yes, I had tried to listen the FO-29's downlink with QFH-antennas on several arrangements and I noticed that the QFH is the most reliable omni Satellite-antenna. The downlink signal was superior in comparison with other omni-antennas. (My QFH was based on *excellent* articles of I8CVS & W3KH respectively, with infinity baluns).
The most important point (as usual) it's the length of coaxial between QFH and Receiver. On my experiments onto my roof by using just a few feet of cables, the QFH was pretty good for FO-29 reception. The problem began when connected with my long-long coaxial cable up to my shack, even in case which I used good quality cable. It's obvious that, the QFH with long coaxial needs a preamp, anyhow. But in this case, you need hard work in order to be able to achieve the best result for good reception.
However, even if QFH is the best Satellite omni-antenna, my experiments proved me that for Linear birds, like FO-29, the QFH is worst than any small UHF-Yagi (ie 5-7 El). The superiority of Yagi antenna is obvious especially in weak signals (Q5 upto 1-3 S Unit). On the other hand, for FM-birds the QFH is good enough and that probably has to do with limiter-stages in FM-mode receivers. Just keep in mind.
73, Mak SV1BSX
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Has anyone tried working FO-29 with egg beaters or other omni directional array? I have plenty of power and a good preamp. I have yet to put my yagi's together (after my last move) and wonder if I can cobble together something that will work.
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