[amsat-bb] Re: So close.... almost my full reach....

Zachary Beougher zack.kd8ksn at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 14 15:18:27 PDT 2011

Hi Bill,

I use this exact same setup.  I originally bought the preamp for mobile use, 
but I have enjoyed using it for the Arrow as well.  I carry it in a camera 
bad (that fits it perfect) on my waist powered by 8AA batteries inside thee 
pack.  How did you mount yours?  I don't use a tripod, but I am curious if 
you have a better way to mount it on the Arrow itself.

Nice work on the low passes!  AO51 is one of the easiest birds to work at 
low elevations - especially when it is putting out high power.  I have heard 
(and made contacts on) 3 degree passes before - without the preamp!  Give it 
a listen!



-----Original Message----- 
From: Bill Acito W1PA
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2011 4:26 PM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] So close.... almost my full reach....

I've been able to fit up a pre-amp to my Arrow. I have a ARR 432 switched
pre-amp with it's own battery pack on the 432-side of the arrow to hear
better on low (<10 deg) passes. Still using the FT-530 HT with a headset.

There were two low Atlantic passes this morning, one each on AO-27 and
AO-51. From FN42IO I heard EA1QS on the first (5 deg), and worked a GW0 on
the second --  3050 miles, on a 8 deg pass.

Went back out later in the afternoon for a mid-US pass, and low and behold,
there's a San Diego station on (2550 miles)...   listen to the last 10 secs
of this recording for the punch line:



Bill W1PA

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