ARRL East Bay Section

Parachute Mobile Event At K6LRG/DE KI6BEN

Posted by af6aq on September 21st, 2009

Hello Everyone,
THANK YOU TO THE K6LRG CONTEST TEAM!
Without your generosity, Mission Control wouldn’t be the success that it was yesterday.  Attached are four photos that I took of Jon (K6OJ) running Mission Control from the K6LRG Contest Station grounds on Patterson Pass ridge, just east of Livermore, CA.  We can’t thank you guys enough for hosting this important and very exciting event for Amateur Radio.  We hope that we can see you again at our next jump event in two weeks!
A Word On Mission Control
Jon and I had a delightful time at the K6LRG Contesting Site yesterday, and the event was a HUGE SUCCESS!!!  Jon organized the gear necessary to setup our Mission Control field station from the K6LRG ground.  Jon leverages a brand new Diamond X-30, held in place by my Ford Escape  😉  Jon’s gear worked flawlessly, and we managed to be on station for both jumps.
A Great Job By Our Two Parachute Jumpers
Both Jumper 1 (Michael) and Jumper 2 (Mark – AF6IM) had two (2) successful jumps (one at around 3:30PM and one at around 5:30PM), where they carried 2-meter Amateur Radio tranceivers as well as APRS gear.
During their drops, both jumpers held QSOs with Amateur Radio operators around the San Francisco Bay Area.  We had participation from:
Our Event Operators Made It All Happen
– Mikey (KI6QNZ) developed the APRS radio and associated telemetry hardware and software, worn by our two jumpers.  As I understand it, Mikey’s system sent realtime data to our ground station as well as the APRS digitpeaters in the area, to allow us to keep track of vital signs for our jumpers, as well as their flight paths.
– Andy (KR6DD) received all transmissions from his QTH in Redwood City, he cross-linked the audio feed into EchoLink for other Amateurs to listen-in.  Andy kept in constant contact with Mission Control on 146.460MHz FM simplex, , and he also had direct QSOs with the jumpers.
– Rebar (N6CCH) received jumper and Mission Control status info from his QTH in Redwood City, he relayed that info onto the N6NFI repeater for interested Amateurs that had no FM simplex access.  Rebar kept in constant contact with Mission Control on 146.460MHz FM simplex, , and he also had direct QSOs with the jumpers.
– Jim (KI6YYR received jumper and Mission Control status info from his QTH in Fremont, he relayed that info onto the W6CX repeater for interested Amateurs that had no FM simplex access.    Jim kept in constant contact with Mission Control on 146.460MHz FM simplex, , and he also had direct QSOs with the jumpers.
– Ray (K6RAR) was our Drop Zone control operator, on station at Byron Airport.  Ray was our vital link to jumper status, flight status, weather info and radio testing.  Ray kept in constant contact with Mission Control on 146.460MHz FM simplex, and he also had direct QSOs with the jumpers.
– Also in attendance were dozens of Amateur Radio operators checking in from all over the San Francisco Bay Area via 2-meter FM simplex.
This was a hugely successful event, that will go a long way toward helping us in preparing for the big high-altitude jump event taking place in October 2009.
Have a wonderful day, God Bless and 73s   😉
JV
KI6BEN