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Re: NEW TO SATELLITES - HELP



Hi Rick,

Thanks for the info.
Yea, I've heard the Eggbeater mentioned but everyone seems to pointing 
their fingers at the Turnstile, not sure if it's easier to build or 
what, but I will do some investigating to see if I can find any info on 
the Eggbeater.

It was quiet a thrill to hear myself for the first time (CW), it's now 
just a matter of stream lining things a little and become more 
proficient using satellites.

Thanks again Rick.

Pete VK4CCV


----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Fletcher" <rfletcher@plumdragon.com>
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2002 11:18 am
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] NEW TO SATELLITES - HELP

> Hi, Pete:
> 
> Glad to hear you're in the process of getting onto the birds.
> 
> Probably the easiest way to get an effective 2M uplink without 
> going to an
> AZ/EL rotator and beams is to put up an "eggbeater" antenna.  You 
> can easily
> build one yourself (there are plans on the web and in the ARRL 
> antenna and
> sat handbooks) or you can buy one from M2 (that's for "M Squared") 
> Antenna(www.m2inc.com).  I bought mine from M2 as I didn't have 
> the time and
> inclination to build one.
> 
> The eggbeater design provides primarily horizontal polarization 
> out and up
> to about 35 degrees elevation and then becomes primarily righthand
> circularly polarized (RHCP) overhead which is really good for 
> working the
> birds.  With the 50watts out on 2M on the FT-847, you'll do a 
> great job
> hitting the LEOs and you might be surprised at your 2M DX results 
> as well!
> 
> Anyway, good luck to you and let us know how things turn out for you.
> 
> 73 de Rick (KG6IAL)
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <pmoscatt@bigpond.net.au>
> To: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2002 3:15 PM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] NEW TO SATELLITES - HELP
> 
> 
> > Thank you for reading this post.
> >
> > I have always wanted to get into the Satellite mode of our hobby but
> > until now have never had the gear to do so.
> >
> > I have now purchased a new FT-847 which gives me the capability 
> to work
> > some of the birds out there.
> >
> > I plan to start at the basement and work the "Easy Sats" first, 
> namely> RS12 & RS15 until I get the hang of it all.
> >
> > I have a dipole that I listen to the beacon on (29.408) where I can
> > hear it without any trouble at all.
> >
> > My 2 Meter antenna is a base 5/8 Ground Independant Vertical.
> >
> > When I try and work into RS12, I hear my returned signal very 
> faintly -
> > no where near as loud as the beacon.  I have put this down to the
> > vertical having a very low angle of radiation therefore when the sat
> > passes over with anything greater than 30-45 degrees of 
> elevation I
> > can't hear myself at all.
> >
> > My question is:  What would be a good 2 Meter antenna to get me 
> started> off with and ensure I have reliable uplinks ??
> >
> > Best Regards
> > Pete VK4CCV
> >
> > PS: Sorry for all the "I"s
> >
> >
> >
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> 
> 
 

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