Parachute Mobile Ham Sets QSO Record, Unites Community

August 24, 2023

In an inspiring show of camaraderie, a tight-knit ham radio community of YouTubers rallied around Ranae Six (KR5SIX) on August 18th as she undertook a heart-stopping parachute jump on behalf of her husband Vern Six (KV5SIX). Vern, who had already completed an astounding 14 jumps prior in his life, found solace in the remarkable act performed by his wife.

Ranae was able to jump in tandem with the well-known parachute mobile ham operator KD9OLN, Carlos. You can find out more about KD9OLN on his YouTube channel, @lifeatterminalvelocity. KD9OLN agreed to the jump and assisted Ranae in completing this daring achievement.

Ranae was able to execute the jump with impeccable precision from 12,800 feet. This achievement has been recognized globally and showcases the power of unity and determination within the adventurous amateur radio community. What makes this achievement even more astonishing is that Ranae's successful jump led her to become one of only five people worldwide to establish a QSO under such extreme circumstances. Her first of three contacts during the canopy 246 second descent was to her husband Vern (KV5SIX). Her accomplishment adds a new dimension to the world of skydiving adventures. In addition, Ranae's fearless courage helped her make history by becoming the first woman to accomplish this feat in tandem. Her unwavering courage and dedication have not only broken barriers but also set a new standard for adventure enthusiasts and skydivers alike.

Ranae possesses a General class operator license, highlighting her proficiency in operating amateur radio equipment. This undoubtedly contributed to her seamless and calm communication during the heart-pounding jump. The event has left an indelible mark on the community, inspiring countless individuals to overcome challenges and support one another in pursuit of their dreams. As news of this extraordinary feat spreads, it's clear that this story will continue to serve as a beacon of devotion, and unbreakable spirit of adventure. Check out Ranae and Vern Six's YouTube Channel @WhatsUpWithSix to learn more.

Thanks to Marvin Turner (W0MET), host of The Ham Radio Guy Podcast for submitting this story.

Source: Marvin Turner (W0MET), host of The Ham Radio Guy Podcast  open_in_new

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