[amsat-bb] eating crow about preamp
n2oeq at aceweb.com
Sat Aug 18 21:22:12 PDT 2007
After 3 years and many dollars, I finally hear the FM satellites well. For the last year or so I used a mosfet preamp and a 7 element homebrew yagi canted up 15 degrees on a cheap tv rotator. Worked most of the time.
This summer I had the dual band rig worked on. Its now very sensitive on UHF.
George, wb2vun recommended the Advanced receiver research Gallium Arsenide preamp so I bought the switchable model to avoid burning it out with accidental transmissions.
Now I have fantastic reception!
So, to all those who told me to get a preamp, I'll say, you were right! but I'll also say, dont promise pie in the sky in the future.
I learned many lessons.
I'm also active on ao-7 and vo-52. I'm slowly preparing for the HEO's. I purchased a UHF all mode mobile rig from a freind and a VHF allmode on e-bay. I have preamps for both and some yagis.
Looking forward to the success of P3E. I like the old proven design with the unity gain antenna arrays and the more sensitive receiver.
Thanks to all the amsats for all the satellites.
73, patrick, N2OEQ
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