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Re: Fw: ELK or ARROW




I have had an Arrow for 8 years or so, and used in several years ago 
on UO-14 and AO-27 with my FT-817 with good contacts being made.   I 
have also mounted the Arrow on my B5400 az-el rotator for use with 
these satellites and others briefly (only with 2m elements 
installed).  I have taken the antenna to mountain-top locations to 
work 2m-SSB over 200-miles running with a 50w amp on 2m.  I have used 
only the UHF elements for roving over 150-mile paths on 432.  When 
using on only one band I didnot use the diplexer.

It seems to work quite well for its size.  The antennas match well 
for SWR (but that does not say they are properly designed for optimum 
gain or pattern).
I might take the dimensions and model them on my antenna sw to see 
what it says, but I am satisfied that the Arrow functions fine for 
its application.

How it measures up against other antennas of similar style/size I 
would not know.  The best comparison would be to take all competitor 
antennas to the next CSVHF Conference and enter them into the antenna 
measurement program.  The hams running them are quite experienced in 
making good field measurements of gain and pattern and the antennas 
would be fairly compared under exactly the same test conditions.  In 
my mind that should settle all claims.

My current situation does not have my satellite antennas installed: 
M2-436CP42, LY2345, KLM-22C, 33-inch dish with helix feed (were used 
for AO-10/40).  I have used a 19-inch mag-mount mobile  antenna stuck 
to square of sheet metal to capture AO-51 telemetry using a 432 
preamp, and am thinking about building up 2m&70cm Lindeblad's 
(sp?).  I also have 2m halo that has only been used while mobile in 
the lower-48.  I suspect that they might function OK on some Leos.  I 
have a 7-element M2 2m yagi that might be used though it was bought 
for roving.  It is probably a little high in gain for this (a 3-4 
element yagi seems more appropriate for Leo work).

73 & HNY from Alaska!
Ed - KL7UW

At 05:06 AM 12/28/2008, Jim Leder wrote:
>Is it really worth it for .3 DB gain? Seems you would be better served by
>not using the diplexer.
>
>Reference http://www.csvhfs.org/ant/CSANT06.HTML
>
>I continue to be amazed how people can judge by just looking at imagined
>numbers. Seems that practical hands on experience has no bearing on how good
>or bad the Arrow or the Elk antenna is, but just conjecture over assumed
>specifications makes them less than a 'Ford or Chevy'?
>
>  If you need a handheld satellite antenna, you have pretty much 3 choices:
>-The 'bad' Arrow
>-The equally 'bad' Elk
>-make your own Arrow clone, which according to the numbers is far superior
>(what's that they say about imitation?)
>
>I have an Arrow and have 'field tested' the Elk. I stuck with the Arrow. My
>OPINION, it's better. Others disagree. I contemplated building an Arrow
>clone, as there are several websites that tell you how. Are they better?
>Perhaps, but I got to think that a DB or 2 won't make that much difference.
>
>  Believe what you want, but I believe the Arrow works just fine the way it
>it is.
>
>      Jim Bob Buckeye
>             AKA
>   **** Jim Leder****
>     K8CXM since 1961
>  IBM retiree since 1999
>
>There are 10 types of people in this world -- those who understand binary
>and those who don't.
>
>
>
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Jim Jerzycke" <kq6ea@pacbell.net>
>To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>; "Gary Joe Mayfield" <gary_mayfield@hotmail.com>
>Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2008 11:42 PM
>Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Fw: ELK or ARROW
>
>
> > Or you can just lengthen them 1/4" on a side with a threaded spacer....
> > Jim  KQ6EA
> >
> >
> > --- On Sat, 12/27/08, Gary "Joe" Mayfield <gary_mayfield@hotmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> From: Gary "Joe" Mayfield <gary_mayfield@hotmail.com>
> >> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Fw:  ELK or ARROW
> >> To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
> >> Date: Saturday, December 27, 2008, 8:17 PM
> >> Has anyone played with insulating the Arrow elements from
> >> the boom?  It
> >> shouldn't be too hard to do.
> >>
> >> 73,
> >> Joe kk0sd
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: amsat-bb-bounces@amsat.org
> >> [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces@amsat.org] On
> >> Behalf Of Jim Danehy
> >> Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2008 8:33 PM
> >> To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
> >> Subject: [amsat-bb] Fw: ELK or ARROW
> >>
> >>
> >>   there is the old adage that you get what you pay for . .
> >> . why buy a
> >> poorly designed antenna that does not work very well
> >> > ?
> >> >
> >> > If you have a 5 element  yagi that only produces 4 dbi
> >> you are not getting
> >>
> >> > what you paid for . . . most 2 element yagis would out
> >> perform that
> >> > statistic . . . a 5 element yagi should be at least 9
> >> db + or 10 db dbd
> >> > (dipole ) not isotropic  . . . . there is something
> >> that is called
> >> > MERCHANTABILITY . . .i.e., an IMPLIED WARRANTY  that
> >> you are getting at
> >> > least the minimum for your money . . .
> >> > 4 dbi for an Arrow is way off base . . .  so it is not
> >> just ; you can not
> >> > afford a Cadillac but you are not even getting a Ford
> >> or Chevy  . .  i.e.,
> >>
> >> > the gain of a 5 element yagi on 435 mhz . . .  that is
> >> the issue, not cost
> >>
> >> > alone . . . . . . same comments apply to the ELK but I
> >> have attempted to
> >> > make the point that there is a minimum performance for
> >> a certain number of
> >>
> >> > elements that is pretty OBJECTIVE and when it is not
> >> met  . . . . well
> >> > that is my point . . . these two antennas have shown
> >> to some testers that
> >> > they do not measure up to the minimum EXPECTATIONS . .
> >> .unfortunately that
> >>
> >> > is acceptable to some  . . . . then it becomes
> >> acceptable to many . . .
> >> > and objectivity is abandoned . . .
> >> >
> >> > Jim W9VNE
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > ----- Original Message -----
> >> > From: "Trey Brown"
> >> <palintheus@gmail.com>
> >> > To: "Jim Danehy"
> >> <jdanehy@cinci.rr.com>
> >> > Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2008 6:39 PM
> >> > Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] ELK or ARROW
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >> Thanks for the comments. Realize, though, that not
> >> everyone wants or
> >> >> can afford to have the Cadillac.
> >> >>
> >> >>
> >> >> On Sat, Dec 27, 2008 at 4:06 PM, Jim Danehy
> >> <jdanehy@cinci.rr.com> wrote:
> >> >>> the Arrow antenna has been critiqued by Kent
> >> Britain, WA5VJB
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> http://wa5vjb.com/references/Cheap%20Antennas-LEOs.pdf
> >> >>>
> >> >>> he says that some have measured the Arrow for
> >> gain on 435 mhz @ 4 dbi
> >> >>> (isotropic) . . . . and that further analysis
> >> showed that for the
> >> >>> element lengths used on 435 mhz that it peaks
> >> at 457 mhz and not 435 mhz
> >>
> >> >>> . . . Kent is a well respected VHF/UHF antenna
> >> person who has plenty of
> >> >>> credibility . . .
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Kent opines that the Arrow, as built does not
> >> have its elements
> >> >>> insulated from the boom. It uses dimensions
> >> for insulated elements . . .
> >>
> >> >>> so much for the Arrow . . . .
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Now for the ELK  : a local friend of mine owns
> >> an Arrow and he uses it
> >> >>> successfully. He bought an ELK and attempted
> >> to compare the Arrow and
> >> >>> the ELK . . . . he could not make an across
> >> town QSO on 435 mhz from his
> >>
> >> >>> second story window with the ELK , so he sent
> >> the ELK back for a refund
> >> >>> .
> >> >>>
> >> >>> I have worked and exchanged QSLs with several
> >> hundred satellite users .
> >> >>> . .the majority of the folks that have worked
> >> and QSLed me (close to 250
> >>
> >> >>> + ) have been using either the Arrow or ELK
> >> based upon the information
> >> >>> on their cards. So they are popular. Are they
> >> optimum ? A lot of
> >> >>> anecdotal information would seem to say NO . .
> >> .
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Thirty-five years ago I worked Oscar 6 with a
> >> homebrew 2 mtr yagi that
> >> >>> probably was worse than either the Arrow or
> >> Elk but I worked YV and KL7
> >> >>> from Indiana on CW with about 15 watts to the
> >> 3 elements which my XYL
> >> >>> waved around at my directions . . . not any
> >> more . . .what do I use
> >> >>> these days : a pair of circular polarity yagis
> >> on 10 foot booms
> >> >>> manufactured by M Square . . . .
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Folks ask what should they buy ? Maybe a Ford
> >> or maybe a Chevy . . .
> >> >>> neither is a Cadillac . . . .
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Jim W9VNE
> >> >>>
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> >> >>
> >> >> --
> >> >> Trey -- N5THX
> >> >>
> >> >> They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a
> >> little temporary
> >> >> safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
> >> >> - Benjamin Franklin
> >> >>
> >> >
> >>
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