[amsat-bb] Re: Polarity questions

francesco messineo francesco.messineo at gmail.com
Sat Sep 20 03:35:44 PDT 2008

Hi Sebastian,

On 9/19/08, Sebastian <w4as at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> I gotta hand it to the guys who do it with a handheld, and an arrow
>  antenna.  I hear them all the time, they have good signals.  They are
>  standing up, figuring out where to point the antenna, when and where
>  to turn it, up and down, sideways, and keep up with doppler, and log
>  the signals and somehow also talk; I don't know how they do it!

I'm one of these guys :-) Even if lately I'm not much active on the
birds, since is still a good period for weak signal work.
After some practice you learn how to use all your four hands and do
things correctly HI.
By far the worst problem working birds this way is when someone wants
to chat (when in facts you can only exchange quick contacts with this
setup) and tells you that your doppler tuning isn't perfect.
Signals on birds are quite strong even with 4 elements on V and 8 on U
since you can always  find the best polarization quickly and easily.
By the way, logging is easy with a recorder, I just record some time
marks at the start of the pass then I rewind at the end of the pass
and transfer all contacts on paper  or whatever with  the correct

Francesco IZ8DWF (alway worked /P also as IZ5DWF and IS0FKQ).

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