PARACHUTE MOBILE JUMPS SAT JUNE 16 2018 OVER BYRON CA

Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by AF6IM, Jun 12, 2018.

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  1. AF6IM

    AF6IM Ham Member QRZ Page

    PARACHUTE MOBILE JUMPS SAT JUNE 16 2018 OVER BYRON CA
    See: www.parachutemobile.com for schedule and freq updates on Sat. Will be working split this time to have a better chance to work pileups. 20M USB QRP, FT 817

    My TX freq 14.250 KHz
    My RX freq 10 up, 14.350 KHz.

    Please be patient. As experienced solo jumpers we pay only $24 for a Cessna 208 turboprop ride to 13,500 ft. Tandem jumpers pay over $200, so guess who gets boarding priority? We are ballast, filler, cheap cargo, standby passengers. There is simply no way to give precise jump scheduling. I know it's frustrating, but please bear with us.

    We will do our best to give updates on our website www.parachutemobile.com and on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/parachutemobile/ on Saturday.

    Really hope to work a few QRP QSOs. We will have very unique QSL cards. Don't sweat it if I give a partial call sign (like just your suffix) in reply to your call. It's very noisy under canopy and listening is difficult. I am doing a lot of things in parallel like scanning for aircraft traffic and getting wind updates from the ground crew. I will be carrying an audio recorder connected to the FT 817 audio output. If I can hear you on on the recording, you will get a card. This isn't a contest with strict rules, just a fun event.

    I will exit and 13,500 ft, freefall for about 5-7 seconds to get stable, then deploy my main canopy. I will conduct about 15 seconds of post-deployment safety and canopy flight control checks, then I can start working stations. My descent rate under canopy is about 1000 fpm. At about 2500 ft I have to stow the radio gear and concentrate on setting up my landing approach.

    73,
    Mark Meltzer
    AF6IM
    af6im@arrl.net
    2018 marks my 10th year as a ham radio operator and my 50th year as a skydiver.
     
  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Volunteer Moderator Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Please clarify: 10 up would be 14.260 but 14.350 is 100 up

    Good luck - stay safe - I'll be listening for you but want to make sure I have the split set correctly :)

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
  3. AF6IM

    AF6IM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Oops. Pardon my typo

    Listening 10 KHz up. Listening on 14.260.

    Thanks Dave for pointing out my error.

    AF6IM
     
  4. W5BIB

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    Mark,... did you manage to work anyone ??

    Steve / W5BIB
     

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