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Re: Dual Band (2m-70cm) Mobile Antenna Recommendations



Kent:

Do you have the squelch open?  The satellite will not break squelch 
like a repeater does.




On Tue, 4 Mar 2008 06:43:30 -0800 (PST)
  Bill Dzurilla <billdz.geo@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi Kent,
> 
> Sorry to hear you are still having trouble.
> 
>>>Since I am able to transmit and receive on our local
>>>repeaters, I'm guessing
>>>that the issue is with my antenna.
> 
> If you are hearing repeaters good and strong but are
> hearing absolutely nothing from AO-51, I'm guessing
> that the problem is not the antenna or the radio. 
> Although not nearly as strong as a nearby repeater,
> the downlink signal from AO-51 is quite loud, and high
> elevation passes (35 degrees or more) can easily be
> copied on an HT with just a rubber duck antenna.  I
> have made many contacts with just a 6 1/2" ground
> plane on the downlink.
> 
> So my guess is that you are listening at the wrong
> time or on the wrong frequency, or there's some other
> problem.
> 
> That being said, a better antenna is always nice.  The
> Arrow is very popular and effective, if you don't mind
> holding it in your hand for 15 minutes during a pass. 
> It can be mounted on a camera tripod if you don't want
> to hold it.
> 
> Good luck,
> Bill NZ5N
> 
> 
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