Maybe a dumb, maybe a redundant question that has been asked and answered multiple times, but here goes.
What sort of link requirements are required to work the current crop of LEOS in terms of antenna options and commercially available omni antennas?
I was quite active in the early 90's on the Ko23 and Uo22 birds, ended up with a steerable array (Cushcraft ones), and that worked fine, but wanted to take another run at working the current crop with something a little less demanding in terms of getting up in the air and steering.
I've been reading a bit about the M2 Eggbeaters, which seem to pretty good, but wondering what sort of operating result I would get driving them with a bare 10 watts out of a FT 726 for a 2 meter up-link and perhaps a preamp on the 70cm side.
I'd appreciate any observations, comments, results, hints, tips, or whatever you would care to share.
Steve N6CRR/VK8SO (from back in the day)
Hotmail: Trusted email with Microsoft's powerful SPAM protection.
Being a recent newbie to the LEOs it had never even occurred to me that too
narrow a beam width could present a problem with staying pointed at those
satellites. Thanks, Reid, for bringing that thought up in my mind. I wasn't
taking it out of context. I was just wondering if it was an unforeseen
problem (by me) that I needed to address. It's things like this that allow
us to learn.
It appears that a narrow beam width is not normally a problem and I thank
John and others who pointed that out.
> I have used a Cushcraft 13B2 (13 elements) on 2m and a Cushcraft 719B (19
elements) on 70cm on the
> satellites with no problem. Didn't experience either as being too narrow
beamwidth for sat use.
> 73s John AA5JG
> I am amazed at how many people take things stated out of context on this
> reflector. I never said that any of the arrays would not work due to
> problem they were having hearing the satellites and it was stated that
> if none of the other suggestions worked to consider that the arrays they
> are using are pointed correctly in the correct direction of the
> satellite. Pointing being off, the nulls could easily block the
> satellite's reception. The larger the array the more this might be
> evident. The larger the array, stacked arrays and even dish antennas,
> pointing becomes a bit more critical.
> Reid, W4UPD