[amsat-bb] Re: How best to park your satellite antennas

Luc Leblanc lucleblanc6 at videotron.ca
Wed Sep 3 03:14:16 PDT 2008

On 2 Sep 2008 at 19:16, i8cvs wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Graham Shirville" <g.shirville at btinternet.com>
> To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2008 6:35 PM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] How best to park your satellite antennas
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I cannot remember this question being discussed before!
> >
> > If you have a nice array of VHF and UHF antennas - 2 stacked X  8 foot
> long yagis one ach band plus a 2 foot S band dish, is it best from wind
> loading and other reasons to park it:
> > vertically pointing straight up (the dish has a hole at the bottom)
> > pointing to the horizon towards the prevailing wind
> > somewhere else?
> >
> > I know that at SSTL in Guildford they are usually parked pointing straight
> up but I have never been able to find anyone with a really good explanation
> for doing so.
> >
> > If you look at you can see the sort of array that I am
> talking about!
> >
> > Many thanks
> >
> > Graham
> > G3VZV
> Hi Graham, G3VZV
> Pointing straight up with the main supporting boom in direction of the
> dominant wind is the best because the dish will offer the minimum surface
> to the wind while both yagi's are aligned in a way to be seen by the wind as
> about a single antenna.
> The above is my experience with less damages into the windy gulf of Naples
> 73" de
> i8CVS Domenico
Hi Domenico and Graham 

Under your latitude it's probably the best way to park a dish but if you lived at an higher latitude things can be quite different...

Look at the first 3 pictures on my web page www.qsl.net/ve2dwe

You will understand why radome are built for. and a bit pricey for an amateur stand point.

This event happens in December first 2006 one of numerous mother nature bad effect but we don't have hurricane here and no palm trees... 


Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
Skype VE2DWE


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