Re: Kite supported antennas

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From: prvalko (prvalko@vela.acs.oakland.edu)
Date: Mon Dec 12 1994 - 16:38:35 EST


On Mon, 12 Dec 1994, Pete Hoffswell wrote:

> > prvalko@vela.acs.oakland.edu said:
> I can't remember the physics behind the rule, it's NOT just to keep folks
> > from flying into power wires, but a wire-line kite generates some huge
> > static voltages which increase in some proportion to the distance from
> > the ground. Sounds like you got away without having anyone or your
> > equipment injured, perhaps you were lucky, this time.
> >
> > I do not suggest that anyone try this.
> >
> I disagree. While it is true that it might nighyt be a good idea to
> use a conductive material as a flying line, it should not rule out the
> option of using a kite and line to support an antenna. Amateur radio
> operators should be well aware of the dangers of power lines or static.
>
> I think Kite support of an antenna is a viable experiment.

May I wax poetic....

A ham named Pete, flew a kite
  and found himself blinded by light.
For the static charge
  was exceedingly large
now his tombstone is fresh-painted white.

73 =paul= wb8zjl


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