[amsat-bb] Re: DX LEO records, fixed elevation category

Jonny 290 jonny290 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 8 21:27:23 PST 2007

Excellent! I"m looking forward to this.

As I'm designing my antenna system, I'm noticing a critical thing - the LEO
sats provide an excellent opportunity to experiment with fixed-elevation
antennas. It seems as though once you get a nice 4-6 element yagi above the
roof at 25-30 degrees, it covers something like 97% of visible pass time.

As soon as my stock of aluminum rod and rotator come in, it's fun time :)


On 3/8/07, Bruce Robertson <broberts at mta.ca> wrote:
> Many of us have been encouraging the newcomers to this list to avoid
> elevation rotors if they want to begin with a simple, less expensive
> station. (It is unfortunate that as recently as my 2006 edition, the ARRL
> Handbook states that az/el rotation is necessary. I wonder if someone
> should contact them and offer a rewrite.) As evidence of the effectiveness
> of such a station, I offer the following two QSOs (chosen merely because I
> was writing up the QSL cards). I also submit them as the first entries in
> a
> fixed-elevation DX bragging thread:
> VE9QRP (FN75tv) to IW4DVZ (JN54IM) 5600 km
> "             " to OK2UFB (JN99as) 5847 km
> Both SSB via FO-29, both using a pair of FT-817s.
> 73, Bruce
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