Category Archives: Satellite Operations

Breaking the Arrow Antenna’s diplexer

The Arrow Antenna for satellites has an optional diplexer that allows easy operation of 2m and 70cm from a single feedline.  I’ve used this configuration for over ten years with no problems.  I’m not sure, exactly, what happened but the … Continue reading

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FO-29 Success

Yesterday I had a broken QSO with K9?H?.  We were running CW and between the fading, the Doppler shift, and my poor CW skills I couldn’t quite get the full callsign and exchange. And then, of course, I was also … Continue reading

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First attempts at FO-29

I had a good pass of FO-29 this morning so I figured I’d give it a try with my 2m/70cm loop antenna.  I wasn’t expecting great things as this is not a gain antenna and I’m not sure how much … Continue reading

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QSL from YV4DYJ

Opened the mailbox this afternoon and found my QSL from Victor Cuesta YV4DYJ of whom I worked on AO-51 back in September.  Very cool.  Glad I was able to make this contact using 5 watts and my hand-held station in … Continue reading

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Satellite Operations: Action items

Things I need to purchase: 2.4GHz Downconverter ($105) UT-10 1.2GHz Module for TS-790A ($450) 432MHz Yagi ($357) 432MHz Preamp (MSP432VDG-160) ($240) Yaesu G-400X rotator pole mount ($40) 2.4GHz Patch Feed LMR400 feedline (amount?) ($.92/ft or $.81/ft >= 100′) Mast pipe … Continue reading

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