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

John Geiger aa5jg at fidmail.com
Wed Sep 14 16:20:08 PDT 2011

Thanks for the messages so far.  I am looking at using something that can be
used while in motion-putting on some grids while driving on family trips.  I
realize it is far from optimal, but better than being QRT.

73s John AA5JG

On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 6:11 PM, Andrew Glasbrenner <
glasbrenner at mindspring.com> wrote:

> 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
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