[amsat-bb] Mounting Arrow Antennas

Scott scott23192 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 14 13:36:58 UTC 2016

I did exactly that, Lance.  It just seemed like the logical way to tripod mount the thing to me.

Using cheap tripods from BestBuy, I just did a finger-balance on the assembled Arrow & used a couple of small screws to mount the base plate that comes with the tripod (so it's easily removable from the tripod).  After seeing that it worked so well, I added a little JB Weld (2-part epoxy type of product) to reinforce the connection.

It's plastic, so leaving it on there for hand-held use has not been an issue.

Here's a pic:


-Scott, K4KDR
Montpelier, VA  USA


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lance Homer 
  To: amsat-bb at amsat.org 
  Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2016 01:56
  Subject: [amsat-bb] Mounting Arrow Antennas

  I'm an amateur radio operator who is thinking about getting into
  communicating via satellites.  As I've been looking into the Elk vs the
  Arrow antennas and trying to decide which to buy....all of the videos and
  the pictures I see of the Arrow on a a tripod always have it mounted on the
  far end at the handle.  Many use a counterweight but some do not.  I was
  wondering if mounting in the middle of the beam where it is more balanced
  weight-wise is possible or if there is some reason people do not do this?
  (As I try to imagine the motion needed it still seems possible to me to
  have the elements not hit the tripod legs if you can extend the head of the
  tripod up a bit.)   If it can be done I assume it would need to be a
  non-metal tri-pod??   I'm also thinking of mounting the antenna I choose
  (Elk or Arrow) to a tall fiberglass mast.  If I can't mount the arrow in
  the middle then  I would worry about the leverage that it would create
  which is one reason the Elk seems appealing....but at the same time I
  assume the Alaskan has the most gain which interests me for non-satellite

  Lance / K7LQH

More information about the AMSAT-BB mailing list