Watching satellite TV from home, yah, fairly easy, on a boat / yacht a little bit more of a challenge – but most of the work is done by those nice white radomes with the 3-axis tracking antenna system to take care of keeping you on the “bird” (The satellite) so that you can watch TV. Now grant it many yacht sat tv users have had to deal with things like changing satellites and even changing LNB (Low Noise Block) to watch satellite TV in different geographic areas as they travel.
But *this* looks like more of a challenge! Amateur Satellite a part of Amateur Radio – and this can all be done with relatively inexpensive equipment. If you already had the dual band handheld radio, and many of us hams already do, then all we would need is that fancy antenna – and maybe the duplexer that’s needed with it! I was already looking at the UHF antenna as someone recommended it for use in tracking down “noisy” power poles in your area that cause Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) on the ham bands. See my other posts about RFI on here.
I want this arrow antenna. And I might just get the VHF and UHF “Satellite” version instead of just getting the 7-element UHF Yagi. That would let me use it for satellite (VHF and UHF) as well as on single bands UHF or VHF, along with the RFI tracking that I was wanting to do anyway.
What can be more fun than tracking and talking through satellites by hand? Tracking and locating noise electrical power poles by hand?
Here’s a satellite video showing this antenna system:
How to GET and put together the ARROW Satellite Antenna for Amateur Radio / Satellite Use:
Alan Spicer – Radio Amateur KA4UDX
(See my other contact info elsewhere on this blog)