Kites and Aerials

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From: John Fletcher (johnf@innotts.co.uk)
Date: Mon Sep 16 1996 - 17:14:31 EDT


Hello All,

Perhaps someone with experience of aerials held aloft by kites would like to
explore this idea, if it hasn't already been tried and scrapped.

I believe that an assymmetrically-rigged kite will tend to swerve to one
side and crash to the ground. (I have experience of this). Suppose a matched
pair of kites were made, with equal and opposite sideways pulls. Could these
not be used to hold a lightweight wire dipole in tension?

      Left Kite Dipole Right Kite
         <>---------*---------<> <>---------*---------<>
          \ | / \ | /
           \ |Feeder / \ M /
            \ | / \ Station /
             \ | / \ / ^^^^^^
              \ | / \ / Wind
               \ | / \ /
                \ | / \ /
                 \ | / \ /
                  \ | / \ /
                   \|/ \ /
____________________M_______________ V
                                                    Kites secured here

                Elevation Plan

The opposing pulls should prevent the kites from circling and crashing. They
may have to be launched by three people with the dipole already in tension.
Any comments?

72 de John G4EDX


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