[amsat-bb] Re: SP-2000 Preamp?
ka3hsw at att.net
Tue Aug 9 20:56:00 PDT 2011
You can't compare reception of ARISSat-1 to the ISS... The Kenwood radio on
the ISS transmits with something like 20 times the power that ARISSat-1
does! How well you hear the OTHER low earth orbit satellites like AO-27,
AO-51, and SO-50 will tell you a lot more about the effectiveness of your
That being said, a preamp makes a HUGE difference.
----- Original Message -----
>> I've been listening on a couple of ARISSat-1 passes, both with the bird
>> sunlight. The first time I vaguely heard what might have been a voice.
>> 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
>> pattern sounded like the call sign being announced. I may have heard a
>> 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
>> more time, I'd build one, but for now, I'm thinking to go for the
>> 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
>> buy these things, or do they only feel through their rep? How about
>> hand? Anyone looking to sell one?
>> Of course any other suggestions welcome too...
>> Thanks and 73,
>> Burns, W2BFJ
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