Mission 34 starts tomorrow!

We’ve been busy getting ready for our first mission of the year.  Looks like great weather to come.

UPDATE:  We will have our EchoLink node up and running after all!  Search for NE6RD-L. Only 10 listeners can be on the node at a time. When longged in take a look and see how many other users are also logged in. If it’s 7 or more we ask that you disconnect if you’ve already made a contact to make room for others.

Scroll down for all the other mission notes.

Check often for updates.


Mission 34: March 16, 2019

Here is your opportunity to make a QSO with a skydiver and receive a one-of-a-kind QSL card.

For 9 years a small groups of hams, and a few skydivers who are also hams, have come together to bring you this fun, exciting, and unique way to make a ham radio contact.  The skydiver will jump out of a plane from approximately 13,000 feet and deploy his canopy right away to utilize the altitude.  Attached to the skydiver is a payload jam packed with amateur radio equipment.  Not only will you be able to make 2 meter simplex contacts but you will also be able to track each skydiver via APRS but watch it all unfold from live steaming video.

Here all the details:

Date

March 16, 2019

Where

Bay Area Skydiving, Byron Airport, Byron, CA

What time

We hope to have the first jump sometime between 10:00 and 10:30 A.M.

Frequencies

2 meter: 146.430

HF: 14.250 USB

APRS

Simply search AF6IM or KC6TYD depending on who is jumping at the time.

Steaming Video

Ustream.tv/channel/mfwright

Updates

Our Parachute Control crew will be up and running to make updates, QSTs, and to answer any of your questions.  They will be monitoring 146.430 MHz simplex from the summit of Mt Diablo.  They will also be monitoring the W6CX repeater at 147.060 +100.  We will also have a running timeline on this website providing updates as well.

We make every attempt to log all the contacts for the day, however, due to the nature of the event some calls are lost or undecipherable.  If you make a contact please email us at skydivinghams@gmail.com.

This event is subject to delay or cancellation.  We have no control over the weather or of the jump plane.  Please check for updates here or on our facebook page.

 


2019 Mission Dates!

Here they are! The 2019 Mission Dates are:
March 16
May 25
August 17
October 19, Pacificon

Come back soon to get all the details for Mission 35.


Parachute Mobile

Parachute Mobile is a unique combination of ham radio and skydiving.  For over nine years our volunteers have completed 33 missions providing a fun and exciting new way to experiment with ham radio and other technical projects.  The concept is simple:  the skydiver opens up 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.  Mission specific QSL Cards are sent out or all contacts made.  We are always trying to find new projects and ideas we can incorporate withing the small payload we have available.

Check back soon as we will be posting our 2019 Mission dates soon.


Parachute Mobile 2019

Mission dates to be announced soon.


Mission 33 QSL Cards are in the mail!

If you’re expecting one and don’t recieve it, emawil us a skydivinghams@gmail.com. Tell us with Jumper you contacted and the approximate time.


Our Mission 33 Team

These are the people that make it all happen!