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Re: Now HERE is a stupid question...

On Sun, 26 Dec 1999, Timothy S. Zibrat wrote:

 > When I align my antennas, do I use magnetic north or true north?  If the
 > answer is true north, how do I find my "offset value" to add or subtract
 > from magnetic north?  Is there any offset for elevation?

Use true north.

local libraries (and maybe some on-line site) will have USGS topographic
maps with the data.

Or use any tracking program and the az/el for the sun or moon as a target

Or (what I do) on a clear night, sight in on Polaris.

Note that the 3dB (half-power) beamwidth of moderate size yagis is large
enough that precise alignment isn't vital



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