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                   SPECIAL EVENT STATION FOR

                        the W6KOA “KITES ON AIR” group


We are a group of like-minded folks who have combined our ham radio hobby with our enjoyment of flying kites. We like to design and develop kite flown antennas as well as make HF contacts using the kite-antennas that we have built. We fly our  kite-antennas at area picnics, field days, kite festivals, special events and the occasional fun day at the beach.  Our ham radio contacts using our kite-antennas are made under the group’s “KITES ON AIR” call sign W6K0A and occasionally when using the special event call K6K. Our favorite flying spots are Tecolote Shores, Fiesta Island and Mariner’s Point on the Mission bay in San Diego.

The story of our first kite-antenna test, which we conducted April 16, 2016, was reported in the AMAERICAN KITING ASSOCIATION’S fall 2016 issue of KITING magazine. Most of our group are members of the CONVAIR/220 AMATEUR RADIO CLUB and/or the SAN DIEGO KITE CLUB.


One of our goals is to make contacts with our fellow ham radio operator while we are transmitting and receiving on kite-antennas. We also want to make kite-to-kite contacts with other hams around the country.  Another goal is to develop better, lighter and more efficient kite-supported ham radio antennas and to share that information with others who are interested in building and flying kite-antennas. 


At the present time we are evaluating the flight and lifting characteristics of three different kites: ( 1) a 12 foot Delta, (2) a 10 foot Delta Conyne and (3) a 80 x 65 inch Rokkaku – which is the same size as one of the kites that was used by Marconi in 1901 for his transatlantic transmission.

We have built and are testing five different antennas: ( 1) a 20 meter horizontal dipole, (2) a 20 meter vertical center fed dipole, (3) a 75/160 meter quarter wave vertical, (4) an all band long wire and (5) a 40 meter inverted V dipole.

We power these antennas from: (1) a 500 watt mobile rig, (2) a 200 watt mobile rig, (3) a 100 watt “garden cart” portable, (4) a 100 watt bicycle mobile and (5) a QRP rig as well as the group’s various go-boxes.


1. First proof of concept test April 16, 2016.

2. Memorial Day Weekend 2016 using the K6K special event call sign.

3. New Year’s Day 2017 San Diego Kite Club annual kite festival using the call sign K6K.

4. CQ Worldwide 160 meter SSB contest February 26 - 29, 2017.

5. International DX SSB March 4 – 5, 2017.

6. International Marconi Day April 22, 2017.

Check our web site at W6KOA.com for our latest complete and up to date schedule.


1. The W6KOA station is on the air at least one weekend day each month plus some Wednesdays when the wind and ionosphere are particularly good.

2. We usually operated on 20 meters, around 14.245 MHz +/- QRM. This allows us to easily reach North America (including Canada) and Hawaii plus the occasional DX station.

3. Since suitable kite flying winds along the San Diego coast usually come up by noon and stay flyable until 3 PM or later (local time), that is when you are most likely to find us on the air with our kite-antennas.


For the latest information please go to our web site at W6KOA.COM


Please contact us if you would like to learn more about our group or our activities. We’d also like to hear from you if you would like to make a kite-to-kite contact.  Send your inquiries, comments and suggestions to W6SDO@aol.com  You can also reach us by mail at P.O. Box 22094, San Diego, CA 92192-2094



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