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