[amsat-bb] Using the Arrow ant.

tjjapha@earthlink.net tjjapha at earthlink.net
Sun Aug 19 14:49:02 PDT 2007

For WB2LLP and others,
For $30, I found a terrific collapsable tripod at a photo supplies store. 
It's 17" long when collapsed, and weighs 24 oz, no problem at all in adding
that to my portable carrying bag.

There is a standard 1/4" bolt on the tripod that is normally used to screw
into a camera.  The Arrow has a hole that accepts a 1/4" bolt.  

The problem with this is that the Arrow will tip over the whole thing
because it extends far forward and unbalances the tripod.  So, instead of
screwing the ant onto the bolt, put a 1" threaded bushing on the bolt, and
put a photographic C-clamp holder into the other side of the bushing.  The
holder also has a 1/4" bolt.  Then the Arrow (or some other ant.) just gets
center mounted in the C-clamp.  There's no apparent diminution of the
Arrow's effectiveness.

Hope this is helpful to some.  It returns at least 1 hand to use in logging!

Tony, N2UN

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