GammoRay

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GammoRay last won the day on April 30 2016

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About GammoRay

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    TOTL, Revs, Flow Forms, Flexifoils
  • Flying Since
    1955, AKA since 1990
  • Location
    Houston 77070
  • Country
    United States
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    Male

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  1. Flying Multiple Kites

    Are you on Facebook? I just posted this: If not, I'll try to create a PDF file for you.
  2. Flying Multiple Kites

    Even the best songs and the loveliest poetry can't fix erratic winds, and even the steady winds on the beaches sometimes give in to lulls! On light wind days, all you can do match your single-line kites to the conditions. Choose kites with greater sail-to-weight ratios, and adjust bridles toward the kites' tails for the greater resistance. I often fly soft kites or the cheapest Chinese sparred kites on such days, but my last resort are my four Laimas— almost no-wind kites— but even they will glide to ground in a lull. Here is a tip you might consider for the occasionally errant kites that might cause tangles: fly from one anchor! Use a climbing carabiner to attach to your anchor; it's big, strong, and accessible. Launch your overhead flyer and and attach it to the carabiner using a tugboat hitch (no knots and easily adjustable even under load). Launch your low flyer and likewise attach it to same carabiner (or another one attached to the same anchor if you want to do a lot of adjusting of both kites). The different angles of attack should keep the kites apart, but if they do cross over even multiple times, the twisted lines free up as the the twist slides down to the single point of attachment. There is usually no need to untwist, but if you are OCD or packing up, you only need to untwist your lines at the anchor point. It works for me! PS: I have found most kites don't care what you say to them, whether praises or curses, and shooting the bird or even mooning them doesn't affect their attitudes or altitudes. They seem to be humming their own music and always looking up! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  3. Line question for 13 ft. Flo-tail Kite

    I fly mine on Texas Gulf Coast beaches and it's a breeze! [emoji6] I generally fly on 300-lb line, and then 500-lb in strong winds, but I have multiple winders of both. I never fly over 300'— I only put 330' on the winders. The Premier insert (http://instructions.premierkites.com/33050i_13ftFloTail_instructions_REV_9-22-15.pdf) actually says "250–500 lb test line," but that's a range recommended for a range of conditions. Don't worry, even in low winds, a 500-lb line is no weight or drag for this huge kite! I get my line in bulk from Goodwinds. https://goodwinds.com/line-winders/braided-dacron.html Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  4. Sorry, guys, it's my first rodeo! I didn't know that I was supposed to run the RNG until John filled me in. Thank you all for for your understanding and kool karma! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  5. Here is your RNG sequence: 4 Mike Klaiber, you are our winner! Congratulations! 3 5 1 2 6 Timestamp: 2017-07-15 05:02:51 UTC Thanks all for your patience and understanding! Thanks for playing! Thanks for supporting KiteLife! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  6. HEADS UP: I won’t make the Post Office today. (We still don’t have a winner.) So, I’ll probably mail this on Monday. Patience, Grasshoppers.
  7. Great! Everybody’s chance is now 16 2/3%!
  8. RNG! RNG! Hello? Is it time to make the call? Well, yes, if you want me to try to get this in the mail today. After all, I gotta contact the winner, get their bridle preference, pack it up, and still make the Post Office before closing (at the worst time of day for both traffic and lines). OK, quit your whining. Ill be waiting, that is if you West Coasters are finished with your lunch…
  9. In under the wire! You have a 20% chance to win! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  10. Only one more day! I guess all you SLKers are waiting to the last minute— but this ain't eBay and eSniping won't do you any good, so jump "in"! If my RNG buddy draws your number early and you let me know your info and bridle preference, I'll have it in the mail tomorrow! Keep the karma kool! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  11. Six days to go! The next kiter "in" would have a 20% chance of having this kite in the mail next week! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  12. New Tech 6.5-ft Cascade Delta - Summer Colors SKU: 50350 Sail: Ripstop Nylon Frame: Fiberglass Size: W 78" x 180" / 198 x 457cm Wind Range: 5-20mph Flying Line: 50# Line Included* Tail: Wide Streamers I love this kite! Put the spreader in, attach the line, and let her soar! This keelless delta will fly nearly overhead, but won't overfly due to it’s three long flo-tails. Once overhead, this kite does not pull hard, and you can hand it to your three-year-old. No longer made by New Tech. (Probably now only available from Kite Guys.) Never flown! You can have this kite one of two ways: Stock— as is, right out of the bag! Suitable for winds of 5–10 mph. (*Line upgraded to 100# hollow-braided dyneema Dacron with heavy grip winder/handle.) Beach ready— Suitable for both light and stronger winds. I remove the tie loop and make an adjustable bridle, waxed for grip. I’ll do it for you or tell you how! == All you have to do to be entered to win is reply to the post titled **KARMA** and say “I’m in!” == I’ll give it 2 weeks, and then I’ll use the RNG to choose the winner. I’ll grab the post # (in the upper right corner) from your initial post to input. Only the first post where you join will count in the drawing. I’ll post the winner and ask them to PM me a shipping address. Now here’s where the Karma comes in. IF YOU WANT TO JOIN TO WIN, YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO PAY IT FORWARD! If you are the winner of this just made lineset, PM me a shipping address and I’ll send it to you anywhere in the lower 48 US States. Then IT”S YOUR TURN! You must start a new post with the title just like this one. **KARMA** And give something away! It can be a hat, a kite stake, a kite or anything kite related. Some winners will give small prizes, and some will give larger, but it’s all about the giving. Give away something that you would like to receive. When you do your random drawing, post the winner and ask them to PM you an address, and send out their prize! Now it’s their turn! Some rules and guidelines: Don’t play unless you’re willing to put up a prize and ship it to whoever wins. Shipping is paid by the original poster, the winner pays nothing. Be prepared to ship your prize anywhere in the lower 48 US States. Sorry, but due to shipping costs, we really have to limit this to the lower 48 US States. RULE CHANGE (7/31/2014): Members from Canada, Alaska, and Hawaii are welcome to enter the Karma drawings provided they are willing to pay half of the Karma prize shipping cost. The method and timing of the payment will be agreed upon between the two parties after the drawing for a particular prize. You can choose the length of the giveaway, but keep it between 1 and 2 weeks. Try to ship the prize promptly. You should be able to ship it within a week, but if you can’t, PM the winner and let them know. Sometimes life gets in the way! This whole thing works on the honor system so if there are any problems shipping or receiving a prize, it needs to be worked out between the two parties. Don’t forget…Karma! This isn’t a competition, but feel free to be generous! If you can only put up a hat, or a tail for a stunt kite, great! If you have something in your kite bag that you never fly and would be willing to ship, that’s great too. Either way, the people that join to win it will appreciate it. When you receive your prize, post a thank you to the thread where you won it. The thread will be locked after that point so the new **KARMA** stays above it. Good luck, and have fun! entrants: 1. zachprism01 2. Paramedic 3. Mikelp3586 4. Mike Klaiber 5. Materdaddy 6. Ed Ang
  13. KARMA: Gomberg Black 7' Ghost Delta - 6/16/17

    It's got to be legit! I won! [emoji6][emoji106]
  14. Power Foil 2.6 by Skydog Kites (6/25/17)

    Hot looking kite! (Which is extraordinary for such cool colors!) Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  15. KARMA: Gomberg Black 7' Ghost Delta - 6/16/17

    I'm in! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app