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

George Henry 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.

George, KA3HSW

----- Original Message ----- 

>> 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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