W6KOA
the "KITES ON AIR" group
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA USA
TYPICAL KITE-ANTENNA OPERATION

The linked pages that are listed below describe
various elements of a typical kite-antenna flying
field setup. One important lesson that we have
learned so far is that good kite-antenna contacts
result from flying the best possible antennas.
Another lesson learned is to keep the time that is
required to set up and put away as short and
convenient as possible - otherwise we will not do it!
Good flying locations mean you'll have more fun
Bands selected must match both wind and propogation
We use different lifting kites for different applications
Never use a lightweight fly line that can break
Local and DX contacts need different kite-antennas
You will want several fly line anchors options
We use a varitey of radios from QRP to high power
Light and efficient coaxial cable feed lines are best
Baluns insure predictable antenna radiation patterns
Always bypass the kite-antenna static voltage to ground
Last updated April 27, 2017
Lighter than air antenna lifters will extend radio hours.