A group of SF Bay Area ham radio operators and skydivers are building and operating radio communication and telemetry gear carried by skydiver hams on jumps from as high as 18,000 feet. The skydiver-hams not only conduct voice communications during their jumps but also have their GPS data and physiological sensor readings relayed to the ground and to the Internet via VHF telemetry. Future jumps are planned to altitudes as high as 24,000 feet with the jumpers using oxygen gear.Michael Pechner and Mark Meltzer speak about this exciting new twist in amateur radio communications, which has hams in the air and on the air.moreless
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