[amsat-bb] Re: A small step back into things
mat_62 at netcommander.com
Sat Oct 24 20:23:07 PDT 2009
Many thanks Tim and also to the others who sent me encouragement and
suggestions off list.
Several people suggested the WA5VJB "cheap yagi" design and I'm aware
of them, in fact I already have two separate ones, an 11 element 70cm
and a 4 element 2 meter one.they are left over from my original TS-2000X
station along with my SaebreTrack Basic Stamp based tracking boix and
OR-360 TV rotators for Az/El.
I will get all that back up in the air as I'm not much for portable ops
( It was cold tonight!!) but I'll probably build a dual band version of
the yagi's on the off chance I go trekking off somewhere and want to
bring my gear along.
Tim - N3TL wrote:
> Congratulations Michael! I look forward to working you on the FM
> satellites again soon.
> Tim - N3TL
> *From:* Michael Tondee <mat_62 at netcommander.com>*To:* Amsat BB
> <amsat-bb at amsat.org>*Sent:* Saturday, October 24, 2009 6:44:23
> PM*Subject:* [amsat-bb] A small step back into things
> Those of you who have seen my post to this forum in the past know that
> I've unfortunately had to sell some of my gear on and off to make ends
> meet. I went from a TS-2000X to an IC-820 to no satellite stuff at all.
> Just recently I had to part with my HF rig as well.
> I was determined though that I wasn't going to give up and an FM LEO
> capable station seemed feasible and better than not having anything at
> all so I have started pursuing it.
> I just got my Yaesu VX-3R HT from the UPS man Friday, it is primarily to
> be my receive radio as I already have another 2 meter radio.
> I have felt like a kid who couldn't play with his new toy though
> because my adapter to be able to hook up an external antenna to the SMA
> connector on the HT was back ordered. We have a few repeaters here but
> I'm out in the sticks and the rubber ducks on these little rigs are
> notoriously dreadful.
> Anyway finally decided to step outside the house tonight about the 1800
> UTC pass of AO-51 and see if I could hear anything but noise.
> Amazingly enough, even with just the stock rubber duck, I could hear
> stations. Everything was down in the noise and not really discernible
> enough to copy but I could tell people were there.
> I don't think I really needed much more antenna and I probably would
> have had decent copy.
> It was only a small step and there is much work to do but it did make me
> feel as if I had actually moved forward on getting back on the birds.
> Just wanted to share,
> Michael, W4HIJ
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