[TowerTalk] Anyone use a 120' qso king? way off subject
Jim in Waco WB5OXQ
wb5oxq_1 at grandecom.net
Wed Jan 29 00:10:56 EST 2014
This is way off subject of antennas and towers.
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From: "Chuck Smallhouse" <w7cs at theriver.com>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:49 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Anyone use a 120' qso king?
> Using wooden clothes pins reminds of many years ago, in the early
> years of Ultra Light Aircraft.
> Living/working in the SF Bay Area at the time, one weekend I happened
> to visit an unused runway at the Milpitas Airport. Does it still
> exist along the south end of the bay, west of Highway 17 ?
> That day there were several guys experimenting in trying to fly some
> of the early concepts of Ultra LIghts. These were really no more
> than hang gliders with "washing machine" motors and pusher props
> suspended from them. The "Pilot" would take the classic position of
> a hang glider rider, with his hands on the horizontal supports of the
> wing(s) to control his direction. He would then have buddy start up
> the engine and hand him the throttle cable, on whose end was a wooden
> clothes pin, that he inserted into his mouth. It was a "fail safe"
> arrangement. The harder that he bit down on the clothes pin, the
> faster the engine would run. If anything happened and the wooden
> clothes pin fell out of his mouth, the washing machine engine would
> shut down, at least to an idle !
> To get this contraption off of the ground, he had to run as fast as
> he could, with additional help of two buddies pushing on each end of
> the wing. Lift off was in about 50 feet.
> One of their later(?) designs could of been taken right out of the
> Wright Bros. design book. It had bi-plane fabric wings and a rear
> mounted pusher prop motor and even some wheels, the pilot was
> suspended in a harness type arrangement. I think that he had a more
> normal throttle control method, in lieu of the wooden clothes
> pin. With a little bit of extra outside help, it could get off of
> the ground using it's wheels instead of the pilots feet.
> Their flight time was not very long and hardly more than a 100 feet
> in altitude. The scarry part is that they would circle right over
> the busy Oakland divided highway, as their "runway" was quite adjacent !
> Chuck, W7CS
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