Build an HF long wire balloon antenna

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This is post 2478 in a continuing series of simple ham radio antennas.

Thanks to the folks of the "" website for this unusual and effective HF antenna.  

Years ago, I visited an ARRL Field Day site which featured a balloon supported vertical antenna.  The antenna did well on 80 meters, especially with the effective counterpoise attached.

If you have the space (open field, public park, or the beach), why not try a balloon-supported antenna? You may be surprised by the result obtained.

Here are some comments from this balloon DX-pedition:

We made a long wire vertical antenna suspended from a helium balloon over the river, at 25 watts and an MFJ 993b autotuner to tune it on 40 meters at field day 2016 at the Wabasso causeway north of Vero Beach Florida. It was a successful antenna and worked very well at around 25 watts.


Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).


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