[amsat-bb] Re: SP-2000 Preamp?

Gould Smith gouldsmi at bellsouth.net
Mon Aug 8 18:15:14 PDT 2011

Hello Burns,

You should try a handheld antenna like an Elk or Arrow antenna with your 
handheld.  These are basically handheld antennas, but will greatly improve 
both your uplink and downlink.

Gould, WA4SXM
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Burns Fisher" <burns at fisher.cc>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Monday, August 08, 2011 8:47 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] SP-2000 Preamp?

> Hi,
> I've been listening on a couple of ARISSat-1 passes, both with the bird in
> sunlight.  The first time I vaguely heard what might have been a voice. 
> The
> second time (and this one was 80 or 85 degrees elevation) I could clearly
> hear that there was a voice, but could not understand, although some of 
> the
> pattern sounded like the call sign being announced.  I may have heard a 
> bit
> of SSTV too; not sure.  I'm listening with a Kenwood handheld, sometimes
> with a 1/4 after-market antenna, sometimes with a 2M eggbeater.
> So clearly I need something better.   Since I can pick up the ISS well
> enough, I think I probably need a preamp.  Maybe if I were retired and had
> more time, I'd build one, but for now, I'm thinking to go for the top-end;
> that appears to be an SSB Electronics SP-2000.  But so far, no answer nor
> return call on my message to SSB.  Does anyone know of a different place 
> to
> buy these things, or do they only feel through their rep?  How about 
> second
> hand?  Anyone looking to sell one?
> Of course any other suggestions welcome too...
> Thanks and 73,
> Burns, W2BFJ
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