[amsat-bb] Re: AO-7 Minimalist
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Tue Mar 29 11:50:09 PDT 2011
> Those of you working AO-7, what is a good minimalistic set-up?
> Should I be able to work it with an Arrow antenna, a RX pre-amp,
> and a Ten Tec Mode B box?
Another minimalist..... :-)
Yes, you should be able to work it that way. I currently work AO-7 and
the other non-FM birds (FO-29, VO-52, and - when it was working and
in SSB - HO-68) with the following:
TX: Yaesu FT-817ND (5W)
RX: another FT-817ND or Kenwood TH-F6A (all-mode receiver in this HT)
Ant: Elk Antennas handheld 2m/70cm log periodic
I have a 10-foot length of RG58 from the antenna to a Comet diplexer,
then 3-foot lengths from each band's port on the diplexer to each radio.
I do not use preamps, although on shallow passes I will not use the HT
as my downlink receiver. The 817's receiver is more sensitive at 2m
and 70cm in SSB/CW, but HTs like the TH-F6A have receivers that are
more sensitive in FM.
In the past couple of years, I have logged several hundred QSOs in SSB,
and a handful in CW, with this portable station. I don't have a home station,
so I do all my operating with this setup from wherever I go. Other than the
antenna and anything not permitted in carry-on luggage, this station fits in
an old laptop bag, and has traveled across the US as well as to Canada
Good luck, and maybe we can hook up on AO-7 or one of the other non-FM
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