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Re: ao-27


I work AO-27 regularly with my handheld.  It is an FT50R.  I have to use
the fat battery, to get 5 watts output.  The stock antenna will not
work.  I bought one of those Comet dual band antennas with an SMA
connector.  It is a gain antenna, and close to 2 feet long.  You have to
keep moving the antenna around to find the right orientation.  Sometimes
the rig ends up inverted for best capture! :-)  I think it favors
vertical polorization on the downlink.  Good luck!  BTW, many portable
ops use the ARROW antenna.  I have one, and it works well.

Christopher Maness wrote:
> I have been trying to work ao-27 with a dual band HT, but the downlink
> signal is too weak.  I'm thinking of building a Yaggi for 440.  Any
> other suggestions?

Mike Gilchrist KF4FDJ - P.O. Box 763 - Fort Myers, FL
33902-0763kf4fdj@amsat.org - www.gate.net/~seven77

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