Spring is approaching and its time to get out and get some sun! What a great way to kick off the 2020 Parachute Mobile year.
Mission 38 will take place March 28. Make a QSO with a skydiver and receive a one of a kind QSL card. Print out the flyer attached for easy reference and please repost to fiends and clubs you may be part of. The weather has been unpredictable lately. If winds are too high or if it rains, the mission will be scrubbed so check back often for updates.
2 meter QSOs: 146.430 simplex
20 meter QSOs: 14.250
Follow the jumpers on APRS. Use AF6IM or KC6TYD. No SSID needed.
Allstar: Use node 40490. Please review the “Using Allstar” tab from the home page.
Streaming video: The URL is still to be determined. Check back latter.
Due to the nature of our missions logging calls are difficult. If you make a contact, busted or not, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to have our first jump between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. Parachute Control, (our Net Control), should be up by 9:00 a.m. on 146.430 to bring you updates and answer questions. We will also be making updates here on on the web page.
Our August mission date was incorrectly posted. It will not be on August 14, but rather on the 15th.
Mission 38 news coming soon!
Sorry about the delay. If you are expecting a QSL card from us and it does not arrive in about a week, let us know. Email Rob at email@example.com. There were a few busted calls so unfortunately we didn’t get everyone that may have made a contact.
During Mark’s HF jump he made QSOs with two DX stations, but unfortunately we need a fill on their call signs. The first one is N2F?Y from New York and the second one we believe to be AE9JQY, or something close to that. If you recognize those calls let us know. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all those that participated in Mission 37. After some technical issues in the morning we finally got things rolling. Three successful jumps! We would have had a fourth but the winds got to high.
If you made a contact with a skydiver, then please email us at email@example.com. Please indicate which jumper it was, and the time of your contact. As soon as we find that perfect picture we’ll get your QSL card out to you. Make sure your address on QRZ.com is good.
It’s break time. The skydivers and crew will be taking a fall/winter break. Look for Mission 38 sometime around April, 2020. Continue to check in once in a while and follow us on Facebook.
UPDATE: Here is the Live Steaming Video Link https://video.ibm.com/channel/N3MMeufqbcL
If you’re attending Pacificon we’ll have our information table set up and staff ready to answer questions. Monitors will be available so that you can watch the live video coming from the Drop Zone and from the air. A GOTA station will be available so you can make a QSO! Look for us in the hallway just inside the patio doors.
We hope to have our first jump between 10 and 11 A.M. Our Parachute Control (Net Control) will be situated on Mount Diablo providing updates and answering question all day long. Listen in on 146.430 MHz simplex. Updates will also be mode on the W6CX repeater, 147.060 +100. Too far away? Listen in on our EchoLink node, NE6RD-L. On mission day well will also provide updates right here throughout the day. Sorry, AllStar will not be available for this Mission. We will post the URL for our Live Streaming Video as soon as it is activated so be sure to check back later.
Since our target audience will be the conventioneers at Pacificon, the first round of QSOs will be from our GOTA station at the Marriott Hotel. Once those contacts are complete the jumper will open it up to everyone else. Please listen to the instructions from Parachute Control prior to each jump.
If you make a contact with a skydiver be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make sure you get your QSL card. Please make sure the address on your QRZ page is correct.
Have you ever wanted to skydive? Bay Area Skydiving is offering tandem jumps, with video and photos, for only $229. That’s a $99 saving. Book your jump at bayareaskydiving.com and enter Voucher Code PM2019 at checkout. If for some reason the code does not work, make your reservation, and once at the Drop Zone mention Parachute Mobile. Feel the freedom of free fall and the spectacular view starting from 13,000 feet.
A Big thanks to all our volunteers and to those that have participated throughout the years.
Mission 36 QSL cards have been mailed. If you’re expecting one and don’t see it soon please Email me at KC6TYD@gmail.com.
Our next mission will be October 19, 2019 in conjunction with Pacificon.
It’s not alway easy to keep a log of the QSO’s when your descending from 13,000 feet in the air. That is why we attached a digital recorder to each radio vest. Attached are the edited recordings for each of the three jumps. Dead air was removed to reduce the size of the files. Due to the limited space on the vests we have not been able to come up with a way to have a second HF receiver designated to record both sides of our HF jumps. Utilizing a small mixer we only get the receive side. However, we can record the jumper’s transmitted side by recording the traffic on the ground. With the use of post production audio editing I’ve compiled the two tracks. I’ve been told that there is a way I can tap into the pin-out from the mic jack that will provide audio from the jumper when he keys the mic, but that hack is still a mystery to me. I imagine a small RJ adaptor that goes between the radio and the mic that provides a small 1/8 speaker jack to use as audio out to the mixer is all that is needed. If any of you techy folks out there want to brew this up for us we’d certainly compensate you for the parts. The HF radio we use is the good ol’ FT-817.