Backup Omnidirectional Antenna

Discussion in 'Satellite and Space Communications' started by K4BAD, Oct 2, 2019.

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  1. K4BAD

    K4BAD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello everyone: I installed a discone (Comet DS-150 S)) antenna as a backup to my Elk.
    It covers 50 144 430 800 and 1200 MHz.
    My expectations for this antenna are not high....Elk will probably out perform the discone 90% of the time.However I did work Panama and W.Va on AO-91 this afternoon.
    A small chance to make 1200 MHz contacts when I get the new ICOM 9700(probably next month).
    Fall has reached S.E. Alabama and the temperature is down to a brisk 97 degrees.

    73 K4BAD Harry
  2. W4EAE

    W4EAE Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I'll be curious to see how this works out for you. I have the IC-9700 and have been considering something similar.

    FYI, I've been using the IC-9700 with my Diamond F23H--which is a 2m mono-band antenna--until I get something more permanent. SWR is <2:1 across 70cm, and it is <1.5:1 across 23cm. (I imagine the pattern on 23cm is something crazy looking). Neither are perfect, but both are certainly fit for FM and DV repeater and local simplex work.

    I am considering an Elk for satellite work.
  3. K4BAD

    K4BAD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I’ve been pleased with Elk performance.It’s mounted on a tripod,fixed elevation of 22.5, degrees and using a small TV ant. rotator. Uplink is ICOM-7000.
    I did make aa AO-91 contact with Panama just now.
    As expected ,performance of Elk was much better than discone.Sat. elevation about 48 degrees.
    Good luck with your sat. experimenting. ...73 K4BAD
  4. K3RLD

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  5. K4BAD

    K4BAD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes....he’s sure on the sats a lot.
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