[amsat-bb] Advise and/or Help

Gerald Payton gp_ab5r at outlook.com
Sat Sep 10 19:54:22 UTC 2016

73 to ALL,

I am preparing to start the assembly of my "low budget" station and have a couple of question, please.

My first step will employ an azmuthal only inexpensive rotor (RCA VH22F) and a terrestrial use linear  dual band antenna (Jetstream JTBM270).  The antenna has 3 elements for 2m and 5 for 70cm.  I plan to offset the elevation of the antenna 20-30 degrees in a fixed position, rotatable of course.  My radio at this time is an IC-2730 dual band which can be used for the FM birds; I am told.

Having described my "phase one plans", my first question is regarding rotor control.  Does anyone know of a rotor control for a three wire inexpensive rotator?

Regarding the linear antenna, what would the best mounting angle be for polarization.  Yes, I realize that it would not be optimal mounted vertical or horizontal.  I assume that a compromise angle might help.

Let me explain that portable handheld operation is not feasible dues to my age and living circumstances. A fixed station is my only option.  However, that can be improved if necessary and financially feasible.

Thanks to each and all.


Jerry  AB5R

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