Allan K Chapman wrote:
> Need information on balloon-supported antennas, and would like to hear
> from anyone with info regarding uses of helium balloons to support wire
> Gibson Girl emergency radios used the "kytoon" to support long wire
> antenna. That kytoon had airfoils producing lift offsetting the
> tendency of the tethered balloon to be blown down in strong winds.
> My need is very similar to that, with total payload weight under 100
> grams (4 ounces). Duration of flight several days.
> If you have experience with kytoons as sky hooks, and especially if
> you can help locate a source (better than weather balloons), your reply
> will be appreciated. 73 Allan W6MEO
My only suggestion to you regarding balloon or kite supported antennas
is this: They had better be well grounded! There may be 2 things you
will have to deal with. First, if there is wind blowing, it will
probably induce quite a charge on the wire. Second, depending on how
high the antenna goes up, there is a charge gradient of sorts that will
also induce a charge on the wire. These charges are enough to give you
a hell of a poke or possibly damage static sensitive gear.
That's my .02 worth from experience with both support systems!
Floyd Soo, W8RO
President, HI-RES Communications, Inc.
Net Manager and Board Member, Collins Collectors Association (#002)
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