[amsat-bb] best tripod for the arrow II handheld antenna
diehl.mike.a at gmail.com
Tue Aug 15 00:14:40 UTC 2017
On a more serious note there are advantages to hand holding the Arrow even if it feels like you need to be an octopus to pull it off. There's a certain hand ear coordination that seems to come naturally when matching polarity by simply twisting your wrist. This advantage alone can be significant over fixed polarity or polarity matching by some mechanical means. The only time I would recommend a tripod is if there is some physical reason for not being able to hold it.
Often times people go the tripod route because it seems like too many things are going on at once. One common pitfall is trying to log while a pass is in progress, usually on paper. A better solution is to record the audio for playback later. A simple voice recorder or even a smartphone works great. If using a voice recorder be sure to set the clock to UTC, timestamps will make logging a lot easier.
Another way to free up a hand is to use a boom mic headset with a foot switch for PTT. By doing this you free up your hand to operate the VFO(s).
Like Bryan pointed out, it can seem counterintuitive that holding the antenna can make things easier but when you evaluate the rest of your station you may find other ways to free yourself to aim.
If you find that there's just simply no way to operate without a tripod then maybe you can describe the difficulties you face. I've seen many clever designs, each with their own advantages and disadvantages making them each suitable to a different crowd. Let us know what you're looking to get out of a tripod setup, I'm sure there are plenty of people willing to share their solutions.
> On Aug 14, 2017, at 4:33 PM, Bryan KL7CN <bryan at kl7cn.net> wrote:
> Mike's being funny. :)
> I used to use a $10 tripod I got from the Goodwill. The main thing I appreciated about it was its ability to do axial rotation -- think: camera on its side. When the Arrow was attached, I would us that feature to rotate the Arrow along its axis.
> Nowadays I do what Mike does: I hold the Arrow in my hand. It takes some time to become comfortable with holding the antenna correctly while adjusting for Doppler and pressing the mic button, but after some practice I found it to be the most efficient way. It's counterintuitive, but using your hand to orient the antenna is very fast and flexible.
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>> On Aug 14, 2017, at 16:23, Mike Diehl <diehl.mike.a at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I find a biped to work best with an arrow antenna. Works great for aiming and polarity matching.
>> Mike Diehl
>>> On Aug 14, 2017, at 1:55 PM, Laura Tunnell <drlnt at cox.net> wrote:
>>> What is best tripod for the arrow II handheld antenna ?
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