I had a bright idea to put a balloon lifted quarter-wave wire up from my small garden for the CQWW 160m contest, January 2003 . Balloon was duly purchased, along with helium. Once I managed to get it out of the house (it was quite a squash, through the doors!) and up and running, it worked OK. However, I really sensed that the trees around the garden posed a snagging risk to the wire so I wasn’t too keen on trying it again.



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