@gmail.com and tell us about your contact. As soon as we review all the pictures we took and then print up some QSL cards, we’ll get them out to you. We’ll be using the address you have listed on QRZ.com.
Looks like we need to go back and make some technical changes and improvements with our air to ground video. For the first jump we were using a smaller battery then usual, which brought the wattage of the transmitter down a little, thus, giving us the inconsistent signal. As for the third jump, well, Murphy’s law. Got the right battery but the power cord got pulled out from the Anderson Power Poles. You have to understand that we have discovered that the most optimal place to mount the transmitter is on the foot of the jumper. With a total of 14 jumpers on the plane and even when trying to keep an eye on all the gear, sometimes something gets bumped or pulled. Jumper 2, Michael, KF6WRW, has plans on beefing up the connections and modifying a new mount that will protect the sensitive areas.
We’ll be back October 17 in conjunction with Pacificon, ARRL’s Pacific Division Ham Radio Convention. Come by our table and say hi and see all the action unfold by viewing monitors displaying live ground and air video as will as APRS tracking.
Check back soon for updates.