[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 pass 1230UTC 12/2

N0JY n0jy at lavabit.com
Thu Dec 2 17:38:08 PST 2010

Lots of replies, thank you all for your responses.  My friends and I 
spent a while on the commute home discussing the various reports and 
suggestions, and in fact I'm pretty interested in trying the quadrifilar 
helix that Allen mentioned for a mobile downlink antenna.  I had been 
thinking about such an antenna and seen some ads for that on various ham 
websites, and with that report it looks like it would be fun to try.  
Perhaps just taking my FT-817 along with a preamp hooked to that antenna 
for downlink and continuing to uplink on my 2m mobile.  Not wanting to 
complicate things too much, is my basic idea.  Just an opportunity to 
work some passes on the way to work or home perhaps, during the 50 
minute drive.  So I'll probably try the mobile again and see about the 
qfh (if that's a valid abbreviation) antenna too, in the near future.  
And the hook has sunk deep into at least one other ham commute friend, 
to try some mobile satellite work too!


On 12/2/2010 7:34 AM, n0jy at lavabit.com wrote:
> Hello all,
> I was attempting to make some contacts on the 1230UTC pass of AO-51 this
> morning, from the mobile on my way to work.  We have a bit of a commuter
> roundtable on 2m in the morning and I invited some of the others to tune
> in to see what we could hear.

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