Crazy ? Balloon for antenna height?

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JackTV

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Has anyone actually thought about using a large Balloon for getting height
for a antenna? Could it be done?

Let's hear it!!!!

Jack
 

gcgrotz

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I saw an article once where someone used one for field day to get on 160meters. You would need a ground system, or you could use as end fed half wave with matching.

You could also make up a twinlead J-pole for VHF/UHF but you'd have to haul up the coax and worry about losses >100ft.

If you decide to experiment, WATCH OUT FOR ELECTRICAL WIRES!! Stay way way away from them.

Good luck and report back if you do it!
 

rcvmo

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Many Many moons ago, when was just smaller than knee high.............
My father asked me if I wanted to go fly a kite. Why of course !
I remember him tying a thin metal wire alongside the kite string and connected it to his ham radio. I kept asking how high do you want me to go, his response was as high as you want. We were there in an open field for at least 2 hours. I remember my father having a grin cheek to cheek and a long list of contacts he made while I was flying the kite.

I see this every year at Dayton where someone has attached a long wire to a balloon and making contacts all over from the hamfest.
The Dayton Hamfest, May 2002 , we'd seen a few balloons with wireless cameras watching over the crowd. Now that was wild viewing it from inside the arena.
Rcvmo
 
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