Field Day Antenna Launching Demonstration. Post 1873.

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Approximately 40,000 radio amateurs from the United States and Canada are expected to participated in the upcoming ARRL Field Day Emergency Communications Exercise.  The event occurs on the fourth-full weekend of June and is designed to test our emergency communications capabilities in the "field."

One of the major challenges of Field Day is the selection and erection of antennas to cover the weekend of portable operations.  If your amateur radio club finds an area with plenty of tall trees, you may find these natural supports are perfect for your dipoles, inverted vees, slopers, and loops.  The problem, of course, is to get your antenna elements near the top of these trees with as little safety and engineering risk as possible.

Your launch platform can be as simple as my homemade slingshot or as complex as the compressed air cannon used by this Pennsylvania ham club in 2018.  If you have the time, skill, and extra help, then this sophisticated launch system may be just right for your location.  As with any antenna system, please proceed with caution and common sense.

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Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).


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