Mission 22 is schedule for October 17, 2015Posted: September 30, 2015
Mission 22 will be here soon! This mission is in conjunction with ARRL’s Pacific Division Ham Radio Convention, PACIFICON, pacificon.org. For this event we will have an information table located in the outer hallway of the San Ramon Marriott where you can learn all about what Parachute Mobile is and some of the cool stuff we’ve been doing behind the scenes to make these events so much fun. We will also have monitors where you can view live streaming video from the Drop Zone, located at the Byron Airport, as well as air to ground video from Jumper 2.
We hope to have our first jump under way somewhere around 10:00 A.M and every 60 to 90 minutes thereafter. Unfortunately, we have no control over the aircraft and sometimes there are shutdown delays when minimum occupancy has not been met for a load. On occasion, Mother Nature plays her hand, and if winds are too high we may have to scrub the mission. If such an unfortunate circumstance were to occur, it will be posted here.
On the day of the event, updates will be announced (QSTs) on the W6CX repeater located on Mount Diablo at 146.070 + 100, or, if you are at Pacificon, come by the table and check the updates on the ETJ (Estimated Time of Jump) board.
Just prior to each jump you will want to switch over to 146.430 MHz simplex to make your QSO. The Jumpers exit the King Air 90 jumpship at 13,500 feet, free fall for a few seconds to get a stable position for canopy deployment, then open their parachutes so that they can get the longest hang-time possible for QSOs during descent. There will be HF jumps for this mission. Expect at least one jump to have comms on 10 meters at 28.425 MHZ USB. On subsequent jumps we may move to another band so listen for updates.
When possible, depending on payload profiles, the jumpers will be equipped with APRS.
For Jumper 1 search: AF6IM
For jumper 2 search: KF6WRW
What’s cool about our APRS data is that you will see biotelemetry. The jumper’s heart rate and blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) will be displayed.
As always, make a QSO with a jumper and receive a one-of-a-kind QSL card. Since our jumpers have no way of manually logging their calls during their descent, we rely on audio recordings taken during each jump. Unfortunately, we still get busted calls. If you make a contact let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know about your QSO.
If you happened to be in or around the Byron Airport on the day of the mission, feel free to come by and we’ll show you all that happens to safely conduct our missions. Directions can be found here: http://www.bayareaskydiving.com
To find out how Parachute Mobile got started, click on the About Parachute Mobile tab at the top of the page.
Check back again soon.
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