[amsat-bb] Re: Good mobile antennas to use

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Wed Sep 14 16:11:53 PDT 2011

Neither are going to be very good on the FM sats, comparatively. You might make a few Qs per pass. If you are going to go to the trouble of going somewhere to make contacts, why not take a small UHF beam like the CJU or the UHF part of an Arrow? With that on the downlink, and a whip on the uplink, you can work horizon to horizon! My last trip, to Oklahoma, I used a IC-207 and 1/4wave magmount for the uplink, and FT-817 and CJU for the downlink. This afternoon it was the FT-857 and 1/2 Comet up, and a $40 Baofeng UV-3R HT and 4 element UHF arrow for the downlink. Both are horizon to horizon setups when parked, and holding the UHF out the window.

If you can only work while in motion and driving, well, nevermind, LOL. A 1/4 wave would probably be as best as you can do then, without going to something like one of the quadrifilars from antennas.us online.

73, Drew KO4MA

-----Original Message-----
>From: John Geiger <aa5jg at fidmail.com>
>Sent: Sep 14, 2011 6:28 PM
>To: AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
>Subject: [amsat-bb] Good mobile antennas to use
>I am looking to get on the FM satellites while mobile and activate some
>different grids.  Can anyone recommend a good mag mount dual band antenna to
>use for satellite work?  Does the MFJ 1/4 wave mag mount antenna do pretty
>good on the sats?  I am guessing a 1/4 wave will cover more of the pass than
>a 5/8 wave would.
>73s John AA5JG
>Sent via AMSAT-BB at amsat.org. Opinions expressed are those of the author.
>Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the amateur satellite program!
>Subscription settings: http://amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb

More information about the AMSAT-BB mailing list