[amsat-bb] Re: New Lindy's QRV

Edward Cole kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Mon Feb 8 23:42:47 PST 2010

At 05:13 PM 2/8/2010, Clint Bradford wrote:
>I read that article, and when I got to the last of it and he 
>mentioned that he was using a pre-amp for working the FM birds, I 
>wondered out loud: "Why???"
>We're working '27, '50, and '51 with HTs and meager antenna 
>improvements. Better yet, build a tape measure Yagi - you can 
>realize great gain with about six bucks of parts. Note that I 
>haven't mentioned, "Buy a pre-amp" anywhere. I was considering 
>building one of those antennas mentioned in QST last month - until I 
>read that he was using a pre-amp.
>I'll just stick with what works for me ... home-brew or commercial 
>Yagis ... a log periodic every now and then ... and no pre-amp anywhere.
>Clint, K6LCS
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I am the original author of the referenced e-mail.

I hope you noted that I am in Alaska, where it is not exactly nice wx 
in winter.  I have a complete super tracking system of yagis that I 
used on AO-10/AO-40, but I thought ii would be nice to have a simple 
non-tracking antenna system for the "easy sats".  The preamp makes 
the UHF Lindy work nearly equal with the high-price stuff...and much simpler.

The good news is that the Lindys work.  They are not hard to 
make.  They are as cheap as an Arrow.  I believe it is equal or 
better than the M2 eggbeaters (and $400 cheaper).
I paid $30 for my used DEMI preamp.  It is equal to SSB or ARR 
preamps (new costs in between these two).
...and I do not have to stand outside at 10F to work the satellites ;-)

And I would guess that you note in my signature line that I do some 
other stuff in ham radio.

73, Ed - KL7UW, WD2XSH/45
  BP40IQ   500 KHz - 10-GHz   www.kl7uw.com
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