BTW, here's a picture of the insulator I fashioned last night from the pen barrel. Sorry about the photo quality - I tried adjusting the exposure and contrast; but you'll get the idea.
I received an e-mail from Joel N3GSE over the weekend, informing me that it's not legal to own a slingshot in New Jersey. Who knew? I had so many as a kid! I could argue (if ever questioned about it) that since it's attached to an "L" bracket and the projectile is attached via fishing line that it's technically an "antenna line launcher" and not a sling shot, per se. I'll have to ask my police officer brother-in-law about it. Another stupid New Jersey law, if you ask me.
But as I was reading the statute (and I re-read it about 3 times to be certain), I saw that there was no mention whatsoever about pneumatic antenna launchers. So I sent away for the following kit from the Joplin Amateur Radio Club:
A bargain at $35.00 (plus shipping). Not quite as convenient as the other antenna launcher as now I'll have to carry around a bicycle pump when I want to use it - but what the hey. And it seems to get the job done:
At W2LJ, we desire to be law abiding citizens and not run afoul of the local constabulary!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!