[amsat-bb] Re: Antenna setup

Lee Ernstrom iamsavedbygrace at q.com
Thu Mar 11 20:39:13 PST 2010

Hi Jacob,

My satelite antenna is 4 elements on 2 meters and 8 elements on 430 with
a pre-amp mounted on the UHF boom.  The UHF antenna is used for receive
only.  Take a look at it on QRZ.com under my call sign.

Lee Ernstrom
Syracuse, Utah DN31xb

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Jacob Tennant
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 6:32 PM
To: Amsat BB
Subject: [amsat-bb] Antenna setup

Hello everyone,

	I have a antenna setup question as I am new to satellite
operations so please bear with me...

	I have a 2meter beam and a 70cm beam from my former adventures
into VHF weak signal operations and was wondering about using them for
satellite work.

	Was thinking that since I don't have a az/el rotator yet, if I
set them up on a single cross-boom with the TV rotator I have now, angle
them with the elements at 45 degree angles and the booms angled 30 to 40
degrees front end up I might be able to get some decent ability into the
FM satellites (AO51, SO50, AO27, ISS).

	I already have the good coax for them (LMR-400) and a duplexor
for my FT-857D. Was going to try to install the antennas on top of my
storage building with a height of approx. 16 feet. That's the highest
structure I can get onto that belongs to me.

Any alternate ideas or advice is always welcome as I said before this is
all new to me.

Jacob Tennant - K8JWT
Morgantown,WV  FM09ap

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