[amsat-bb] Re: ISS HamTV Frequencies

Greg D ko6th.greg at gmail.com
Sun May 12 15:11:50 PDT 2013

A dish like in the picture probably has a beam-width of 15-ish degrees.  
I used a 30 inch BBQ grill antenna for AO-40, and would notice a 
drop-off when mis-aimed by about that much.  ISS moves VERY quickly 
compared to AO-40, so some sort of active positioning on both axis is 
going to be required.

I need to get that dish back up on the rotisserie...

Greg  KO6TH

Roger wrote:
> Anybody off the top of their heads know how many degrees a second 
> swing are (is?) required for direct aim at the ISS?  I know there are 
> beam width tolerances, altitude variations and degree above horizon 
> variations but I'm looking at Bob B's fixed antenna aiming of 15-20 
> degrees above horizon to evaluate swinging a dish without torque 
> eating up the drive train...
> Roger
> On 5/12/2013 5:01 PM, M5AKA wrote:
>> The AMSAT-UK page at 
>> http://amsat-uk.org/2013/05/12/hamtv-from-the-iss/ provides the 
>> links, they are:
>> Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Hamtvproject
>> More information at http://www.amsat.it/Amsat-Italia_HamTV_brochure.pdf
>> and http://www.amsat.it/Amsat-Italia_HamTV.pdf
>> The HamTV.pdf gives the link budget, looks like there's 7dB of 
>> coax/connector losses to overcome between the ISS transmitter and the 
>> antenna. That document indicates a 90cm dish should be sufficient.
>> I believe that it's going up on ATV 4 which is currently slated for 
>> June 5.
>> 73 Trevor M5AKA
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