Reply to post: Ridiculous!

Space Data dudes say Google lifted Loon balloon tune

ma1010
WTF?

Ridiculous!

As many others have pointed out, the "novel idea" this patent is supposed to cover is very much prior art. Add to the list of prior users ham a large number of radio operators who have used balloons to lift antennas many times before, especially for emergency communications purposes in difficult terrain when using VHF or higher frequencies. I suppose this outfit will want to sue THEM, too.

Fun fact: If you use enough power, you can sometimes get the gas in the balloon to fluoresce when you transmit.

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