[amsat-bb] Cheap Antenna For Beginning AMSAT Work

Paul Andrews w2hro.fn20 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 22 20:55:24 UTC 2017

The Arrow with the integrated diplexer is your best bet if you only have a
single HT radio.

You can build a simple 3 element 2M and 5 element 70cm antenna for almost
nothing.  Google the term "tape measure antenna" and you'll find plans to
build an antenna using a metal flexible tape measure.

You can use wood or PVC pipe for the boom.  I've seen one of these work
nicely with the SO-50 FM satellite.

I would recommend buying a second HT radio so you can operate full duplex
and hear your voice on the downlink.

The 2nd radio is more important than buying a commercial made antenna.

I worked SO-50 with a long wipp antenna on a 5W HT.  It doesn't take much
when the satellite is directly overhead.

Good luck.

73 - Paul - W2HRO

On Oct 22, 2017 16:29, "David Taylor" <davidtaylorjr1985 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am just getting interested in Satellite work and I don't really have any
> money at all for antennas.
> What is the easiest/chepest way to get into this part of the hobby as far
> as an antenna goes?
> I have a Wouxun UV8D for a HT radio that I will use so I only plan to do FM
> work at the moment.
> Thanks and 73
> David
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