I saw my first pneumatic antenna launcher in use years ago in Stamford, Connecticut. Preparations were being made for Field Day and someone there had a contraption that I later would realize was of the same design as those now available from AKBiocca.
The thing worked great, easily getting a line over very tall pine trees. I vowed to someday have one, but life got in the way and the need disappeared. For a while…
AKBiocca launchers have been available for years now and can be bought in kit form with various options or fully built. I started to order two years ago but wanted mine to be built and ready to go when it arrived but learned that there was a 2-3 month lead time. Too late for me to put the planned antenna into use for CQWW that year, so I cancelled the order.
These launchers clearly are the Cadillacs of such specialized devices and those who have them rave about them.
There is now a new source for a pneumatic launcher that, while more plain and simplified, seems to perform just as well in getting a line over 100+ foot trees.
The Air Boss from KR4LO shoots a 2-oz lead weight as opposed to AKBiocca’s tennis ball. Much simplified, the Air Boss is only about 15-20% the price of launchers from AKBiocca.
Check out the video of the $50 Air Boss in action: