PICTURES PAGE No 2

DECORATION ..the arty bit

The yellow material of the kite brightens up the sky and when the sun shines on it there is an iridescence. Personalisation of the kite is easy here are a few examples of what can be done. Applique is an art form in itself and there are some masterful works of art now in the sky. If you come up with a good idea just Email me.

KITE NOTES

The idea of using kites for radio transmission and reception is as old as Radio itself. Marconi and Baden-Powell both used kites for their experiments. My idea is to make kiting as close to fly and forget as possible so that Radio Enthusiasts and Photographers could get on with their operations without having to worry about the kite. The notes included in this page are designed to pass on the knowledge gained by the Sky High Kite using fraternity so that we can all share in the latest ideas. Feedback and comments are always welcome. The useful ones will be included in the next update.

DELIVERY

Each kite takes about two days to make and the volume of production is therefore limited. When you order a kite you join the queue and are advised of a delivery date. If you are happy to accept the delivery date send your cheque and written confirmation of order. Customers are supplied in strict rotation. This is a quality item and it is worth waiting for. However if the delivery date is likely to exceed 28 days you will be advised in writing before your cheque is lodged. The simplest way is to Telephone first and confirm the situation.

ANCHOR POINT

This kite can pull with a lot of force about 50Lbs in wind speeds of 25Kmph. It needs to be anchored well to a good firm anchor post. The tow-bar of the car or a large peg driven well into the ground should be sufficient. I have on occasions tied them to park benches and fencing posts thoughtfully provided by farmers.

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SAFETY

Check the Air Regulations in your country for the maximum height you are permitted to fly. The problem of crowded air space causes some nations take a very dim view of kites being flown at excessive heights. Do not break these rules. They are there for the safety of aircraft and passengers. With the growing popularity of Micro-light and Para-wing aircraft and the low altitudes at which they fly, there is an increased possibility of contact. See sample flag below. Some of the characters who fly these "junk box" aircraft have no grey-matter between the ears and can be a menace to everyone. If we keep to the rules then if something happens they take the wrap. Study the Safety Precautions they are packed full of good wholesom advice and are the practical experience of many hundreds of hours flying.

STATIC ELECTRICITY

ALWAYS be aware of the danger of static build-up especially in dry weather on your equipment. Some method of flashover protection should be fitted to protect your equipment. This is a problem common to all antennas and not just to kites. The static discharger should be fitted above the antenna connection. Static electricity is a never ending problem, it is not unique to kites. Perhaps we notice it less within our dwelling houses because the feed lines must enter through materials which drain off the excess charge. Through brick walls, window frames or near to drain pipes. The charge must be there but it is being reduced somehow. If anyone has a solution please let us know the answer. The best method yet is similar to the antenna connection device. The only difference being is that it is mounted above the antenna connector with the flying line and insulated antenna wire wound round it but not connected to it. This is connected to a good earth spike and should drain off the excess charge. This can be connected through a resistor of approximately 50 to 150k. There is another idea floating about and that is to send up along with the antenna a separate wire to drain off the static at all heights and conduct it straight to earth.

I have not tried the separate wire perhaps someone out there will try it and give us a report.

WARNING!! This arrangement is not proof against lightening strikes NOTHING IS do not fly if there is any chance of lightening.

No arrangement I know of is proof against a lightening strike the best we can achieve is simply drains off the charge caused by the dry winds.

INSURANCE

Some of you will be sending aloft expensive equipment and it is wise to insure against loss or damage. I would have the insurance extended to cover damage to property. E.G.:- If the kite becomes entangled in someon'e Television Aerial then it is your responsibility to recover it. It will cost you a few bucks to hire someone to do this for you and you may have to replace the TV aerial. Be wise, you know it makes sense.

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