Mission 28 completed!

There were a lot of firsts with Mission 28 but our jumpers and ground crew took the challenge and what it success it was. For starters, we were at a new Drop Zone. A big thanks to Skydive California for hosting our us. We were able to proved live video on three out of the for jumps, however, there was some technical issues on jump 3. The biggest success for the crew was our HF jump. We will be going through the log soon but sounds like there was a Florida contact! Thank you all who participated. Be patient, we’ll got the QSL cards out soon. Please be sure to email Rob at kc6tyd@gmail.com if you made a contact.

Mission 28!!!

Mission 28 is scheduled to take place August 26, 2017. Make a contact with a skydiver and receive a one of a kind QSL card.

We will be at a new location for this Mission. The Drop Zone is Skydive California in Tracy. 25001 S Kasson Rd. https://skydivecal.com/. Come on by and visit if you like.

We hope to have our first jump soon after 10:00 A.M.  The jump payload schedule is quite full.

FM QSO: 146.430 MHz
HF QSO: 14.250 MHz
D-Star: Ref014C (locally, W6CX 145.000 +, West Cost Reflector)
APRS: Track the individual skydivers by call sign; AF6IM, KC6TYD, W7BIG
Streaming video: Several point of views will be available including air-to-ground. Log into: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mfwright

Parachute Mobile will be acting as Net Control atop Mt Diablo. ETJs (estimated time of jump) will be announced periodically as will as other mission specific information. Updates will also be made on the W6CX repeater at 147.060 +100. Not in repeater range? No problem. Updates will be made here on the website and on our Facebook page.

We make every effort to record your QSO. To ensure that you receive your QSL card please email KC6TYD@gmail.com indicating which jumper, the jump number, and the time you made your contact.

As always, we do not have control over Drop Zone, aircraft, and the weather, so this event is subject to delay or cancellation.

Mission 27 QSL Cards are in the mail!

Sorry these got out late. If you don’t receive yours and you made a contact then email Rob at kc6tyd@gmail.com.

Parachute Mobile presenting at MARC meeting.

Parachute Mobile will be presenting Parachute Mobile at the next Manteca Amateur Radio Cub meeting August 3rd at 7:00PM. Go to the MARC website at K6MAN.org for location information. Hope to see you there.

Mission 27 is over

Well. after a wind delay in the morning Mission 27 was a success. We got three jumps in with plenty of contacts. Remember to email Rob at kc6tyd@gmail.com and let him know you made a contact, even if it was a busted one. This wasn’t a contest. Please indicate if it was Rob or Troy and an approximate time.  Give us a few weeks to process all the contact and put together the QSL Cards.

Mission 28 is schedule for August 26, 2017. Hope to hear you on the air then.

Mission 27 is a go!

Join in with the skydivers and ground crew as we bring you Mission 27 on Saturday, July 1st, starting around 9:30 AM. Make a QSO with a skydiver and get a one-of-a-kind QSL card. Watch us on Streaming Video and follow us on APRS as the mission unfolds.

Skydivers: Rob, KC6TYD, and Troy, W7BIG.

QSO Frequency: 146.430 simplex

QST and Updates: We will not have “Parachute Control” directing traffic as we usually do on the QSO frequency.  To get QSTs and periodic updates on Mission Day listen to the W6CX repeater located on Mount Diablo, 147.060+

APRS: Follow each skydiver during their jumps on APRS.  Simply search their call signs respectively at aprs.fi:  Rob, KC6TYD, or Troy, W7BIG.

Live streaming video: We will have up to 4 POV (point of view) cameras that will bring you live streaming video from the ground and from the air.  Go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mfwright

The skydivers wear a recording station as part of their payload, however, it does not always capture every QSO.  To confirm your QSO email Rob at kc6tyd@gmail.com for either skydiver.  This way you’ll get you QSL card.  Addresses are obtained by your QRZ.com information.

NOTICE: As always, this event is subject to change, delay, or cancellation. We have no control of the weather or the airplane.  Check back often.

Mission 27 Update

Mission 27 is still scheduled for Saturday, July 1st, however, we’re a little short on volunteers sign-ups. For safety reasons if we don’t have enough volunteers we may have to scrub the mission. If you live local and would like to experience volunteering with us please let us know. The location would be Byron Airport in Byron California at Bay Area Skydiving. Check back for mission status updates.

-Rob, KC6TYD