W6KOA
the "KITES ON AIR" group
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA USA
A variety of fly line anchor techniques are used
depending on the application.

One kite fly line anchor that is frequently used
is a folding garden wagon, loaded with up to
three 24 pound lead bricks, to anchor the kite’s
fly line in place. This movable cart allows quick
and easy relocation of the anchor point
whenever desired so that the coaxial cable or
“long” wire that drops down from the kite-
antenna can be repositioned. The wagon is
oriented at a right angle to the fly line so that it
can’t be pulled out of position by the kite. One
of the steerable front wagon wheels is locked in
place using a spike into the ground which
keeps the wagon from rotating. A short length
of light weight chain with a carabiner on each
end interconnects the fly line to the bracket on
one of the rear wheels. The fly line is
connected as low as possible on the wagon so
that the pull on the fly line cannot upset the
wagon.  Occasionally, a spring scale, with a
recording set point, or a digital scale is
connected between the wagon and the fly’s fly
line so that the pull from the kite on the line can
be monitored on a continuous basis during a
flying session.  In additional safety, a short
length of line with a caiabiner on each end is
connected directly between the wagon and the
base of the kite fly line so that the digital scale
can be removed without the risk of accidentally
releasing the kite.

Often a stake can be driven into the ground
and used as a kite anchor. However, there are
problems with this method that occure at two of
our favorite flying sites. First, the soil at one
location is extremely shallow that stakes cannot
be driven in deeply enough to hold a large kite.
Second, another site is composed of fluffy dry
sand which will not hold a stake in place. One
solution that works at both of these sites is to
use aa "sand bag" as an anchor. In this case
we sometimes we anchor our kites with actual
sand bags weighing nearly 25 pounds each. at
the sandy location, we use duffle bags that we
can fill with a few shovels full of sand.
Sometimes, if the wind is not blowing too hard,
we can anchor our kites to an eye bolt that is
secured to a 25 pound lead brick.