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[aprssig] Small blimp for digipeater?

Richard Amirault ramirault at erols.com
Mon Sep 26 02:17:28 UTC 2005


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Wes Johnston"
Sent: Saturday, September 24, 2005 9:10 PM
Subject: [aprssig] Small blimp for digipeater?


> Anyone have a source or web site for a radio controlled blimp?  I'm
> thinking of something that is big enough to fly 70cm ATV and a small
> aprs digipeater.

That's pretty big.  Do you need remote control of the location of the blimp? 
Tethered blimps have been available for aerial photography for a while.

http://www.floatograph.com/sale/1.htm

Any blimp big enough to lift all that weight would only be able to fly in 
fairly calm winds, not to mention costing an arm and a leg .. then you'll 
need a trailer to tow the thing around (you don't want to fill up the blimp 
every time you want to fly it .. more $$$)

Also take into consideration the possible problem of interference.  You'll 
have two transmitters (ATV and APRS) in close proximity with the R/C 
receiver.

Richard Amirault                                N1JDU                Boston, 
MA, USA
www.erols.com/ramirault          "Go Fly A Kite" 




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