[amsat-bb] Re: EggBeater

Bill Dzurilla billdz.geo at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 16 08:56:07 PDT 2009


I have both a commercial and a homebrew Eggbeater and am disappointed with both, especially in light of its rather high price.  Connected to my IC-7000 via an ARR mast-mounted preamp, performance is far less than with an HT and an Arrow.  Guess an omni can't cut it, at least not from my QTH.

Maybe if I could get it up higher, clear of all roofs, it would do better.  I can make contacts at relatively high sat elevations, but can do just as well with a $10 dual band ground plane.  My friend has an Eggbeater and the same preamp at a clearer QTH, and he hears substantially better, down to 10 degrees elevation in some directions.

Good luck and 73,
Bill NZ5N 

> > Hi Steve,
> >
> > It is surprising to read that you are not hearing
> anything.  I have
> > repeatedly used a 2m and 70cm Eggbeater for the sats
> and have had no
> > problem hearing things.  No pre-amp.
> >
> > I was using a short cable (e.g. less than 10 meters). 
>  The rigs I
> > used were a FT-736r (deaf) and a FT-847 (so-so).
> >
> > 73,
> >
> > Dave


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