[amsat-bb] Re: How to get started on SSB birds (antennas)

Bob- W7LRD w7lrd at comcast.net
Mon Jun 27 18:28:54 PDT 2011

About the only time I need the flame thrower antenna and/or pre amp is when I'm trying to stretch the AO-7 foot print to get to OH8MBN from Seattle.  Other than that  a short yagi and low power is very adaquate for LEO's 

73 Bob W7LRD 


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

From: "Joe Krepps" <occupant at ytpress.com> 
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org 
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2011 5:02:55 PM 
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: How to get started on SSB birds (antennas) 


I appreciate that this topic has been brought up (especially _after_ FD,   

If I may inject a question: for the seriously budget minded, is there any   
value to building a "better antenna" (i.e. more elements for improved   
gain) versus adding a pre-amp? I realize a higher gain antenna will be   
more sensitive to positioning/aiming and, unless I go the U-110 rotator   
route, I won't be doing much elevation adjustment. 

I'll be using either my current FT-817ND or an eBay all mode 2m   
transciever, for AO-7. In Mode A, rx with the FT-817ND & tx with a "well   
loved" 2m all mode. In Mode B, rx with the 2m all mode and Tx with the   
FT-817ND. Of course, dialing the power down as often as practical! 

(Now, I kinda' wish I could have held onto my old IC-820H, Yaesu Az/El   
rotators and "Oscar link" crossed yagis...but I needed $$ at the time.   
Now, I'm married so, by definition, I'm broke. HiHi!) 

I appreciate ALL the wisdom shared so far! :) 

Mny tnx & 73! 
P.S. I _do_ have an Arrow but not sure how suitable it is for continuous   
outdoor use. 
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