[amsat-bb] Re: Elk

Dee morsesat at optonline.net
Mon Feb 21 08:09:05 PST 2011

I am of the opinion that anyone who wants to have fun in ham radio should
always put the most money into an antenna system.  There are many used
radios on the market and you could always save there.
The ELK antenna, dual bander, is one AMSAT sells at the Dayton Hamvention to
help raise monies for Satellite projects.  I have seen these demo'd for many
satellite contacts handheld and they work very well- About $130.  You would
have a 200watt capable antenna-1.5lbs.
Cushcraft (MFJ) has a A27010S That is dual band, a bit bigger Price $170 &
it is 1.8 lbs separate 5 elements on 140 and 440.  A bit larger in size and
really designed for constant outdoor full service.  
Remember, you have to rotate directional antennas and any small TV type
rotor will work.  If you want to use it for Sats, elevation control is a
good idea.   
Personally, I think you would be happier with the MFJ up in the air.
Vertical antennas work for local contacts too.  
Opinions are like noses, most of us have them...
Dee, NB2F
-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2011 8:52 PM
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Elk

I was wondering if anyone knows or has used an Elk as a base station antenna
? I have been kicking around the idea of using it they way as a first
antenna for a base station. Something to try out and get the hang of things.
Mike   N8GBU
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