[amsat-bb] Re: SP-2000 Preamp?
Stephen E. Belter
seb at wintek.com
Mon Aug 8 18:38:45 PDT 2011
I own SSB preamps; they have worked very well for me, both on my Icom IC-821 (powered by the radio) and with my FUNcube Dongle (powered with an external bias-T from ARR).
You have at least four sources for the SSB preamp:
1. Direct from SSB in Germany, www.ssb.de
2. From SSB-Electronics USA, www.ssbusa.com
3. From Array Solutions, www.arraysolutions.com
4. From Universal Radio, www.universal-radio.com
73, Steve N9IP
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,
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