[amsat-bb] Re: Can I work w/just egg beaters?

Anthony Monteiro aa2tx at comcast.net
Sat Jul 10 10:31:50 PDT 2010

At 07:38 PM 7/9/2010, Jeremy Cowgar wrote:
>I am curious if the M2 egg beaters w/mast mount preamps would allow me
>to use the current satellites, including AO-7?

Hi Jeremy,

You can work all of the current mode B or J satellites using omni
antennas. A good mast-mount preamp is necessary to be able to
receive on 435 MHz like FO-29 or AO-51 but on 2 meters it is
generally not needed which would include AO-7.

This past field day, Joe, KM1P and I made contacts on AO-07, FO-29,
SO-50, VO-52, SO-67, HO-68 in FM mode and HO-68 in linear mode
operating only a few hours on Sunday morning using omni antennas.
We used an EZ-Lindenblad on 2m mounted at 6 feet with no preamp and a
Parasitic Lindenblad on 70cm mounted at 10 feet with an SP-7000 preamp.
(for antenna info see QST Aug 2007 and Feb 2010.)

I have made contacts down to less than 1 degree of elevation when
conditions are good with just omni antennas.

Give it a try!

Tony AA2TX

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