[Fwd: LF: Crocodiles, Rabbits, Worms and flying things]

André Kesteloot akestelo@bellatlantic.net
Mon, 29 Jun 1998 23:53:34 -0400

wireless wrote:

> Earth base and kite tests.
> Everything is now ready for the tests in August.  I feel that I should
> reassure folk that are worried about the use of 'huge' power on the band
> that my own efforts are not in that category.  One thing is sure about the
> earth base method, it does more for worm diathermy than it does for RF
> radiation.
> On the topic of kites, I use the Stratoscoop series from Green's of Burnley.
> These are 'parafoils' that are very stable and have considerable lifting
> power.  As for wire, I came across a reel of aluminium welding wire some
> time ago at a boot sale.  1 metre of this wire weighs 2 gms. - it is very
> easy to lift a hundred metres of this wire into the air.  Even on a clear
> sunny day a considerable charge can build up on such a wire, especially when
> the wind blows. Some form of resistance discharge system is needed for the
> static to leak to earth.  The static is not always anticipated and on one
> occasion I felt quite a shock when the wire brushed against my hand and
> later noticed that it had burned a line across the skin!  Sparks could be
> drawn to the car wing mirror.  Thus I never give in to temptation to let too
> much wire out - also there are legal considerations.  For the suicidal,
> Green's Stratoscoop 4 can lift a 10kg. payload and requires 250kg. breaking
> strain tether cord. I have one of these and it is   Theoretically it could
> easily achieve a mile high vertical of welding wire!
> I agree wholeheartedly with G2AJV on the question of experimentation.  I
> hope that colleagues will join me in my experimentation on the 2nd and 3rd
> of August.  It would be nice to have a chat to folk on the way down to Devon
> on the 30th. July also.  I have taken the liberty of attaching a small file
> lfdxw6 (Word 6) which is in the form of a poster to be pinned up in the
> shacks of the dedicated!
> John Taylor G0AKN
> wireless@rmplc.co.uk
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