[amsat-bb] FO29 with an Arrow

Dave Swanson dave at druidnetworks.com
Fri Jan 2 16:59:42 UTC 2015

I just got done doing a multi-state road trip using both an Arrow in 
stock configuration, and using just the 70cm portion to receive and a 
vertical to uplink. I was using an 857 to uplink, and a Funcube Dongle 
Pro+ plugged into my laptop to receive. 10 ft of LMR240, a diplexer on 
the rx to deal with any desense, and that was it. No pre-amps or 
anything else. It worked flawlessly. I was able to constantly hear the 
bird at 2°-3° when I was out in the plains away from trees, and tracking 
the bird was easy. I was just holding the Arrow, because I have never 
had much luck using a tripod. While FO29 doesn't seem to polarity flop 
as much as SO50 does, being able to twist it to get the best downlink on 
the fly has given me the best luck.

Your mileage may vary, and I'm still the newb here, but that's my 2 cents.

-Dave, KG5CCI

On 1/2/2015 10:27 AM, Jim White wrote:
> I'd like to hear from anyone who has worked FO29 portable.  We are 
> working with a group of guys on an expedition to a small island and 
> I'm hoping to take only an IC910H and an Arrow hand held Yagi mounted 
> on a light camera tripod.  Clearly I can work SO50 with that, but how 
> about FO29?  Will I be able to hear it with that small antenna and no 
> preamp?
> Jim
> jim at coloradosatellite.com
> wd0e at amsat.org
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