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Re: Topband: The Slingshot Option

To: "'Gerry Treas, K8GT'" <>, "'sebdesn'" <>, <>
Subject: Re: Topband: The Slingshot Option
From: "N2TK, Tony" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:08:20 -0400
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Paint the sinker fluorescent orange so it is easier to see when it comes
down. It helps, especially on a cloudy day.
N2TK, Tony 

-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Gerry Treas, K8GT
Sent: Friday, October 15, 2010 12:21 AM
To: sebdesn;
Subject: Re: Topband: The Slingshot Option

Hi Pete and all,

First of all, use an egg sinker, (1 oz. or 1.5 oz.) with the hole through
the long axis.  Get a small length of insulation from hookup wire.  Thread
the fishing line, (6#, 8#, 10#) through the "spaghetti" insulation, which is
used to keep the edge of the hole in the sinker from cutting the line.  The
reason for the egg sinker is symmetry, many other types of sinkers tumble
and all the energy is lost in the tumble.

You didn't forget to push the button for free spooling, before you let fly,

Also, most slingshots use tan surgical tubing, which loses elasticity in
less than two years.  Find the replacement tubing that is black, it will
last much longer, but requires a "heftier" pull, and  it will go farther.

The slingshot mus be of the "wrist rocket" type with the wrist brace.  Then
I just bent a metal coat hanger to attach to the brace.  On another
slingshot, I attached the reel to the side of the brace using stainless hose
clamps with a wood dowel to take up space in the hose clamp.

I've gotten as high as 75', not the 100' that some claim, but usually only
50' or so.  Still takes practice and sometimes lots of tries.

I'm still planning on a pneumatic launcher one of these days.

73, Gerry, K8GT

---- Pete Smith <> wrote: 

Bud, this is exactly what I did, and it has never worked worth a darn - 
most times, the fishing weight doesn't get even 15 feet from the 
slingshot.  Where on the slingshot did you attach the reel?  Did you use 
a closed or open-face reel?  What weight of line?  I'd sure like to 
rehab mine, if I could figure out what to do.

73, Pete N4ZR

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On 10/14/2010 10:28 AM, sebdesn wrote:
> I went to Walmart and bought a cheap spinning reel(Attach it to the sling
> shot) . a sling shot, a small lead fishing weight. and some light fishing
> line line.
> Its very easy to shoot it a hundred feet over a tree and then attach rope
> it, to pull wire over. also very reasonable price/ wise...
> Bud WOHG
> -
> Dear all
> some time ago there were some discussions on reflector about how to
> make a pneumatic device that could be used to launch a fishing line
> with sinker over a top of a tree for attaching wire antennas..
> 73 de VK2CCC
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