Mission 38 Update!

Mission 38 update: We are a GO!
With a high of 58 f and winds at 6 mph, it’s looking like a great day.

To recap some of the specifics.
QSO frequency: 146.430 simplex
QSTs: W6CX, Mount Diablo, 147.060+100. I’ll also try my best to update the website and Facebook.
APRS: Look for me at KC6TYD-8 above Byron Municipal Airport.
First jump time: I estimate around 11:00 A.M.

Unfortunately there will be no live streaming video. We will post the videos at a later time. If you make a QSO please send me an email to skydivinghams@gmail.com and state the time you made your contact. We want to make sure you get your QSL card.

Hope to work you from the air,

Mission 38 is a go……again!

Hello everyone.  Sorry it’s been so quiet around here. Not for long.  I’m going to see if there is still a change to get at least one mission in for the year.  Mission 38 is set for December 19!  This mission will be very simple. At this point only 2 meter QSO’s. APRS is fire and forget, so that’s easy enough.  Live streaming video may be a challenge.  I’ll update you later if we can get that up and running.  Sorry, no HF, EchoLink, or Allstar.  I only plan to make 2 jumps, maybe 3, we’ll see. Not sure if we’ll have Parachute Control up and running, so I’ll be making periodic updates on the W6CX repeater at 147.060 + 100.  I’ll also make updates here and on Facebook.

QSO frequency: 146.430 MHz simplex

I’d expect the first jump to be around 11:00 a.m. or so. It’s cold 2 miles up in the sky. I’ll let it warm up some.

More latter,
-Rob, KC6TYD


Sorry everyone. It appears this year is a scrub. If by chance we are able to get something airborne we’ll be sure to announce it here and on Facebook.

What is Parachute Mobile

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 and uses 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.

Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, our scheduled events for this year have been scrubbed and at this time no new dates has been set.  Please check back now and then and follow us on facebook for updates.

Mission 38 has been cancelled

Due to an illness in the family, (non serious), I will not be able to make it out to the Drop Zone to make the jumps for Mission 38. I was really looking forward to being back in the air and making QSOs with you, but my priority now is to be at home.

As soon as we establish a new date it will be posted here and on Facebook.

-Rob, KC6TYD

Jumper 2

Mission 38 Update

” A third time’s a charm” as they say.

We’ll attempt again to activate Mission 38 August 15, 2020. We hope to have the first jump around 11:00AM. View the attached flyer. Feel free to repost it.

Mission scrubbed again

Mission 38 has been moved to August 13.

Mission 38 has been scrubbed

Mission 38 is coming soon!

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.

EchoLink: W6BSD-L

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 skydivinghams@gmail.com.

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.


Mission Date Correction

Our August mission date was incorrectly posted. It will not be on August 14, but rather on the 15th.

Mission 38 news coming soon!