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Re: hanging antenna lines with a drone

Paul Zoba
 

My current antenna is a Comet GP6 and it is only about 30’ high in that same tree.  I do need longer coax... maybe 150’? I have been thinking about upgrading to a Comet GP9. Maybe now is the time.  My altitude is 500’. If I could get the antenna 100’ up that would be amazing!

I have sent the following questions to Comet Tech Support about their radials...
If a radial got bent downwards, how much would this impact performance? And if the radials were replaced with equal length of say, 14 gauge wire, to hang down like a Tiger Tail, how much would this impact performance?

73,
Paul 
W7PEZ


On Jun 1, 2020, at 1:54 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

That is awesome! What antenna are you going to hang?

On Jun 1, 2020, at 1:26 PM, Paul Zoba <pezoba@...> wrote:

Butzi Air Services was a success!



Paul graciously came to my home and placed a line over a Douglas Fir next to my driveway. I believe he said the tree is 123’ tall. We managed to get the line right over the top. I’m going to need longer coax!

Paul, thank you again! I appreciate the help. And I will be happy to assist with line installs for anyone else.

73,

Paul
W7PEZ
On May 29, 2020, at 1:16 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

A number of folks have been eagerly awaiting a progress report on my efforts to hang antenna support lines using a drone.

This afternoon I successfully put a rope in an excellent placement over a 85 foot tall Douglas Fir.

Equipment is:
* DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drone
* dronefishing.com payload release
* drop weight consisting of a tennis ball with 200 grams of pennies inside and a wire loop threaded through the ball.
* Teflon coated Spectra fishing line
* bright orange nylon twine

Process:

One end of a 1.5m long length of fishing line has a loop that is captured and then release by the payload release.  The other end is attached to the tennis ball.  The fishing line to be place over the tree is tied to the tennis ball as well.

Step 1:
fire up the drone and lift off, hover at about 6 feet.  With the drone hovering, place the loop in the line that goes to the tennis ball into the payload release and close the release, so that the tennis ball is now on the ground, a short line runs up to the payload release.  The fishing line to go over the tree goes to the spool held by your Trusty Assistant.

Step 2:
fly the drone up and on to the approach path to the tree you want the line to go over.  With the camera horizontal, fly up until the highest part of the target tree is now below the horizon on the camera, and note the altitude.  Ascend another 10-15 feet so you are sure the tennis ball will clear the tree as you fly over.  While you ascend your Trusty Assistant is letting the line pay out and keeping it from tangling in everything including the line itself.

Step 3: fly over the tree, taking care to pick a path that will place the fishing line trailing behind the tennis ball over the limb you want.  It helps if at this point the camera is pointed directly down.

Step 4: once the drone has passed over the tree and you’re directly above the spot you want the weight to hit when it’s dropped, make sure the target area is free of people, kittens, puppies, and other items of value.  If it’s clear, hit the button to release the tennis ball, and watch in rapt admiration as the ball drops neatly onto the exact spot you had selected.  it’s best to give Trusty Assistant a heads up just before you hit the release, so they can be prepared to let the line spool out freely as the ball drops.

Step 5:
Fly the drone back to a safe landing area, being careful to not hit the tree you just placed the line over.  Land the drone.

Step 6:
Go find the tennis ball, which will be surprisingly close to where it hit the ground.  Tie the bright orange nylon line to the fishing line loop, then detach the fishing line from the tennis ball.  Now go back, grab the other end of the fishing line, and have Trusty Assistant pay out the orange nylon twine as you reel in the fishing line, pulling the nylon twine over the tree.  At this point you’ll be able to spot the twine as it goes over the tree and you can assess how well it’s placed.

Step 7: once you have the nylon twine over the tree you can detach the fishing line from it, and bend on the rope you want as the final suspension rope.  Then you can go back to the other side, and use the nylon twine to pull the rope over.  Make sure the ends of the final rope cannot be lost or pulled up out of reach.

You’re done.  Next step is use the rope to hang your antenna.

Some observations:
* a light breeze doesn’t interfere with flying the drone but will affect how the fishing line hangs as you fly over the tree.  Doing all this during a still period would be a good plan.
* it’s far, far easier to put the line where you want it using a drone than it is doing it will an air cannon.  Much, much easier.
* With an air cannon it’s often a trick to find a good place to stand when you fire the shot, as often there are inconveniently placed objects line houses, trees, etc. in the way.  You don’t have that problem with the drone.
* if you don’t have a good takeoff/landing area for the drone, and a clear flight path to get the line over the tree, you would be stuck.
* the tree I put the ilne over was about 85 feet tall.  I put the line over a branch that is right at the top, a placement that’s hard to achieve with an air cannon.  The same quality placement could be done without increased difficulty and trees 150-200 feet high.  The altitude simply makes no difference.

Having worked out how to do all this I’d like to spread the knowledge far and wide and I’d like to get some practice by putting up lines for anyone who might want it done.  If you want lines put up, or know someone who does, contact me or pass on my contact info as appropriate.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!







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Howard Mahran
(425) 864-5104
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Re: hanging antenna lines with a drone

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

It took us two tries to get it done. Under two unhurried hours all told, including one drone flight to assess what the top of the tree looked like and what the angles were going to be. The first attempt went astray because we didn’t really understand how to deal with the breeze drifting the line sideways.

Foolishly I did not shoot video while doing it. But I do have video of hanging a line here at my place.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Jun 1, 2020, at 1:26 PM, Paul Zoba <pezoba@gmail.com> wrote:

Butzi Air Services was a success!



Paul graciously came to my home and placed a line over a Douglas Fir next to my driveway. I believe he said the tree is 123’ tall. We managed to get the line right over the top. I’m going to need longer coax!

Paul, thank you again! I appreciate the help. And I will be happy to assist with line installs for anyone else.

73,

Paul
W7PEZ
On May 29, 2020, at 1:16 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@butzi.net> wrote:

A number of folks have been eagerly awaiting a progress report on my efforts to hang antenna support lines using a drone.

This afternoon I successfully put a rope in an excellent placement over a 85 foot tall Douglas Fir.

Equipment is:
* DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drone
* dronefishing.com payload release
* drop weight consisting of a tennis ball with 200 grams of pennies inside and a wire loop threaded through the ball.
* Teflon coated Spectra fishing line
* bright orange nylon twine

Process:

One end of a 1.5m long length of fishing line has a loop that is captured and then release by the payload release. The other end is attached to the tennis ball. The fishing line to be place over the tree is tied to the tennis ball as well.

Step 1:
fire up the drone and lift off, hover at about 6 feet. With the drone hovering, place the loop in the line that goes to the tennis ball into the payload release and close the release, so that the tennis ball is now on the ground, a short line runs up to the payload release. The fishing line to go over the tree goes to the spool held by your Trusty Assistant.

Step 2:
fly the drone up and on to the approach path to the tree you want the line to go over. With the camera horizontal, fly up until the highest part of the target tree is now below the horizon on the camera, and note the altitude. Ascend another 10-15 feet so you are sure the tennis ball will clear the tree as you fly over. While you ascend your Trusty Assistant is letting the line pay out and keeping it from tangling in everything including the line itself.

Step 3: fly over the tree, taking care to pick a path that will place the fishing line trailing behind the tennis ball over the limb you want. It helps if at this point the camera is pointed directly down.

Step 4: once the drone has passed over the tree and you’re directly above the spot you want the weight to hit when it’s dropped, make sure the target area is free of people, kittens, puppies, and other items of value. If it’s clear, hit the button to release the tennis ball, and watch in rapt admiration as the ball drops neatly onto the exact spot you had selected. it’s best to give Trusty Assistant a heads up just before you hit the release, so they can be prepared to let the line spool out freely as the ball drops.

Step 5:
Fly the drone back to a safe landing area, being careful to not hit the tree you just placed the line over. Land the drone.

Step 6:
Go find the tennis ball, which will be surprisingly close to where it hit the ground. Tie the bright orange nylon line to the fishing line loop, then detach the fishing line from the tennis ball. Now go back, grab the other end of the fishing line, and have Trusty Assistant pay out the orange nylon twine as you reel in the fishing line, pulling the nylon twine over the tree. At this point you’ll be able to spot the twine as it goes over the tree and you can assess how well it’s placed.

Step 7: once you have the nylon twine over the tree you can detach the fishing line from it, and bend on the rope you want as the final suspension rope. Then you can go back to the other side, and use the nylon twine to pull the rope over. Make sure the ends of the final rope cannot be lost or pulled up out of reach.

You’re done. Next step is use the rope to hang your antenna.

Some observations:
* a light breeze doesn’t interfere with flying the drone but will affect how the fishing line hangs as you fly over the tree. Doing all this during a still period would be a good plan.
* it’s far, far easier to put the line where you want it using a drone than it is doing it will an air cannon. Much, much easier.
* With an air cannon it’s often a trick to find a good place to stand when you fire the shot, as often there are inconveniently placed objects line houses, trees, etc. in the way. You don’t have that problem with the drone.
* if you don’t have a good takeoff/landing area for the drone, and a clear flight path to get the line over the tree, you would be stuck.
* the tree I put the ilne over was about 85 feet tall. I put the line over a branch that is right at the top, a placement that’s hard to achieve with an air cannon. The same quality placement could be done without increased difficulty and trees 150-200 feet high. The altitude simply makes no difference.

Having worked out how to do all this I’d like to spread the knowledge far and wide and I’d like to get some practice by putting up lines for anyone who might want it done. If you want lines put up, or know someone who does, contact me or pass on my contact info as appropriate.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!







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Re: hanging antenna lines with a drone

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

That is awesome! What antenna are you going to hang?

On Jun 1, 2020, at 1:26 PM, Paul Zoba <pezoba@...> wrote:

Butzi Air Services was a success!



Paul graciously came to my home and placed a line over a Douglas Fir next to my driveway. I believe he said the tree is 123’ tall. We managed to get the line right over the top. I’m going to need longer coax!

Paul, thank you again! I appreciate the help. And I will be happy to assist with line installs for anyone else.

73,

Paul
W7PEZ
On May 29, 2020, at 1:16 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

A number of folks have been eagerly awaiting a progress report on my efforts to hang antenna support lines using a drone.

This afternoon I successfully put a rope in an excellent placement over a 85 foot tall Douglas Fir.

Equipment is:
* DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drone
* dronefishing.com payload release
* drop weight consisting of a tennis ball with 200 grams of pennies inside and a wire loop threaded through the ball.
* Teflon coated Spectra fishing line
* bright orange nylon twine

Process:

One end of a 1.5m long length of fishing line has a loop that is captured and then release by the payload release.  The other end is attached to the tennis ball.  The fishing line to be place over the tree is tied to the tennis ball as well.

Step 1:
fire up the drone and lift off, hover at about 6 feet.  With the drone hovering, place the loop in the line that goes to the tennis ball into the payload release and close the release, so that the tennis ball is now on the ground, a short line runs up to the payload release.  The fishing line to go over the tree goes to the spool held by your Trusty Assistant.

Step 2:
fly the drone up and on to the approach path to the tree you want the line to go over.  With the camera horizontal, fly up until the highest part of the target tree is now below the horizon on the camera, and note the altitude.  Ascend another 10-15 feet so you are sure the tennis ball will clear the tree as you fly over.  While you ascend your Trusty Assistant is letting the line pay out and keeping it from tangling in everything including the line itself.

Step 3: fly over the tree, taking care to pick a path that will place the fishing line trailing behind the tennis ball over the limb you want.  It helps if at this point the camera is pointed directly down.

Step 4: once the drone has passed over the tree and you’re directly above the spot you want the weight to hit when it’s dropped, make sure the target area is free of people, kittens, puppies, and other items of value.  If it’s clear, hit the button to release the tennis ball, and watch in rapt admiration as the ball drops neatly onto the exact spot you had selected.  it’s best to give Trusty Assistant a heads up just before you hit the release, so they can be prepared to let the line spool out freely as the ball drops.

Step 5:
Fly the drone back to a safe landing area, being careful to not hit the tree you just placed the line over.  Land the drone.

Step 6:
Go find the tennis ball, which will be surprisingly close to where it hit the ground.  Tie the bright orange nylon line to the fishing line loop, then detach the fishing line from the tennis ball.  Now go back, grab the other end of the fishing line, and have Trusty Assistant pay out the orange nylon twine as you reel in the fishing line, pulling the nylon twine over the tree.  At this point you’ll be able to spot the twine as it goes over the tree and you can assess how well it’s placed.

Step 7: once you have the nylon twine over the tree you can detach the fishing line from it, and bend on the rope you want as the final suspension rope.  Then you can go back to the other side, and use the nylon twine to pull the rope over.  Make sure the ends of the final rope cannot be lost or pulled up out of reach.

You’re done.  Next step is use the rope to hang your antenna.

Some observations:
* a light breeze doesn’t interfere with flying the drone but will affect how the fishing line hangs as you fly over the tree.  Doing all this during a still period would be a good plan.
* it’s far, far easier to put the line where you want it using a drone than it is doing it will an air cannon.  Much, much easier.
* With an air cannon it’s often a trick to find a good place to stand when you fire the shot, as often there are inconveniently placed objects line houses, trees, etc. in the way.  You don’t have that problem with the drone.
* if you don’t have a good takeoff/landing area for the drone, and a clear flight path to get the line over the tree, you would be stuck.
* the tree I put the ilne over was about 85 feet tall.  I put the line over a branch that is right at the top, a placement that’s hard to achieve with an air cannon.  The same quality placement could be done without increased difficulty and trees 150-200 feet high.  The altitude simply makes no difference.

Having worked out how to do all this I’d like to spread the knowledge far and wide and I’d like to get some practice by putting up lines for anyone who might want it done.  If you want lines put up, or know someone who does, contact me or pass on my contact info as appropriate.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!







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***********************************
Howard Mahran
(425) 864-5104
***********************************





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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


Re: hanging antenna lines with a drone

Rowland
 

Don't ya just love modern technology.


Thanks,

Rowland



On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 1:26 PM Paul Zoba <pezoba@...> wrote:
Butzi Air Services was a success!



Paul graciously came to my home and placed a line over a Douglas Fir next to my driveway. I believe he said the tree is 123’ tall. We managed to get the line right over the top. I’m going to need longer coax!

Paul, thank you again! I appreciate the help. And I will be happy to assist with line installs for anyone else.

73,

Paul
W7PEZ
On May 29, 2020, at 1:16 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

A number of folks have been eagerly awaiting a progress report on my efforts to hang antenna support lines using a drone.

This afternoon I successfully put a rope in an excellent placement over a 85 foot tall Douglas Fir.

Equipment is:
* DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drone
* dronefishing.com payload release
* drop weight consisting of a tennis ball with 200 grams of pennies inside and a wire loop threaded through the ball.
* Teflon coated Spectra fishing line
* bright orange nylon twine

Process:

One end of a 1.5m long length of fishing line has a loop that is captured and then release by the payload release.  The other end is attached to the tennis ball.  The fishing line to be place over the tree is tied to the tennis ball as well.

Step 1:
fire up the drone and lift off, hover at about 6 feet.  With the drone hovering, place the loop in the line that goes to the tennis ball into the payload release and close the release, so that the tennis ball is now on the ground, a short line runs up to the payload release.  The fishing line to go over the tree goes to the spool held by your Trusty Assistant.

Step 2:
fly the drone up and on to the approach path to the tree you want the line to go over.  With the camera horizontal, fly up until the highest part of the target tree is now below the horizon on the camera, and note the altitude.  Ascend another 10-15 feet so you are sure the tennis ball will clear the tree as you fly over.  While you ascend your Trusty Assistant is letting the line pay out and keeping it from tangling in everything including the line itself.

Step 3: fly over the tree, taking care to pick a path that will place the fishing line trailing behind the tennis ball over the limb you want.  It helps if at this point the camera is pointed directly down.

Step 4: once the drone has passed over the tree and you’re directly above the spot you want the weight to hit when it’s dropped, make sure the target area is free of people, kittens, puppies, and other items of value.  If it’s clear, hit the button to release the tennis ball, and watch in rapt admiration as the ball drops neatly onto the exact spot you had selected.  it’s best to give Trusty Assistant a heads up just before you hit the release, so they can be prepared to let the line spool out freely as the ball drops.

Step 5:
Fly the drone back to a safe landing area, being careful to not hit the tree you just placed the line over.  Land the drone.

Step 6:
Go find the tennis ball, which will be surprisingly close to where it hit the ground.  Tie the bright orange nylon line to the fishing line loop, then detach the fishing line from the tennis ball.  Now go back, grab the other end of the fishing line, and have Trusty Assistant pay out the orange nylon twine as you reel in the fishing line, pulling the nylon twine over the tree.  At this point you’ll be able to spot the twine as it goes over the tree and you can assess how well it’s placed.

Step 7: once you have the nylon twine over the tree you can detach the fishing line from it, and bend on the rope you want as the final suspension rope.  Then you can go back to the other side, and use the nylon twine to pull the rope over.  Make sure the ends of the final rope cannot be lost or pulled up out of reach.

You’re done.  Next step is use the rope to hang your antenna.

Some observations:
* a light breeze doesn’t interfere with flying the drone but will affect how the fishing line hangs as you fly over the tree.  Doing all this during a still period would be a good plan.
* it’s far, far easier to put the line where you want it using a drone than it is doing it will an air cannon.  Much, much easier.
* With an air cannon it’s often a trick to find a good place to stand when you fire the shot, as often there are inconveniently placed objects line houses, trees, etc. in the way.  You don’t have that problem with the drone.
* if you don’t have a good takeoff/landing area for the drone, and a clear flight path to get the line over the tree, you would be stuck.
* the tree I put the ilne over was about 85 feet tall.  I put the line over a branch that is right at the top, a placement that’s hard to achieve with an air cannon.  The same quality placement could be done without increased difficulty and trees 150-200 feet high.  The altitude simply makes no difference.

Having worked out how to do all this I’d like to spread the knowledge far and wide and I’d like to get some practice by putting up lines for anyone who might want it done.  If you want lines put up, or know someone who does, contact me or pass on my contact info as appropriate.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!








Re: hanging antenna lines with a drone

Paul Zoba
 

Butzi Air Services was a success!



Paul graciously came to my home and placed a line over a Douglas Fir next to my driveway. I believe he said the tree is 123’ tall. We managed to get the line right over the top. I’m going to need longer coax!

Paul, thank you again! I appreciate the help. And I will be happy to assist with line installs for anyone else.

73,

Paul
W7PEZ

On May 29, 2020, at 1:16 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@butzi.net> wrote:

A number of folks have been eagerly awaiting a progress report on my efforts to hang antenna support lines using a drone.

This afternoon I successfully put a rope in an excellent placement over a 85 foot tall Douglas Fir.

Equipment is:
* DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drone
* dronefishing.com payload release
* drop weight consisting of a tennis ball with 200 grams of pennies inside and a wire loop threaded through the ball.
* Teflon coated Spectra fishing line
* bright orange nylon twine

Process:

One end of a 1.5m long length of fishing line has a loop that is captured and then release by the payload release. The other end is attached to the tennis ball. The fishing line to be place over the tree is tied to the tennis ball as well.

Step 1:
fire up the drone and lift off, hover at about 6 feet. With the drone hovering, place the loop in the line that goes to the tennis ball into the payload release and close the release, so that the tennis ball is now on the ground, a short line runs up to the payload release. The fishing line to go over the tree goes to the spool held by your Trusty Assistant.

Step 2:
fly the drone up and on to the approach path to the tree you want the line to go over. With the camera horizontal, fly up until the highest part of the target tree is now below the horizon on the camera, and note the altitude. Ascend another 10-15 feet so you are sure the tennis ball will clear the tree as you fly over. While you ascend your Trusty Assistant is letting the line pay out and keeping it from tangling in everything including the line itself.

Step 3: fly over the tree, taking care to pick a path that will place the fishing line trailing behind the tennis ball over the limb you want. It helps if at this point the camera is pointed directly down.

Step 4: once the drone has passed over the tree and you’re directly above the spot you want the weight to hit when it’s dropped, make sure the target area is free of people, kittens, puppies, and other items of value. If it’s clear, hit the button to release the tennis ball, and watch in rapt admiration as the ball drops neatly onto the exact spot you had selected. it’s best to give Trusty Assistant a heads up just before you hit the release, so they can be prepared to let the line spool out freely as the ball drops.

Step 5:
Fly the drone back to a safe landing area, being careful to not hit the tree you just placed the line over. Land the drone.

Step 6:
Go find the tennis ball, which will be surprisingly close to where it hit the ground. Tie the bright orange nylon line to the fishing line loop, then detach the fishing line from the tennis ball. Now go back, grab the other end of the fishing line, and have Trusty Assistant pay out the orange nylon twine as you reel in the fishing line, pulling the nylon twine over the tree. At this point you’ll be able to spot the twine as it goes over the tree and you can assess how well it’s placed.

Step 7: once you have the nylon twine over the tree you can detach the fishing line from it, and bend on the rope you want as the final suspension rope. Then you can go back to the other side, and use the nylon twine to pull the rope over. Make sure the ends of the final rope cannot be lost or pulled up out of reach.

You’re done. Next step is use the rope to hang your antenna.

Some observations:
* a light breeze doesn’t interfere with flying the drone but will affect how the fishing line hangs as you fly over the tree. Doing all this during a still period would be a good plan.
* it’s far, far easier to put the line where you want it using a drone than it is doing it will an air cannon. Much, much easier.
* With an air cannon it’s often a trick to find a good place to stand when you fire the shot, as often there are inconveniently placed objects line houses, trees, etc. in the way. You don’t have that problem with the drone.
* if you don’t have a good takeoff/landing area for the drone, and a clear flight path to get the line over the tree, you would be stuck.
* the tree I put the ilne over was about 85 feet tall. I put the line over a branch that is right at the top, a placement that’s hard to achieve with an air cannon. The same quality placement could be done without increased difficulty and trees 150-200 feet high. The altitude simply makes no difference.

Having worked out how to do all this I’d like to spread the knowledge far and wide and I’d like to get some practice by putting up lines for anyone who might want it done. If you want lines put up, or know someone who does, contact me or pass on my contact info as appropriate.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!


Re: My HF rig (20 and 40m) is causing hum in Audio/TV System. Help!

Robin Amundson
 

Radio wire wound around toroid a few times. If that doesn't work, turn off the TV. 

73 
Robin WA7CPA 


On Sun, May 31, 2020, 5:08 PM Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:
When my rig is transmitting we are getting a terrible buzz in our home stereo/TV system. What might be solutions?

Thanks!
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Re: My HF rig (20 and 40m) is causing hum in Audio/TV System. Help!

Tom WA7TBP
 

Howard:

Start off with the basics. Make sure all RF and audio cables are firmly plugged in, attached, screwed in, etc. Make sure your radio equipment is grounded. Find out which device seems to be getting the most interference. If there is extra power cord length to the AVunits, trying re-positioning the cord and/or winding the cord to a coil shape.

Make sure your rig is well matched to your antennas. Try reducing transmitter power to determine if there is a point where the interference stops. Ensure all RF cables of your radio gear is in good shape, not bent or smashed. On your TV, make sure you have good quality coax.

These ideas are a good start. If your problem still is present after trying all this, the ARRL used to have a good on line resource for reducing interference to home AV gear on their website, www.arrl.org. Than as always, contact some club member to come over and help you out.

Hope these ideas help.

Tom

In a message dated 5/31/2020 17:08:42 Pacific Standard Time, wa1hem@... writes:

When my rig is transmitting we are getting a terrible buzz in our home stereo/TV system. What might be solutions?

Thanks!
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My HF rig (20 and 40m) is causing hum in Audio/TV System. Help!

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

When my rig is transmitting we are getting a terrible buzz in our home stereo/TV system. What might be solutions?

Thanks!
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WA1HEM
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Re: hanging antenna lines with a drone

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Well said, Paul.

I have a question about stringing up antennas. I want to raise my OCFD but if I do, a good part of one end and some of the other end will run through tree branches. Is that going to be a significant issue?
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Re: hanging antenna lines with a drone

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I just don’t want to have SNOVARC members thinking “You know, I’d put up a <new antenna> if only I had a way to get a rope over the big tree.”

Doing this stuff is *fun*.  It’s not a burden.

I could help other hams do stuff as much as I can for the rest of my life and I suspect I would still fall short of how much help I’ve gotten from other hams.  I would just point out that in general I’m getting more help from others than I do the helping.  It’s just that often the help I get isn’t very visible to other people.  But I ask for help all the time.  ALL THE TIME.

What will make the Sno Valley more resilient in the face of some disaster is having a thriving ham community.  What builds community fastest and most firmly is helping one another.  It’s as simple as that.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On May 29, 2020, at 4:13 PM, Kirt White / K7KDW <kirtwhite@...> wrote:

Wow. Very cool Paul. I love the break down that you did. Very generous of you to agree to help others using this, that's awesome.



From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> on behalf of Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...>
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2020 3:21 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] hanging antenna lines with a drone
 
This is awesome Paul! Thank you for sharing this and for the detailed “how to”.


On May 29, 2020, at 1:16 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

A number of folks have been eagerly awaiting a progress report on my efforts to hang antenna support lines using a drone.

This afternoon I successfully put a rope in an excellent placement over a 85 foot tall Douglas Fir.

Equipment is:
* DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drone
* dronefishing.com payload release
* drop weight consisting of a tennis ball with 200 grams of pennies inside and a wire loop threaded through the ball.
* Teflon coated Spectra fishing line
* bright orange nylon twine

Process:

One end of a 1.5m long length of fishing line has a loop that is captured and then release by the payload release.  The other end is attached to the tennis ball.  The fishing line to be place over the tree is tied to the tennis ball as well.

Step 1:
fire up the drone and lift off, hover at about 6 feet.  With the drone hovering, place the loop in the line that goes to the tennis ball into the payload release and close the release, so that the tennis ball is now on the ground, a short line runs up to the payload release.  The fishing line to go over the tree goes to the spool held by your Trusty Assistant.

Step 2: 
fly the drone up and on to the approach path to the tree you want the line to go over.  With the camera horizontal, fly up until the highest part of the target tree is now below the horizon on the camera, and note the altitude.  Ascend another 10-15 feet so you are sure the tennis ball will clear the tree as you fly over.  While you ascend your Trusty Assistant is letting the line pay out and keeping it from tangling in everything including the line itself.

Step 3: fly over the tree, taking care to pick a path that will place the fishing line trailing behind the tennis ball over the limb you want.  It helps if at this point the camera is pointed directly down.

Step 4: once the drone has passed over the tree and you’re directly above the spot you want the weight to hit when it’s dropped, make sure the target area is free of people, kittens, puppies, and other items of value.  If it’s clear, hit the button to release the tennis ball, and watch in rapt admiration as the ball drops neatly onto the exact spot you had selected.  it’s best to give Trusty Assistant a heads up just before you hit the release, so they can be prepared to let the line spool out freely as the ball drops.

Step 5: 
Fly the drone back to a safe landing area, being careful to not hit the tree you just placed the line over.  Land the drone.

Step 6:
Go find the tennis ball, which will be surprisingly close to where it hit the ground.  Tie the bright orange nylon line to the fishing line loop, then detach the fishing line from the tennis ball.  Now go back, grab the other end of the fishing line, and have Trusty Assistant pay out the orange nylon twine as you reel in the fishing line, pulling the nylon twine over the tree.  At this point you’ll be able to spot the twine as it goes over the tree and you can assess how well it’s placed.

Step 7: once you have the nylon twine over the tree you can detach the fishing line from it, and bend on the rope you want as the final suspension rope.  Then you can go back to the other side, and use the nylon twine to pull the rope over.  Make sure the ends of the final rope cannot be lost or pulled up out of reach.

You’re done.  Next step is use the rope to hang your antenna.

Some observations: 
* a light breeze doesn’t interfere with flying the drone but will affect how the fishing line hangs as you fly over the tree.  Doing all this during a still period would be a good plan.
* it’s far, far easier to put the line where you want it using a drone than it is doing it will an air cannon.  Much, much easier.
* With an air cannon it’s often a trick to find a good place to stand when you fire the shot, as often there are inconveniently placed objects line houses, trees, etc. in the way.  You don’t have that problem with the drone.
* if you don’t have a good takeoff/landing area for the drone, and a clear flight path to get the line over the tree, you would be stuck.
* the tree I put the ilne over was about 85 feet tall.  I put the line over a branch that is right at the top, a placement that’s hard to achieve with an air cannon.  The same quality placement could be done without increased difficulty and trees 150-200 feet high.  The altitude simply makes no difference.

Having worked out how to do all this I’d like to spread the knowledge far and wide and I’d like to get some practice by putting up lines for anyone who might want it done.  If you want lines put up, or know someone who does, contact me or pass on my contact info as appropriate.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!






***********************************
Howard Mahran
(425) 864-5104
***********************************





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WA1HEM
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Re: hanging antenna lines with a drone

Kirt White / K7KDW
 

Wow. Very cool Paul. I love the break down that you did. Very generous of you to agree to help others using this, that's awesome.



From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> on behalf of Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...>
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2020 3:21 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] hanging antenna lines with a drone
 
This is awesome Paul! Thank you for sharing this and for the detailed “how to”.


On May 29, 2020, at 1:16 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

A number of folks have been eagerly awaiting a progress report on my efforts to hang antenna support lines using a drone.

This afternoon I successfully put a rope in an excellent placement over a 85 foot tall Douglas Fir.

Equipment is:
* DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drone
* dronefishing.com payload release
* drop weight consisting of a tennis ball with 200 grams of pennies inside and a wire loop threaded through the ball.
* Teflon coated Spectra fishing line
* bright orange nylon twine

Process:

One end of a 1.5m long length of fishing line has a loop that is captured and then release by the payload release.  The other end is attached to the tennis ball.  The fishing line to be place over the tree is tied to the tennis ball as well.

Step 1:
fire up the drone and lift off, hover at about 6 feet.  With the drone hovering, place the loop in the line that goes to the tennis ball into the payload release and close the release, so that the tennis ball is now on the ground, a short line runs up to the payload release.  The fishing line to go over the tree goes to the spool held by your Trusty Assistant.

Step 2:
fly the drone up and on to the approach path to the tree you want the line to go over.  With the camera horizontal, fly up until the highest part of the target tree is now below the horizon on the camera, and note the altitude.  Ascend another 10-15 feet so you are sure the tennis ball will clear the tree as you fly over.  While you ascend your Trusty Assistant is letting the line pay out and keeping it from tangling in everything including the line itself.

Step 3: fly over the tree, taking care to pick a path that will place the fishing line trailing behind the tennis ball over the limb you want.  It helps if at this point the camera is pointed directly down.

Step 4: once the drone has passed over the tree and you’re directly above the spot you want the weight to hit when it’s dropped, make sure the target area is free of people, kittens, puppies, and other items of value.  If it’s clear, hit the button to release the tennis ball, and watch in rapt admiration as the ball drops neatly onto the exact spot you had selected.  it’s best to give Trusty Assistant a heads up just before you hit the release, so they can be prepared to let the line spool out freely as the ball drops.

Step 5:
Fly the drone back to a safe landing area, being careful to not hit the tree you just placed the line over.  Land the drone.

Step 6:
Go find the tennis ball, which will be surprisingly close to where it hit the ground.  Tie the bright orange nylon line to the fishing line loop, then detach the fishing line from the tennis ball.  Now go back, grab the other end of the fishing line, and have Trusty Assistant pay out the orange nylon twine as you reel in the fishing line, pulling the nylon twine over the tree.  At this point you’ll be able to spot the twine as it goes over the tree and you can assess how well it’s placed.

Step 7: once you have the nylon twine over the tree you can detach the fishing line from it, and bend on the rope you want as the final suspension rope.  Then you can go back to the other side, and use the nylon twine to pull the rope over.  Make sure the ends of the final rope cannot be lost or pulled up out of reach.

You’re done.  Next step is use the rope to hang your antenna.

Some observations:
* a light breeze doesn’t interfere with flying the drone but will affect how the fishing line hangs as you fly over the tree.  Doing all this during a still period would be a good plan.
* it’s far, far easier to put the line where you want it using a drone than it is doing it will an air cannon.  Much, much easier.
* With an air cannon it’s often a trick to find a good place to stand when you fire the shot, as often there are inconveniently placed objects line houses, trees, etc. in the way.  You don’t have that problem with the drone.
* if you don’t have a good takeoff/landing area for the drone, and a clear flight path to get the line over the tree, you would be stuck.
* the tree I put the ilne over was about 85 feet tall.  I put the line over a branch that is right at the top, a placement that’s hard to achieve with an air cannon.  The same quality placement could be done without increased difficulty and trees 150-200 feet high.  The altitude simply makes no difference.

Having worked out how to do all this I’d like to spread the knowledge far and wide and I’d like to get some practice by putting up lines for anyone who might want it done.  If you want lines put up, or know someone who does, contact me or pass on my contact info as appropriate.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!






***********************************
Howard Mahran
(425) 864-5104
***********************************





--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


Re: hanging antenna lines with a drone

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

This is awesome Paul! Thank you for sharing this and for the detailed “how to”.


On May 29, 2020, at 1:16 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

A number of folks have been eagerly awaiting a progress report on my efforts to hang antenna support lines using a drone.

This afternoon I successfully put a rope in an excellent placement over a 85 foot tall Douglas Fir.

Equipment is:
* DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drone
* dronefishing.com payload release
* drop weight consisting of a tennis ball with 200 grams of pennies inside and a wire loop threaded through the ball.
* Teflon coated Spectra fishing line
* bright orange nylon twine

Process:

One end of a 1.5m long length of fishing line has a loop that is captured and then release by the payload release.  The other end is attached to the tennis ball.  The fishing line to be place over the tree is tied to the tennis ball as well.

Step 1:
fire up the drone and lift off, hover at about 6 feet.  With the drone hovering, place the loop in the line that goes to the tennis ball into the payload release and close the release, so that the tennis ball is now on the ground, a short line runs up to the payload release.  The fishing line to go over the tree goes to the spool held by your Trusty Assistant.

Step 2:
fly the drone up and on to the approach path to the tree you want the line to go over.  With the camera horizontal, fly up until the highest part of the target tree is now below the horizon on the camera, and note the altitude.  Ascend another 10-15 feet so you are sure the tennis ball will clear the tree as you fly over.  While you ascend your Trusty Assistant is letting the line pay out and keeping it from tangling in everything including the line itself.

Step 3: fly over the tree, taking care to pick a path that will place the fishing line trailing behind the tennis ball over the limb you want.  It helps if at this point the camera is pointed directly down.

Step 4: once the drone has passed over the tree and you’re directly above the spot you want the weight to hit when it’s dropped, make sure the target area is free of people, kittens, puppies, and other items of value.  If it’s clear, hit the button to release the tennis ball, and watch in rapt admiration as the ball drops neatly onto the exact spot you had selected.  it’s best to give Trusty Assistant a heads up just before you hit the release, so they can be prepared to let the line spool out freely as the ball drops.

Step 5:
Fly the drone back to a safe landing area, being careful to not hit the tree you just placed the line over.  Land the drone.

Step 6:
Go find the tennis ball, which will be surprisingly close to where it hit the ground.  Tie the bright orange nylon line to the fishing line loop, then detach the fishing line from the tennis ball.  Now go back, grab the other end of the fishing line, and have Trusty Assistant pay out the orange nylon twine as you reel in the fishing line, pulling the nylon twine over the tree.  At this point you’ll be able to spot the twine as it goes over the tree and you can assess how well it’s placed.

Step 7: once you have the nylon twine over the tree you can detach the fishing line from it, and bend on the rope you want as the final suspension rope.  Then you can go back to the other side, and use the nylon twine to pull the rope over.  Make sure the ends of the final rope cannot be lost or pulled up out of reach.

You’re done.  Next step is use the rope to hang your antenna.

Some observations:
* a light breeze doesn’t interfere with flying the drone but will affect how the fishing line hangs as you fly over the tree.  Doing all this during a still period would be a good plan.
* it’s far, far easier to put the line where you want it using a drone than it is doing it will an air cannon.  Much, much easier.
* With an air cannon it’s often a trick to find a good place to stand when you fire the shot, as often there are inconveniently placed objects line houses, trees, etc. in the way.  You don’t have that problem with the drone.
* if you don’t have a good takeoff/landing area for the drone, and a clear flight path to get the line over the tree, you would be stuck.
* the tree I put the ilne over was about 85 feet tall.  I put the line over a branch that is right at the top, a placement that’s hard to achieve with an air cannon.  The same quality placement could be done without increased difficulty and trees 150-200 feet high.  The altitude simply makes no difference.

Having worked out how to do all this I’d like to spread the knowledge far and wide and I’d like to get some practice by putting up lines for anyone who might want it done.  If you want lines put up, or know someone who does, contact me or pass on my contact info as appropriate.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!






***********************************
Howard Mahran
(425) 864-5104
***********************************





--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


hanging antenna lines with a drone

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

A number of folks have been eagerly awaiting a progress report on my efforts to hang antenna support lines using a drone.

This afternoon I successfully put a rope in an excellent placement over a 85 foot tall Douglas Fir.

Equipment is:
* DJI Mavic Pro Platinum drone
* dronefishing.com payload release
* drop weight consisting of a tennis ball with 200 grams of pennies inside and a wire loop threaded through the ball.
* Teflon coated Spectra fishing line
* bright orange nylon twine

Process:

One end of a 1.5m long length of fishing line has a loop that is captured and then release by the payload release. The other end is attached to the tennis ball. The fishing line to be place over the tree is tied to the tennis ball as well.

Step 1:
fire up the drone and lift off, hover at about 6 feet. With the drone hovering, place the loop in the line that goes to the tennis ball into the payload release and close the release, so that the tennis ball is now on the ground, a short line runs up to the payload release. The fishing line to go over the tree goes to the spool held by your Trusty Assistant.

Step 2:
fly the drone up and on to the approach path to the tree you want the line to go over. With the camera horizontal, fly up until the highest part of the target tree is now below the horizon on the camera, and note the altitude. Ascend another 10-15 feet so you are sure the tennis ball will clear the tree as you fly over. While you ascend your Trusty Assistant is letting the line pay out and keeping it from tangling in everything including the line itself.

Step 3: fly over the tree, taking care to pick a path that will place the fishing line trailing behind the tennis ball over the limb you want. It helps if at this point the camera is pointed directly down.

Step 4: once the drone has passed over the tree and you’re directly above the spot you want the weight to hit when it’s dropped, make sure the target area is free of people, kittens, puppies, and other items of value. If it’s clear, hit the button to release the tennis ball, and watch in rapt admiration as the ball drops neatly onto the exact spot you had selected. it’s best to give Trusty Assistant a heads up just before you hit the release, so they can be prepared to let the line spool out freely as the ball drops.

Step 5:
Fly the drone back to a safe landing area, being careful to not hit the tree you just placed the line over. Land the drone.

Step 6:
Go find the tennis ball, which will be surprisingly close to where it hit the ground. Tie the bright orange nylon line to the fishing line loop, then detach the fishing line from the tennis ball. Now go back, grab the other end of the fishing line, and have Trusty Assistant pay out the orange nylon twine as you reel in the fishing line, pulling the nylon twine over the tree. At this point you’ll be able to spot the twine as it goes over the tree and you can assess how well it’s placed.

Step 7: once you have the nylon twine over the tree you can detach the fishing line from it, and bend on the rope you want as the final suspension rope. Then you can go back to the other side, and use the nylon twine to pull the rope over. Make sure the ends of the final rope cannot be lost or pulled up out of reach.

You’re done. Next step is use the rope to hang your antenna.

Some observations:
* a light breeze doesn’t interfere with flying the drone but will affect how the fishing line hangs as you fly over the tree. Doing all this during a still period would be a good plan.
* it’s far, far easier to put the line where you want it using a drone than it is doing it will an air cannon. Much, much easier.
* With an air cannon it’s often a trick to find a good place to stand when you fire the shot, as often there are inconveniently placed objects line houses, trees, etc. in the way. You don’t have that problem with the drone.
* if you don’t have a good takeoff/landing area for the drone, and a clear flight path to get the line over the tree, you would be stuck.
* the tree I put the ilne over was about 85 feet tall. I put the line over a branch that is right at the top, a placement that’s hard to achieve with an air cannon. The same quality placement could be done without increased difficulty and trees 150-200 feet high. The altitude simply makes no difference.

Having worked out how to do all this I’d like to spread the knowledge far and wide and I’d like to get some practice by putting up lines for anyone who might want it done. If you want lines put up, or know someone who does, contact me or pass on my contact info as appropriate.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!


6 Meter tune up

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hi everyone:

Sorry for the delay in getting this out. I was in the RV for a week. There are two attachments. One is the criteria for the signal report (i.e. 5-9). The other is an Excel sheet showing who participated in the exercise, the signal report at the net control station. There are separate columns for the SSB and FM tests. I am sorry, I could not find my note sheet of the signal reports I sent out to each station.

I hope you enjoyed the 6 meter tune up. I think we will very likely do this again. If you have any questions, give me a call at home, 425-333-4833 or via e-mail, tomwa7tbp@....

See you on net tonight.

Tom


Re: Winlink Express and Winkling.org question

W7ABD
 


Winlink is a store and forward email system.  Messages sent are queued up and once another station, be it Telnet, VHF/UHF, HF or  Winlink.org connects, the message is sent to that station and deleted from the system queue. So only one station will receive the email message.

You can even have several stations with the same callsign.  The email message will be sent to the first station that connects.  Stations running RMS Express (winlink) are unique, even if they are all configured to use the same callsign.  For example: If I was to send a message to KE7GFZ from my account W7ABD.  That message would stay in CMS queue until a KE7GFZ station connects.  if two KE7GFZ stations connect one after the other, only the first station would get the email message.

Jim
W7ABD


On 5/27/20 14:50, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM wrote:
Question for you Winlink veterans. I recently got Winlink on HF running (at least I believe I have). I'm wondering why messages that I have sent successfully on Winlink Express (they show up in the Sent Folder) are not reflected in my mailbox on  Winlink.org. Are they different? What am I not understanding?

Thanks and 73,
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WA1HEM
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Re: Winlink Express and Winkling.org question

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I’d never used the webmail interface on winlink.org.  Cool.

I have no idea how many emails I’ve sent using Winlnk.  Dozens for sure.

There is nothing in the Winlink sent folder.

So I’m guessing sending something via Winlink does not make that something appear in the sent folder you see in the web mail interface.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On May 27, 2020, at 2:50 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

Question for you Winlink veterans. I recently got Winlink on HF running (at least I believe I have). I'm wondering why messages that I have sent successfully on Winlink Express (they show up in the Sent Folder) are not reflected in my mailbox on  Winlink.org. Are they different? What am I not understanding?

Thanks and 73,
--
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Winlink Express and Winkling.org question

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Question for you Winlink veterans. I recently got Winlink on HF running (at least I believe I have). I'm wondering why messages that I have sent successfully on Winlink Express (they show up in the Sent Folder) are not reflected in my mailbox on  Winlink.org. Are they different? What am I not understanding?

Thanks and 73,
--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
*************************


Re: Antenna Launcher

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

https://dronefishing.com/products/gannet-x-dji-phantom-3-4-payload-bait-release-1

That’s the folks that made the release I have.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On May 26, 2020, at 5:30 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

Paul – what a great use of my Phantom Pro 4 that’s collecting dust!  
 
Sent from Mail for Windows 10
 
From: Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:13 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] Antenna Launcher
 
I just today took delivery on a payload release from my Mavic Pro Platinum.  I have just used it to loft a tennis ball up 100 feet and drop it.
 
My next step is to arrange safe rigging (you really do NOT want to get the line tangled in a rotor) and use it to pull a line over a tree here at my place.
I am really, really hoping this is a more precise and straightforward way to rig lines for antennas.
 
I also have a air cannon style launcher, which I am happy to loan out to folks who want to use it (or I am happy to come help anyone put up antennas).
For sure if you’re going to buy one, borrow mine first.
 
-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun! 


On May 26, 2020, at 3:47 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:
 
I want to buy an antenna launcher. What do people recommend?
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WA1HEM
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Re: Antenna Launcher

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Paul – what a great use of my Phantom Pro 4 that’s collecting dust! 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:13 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] Antenna Launcher

 

I just today took delivery on a payload release from my Mavic Pro Platinum.  I have just used it to loft a tennis ball up 100 feet and drop it.

 

My next step is to arrange safe rigging (you really do NOT want to get the line tangled in a rotor) and use it to pull a line over a tree here at my place.

I am really, really hoping this is a more precise and straightforward way to rig lines for antennas.

 

I also have a air cannon style launcher, which I am happy to loan out to folks who want to use it (or I am happy to come help anyone put up antennas).

For sure if you’re going to buy one, borrow mine first.

 

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!



On May 26, 2020, at 3:47 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

 

I want to buy an antenna launcher. What do people recommend?
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WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Re: Antenna Launcher

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I just today took delivery on a payload release from my Mavic Pro Platinum.  I have just used it to loft a tennis ball up 100 feet and drop it.

My next step is to arrange safe rigging (you really do NOT want to get the line tangled in a rotor) and use it to pull a line over a tree here at my place.
I am really, really hoping this is a more precise and straightforward way to rig lines for antennas.

I also have a air cannon style launcher, which I am happy to loan out to folks who want to use it (or I am happy to come help anyone put up antennas).
For sure if you’re going to buy one, borrow mine first.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On May 26, 2020, at 3:47 PM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

I want to buy an antenna launcher. What do people recommend?
--
*************************
Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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