Hey everyone, My YL is in the process of studying for her Technician Class test and knowing her she'll pass it with flying colors. One of the things that's interested her since I first mentioned ham radio/amateur radio was the notion of being able to communicate with satellites and doing EME. So I promised her that when she passes her test we'll get all the stuff together for trying to be successful with EME and so on. I do have a few questions with regards to this.. Do I need an amplifier? I feel like it probably helps and looking into it people seem to be running anything up to 1kw. I was thinking that something between 300 and 600 watts would probably be a good place to start. But let me know if we should just start with 1kw. I know EME is possible with 100 watts too. My notion was to work EME on 2 meters and as such I was thinking of going with a quad antenna setup, as, if I'm to understand that comes with gain of up to 6db (which I'm assuming is on top of whatever gain your yagi's have to begin with). I was thinking we would use the M2 2MXP28 and connecting them with an M2 H-Frame that's made for the antenna, and of course all the a 2M4PORT divider and polarity switch and phasing lines. My question here is, is 4 antennas insane overkill. I mean it looks very cool in photos but can good work be accomplished with a pair of antennas rather than going quad. I'm not overly concerned with expense per se but I also don't want to over spend if two will be just as good. Should my antenna feed line be heliax? I have never worked with the stuff, I've seen it but have never actually done anything with it. I know it's extremely low loss so I was thinking of 7/8' heliax on transmit and LMR-600 on receive since it will be coming back from a high end pre-amp out on the H-frame so loss won't be too bad. My next question is the Yaesu G-5500DC up to this task or should I look into the M2 (or other) Az/El solutions? If I go with the Yaesu I would interface it to a laptop with the controller that connects to the PC also by Yaesu. I know M2 offer some solutions that look more robust but the Yaesu G-5500DC is at a good price so if it's up to the task that would be ideal. My last question is regarding a good 2M (with 70CM would be nice).. I know the Icom IC-9700 has drift issues making it lousy for digital modes, however it seems with the Leo Bodnar board and their GPS oscillator it becomes extremely stable. I don't love the idea of having to fix Icom's broken radio after the fact but I can't help it I still think it's a very slick radio. I know also the Yaesu FT-991A support 2m and 70cm as well (and HF too) and all the digital modes and (as far as I know) doesn't have the issues the IC-9700 has. Any thoughts on which one of these would be better? I know this will be a HUGE learning curve but we're both extremely excited to give this a go, and it's something we can do together which is also really exciting. I have to admit that this whole area of ham radio is insanely fascinating to me (and her). So any suggestions you all might have such as website and the like would also be fantastic. I just think it will be a hoot having this setup next to the HF setup talk about different but same, this hobby has so many interesting things!