[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 V/S

Anthony Monteiro aa2tx at comcast.net
Fri Sep 10 09:09:32 PDT 2010

Hi Matt,

I recommand a tomato can antenna.

Get an empty can with diameter 3.25" and length 4.25"
(i.e. a tomato can)

Solder a piece of #14 wire to single-hole mount N-connector
so that the total length above the connector is 1.25"

Cut a hole for the connector centered 2-5/8" from
the bottom and mount it to the can.

I have used this with an AIDC 3731 connected directly at
the antenna and feeding an FT-817 to receive AO-51 V/S.
It works for me and it is pretty cheap.

Tony AA2TX

At 09:13 AM 9/10/2010, Matt Patterson wrote:
>Thanks to everyone for all of your responses.  It looks like I have
>found a downconverter.  Next question...  Does anyone have any ideas on
>a cheap and easy homebrew antenna?  Would a "cantenna" work for a small
>portable setup?  I'm trying to do this as cheaply as possible as AO-51
>isn't in this mode very often.
>73 Matt
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