Parachute Mobile Images
Christine is all excited to see the GoBox.
Rob is stowing the the J-Pole antenna into an ankle pouch.
Tac-Ops area setup at the DZ
Parachute Mobile Setup
Michael W., the video guru.
Rob setting up his radio vest.
The “Trio”. Christine, Tom, Mike
Our ETJ (estimate to jump) board.
Christine and Gary conduction a safety check.
Our Jump plane: King Air.
Rob coming in for a landing.
Another great jump.
QST, QST, QST….
Mark coming in for his landing.
Getting Mark all geared up
Tom and Mike at the mic.
Pictures from Mission 17, October 12, 2013
Mark Meltzer AF6IM using a WW2 BC 611 vacuum tube HT on 3885 KHz AM at 12000 ft above Byron CA, Sat Oct 12 2013.
Shot yesterday by Capt Jim Wilson RCAF. Jim is a truly
superb canopy flyer. It’s very hard to get shots like this. He used a special high aspect ratio canopy
which enabled him to fly around me while shooting pix from his helmet mounted camera. He used tricks such as flying right ahead of me then twisting his lines so that he was facing backwards towards me while his canopy was flying along with mine.
Special thanks to Bob AG6QL and his son Bobby for helping me acquire
a BC 611 on short notice and loaning me a genuine Army canvas case to carry it in. They came to the DZ and did copy me very weakly during my descent.
I stowed the 611 and put my helmet back on before landing. Nice stand up feather soft landing. Winds were very light during this jump but kicked up later in the afternoon.
The only clear reception I got aloft was from Rebar N6DB working from the Stanford club station.
Very loud, very clear. He was about 40 miles away. I heard other very weak unintelligible sigs.
The BC 611 transmit power is 200 mIlliwatts. The antenna when fully extended is only about 25 inches. Radiation efficiency must be very very poor. I don’t think we can overcome the noise on 75M at any appreciable distance. A better antenna, such as a trailing wire, would help but then it wouldn’t be a true OE BC 611 setup. Our jumpers have used jettison-able trailing wire antennas for our 20 M PSK 31 beacon flights.
We won’t give up though. Another BC 611 jump will be done.
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who might like to read it and see the photo.
Our group website is http://www.parachutemobile.com
Mark going through safety checks with Rob, Jumper 3
Mission 13 – October 13, 2012 – Pacificon
Michael Wright – K6MFW setting up his gear at the Dropzone
Mark AF6IM and Jim ready for their pacificon jump
Jim during his flight for pacificon.
Mark AF6IM preparing to land after taking QSO’s
Mission 9 – October 15, 2011 – Pacificon
We had a bang up time at Pacificon. We also have a lot of media.
Daryl, KI6LDM, has a couple of pictures from Mt Diablo.
Mission 7 – August 14, 2011 Byron, CA
We did a better than Normal job of taking video and photographs. One of the main goals of Mission 7 was to test video before Pacificon. Jump to the blog posting by clicking on the image to see the video and pictures.
Here is audio from our September 2010 jump. The jump was in Byron. Andy, KR6DD, made the recording in Emerald Hills, CA.