Antenna Lifting Kite
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The SOTAkite - our selected antenna lifting kite
One of the most enjoyable portable activities that you can do with the family or alone is using a kite-borne antenna. I have used kites to hold up antennas all over the World from Antarctica to Chile to Jordan and the UK. A key factor in successful kite operating is selecting the right sort and size of kite. Our SOTAkites are specially selected for this specific application. Easy to fly and stable, they are the perfect aerial-platform. This kite is big enough to lift antennas with ease but small enough to be easy control - even in high winds. It's a super high quality product that will give you many years of fun!
Pack includes SOTAkite, drogue tail, 200ft 55kg Dacron Braid on reel, instructions, kite bag.
Operating windspeeds 5-18 MPH (good wide range for maximum utility!). Ripstock nylon flying surface, 168 x 100 cm. Age suitability 14+.
Also check out our shock cord - ideal for reducing the strain on kite-borne antennas. We advise that you need at least 5 metres of this product.
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Customer Review 11-May-16 "I tried to write a review of your antenna lifting kite but, because my son bought it for me, rather than me buying it directly, it wouldn't accept my comments! Nevertheless, this is just to let you know it's excellent; it's very stable in flight and will lift any practical wire antenna. Very good piece of kit. In a decent breeze the pull is quite strong, and it might be an idea for you to also offer a reel with a winding handle? 73.Nigel GJ7LJJ"
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I have run this kite a few times on my land at home and found it very good. Today I put it up,to support a 180ft vertical,for 160m, it stayed up unattended all day until the wind stated to drop about 1930 hrs.
It is easy to put up and nothing really to break.
Received this kite last week and tried it in an average 10 MPH wind gusting to 17 MPH and was realy surprised with the power of it.
This kite will pull any antenna that I will ever use into the air and it is completely stable.
Delighted with it
This was a Christmas present from my son.
Even in light winds it goes up like a rocket and pulls strongly.
I look forward to flying it in the summer.
I have been thinking about flying a kite antenna for a while now , so bought this kite from SOTA and turned out to be straight forward enough. I got all the equipment needed from SOTABEAMS. The kite was easy to get in the air, and stable once flying the wind was fairly strong as well. I had 45 m of wire antenna pulled up. Once in the air it stayed there for about two an half hours , so i shall definitely be out in the New Forest again soon.
My second contact was Richard G3CWI so I had chance to tell him how pleased I was with the kite. It's a lot of fun and good value.
We have not yet tested its lifting capability but we have test flown it in winds probably a bit stronger than it was designed for. It is easy to fly and and very stable when airborne. I will try a loner tail to see if it improves stability in stronger winds.
I bought this kite primarily to haul a HF antenna aloft for SOTA work.
Before I had a chance to go SOTA I thought I would put it to another use. I have been working on a locator beacon for lost radio control model planes for some time. This a small device weighing around 20g complete with GPS and battery with the transmitter operating at 434Mhz. Although the transmitter can send location data back as Morse or FSK RTTY, the easiest mode to receive is the devices digital data packets.
As the average UHF user will know, reception at UHF is highly dependent on how good the line of sight is to the transmitter and the higher the receiver antenna is above the ground the better. Now you may not always have a big hill overlooking the search area, giving good LOS. Which got me thinking about the kite.
I put one of the locators running as a receiver transmitter (repeater) on the kite, together with a 4xAA battery pack, the kite lifted this with ease. The extra 200ft of height gave me about 12-15db signal gain compared to the ground. This increased search range by about a factor of 5 or 6. It certainly worked, and telemetry I could only hear at S0 on a FT60, was received from the kite and relayed to a receiver on the ground. The packet receiver usually needs a signal of about S4/5 to be received.
Launching the kite was easy, although be careful on very small hilltops where there can be a fair amount of turbulence right next to the ground. Once above the ground turbulence it was stable in flight, staying pretty much where it was with no drogue or stabilising tail.
All in all a good buy, does what its supposed to do, and is not expensive for a well made kite.