[amsat-bb] Re: HELP

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Fri Apr 25 10:01:17 PDT 2014

> deciding if I should buy a new AZ/EL rotator mine current one is 15yrs
old and dead.

For all current Amateur Satellites, elevation control is not needed 98% of
the time.  If you are willing to give up the 2%, you can operate with a
manual $70 azimuth only TV rotator instead of a $500 full AZ/EL rotator.
Just mount the antenna tilted up at 15 degrees above the horizon and you
will have plenty of gain throughout any orbital pass, but can also use it
terrestrially too because the max gain is still on the horizon where it is
needed most.

See http://aprs.org/LEO-tracking.html


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