I concur with what Drew states here. I am presently using (not by choice) a minimum setup with a 1/4 wave 2 meter homebrew groundplane for 70cm reception. I have an in-shack pre-amp that I use when I get serious in working AO-71 but I hear it rather well above 20 degrees without the preamp. I am limited to about 20 degrees or higher due to using the ground plane and a Ringo Ranger II for the two meter up link. Above 20 degrees the ground plan works well but the Ringo begins to lose signal due to radiation angle.
I recommend following Drew's suggestion and also insure that your array is pointed correctly. An 11 element array can be narrow enough to easily null out the signal if you are not in the 15 - 20 degrees beam width.
Andrew Glasbrenner wrote:
Do you hear a noise increase when you power up the preamp? If not, are you sure you are getting power to it? Can you hear terrestrial repeaters, and does the signal change when you cycle the preamp power?
Check your ins and outs on the preamp to make sure they didn't get reversed. Same thing for any diplexer you may be using as a high pass filter.
More of the obvious...sure you are tracking correctly, and at the right time?
I wouldn't suspect any of the cabling or adapters other than one being flat out broken. The preamp should easily overcome any shortcomings of the cable you've described.
73, Drew KO4MA