[aprssig] PSAT digipeater is ON

Nagi Punyamurthula n0agi at n0agi.com
Tue Jun 2 12:53:06 CDT 2015

I'm trying to track the orbit for PSAT using celestrak TLE however, can't seem to find him there.  Can someone share where one can find the TLE for PSAT

this is a fantastic milestone in the APRS technology wave; Congrats to Bob, et al involved in landing this project.


73, N0AGI, Nagi

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf Of Stephen H. Smith via aprssig
Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2015 12:06 PM
To: Robert Bruninga; TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] PSAT digipeater is ON

On 6/2/2015 9:38 AM, Robert Bruninga via aprssig wrote:
> APRS activists:

> I don’t expect anyone to wear out their rotators tracking PSAT, no, 
> just a simple vertical over a ground plane will do.  Either a 19” 
> vertical whip over a large 6 foot square ground plane or even better, 
> a 58” vertical monopole over the ground plane.  This ¾ wavelength 
> vertical has almost 7 dBi gain and will pick up signals during the few minutes overhead.

I currently have an Icom AH-7000 discone monitoring 145.825 for the ISS digipeter running 24/7.

Go to <http://WA8LMF.net/map> and follow the links there.

It appears to be not very effective for high-elevation RX.   I assume the 
discone has more of a vertical dipole-like pattern that favors the horizon rather than over head, perhaps with slightly fatter lobes than a normal vertical dipole.  As I often say, it's equally poor at all frequencies from
50-1000 MHz.....

I assume the 3/4-wave vertical, over an adequate ground plane, would have multiple lobes with one up-tilted substantially, and would favor high-angle RX better than the discone.  Albeit with still a null at at or near the zenith.

Any sense how the 3/4-wave compares with the discone?

I am considering building a Lindenblad antenna (four 1/2-wave dipoles arranged in a horizontal square with each one tilted about 30 degrees from horizontal) that supposedly creates a nearly hemispherical pattern that is circularly polarized at the zenith. Apparently the FAA uses these to communicate with aircraft anywhere from the horizon to directly overhead.

Anyone have experience with the Lindenblad for satellite downlinks on 2M?   How 
does it compare with the other two above?


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