[amsat-bb] Re: Starter antennas

Jim Walls jim at k6ccc.org
Mon May 3 19:55:04 PDT 2010

Jacob Tennant wrote:
> I have a set of M2 loops antennas for 2 meters & 70cm and from reading their website they state that they are good LEO antennas. So I was wondering what the consensus is from anyone that has tried them.
> I understand that they won't be as good as a CP beam setup on a az/el rotator, but since I have nothing up as of yet hoping they will at least let me get started, was also hoping to use them for a mobile satellite setup as well...

    They will work, but understand that you will be dealing with a VERY 
WEAK signal.  In my opinion, not the best for a starter antenna.  An 
experienced operator who knows what they are getting into, and is 
willing (or desiring) the extra challenge can do fine with them.  I have 
used a set of those loops for mobile operations, but I also have 
thousands of satellite QSOs in my log, and I know what I can and cannot 
do with them. 

Jim Walls - K6CCC
jim at k6ccc.org
Ofc:  818-548-4804
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