[amsat-bb] New To Satellites
rupert.hamblin at gmail.com
Tue Dec 29 10:09:33 PST 2009
I've had a good look round the forums and on the net generally, I'm
coming into satellites as a newcomer, having spent
my past 15 ham years on HF/6M CW/DIGI modes. (with a bit of DSTAR
So a few questions I hope you can answer and update me....
i) Generally what power levels are needed to access the birds...?
ii) Antenna's - I've read a lot about the arrow antenna - how good is
this antenna would you recommend for a new comer ?
iii) HT or Base Transceiver - How realistic is working satellites on an
HT with 5W ? & is base transceiver preferred ?
iv) Following on from the above - I've read about the FT-2000 or FT-847
which would be better suited to satellites or another rig ?
v) Obviously a rotator / elevator with a beam(s) will give a better
performance, but what sort of performance could I expect out of an arrow
on a tripod with an HT & 5W ?
vi) On the HT subject - is it necessary to use 2 HT (one TX / one RX) or
will just one do ?
vii) ....and finally...some have mentioned that not all the sats listed
on the AMSAT page are live - where can I get the most upto date list of
satellites that are active & their frequencies / modes..?
Thats it for now - hope you can help...chances are I may have some more
RH / G0TKZ
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