[amsat-bb] tripod recommendations

dnkucij at myfairpoint.net dnkucij at myfairpoint.net
Mon Jan 11 21:01:00 UTC 2016

I have worked hundreds and hundreds of grids from indoors with an Arrow on a tripod. My favorite set-up is a nice sturdy, basic, Bogen tripod base, with a Bogen pan-tilt head that has a long handle. It easily supports the antenna and is very smooth to operate and track the satellites. The Bogen clip-in/quick release attachment is solid enough to hold the antenna by itself. You need to be able to change polarity by flipping the antenna between vertical and horizontal, it can make a big difference in effectiveness. 
If you will be operating portable or moving your set-up around frequently, I use most any, cheap tripod with a pan tilt head. Their quick-release mechanisms are fairly flimsy, so I keep a bunch of zip-ties handy to secure the antenna onto the base. Also, I have a small canvas bag and S hook handy to make a counter-balance when needed. Right now I have an old, small, circular sander I throw inside inside the bag. 

73, Nick, KB1RVT

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