160 antennas

Kris Mraz mraz at maverick.aud.alcatel.com
Wed Dec 9 16:10:40 EST 1992

> In the January CQWW/160 contest, I tried a 1/2-wave end-fed vertical 
> (no radials) which was supported by a helium balloon. It worked very 
> well until a storm blew
> the balloons into a 100-foot-tall fir tree. Actually it still worked 
> well even then. I'm going to try it again in the next CQWW/160.
> Questions:
> (1) Has anyone else tried balloon- or kite- supported verticals on 160?
> (2) If yes, did you use 1/2-wave or 5/8-wave?
> (3) What kind of balloon? I'm thinking about trying one of those advertising
> balloons, because they're more aerodynamic. The weather balloons have too
> much windage.
> 73    Mike    N6MZ
Many years ago a friend of mine N4BP (W4OZF at the time) tried the same thing
you did. The results: Worked fine in still wind. When the wind picked up it
laid over until near horizontal, touched a power line, vaporized the wire,
turned off lights in the entire neighborhood, killed palm tree it was touching,
smoked rig. End of experiment.

Kris, AA5UO                     '~ ~`
mraz at rockdal.aud.alcatel.com      L  

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