As predicted the 2019 ‘Icicle Refrozen’ Meet enjoyed two flyable days with around 50 flights made on Saturday and twenty more on Sunday. New balloons, old balloons, shapes, hoppers were all present, and good to see many which have passed through Zebedee, the Zebedee List or our workshop for repair … We congratulate the organisers for a great start to 2019, with flying, accommodation, trade stands and Saturday dinner all at a single venue. Also thanks to Petr Kubicek for a wonderful after dinner ‘history’ of Kubicek Balloons, focusing on his Father Aleš and Aleš’ brother Ivan and the pre-glasnost struggle to produce balloons in the (then) Czechoslovakia. With so many hurdles to jump on the way to the present factory, spirit and good reputation of Kubicek products.
One of those present, LBL90A G-CBNI entered the List via our ‘Stop Press’ section during January and almost immediately found a buyer.
Stuart Seagers’ V-30s also sold during January – replaced this month by 3 x V-30s and a V-40 from Zebedee.
For the true enthusiast see the ultimate UK cherished car number place BA11OON advertised in ‘Other’.
Following the mandatory move to 8.33 kHz spacing on radios in EASA countries from 3rd Jan this year, there is a considerable number of perfectly serviceable radios with the old 25 kHz spacing – ICOM A2, A20, A21, A3E, A22E and older A6E, A24Es available in the UK.
We have added an A-20 with base charger and mic to the List this month to gauge the demand from outside EASA-land for these older models. We have several more serviceable units and a considerable number of unserviceable radios which can be scavenged for spare parts. We will sort and label these to form a package deal if there is a radio expert out there … Thanks to Glen Everett here in the UK for producing a Radio FAQ which is repeated in this issue.
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