[OZAPRS] SatGate around VK7?
vk4tec at tech-software.net
vk4tec at tech-software.net
Sat Dec 9 10:08:34 AEDT 2017
Mark that ebay, its it two separate antennae ?
144 and 440 MHz Turnstiles
From: OZAPRS [mailto:ozaprs-bounces at aprs.net.au] On Behalf Of Mark Jessop
Sent: Saturday, 9 December 2017 8:57 AM
To: Australian APRS Users <ozaprs at aprs.net.au>
Subject: Re: [OZAPRS] SatGate around VK7?
Unless you apply some serious weatherproofing, an arrow antenna is probably not a good idea for a long-term outdoor install. Keep the arrow antenna for portable ops and either build or buy something else to go on the rotator.
I've been using a turnstile for my 2m SatNOGS ground station (also a SatGate) for a while, and that works just fine for APRS from the ISS. It doesn't perform amazingly well below 20 degrees elevation, but it's definitely usable.
The turnstile I'm using is from eBay: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Set-of-2-antennas-turnstile-crossed-dipole-RHCP-2m-and-70cm-N-connector/292347719120?hash=item4411482dd0:g:Ry0AAOSw8gVYBd1P
My only gripe with it is the spacing of the elements could have been a bit larger, for a more hemispherical pattern. As it is, it has a bit of an upwards lobe, hence the degraded performance at low elevation angles.
I thought you built a turnstile - why not use that for the SatGate, i'm sure it would perform just fine. Maybe put a filtered preamp on it to eke out a bit more performance.
On Sat, Dec 9, 2017 at 6:03 AM, Andrew Rich <vk4tec at tech-software.net <mailto:vk4tec at tech-software.net> > wrote:
Telnet rotate.aprs.net <http://rotate.aprs.net> 14580
I just sold my vertical
Arrow will go up on a rotator
I have beaten my head against a brick wall trying to get vk4 going
Sent from my iPhone
> On 8 Dec 2017, at 9:28 pm, Josh <vk2hff at vk2hff.ampr.org <mailto:vk2hff at vk2hff.ampr.org> > wrote:
> From Sydney I often get picked up by satgates in VK3/4/5 and ZL - the
> ISS's footprint is pretty large.
> ISS is probably the only bird you'll have much luck with using just a
> HT, but you might get into NO-84 on a good pass.
> - Josh VK2HFF
>> On 8/12/2017 10:11 PM, Marcus B wrote:
>> I'm about to go on a hike through Tassie (Overland Track) in a few
>> weeks, and I've been thinking about taking my VX8 with me and attempting
>> a few posits along the way, is there anyone in earshot of the ISS
>> SatGating around there? Any other aprs sats worth giving a go?
>> OZAPRS mailing list
>> OZAPRS at aprs.net.au <mailto:OZAPRS at aprs.net.au>
> OZAPRS mailing list
> OZAPRS at aprs.net.au <mailto:OZAPRS at aprs.net.au>
OZAPRS mailing list
OZAPRS at aprs.net.au <mailto:OZAPRS at aprs.net.au>
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the OZAPRS