[amsat-bb] Falling Arrow

John, 9H5G kk4oyj at gmail.com
Tue Jan 2 23:19:33 UTC 2018

I’ve become aware that my Arrow may be failing. I’m less and less able to hear the birds towards LOS and sometimes it’s taking the 1st 1/4 of an FM pass to hear anything typically more than 30 degrees elevation. 

I know there are many of you working at much lower elevations so I’m beginning to think I have a problem. It’s a salty environment here in C6 and there a little corrosion here and there. Sadly, I have no antenna analyser with me for UHF or VHF. I’ve already stripped it down once and cleaned everything so any advice on the following gratefully received:

What elevations is it reasonable to hear each FM sat using a THD-72 (listening VFO A). What other places might I look for reduced performance?

Thx and 73 

de John, C6ATS

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