Topband: Balloon Antenna
George (K8GG) & Marijke Guerin
gmguerin at voyager.net
Tue Feb 12 10:45:50 EST 2008
I hope you all have Ducie in the log now.
I had an e-mail from Hans, PA1HR and thought I would share some info about
his balloon antenna for 160 meters.
Hans used it in the Dutch PACC-Contest.
Go to www.remeeus.eu and click on "Ballonantenne:" and you will see some
On 160 meters Hans made 132 CW and 45 SSB QSO's with 29 multipliers, during
a few hours in the night.
The rig used during the contest I used the Yaesu FT-920 with the Inrad
filters! Hans reports the Inrad filters worked well in the transceiver.
The feed line is twin lead from The Wireman - model number as indicated.
The balloons were each about 1.5 meters diameter - 5 feet .
Hans' son Emil was filling a balloon in one of the photos.
The antenna was about 82 meters tall with an end feed at the bottom. I
assume the second feed wire was just to an insulator like a typical end fed
The wind was not strong and overnight the wind conditions were essentially
I am paraphrasing what my wife, Marijke, read. My Dutch is only good enough
to get the twin-lead and a few other details out of the text.
Enjoy the photos !!
73 George K8GG
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