[CQ-Contest] Balloons and antennas
jtolbert at gremlan.org
Tue Nov 13 20:32:02 EST 2001
Does anyone know the EXACT source/type of the balloon Ron (sk) used? I
bought his kit, which worked extremely well and a spare balloon. I lost one
in a battle with some trees and this last one is getting kinda thin in
spots. His balloon simply were the best I could find; I've tried a couple
different sources but cant find anything close to the quality he used. His
had a very long, thick neck. For those not familar with his kit, he used a
small sample size empty shampoo bottle with a hole drilled in the bottom;
this was then taped into the neck of the balloon and the wire and tether
were insatlled in the cap of the bottle; the bottle was perfect for filling
and when filled you simply screwed the cap on the bottle ( a little silicon
helped seal it) and up it goes. The only balloons I could find have either
to big a opening in the neck to seal or the neck isn't long enough and you
get a odd shaped balloon. Sure wish I could find some of Rons originals.....
73 Jamie WW3S
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Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2001 7:58 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Balloons and antennas
> ron chudy wa7uqv was the resident baloon expert. he used to sell a kit
> including the ballon and wire etc.
> i messed with baloons for awhile but wind, ice and snow at
> my radio qth was too much to deal with. they DO WK tho!
> ron sold a lite weght teflon coated wire that was very strong for
> its size....something like #22 or 24 gauge.
> Banner Baloon (206-322-6448) in the seattle area is a good source of
> baloons. teflon material.....get the biggest one u can afford and fill it
> with hydrogen (if u dare) io know hydrgen is explosive .... with proper
> handling and care i never had a problem! de w7gg
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Hoeft, Roger V" <rvhoeft at intergraph.com>
> To: "cq-contest" <cq-contest at contesting.com>; "SECC" <secc at contesting.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2001 1:26 PM
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Balloons and antennas
> > This may seem like a pound of feathers -vs- a pound of flour, but ...
> > I'm thinking about doing the ARRL 160 test with a bob-tail and vertical
> > antennas. Typically what size ballons should be used? 3ft. diameter?
> > More? Less? What is the experience out there in radio-land? I plan to
> > hoist the bob-tail with 3 ballons and the vertical with 1. I realize it
> > becomes a function of wire size and weight, but I would hate to go
> > the expense of balloons, helium, generator, etc. if I undersize the
> > balloons. Any rules of thumb to use to ensure proper guying for
> > windy conditions, etc.?
> > Thanks and 73.
> > Roger ...
> > KA9EKJ
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