[amsat-bb] Mounting Arrow Antennas

Lou Michaels w2lmm.qsl at gmail.com
Thu Apr 14 19:39:19 UTC 2016

Arrow sells a mounting bracket for the square boom. It's $14 and is well
made. I picked one up for ground testing my rotor setup before I put
everything on the roof.


On Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 1:56 AM, Lance Homer <k7lqh at thehomerfamily.com>

> 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
> uses.
> Thanks,
> Lance / K7LQH
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