Station and Operating Hints

Operating on satellites is relatively straightforward, but over the years many tips, tricks, and secrets have been discovered which make operating more efficient and pleasant.  Here we are collecting information of use to both the new and experienced operator.

Mode-J Filter.  For satellites which have 2 meter uplinks and 70 cm downlinks, the third harmonic may cause overload of the 70 cm preamplifier used on most stations.  This can be greatly reduced or eliminated with an inexpensive duplexer.

Grid Square Locator Map A Google Maps interface to determine your Maidenhead Grid locator.

WA5VJB Kent Britain Cheap Yagis for Satellite Here is a PDF of the world famous cheap yagis and band splitter for inexpensive satellite operation.

CJU 70cm antenna Here is a PDF of the very easy and effective CJU antenna, designed for attaching to an HT for Mode J receive operation.

ioIO dual band antenna This is the dual band version of the CJU listed above.

AA2TX 70cm Parasitic Lindenblad Omni Antenna

Add ISS Packet Operation to Your Satellite Activity JoAnne K9JKM has written a handy guide to ISS packet operations.