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One of the major issues facing ARRL Field Day participants is how to launch your dipole, random length, and end-fed antennas into nearby trees.
In this video from the Maple-Newton Amateur Radio Club in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, we see how a homebrew compressed air cannon put this antenna farm into some tall trees. You can find plans for such devices on the internet.
While this air cannon certainly works, it requires a certain technical expertise to build one without endangering yourself and others.
When I face the antenna launching problem, I take a simpler and perhaps safer route: I use my trusty Walmart slingshot, some fishing line, a few sinkers, a long length of rope, and a sturdy antenna to put my dipoles and end-fed wires into nearby trees. Whatever launch method you use, please consider safety first before you launch your antenna.
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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).