Clint is correct - simple antennas work.
Current N5AFV totals with Icom W32A HT and: AL800 9,605 ctx MFJ-1717 115 ctx RD-98 15 ctx Total 9,735 ctx
At 03:01 PM 3/8/2015, Clint Bradford wrote:
This is what makes this aspect of the hobby so incredibly exciting: SUCCESS can be achieved with antennas ranging from the $30 Pryme AL-800 or $25 Smiley 270A ... to handheld $15 home-made tape measure beams ... to beams made out of barbed wire or old umbrellas ... to the commercial units and elevation rotators.
I lost track of how many successful satellite contacts Alan N5AFV has made with "merely" his Icom IC-W32a and AL-800 antenna - last time I checked with him, it was MORE THAN 9,000.
SO ... please do not think you need to spend hundreds of dollars to work LEOs!
Clint Bradford K6LCS http://www.work-sat.com
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