Welcome Bobby Brownlee, WB5OSD

PARACHUTE MOBILE welcomes Bobby Brownlee WB5OSD to the team.

Bobby Brownlee, WB5OSD, sent us his very cool QSL card and a note describing his parachute mobile jump experiences over Vivian Louisiana.
Bobby has made three tandem skydives operating on 2M FM though a local repeater to reach hams in the Shreveport area 30 miles from the DZ.
We welcome Bobby to the PARACHUTE MOBILE team and salute his efforts. Bobby has demonstrated  that you do not need to be a solo jumper to operate parachute mobile.
We hope this will inspire other hams to give parachute mobile a try by carrying an HT with them on tandem jump. You will have to coordinate this with your tandem jump master  but it should not be a problem since Bobby has paved the way.
By the way, check out Bobby’s custom callsign helmet and his CQ DX gloves. This guy is definitely setting new standards for Parachute Mobile fashion.
Blue skies and good DX Bobby. Keep us posted on your future jumps.

POSTPONED: Next Jump in Byron March 26

Due to the storms coming through, we are postponing the jump.

Parachute Mobile is a unique way of combining two great hobbies; skydiving and amateur radio.  Our skydivers will jump from 14,000 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 7th mission.  A Net Control will be set up on Mount Diablo to assist with this event.

Time: Parachute Control will be setup at approximately 1100 hrs.

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

Frequency: 146.460 MHz 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, Jumper 1 and KF6WRW, Jumper 2 on your favorite APRS web site.

QSTs and updates will be made on the W6CX Repeater (Mount Diablo), 147.060+, 100Hz. If you know of other repeaters that we can make announcements on and can be reached from Mount Diablo, let us know.

Event specific QSL cards will be available.

Hear the action, make a QSO!

For more information contact Rob at KC6TYD@arrl.net

Note: this event is subject to weather conditions and there is always the possibility the event could be cancelled.