[amsat-bb] Starter antenna question

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Sat Jan 31 13:17:56 UTC 2015

Omnis will almost certainly be a disappointment without preamps at the antenna, especially on UHF. A much more usable solution is a couple of short yagis ( 3 elements on 2m, 5-7 on UHF) tilted up 15 degrees and pointed in azimuth only with a TV rotor. You could also use an Arrow or Elk or WA5VJB cheap yagis the same way. You may still want the preamps.

73. Drew KO4MA 

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> On Jan 29, 2015, at 10:14 PM, Jacob Tennant <jakewf8s at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am exploring the purchase of my first satellite operations antennas. I
> live in a very small lot and the area for antennas is very small.
> I am just starting to try to operate the FM satellites so as to learn the
> ropes before trying anything bigger as a wise man once guided me (Thank you
> Don).
> I have seen many favorable reviews of the Antennas.US UC-4364-328 UHF QFH
> antenna. Not having ever used one of these type of antennas (QFH & Circular
> polarized) I was hoping for some advise from others in the satellite
> community.
> I was looking at getting this antenna set for Right-Hand circular
> polarization and the higher-power capability.
> I know and understand that this is a compromise antenna and as time goes by
> ( and I buy my own house & property) I will expand out to bigger & better
> things.
> For the 2 meter uplink I was hoping for suggestions such as I had read that
> for these FM satellites a basic 2 meter antenna (1/4 wave or 5/8 wave
> antenna will do the job?
> If by now you haven't figured out my theory of ham radio, Keep It Simple
> Stupid KISS.
> Jacob Tennant WF8S
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