[Fwd: LF/MF Antenna Proposal]

Andre' Kesteloot akestelo@bellatlantic.net
Mon, 25 Jan 1999 20:19:01 -0500

DQEMAIL@aol.com wrote:

> Dear OM:
> For the past year I have been contemplating the following LF/MF antenna
> proposal.
> I would like to construct a balloon antenna for 160-and-below.
> The antenna would be constructed of #24 bare copper wire (available at
> Hechingers).
> The balloons and helium are available at Toys R Us for $20.
> The radials would be constructed of aluminum foil (200 foot rolls available
> on-sale at Giant for about $3 a roll).
> The aluminum foil would be unrolled and duct-taped to the surface of a large
> parking lot (200' X 200'). Alternatively, the alumnium foil could be unrolled
> on a fat stretch of beach and covered with sand. For 160 Meters the antenna
> would be about 120 feet in length.
> What I need is 1 large flat parking lot that is unused in the evening (a
> church or office building parking lot would be ideal). The parking lot must
> not be near overhead electric wires (obviously). The lighting system for the
> parking lot should not produce QRN.  I need the asistance of Amrad members for
> launching the antenna, taping the aluminum foil, and signal reports. If other
> members of Amrad want to use this antenna for LF experiments, so much the
> better. I will supply all the components and a Kenwood HF transceiver and
> marine battery for power.
> This antenna can only be used when the wind is calm. The advantage of this
> antenna is that anyone can construct it....you don't have to to obtain a tank
> of helium from a welding supply store or expensive waether balloons.
> I've been a member of Amrad for several years. Thanks in advance for whatever
> assistance you can provide.
> Jim Hurysz AB4YP
> email:  dqemail@aol.com