[amsat-bb] 2m or 70cm masthead preamp first?

w4upd updwrb at bristor-assoc.com
Mon Jan 26 15:12:48 UTC 2015

I for one do not recommend the Mirage 2 or 70cm pre-amps unless they are 
the older models or you are not using them in full-duplex satellite 
mode. The newer versions are in a plastic box with stainless steel 
mounting  bracket. No shielding and as a result strong intermod in 

I'm in the market myself for another 2-meter mast mounted to replace the 
newer Mirage KP-2 that I once had since I use them primarily for 
satellite work.

To answer your other question, I would, when possible, use mast mounted 
pre-amps instead of in-shack due to that they amplify noise as well as 
signals. Mount near the antenna you'll have more of the signal amplified 
and less noise. This is more prevalent when going higher in frequency 
such as 70 cm.

Reid, W4UPD

On 1/25/2015 8:59 AM, Dominic Hawken wrote:
> Hi all,
> If you could only afford one of the above, which one would you go for? If you have both I'm interested in which one you currently use the most? I'm a few weeks away from setting up a simple az/ele system on 2 and 70 having moved house 18 months ago, so have not worked the birds for a while and am out of touch with what's available / popular. Can only afford the one, at least to start with so could do with the wisdom of this group to help the choice.
> Many thanks for any advice,
> Dominic G6NQO
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