[AMRadio] Antenna issues.

Jay Bromley jayw5jay at cox.net
Mon Jul 7 21:20:52 EDT 2014

Hi Rob,
Yep that was me.  

BTW, I build my own launcher from a tool dog training tool called a HyperDog
or some call it HyperDawg.  You can find them for less than $20 and you add
your reel to it.  It uses tennis balls and I add some pennies to the inside
for extra weight.  Just cut a small slice in the ball with a razor blade and
the pennies slide right in.  Use about 20 of them or just go with a solid
plastic ball, the old super balls work nice.  I know some guys think, hey if
it will launch a tennis ball that high, then a fishing lead weight must be
better!  However the larger tennis balls don't seem to hang up around tree
limbs.  And if you miss with the lead weight and hit your hand you are going
to the hospital.

Here are some links that might be of interests:
http://www.amazon.com/Hyper-Products-0001-4-Ball-Launcher/dp/B000E9757I  I
just add my fishing reel to the bottom of the ball rack with wire ties and
stainless steel cable clamps.
Just saw this one:  http://w4kaz.com/qth/?p=2367

The Hyper launcher doesn't require air and is quiet.  However the air cannon
is still the weapon of choice for the huge 100 foot plus trees.

What were you doing on 10m CW Rob?  :-)  73 de w5jay/jay..

-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Atkinson [mailto:ranchorobbo at gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2014 7:32 PM
To: Jay Bromley
Cc: Eddy Swynar; Discussion of AM Radio Amateur Service; rbethman
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Antenna issues.

Jay, did I hear you on 10 meter CW yesterday?

I use a sling shot and lead fishing weight.  I get out in the street in
front of the house at daybreak on Sunday mornings when there is no traffic
and shoot nylon filament over the tree in the front yard to
use in pulling up dacron and a marine pulley.   Of course the pulley
holds a rope with one end on a counterweight and the other end going
to one end insulator on the 80 m. dipole.   My neighbor told me he
thought my 75 m. vertical was a flag pole.   One day his wife asked me
how I got that rope up over the tree.  They had company that weekend and the
visitors were curious.  They thought I climbed the tree!  It is a thick
dense pine tree.  I explained my trick with the slingshot.
To them it was clever but to me it was just regular ham procedure.



On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM, Jay Bromley <jayw5jay at cox.net> wrote:
> Great story Eddy!  I use an air cannon sometimes here for antenna line 
> launching and it draws quite a bit of attention.  The dogs go nuts 
> over the sound.  So even though johnny law hasn't paid me a visit for 
> my weapon, I try to use it will the traffic is lite.  My HyperDog 
> launcher is quieter, but the rubber has went bad on those!
> Again in the old days as kids we wouldn't have gave this a second thought.
> I guess I am becoming an old fart that doesn't want any attention 
> drawn to me!
> 73 de w5jay/jay..

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