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Re: RE: NEW TO SATELLITES - HELP



G'Day Tony,

Thanks for the info.
When you say a "Handheld" yagi, do you mean that you actually hold it 
during the pass ?

What other birds are to be considered as "Easysats" ?

Are there any sites I can goto to get some ideas on Turnstiles ??

Thanks again.

Pete VK4CCV


----- Original Message -----
From: Tony Langdon <tlangdon@atctraining.com.au>
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2002 10:21 am
Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] NEW TO SATELLITES - HELP

> > I plan to start at the basement and work the "Easy Sats" 
> > first, namely 
> > RS12 & RS15 until I get the hang of it all.
> 
> These days, RS-15 can't be considered an "easy sat".  RS-12 is 
> pretty good.
> > 
> > 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 ??
> 
> Try a turnstile, eggbeater, quadrafiliar helix or Lindenblad.  
> These should
> give better results.  I sometimes use a 2 element Yagi (handheld) 
> whichgives excellent results on RS-12.
> 
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