[amsat-bb] Re: Which preamp to buy for 2m?

Tim Goodrich tim at timgoodrich.net
Fri Oct 14 12:11:00 PDT 2011

Thanks all for your help. I put in an order for an SSB Electronics SP-2000
yesterday. BTW, I did notice that the HF-BERG preamps can't handle as much


-----Original Message-----
From: Stefan Wagener [mailto:wageners at gmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:11 PM
To: Burns Fisher
Cc: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Which preamp to buy for 2m?

One of the best SSB alternatives is actually the preamps from HF-Berg
in Germany!


You can contact them directly and they will ship it to you. The price
for their 2m preamp with VOX and protective housing is currently Euro
154. That's what you more or less will pay once they deduct the local
sales tax because you buy from the US and add shipping cost.

Don't worry about the website being in German they are very good in
getting back to you in English and their shipping is quick and
reliable and they take PayPal.

Hope this helps,


On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 2:26 PM, Burns Fisher <burns at fisher.cc> wrote:
> First, my sincere apologies...I think I managed to resend the entire
> to the list.  I HATE it when people do that but now I know how easy it is
> do accidentally.  Sorry.
> ----
> Now to what I was going to say:  I have the SSB SP-2000 and I'm also very
> happy with it.  It seems to do auto RF switching well down to under 2
> watts.  (Some auto-switching are only spec'ed to switch down to 8 or 10W).
>  It also bypasses itself if you just cut the power (to be expected, I
> guess).  I'm using it with a second power feedline (which you can connect
> with a PL259) since I don't happen to have 13.8V phantom power available.
> On the other hand, it is about the most expensive 2m preamp you can find
> Where to get it in the US?  ssbusa.com appears to be a distributer.  No
> answered the phone, and they never returned my call.  Another vendor (take
> it from whence it came) said they were phasing out.  But in any case,
> Solutions was very helpful and fast and sent me my SP-2000 in a very short
> time.  As I recall I had to talk to them on the phone since they did not
> have the SSB stuff fully integrated into their web site yet, but it was
> worthwhile.  Array Solutions also advertises in QST :-)
> Burns, W2BFJ
>>  Message: 14
>> Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 10:19:24 -0400
>> From: "Stephen  E. Belter" <seb at wintek.com>
>> To: Tim Goodrich <tim at timgoodrich.net>, "amsat-bb at amsat.org"
>>        <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
>> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Which preamp to buy for 2m?
>> Message-ID:
>>        <51668A33220E754EABE6583357ECEE2D79CD61B2 at Exchange.wintek.local>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
>> Tim,
>> I own SSB preamps, the SP-2000 (2 meter) and SP-7000 (70 cm).  They have
>> worked very well for me, both on my Icom IC-821 (powered by the radio)
>> with my FUNcube Dongle (powered with an external bias-T from ARR).  The
>> preamps have helical filters on the front end which should help in your
>> Angeles RF environment.
>> You have at least four sources for the SSB preamp:
>> 1.  Direct from SSB in Germany, www.ssb.de
>> 2.  From SSB-Electronics USA, www.ssbusa.com
>> 3.  From Array Solutions, www.arraysolutions.com
>> 4.  From Universal Radio, www.universal-radio.com
>> 73, Steve N9IP
>> --
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
>> Behalf Of Tim Goodrich
>> Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 2:04 AM
>> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
>> Subject: [amsat-bb] Which preamp to buy for 2m?
>> Hi all,
>> I just got a M2 2M4 and 420-50-11 to mount on my az/el rotor and go with
>> 736R. As I'm hoping to potentially work some EME with the big guns when
>> conditions are just right, I'm wondering if anyone can provide advice on
>> which preamp to get for 2m. I live in the Los Angeles metro area, so lots
>> noise/QRM, and also would like something to take advantage of the 736's
>> preamp switch/voltage over coax option. In other words, something that
>> doesn't require any complicated power/switching controls, if possible.
>> Any suggestions?
>> Thanks,
>> Tim
>> K6TW
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