[amsat-bb] Re: Fixed antenna for ISS reception?

David J n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Oct 22 15:12:50 PDT 2008

    My station here is in a deed restricted area. I temporarily mounted a 
Texas Potato Masher (similar antenna to the M2 Eggbeater), left it pointing 
straight up,  and made contact yesterday with Richard while running only 27 
watts. Also received 70 percent of my photos with very little to no noise on 
the image.

Dave, AA4KN

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gordon J. C. Pearce MM3YEQ" <gordonjcp at gjcp.net>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 4:43 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Fixed antenna for ISS reception?

> 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
> things?
> Gordon
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