[amsat-bb] tripod recommendations

Lizeth Norman normanlizeth at gmail.com
Mon Jan 11 21:23:59 UTC 2016

Majestic (have 2) is a good brand. 75$ to thousands on the bay.

Quick Set is another brand. These run from 35$ on Craigslist to
thousands on the bay.

Use both.

Majestic taken to 8R1 was given to me. Non ferrous tripod. Had been
outside for 10+ years. Local ham stuffed it into my car.

Quality stuff cleans up nice.

On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 4:01 PM,  <dnkucij at myfairpoint.net> wrote:
> 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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