[amsat-bb] Re: Extended rubber ducks / whips on an HT for LEOs
Gordon JC Pearce
gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Wed Aug 22 10:00:03 PDT 2012
On 21/08/12 19:31, B J wrote:
> I made my first satellite QSOs with my FT-817ND and the stock antenna
> that came with it. That combination was adequate provided the
> satellite was at a higher elevation and the downlink was strong and
Yeah, but look how far south you are - you get far more chances at
high-elevation passes. Even just a couple of degrees of latitude makes
a hell of a difference.
> Those limitations alone persuaded me to get my Arrow Yagi.
I had heard the birds with a K5OE "Handi-Tenna" design pretty well, but
when I actually tried to work them I found a WA5VJB "Cheap Yagi" design
with three elements for 2m and five elements for 70cm was excellent.
Do bear in mind that not everyone *wants* to go for a huge
computer-controlled setup with everything done for you. If you want
something incredibly portable a simple crossed Yagi and a dual-band HT
is the weapon of choice.
Gordon JC Pearce MM0YEQ
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