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Re: AO-51 V/S fun portable/mobile

Thanks Graham,

Three positions? No need to rotate? Where's the sport in that? ;-)

I've had good luck with helixes for dish feeds on AO-40 and AO-51, but the last one I built intending to use on AO-51 portable ended up attached to my WiFi system instead. I saw this little corner reflector and thought it would be a fun thing to try.

Looking forward to May and SSETI,


-----Original Message-----
From: Graham Shirville Sent: Feb 10, 2005 7:29 AM
To: Andrew Glasbrenner 
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AO-51 V/S fun portable/mobile

Hi Andrew,

Congratulations - it is great fun working satellites with this sort of

Your S band receive antenna shud be circular polarised to allow for the
rotation of the spacecraft's linear TX antenna. It wont matter whether it is
LHCP or RHCP tho.

Even a plain patch antenna will receive AO51 on S band at workable levels
and you don't need much in the way of antenna pointing - just three
positions during the pass. Towards it at say 45 deg of elevation on
approach. Overhead when it approaches overhead and then 45 deg again when it
is going away from you.

There will still be some  fading but it should be better than any linear


Graham G3VZV
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