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ARKAN Newsletter -- Page Four

AREA 2 METER NETS MONDAY

W5YM Unviersity WeatherNet Net Control: Bill Smith, K1ARK Weather spotter group for Washington County, Arkansas; Information for emergency communications. FREQ: 147.135 + (pl 110.9) TIME: 8:00 PM local

TUESDAY

Washington County ARES Net Control: tba Weekly instruction and meeting for members of Washington County ARES FREQ: 146.955 - (pl 110.9) TIME: 8:00 PM local

WEDNESDAY

W5YM Traffic Net Net Control: Rotational among students Weekly meeting for members of Amateur Radio Club of the University of Arkansas. Open to all licensed amateur operators FREQ: 147.135 + (pl 110.9) TIME: 8:00 PM local Bella Vista Radio Club FREQ: 145.255 TIME: 8:00 p.m. Berry County, Mo., ARES Net FREQ: 145.210- (pl 162.2) TIME: 9:00 PM local

THURSDAY

ARKAN On the Air Net Control: John Robinson, KD5NFX. Weekly meeting for ARKAN and traffic handling. Followed each week by a trader net for local hams. FREQ: 146.955 - (pl 110.9) TIME: 8:00 PM local Benton County Radio Operators FREQ: 145.290 - TIME: 7:00 p.m. Thursdays Benton County ARES/RACES FREQ: 145.290 - TIME: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays TARC Triple T Net -- TARC System FREQ: Your nearby TARC linked repeater TIME: 8:00 p.m. Thursdays Mayes County, Okla., Radio Club Net FREQ: 147.060+ (pl 88.5) TIME: 8:00 p.m. local Fort Smith ARC Net FREQ: 146.640- (no pl) TIME: 8:00 p.m.

Getting Wire Antennas Up Into the Trees

by John Robinson, KD5NFX

I have read many articles over the years about methods to get wire antennas strung high up into the trees for mounting points. I have not tried until recently to install a wire antenna using a couple of really tall trees. Most portable wires I have hung in the past were tied off to small trees, towers, light poles, etc. and always worked pretty well. My new shack location is abundant with tall oak trees, some being more than 100' tall so the light bulb went off and I thought back to the various articles I had read about using tall trees to hang wire antennas and thought, why not? I had bought a nice wrist rocket slingshot a while back and thought that would work nicely. I had various weights of fishing line on hand also and only had to run to the store to buy some heavy fishing sinkers to use as my projectile.

Once I had everything on hand I decided it was time to hang my 80 meter wire high in the trees. I started with 20 lb. test fishing line thinking heavier is better, I also tied a 2 oz. round lead fishing weight on the end of the line to shoot thinking once again, heavier is better. I had made a makeshift stand for the spool of fishing line figuring it would un-spool nicely as the fishing weight soared through the air towards by intended destination...wrong! The line does not un-spool nicely and my makeshift stand fell apart with my first shot of the wrist rocket and the weight only went about 15 feet from where I was standing due the line holding it back. Ok, I then decided to un-spool about 100' feet of line and lay it nicely on the ground so it wouldn't tangle up and launched the fishing weight projectile again. Much better results this time, but the weight was so heavy it didn't go nearly as high, or as far as I had hoped. Plan B, I put a 1 oz. lead weight on the line and tried again. It still seemed too heavy and was still not going as high as I wanted. I ended up using a 1 oz. weight and 10 lb. test fishing line and had great success. I was able to shoot the weight up into the trees at the height I wanted. Once the fishing line was where I wanted it, I tied a light rope onto the line and hoisted it into the trees. I then tied my wire antenna insulators to the light ropes and pulled the antenna up and tied the ropes off to the bottom of the trees. It works great.

There are several devices that are marketed to shoot strings up into trees and they probably take a bit less time and effort than the way I did it. I did not want to spend the money for one of these devices so I took the cheap way out and had some fun with my project. Don't ever count on something you have only read about or seen done, to work for your situation when you need it to. Get out and try it for yourself so you know it really works or doesn't. If you are ever in an emer- gency communications situation it will be much less stressful if you are sure of your equipment and methods. Get out and practice!

SUNDAY

Kimberling City, Mo., Club Net FREQ: 147.345+ (no pl) TIME: 9:00 p.m. local

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