Inflatable 'Beach Ball' Satellite Antennas

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by KA0HCP, Aug 7, 2020.

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  1. KP4SX

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    How do you keep it pointed?
  2. KA0HCP

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    The photo shows guy ropes and stakes. Traditional army stuff! :)
  3. AK5B

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    Double Armstrong Method.
  4. AK5B

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    Thanks for the time capsule, of sorts. Good point about ebay.

    That would sell a lot faster if the seller offered free shipping (all he has to do before sticking the label on is fill it with half a tank of helium
    (herlium if it's going to Tom, K8ERV, of course) and it won't cost nearly as much.


  5. AI3V

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    You never were in the army were you? :)

    You have a 24 hour rotating watch of a squad of privates holding it in position, a sergeant assigning the watch, a top sergeant drinking coffee, err I mean reviewing tge watch list, a second lieutenant checking every 45 minutes that the privates don't let go of the ropes, and a captain reporting every 4 hours to the colonel the satellite hasnt moved.

    Now, I'm not picking on the army, if the navy was doing it you would have to add a couple shore patrol guys to make sure it didn't get pawned for beer...

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  6. WA7F

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    I hope it’s bullet proof. For some reason I think a dish might hold up better.
  7. WA7F

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    And not the first time the military has used inflatables.

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  8. AK5B

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    Ooooh! One of those would be just great for maritime mobile!
  9. KO4DNI

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    I actually have a crazy vision of using a helium balloon/beach ball type thingy to suspend a slim Jim or j-pole.
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