[amsat-bb] Re: satellite average elevation

Joe nss at mwt.net
Tue Apr 12 11:38:26 PDT 2011

Need to take into account also that the main lobe of a bean even flat on 
the horizon the max center of the main lobe is still not also dead on 
the horizon but elevated some due to ground reflections.


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On 4/12/2011 1:24 PM, Bob Bruninga wrote:
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>> As I said, in the "goode olde dayes" we used
>> 30 degree up tilt and it worked well...
>> Lessening the up tilt may increase the gain
>> for the lower angle passes but will also decrease
>> the gain on the higher angle passes.  So, it is a
>> "trade off" no matter what you do!
> Sorry to sound like I am quibbling... but that last sentence implies the
> idea of an equal "trade off".  But the tradeoff is not equal at all and may
> be missing the point here.
> A LEO satellite pass does not need gain at "higher angles" because the
> satellite is by definition 2 or 3 times closer to the ground station (+6 to
> +9dB stronger).  But one does need the gain at lower angles where the
> satellite is much further away.
> An up-tilt of 30 degrees is throwing away excess gain where it is not needed
> (high angles) at the expense of low angles where every single dB -is-
> needed.  So there is no real tradeoff...  A lower angle (about 15 degrees)
> is more-or-less optimum for LEO's with fixed tilt and modest gain beams.
> To actually quantify the exact best angle (which will depend on the actual
> beam's own beamwidth), it is simply to up-tilt the antenna no more than the
> angle at which the gain on the horizon LOSES say less than 1 dB.  Note, this
> is not half the published "antenna beamwidth" which is usually a "3 dB"
> beamwidth.  It is much less than that, less than half the 1 dB beam width.
> You can measure this by setting the beam no higher than the upangle that
> loses less than 1 dB to a signal on the horizon....
> Something like that...
> Bob, WB4APR
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