[amsat-bb] Re: a couple tweaks to work AO-27 & SO-50

EMike McCardel mccardelm at gmail.com
Sun Jun 10 07:50:51 PDT 2012

Here's a quick and dirty trick for estimating elevation I learn in an astronomy club. I'm pretty average so it works great for me.
Extend your arm position your hand facing back at you. On average, supposedly, each finger width represents 2 degrees. Hence each hand span, including thumb, is 10 degrees.
I use this method all the time and I am usually pretty close.


EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
ARRL Ohio Section Affiliated Club Coordinator
Associate Direction of Education, AMSAT-NA
AMSAT-Edu Moderator
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On Jun 9, 2012, at 15:47, Wayne Estes <w9ae at charter.net> wrote:

> To measure elevation you can buy a simple elevation gauge or protractor.
> "Eyeballing" the elevation should get you within 10 degrees of the actual elevation which is well within the beam width of your antennas.
> When using headphones it's easy to "peak" the antennas by ear.  Simply wave the antennas back and forth and stop when you get the best quieting (on an FM sat).  Or stop slightly "ahead" of the best quieting, so you won't have to adjust it again so soon.
> Wayne Estes W9AE
> Oakland, Oregon, USA, Cn83ik
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