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.
Hello everyone. QST, Parachute Mobile will be presenting at the next San Mateo Radio Club’s next monthly meeting, Friday, September 20. Visitors welcome. https://www.meetup.com/SanMateoRadioClub/events/261528960/
It has come to my attention that the email everyone was instructed to use to confirm you contacts was bouncing back. Yep, that’s because it’s not skidivinghams@ gmail.com but rather firstname.lastname@example.org. We aren’t making contacts while skiing down the snowy sloops…at least not yet. Please send again if you got bounced.
A big thanks to all that participated during Mission 36. As usual we had some successes and some failures. Oddly, they seem to happen in cycles. During the last mission it was our air to ground video. For this mission we were plagued with APRS problems. ARGH! Well, we’re hams, gives us somethings to figure out.
Remember if you made a contacted, busted or not, please send us an Email to email@example.com. In a couple of weeks we’ll go through the recordings and emails and hopefully get out your QSL cards in 3 weeks.
Mission 37 will be in conjunction with Pacificon, Saturday October 19. If you attend come by and visit with us at our table in the hallway at the Marriott. We’ll have monitors to view the live streaming video along with GOTA station.
73 from all of us at Parachute Mobile.
06:38 Good morning. It’s the day is starting off with a beautiful sunrise seen here at the Bay Area Skydiving in Byron CA. Forecasted to be 89 degrees by 3:00 pm. A lot cooler then yesterday. The early bird Ground Crew will be arriving soon and start setting up our Video station that allows us manage 4 point-of-view cameras; one of which will be air to ground, and then streamed out live.
0650 . Unfortunately the URL for the streaming video has changed. The new one is https://www.ustream.tv/channel/N3MMeufqbcL
9:33 Ground crew still setting up. Were looking at an hour or so for our first jump. The first 2 manifest jumps are filled. updates will be on here to keep you updated.
Weather update: Speed 19 . Gust 19 . Direction 231
10:26 Rob Kc6tyd VHF first jump in 20 mins
10:33 Plane update Caravan Sesna Single engine turbo prop holds 13 jumpers
11:02 Rob boarding plane
11:06 Take off Rob kc6tyd first jump
11:22 Jumpers away
11:25 QSO now with Rob
11:34 ROB packing up for land
11: 38 ROB has landed
11:45 If you made a contact with the jumper please email at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a card.
next jump Mark AF6IM HF jump
Thank you everyone!!!
12:41 Mark AF6IM HF jump to board plane in 25 mins
12:51 86 degree Speed 10 gust 13 direction 261
12:59 Mark boarding plane now HF jump
1304 Weather check Speed 12 Gust 21 . Direction 256
1308 Mark taking off
1308 Mark off the plane overload full of tamdems so he got bumped to next load
1408 Mark all prepped to go 5 mins to load 20 meters 14.250 HF jump
1424 On plane and in the air
1443 Jumpers away Mark is a go
1450 Please send an email to email@example.com if you made a contact with Mark or Rob
1454 Mark has landed
1509 Prepping Rob for next jump
1540 Rob has completed all his safety checks and has manifested. Unfortunately the load has not met the minimum skydiver requirement to to take off, but we are confident that will change soon. Once that minimum is met there is a 20 minute call.
1606 OK, finally have a ETA of 20 minutes for the next jump. The jumper will be Rob, KC6TYD. Streaming video and APRS available.
1618 6 mins for Rob to to load
1630 loading plane
1635 plane take off now
1647 6,000 ft
1651 11,800- ft
1653 Jumpers away
1654 No video & APRS
Here are all the specifics to know for Mission 36!
Remember, if you make a contact with a skydiver, busted or not (this isn’t a contest), then let us know the name or call sign of the skydiver and approximate time of the contact by emailing us at http://skydivinghams.com.
Parachute Mobile is a unique combination of ham radio and skydiving. Over the last nine years our volunteers have completed 35 missions providing a fun and exciting new way to experiment with ham radio and other technical projects. The concept is simple: the skydiver opens his canopy as soon as he exits the plane using the altitude to his advantage and conducts simplex contacts. Kind of like a SOTA without the Summit. Starting off at approximately 13,000 feet in the air has been quite beneficial. But we don’t stop there. So that our listening audience can live vicariously, they can follow each skydiver via APRS and through live streaming video. We conduct 2 meter and 20 meter jumps. And if that’s not enough, EchoLink and Allstar contacts are now able to be made as well! Mission specific QSL Cards are sent out for all contacts made. We are always trying to find new projects and ideas we can incorporate within the small payload we have available.
Mission 36 is schedule for Saturday, August 17. Check back soon for updates and mission specific information and follow on Facebook.
If you are expecting one and it doesn’t arrive soon, let us know. There was a couple of busted calls. If your call sign suffix ends in QCH, CLR or LRC, let us know so we can hook you up. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all those that participated in Mission 35. I’m still waiting to give everyone a chance to email me their contact confirmation(s). If you haven’t done so please email us at email@example.com.
With the addition of AllStar it was nice to make some some contacts from far away.
We’ll be choosing pictures for the QSL cards soon. It may take a few weeks to get them out. Unless you tell us otherwise, we’ll use the address listed on your QRZ page.
There are tentative plans to conduct a mission on June 15, in conjunction with ARRL Kids Day. Will you be involved in Kids Day or know someone that is? Please pass on the information to us. Otherwise the next mission is August 17.
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