[amsat-bb] Re: Arrow Antenna
John W Lee
k6yk at juno.com
Thu Apr 9 12:09:21 PDT 2009
I started out doing the portable thing with a home-made
arrow type antenna and a dual bander (Heathkit HW-24,
10 watt radio ) and a gell-cell battery. It works great !
Also have done a lot with the HT and Arrow and it's OK too.
5000 + QSO's mobile and portable can't be wrong !
I was using a 6 element Cush Craft beam with 3-2 meter
elements attached in the same style as the Arrow.
The Arrow works better! I think the Cush Craft 6 element wasn't
And I agree, if one were to use it in some sort of permanent
arrangement, put lock washers on the elements or you'll find them on
On Wed, 08 Apr 2009 19:42:28 -0800 Edward Cole <kl7uw at acsalaska.net>
> I had the only the 2m elements of my Arrow attached to the crossboom
> of my B5400 az-el system and it worked fine. I suspect that if you
> set it at a fixed elevation angle and rotate in azimuth it will work
> pretty good for satellites. The 6-element 432 antenna will be a bit
> narrower in beam, but I suspect still would work well.
> One issue with permanent mounting is the elements get vibrated loose
> by the wind and fall off. If you can find some star locking washers
> to slip on the threaded element ends that may help. I have also
> my Arrow for VHF/UHF roving with my truck. Also, you are stuck with
> one polarity and may experience some fading as the satellite
> polarity shifts.
> The Arrow should work with any radio. If it is a dual-band radio
> with one antenna connection you must use the diplexer (limited to
> low-power). If there are separate antenna connectors on the radio,
> run two separate coax lines to the 2m and 70cm antenna feeds without
> using the diplexer.
> I took my FT-817 and the 2m 3-element Arrow antenna to a 3300-foot
> mountain top and worked 206 miles tropo on QRP 2m SSB. Nice travel
> antenna, too!
> 73, Ed - KL7UW
> At 08:26 PM 4/6/2009, Michael J Finn wrote:
> >Would the Arrow antenna work well for a fix rotor antenna? Or is
> it just
> >for HT's. Those that use the Arrow antenna, how do you like it,
> and how
> >well does it really work? What HT's are used for it.
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