Saturday, May 4, 2019

Balloon Antenna Field Day 2016, Post 1856.

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With the ARRL Field Day rapidly approaching (last full weekend of June), it may be time to consider what antennas will be used in this annual emergency field communications exercise and contest. 

Now that propagation is favoring the lower HF bands (40, 80, 160 meters), you may want to consider a specific antenna for each band.  In this Field Day video from 2016, "Ham Prepper" shows us how his club solved the height issue on 160 meters with a balloon-supported 1/4 wavelength antenna.

After some preplanning and the collection of a skilled crew, the balloon-assisted antenna was launched successfully.  This somewhat unusual antenna produced good contacts for the club and helped boost its overall score.

Make a few experimental HF antennas, test them in a nearby park or field, and prepare for some fun at the end of June.

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