[amsat-bb] Re: Fixed antenna for ISS reception?
aa2tx at comcast.net
Wed Oct 22 03:26:59 PDT 2008
At 04:43 AM 10/22/2008, Gordon J. C. Pearce MM3YEQ wrote:
>At the moment I've been receiving the SSTV and voice signals from the
>ISS with a homebrew omni on a pole in my back garden. I don't really
>have the room to put up a tower, and since the house is rented I suspect
>the landlord would have some pithy words to say about digging up a chunk
>of the garden and pouring a plinth.
>How well would an aerial with a cardioid pattern such as an HB9CV work?
>Since the ISS is never much above 30 degrees this far north (IO75) I
>doubt I'd need to worry about elevation.
>How well would just adding a 144MHz preamp to the omni work?
>How have other people solved this, without recourse to big rotators and
I have used a Lindenblad mounted on a pole just 2 meters high
along with an ARR Mast-mount preamp and this works darn well.
For receiving the ISS and linear mode B satellites, you don't
really need a preamp but it will make a difference receiving
the packet satellites on 145.825 MHz.
It is also a good TX antenna for mode J satellites.
The Lindenblad (from QST) is here:
The ARR Preamp is here:
Best of luck and 73,
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