[amsat-bb] Re: LHCP or RHCP?

i8cvs domenico.i8cvs at tin.it
Wed Oct 6 17:42:55 PDT 2010

Hi Tom, K0TW

If a satellite transmit RHCP and your antenna is LHCP then you loose almost
20 db on receiving !

As an example VO-52 transmit LHCP on 2 meters toward the ground and if
your antenna is only RHCP polarized your received signal will be very weak.

In addition during the orbit the satellite is tumbling and the sense of
polarization changes many time between RHCP to LHCP during an orbit.

More over the sense of polarization changes by the Faraday rotation as the
wave passes through the ionospefere.

This is why switching between RHCP to LHCP on receiving and transmitting
is strongly recommended particularly using LEO satellites that are not three
axis stabilized and the antennas are not constantly pointed toward the

By the way if you use linear polarization on receiving in any condition you
will loose a maximum of 3 dB suffering more fading instead of loosing about
20 dB using the wrong or reversed circular polarization.

73" de

i8CVS Domenico.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom" <k0tw at cox.net>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2010 12:42 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: LHCP or RHCP?

> Perhaps I should have worded my question differently. I understand the
> concept of circular polarization and the reasons for it. What I should
> asked was "Is one direction preferred over the other for working the
> satellites?". Thanks for all the excellent info and I think what I've
> learned is that the ability to switch between directions of polarization
> best but RHCP is preferred if only one direction is available.
> Domenico, thanks for the attachments. Good stuff which I had not seen
> before!
> Tom - K0TW
> > If I'm building an antenna of circular polarization for use with the
> > what determines if it should be LHCP or RHCP? I've read the ARRL
> > Handbook and "sort of" searched the AMSAT-BB archives but found nothing
> > about this question.
> >
> >Thanks.
> >Tom - K0TW
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