What aerial do you use?

Hi, I would be interested to know what aerials are used by you guys to receive the ISS. I am making a turnstile at the moment and would be interested to hear your comments about various types of aerials.

Cheers Dave G7UZN

Dave Dawson – Wed, 2012 – 10 – 17 08:51


i have a Watson w2000 collinear +8db on 2 meter band on the atic . Very good if the ISS is in low elevation ( 10- 25° )

the doughnut shape in the horizontal diagram makes it bad on the high elevation ( +45°) even a 1/4 wave GP is better

a Wimo log periodic manual tracking makes 9+ singals !! bertje ON7BRT

Submitted by ON7BRT on Sat, 2014-01-18 12:40.


Hi Dave,

I'm using a set of M2 Eggbeaters the EB-144 and the EB-432 with my Yaesu FT-847. A real good set of antennas. They transmit and receive Horizontal on the horizontal plane but receive and transmit RH circular vertically.

Mike N2FSU gonz110

Submitted by gonz110 on Sun, 2012-12-23 23:09.


I use a 137 MHz QFH that I made for about 20 euro's for receiving
NOAA weather satellite pictures. Works great for NOAA and for ISS.

Submitted by Janos13 on Sun, 2012-12-23 08:42.


I use a J-Pole, work fine , I only have experiencie witht that antenana, so Icannot compare it to anything else..

Submitted by KP4JEV on Fri, 2012-12-21 14:57.


Seasons greetings Dave, I use a Cushcraft A270-10S (Dual Band 2m/70cm, single feed 5-ele Yagi)

See here:


Radio is a Yaesu FT-897D, TNC is a PacComm TINY 2 MK-2, Amplifier (used rarely) Tokyo HY-Power HL-160V, Software UI-View-32.

73 de Alex - G7ERX.

Submitted by G7ERX on Fri, 2012-12-21 11:59.


Hi, I´m using a Vertical Antenne Diamond x510 and a Kennwood TM-G707. And coming soon i will try an own build dipol for 2m Band.

Submitted by do4fl on Sat, 2012-11-03 08:18.


Slim Jim on roof. 542 ft asl. Into an old MARC 11 receiver. No preamp reqd. Decode using Multipsk.

Submitted by artie on Mon, 2012-10-22 09:08.


Copper 2 meter J-pole for base station antenna.Excellent results for Vhf packet and phone comms.73's Chris KI4JVK.

Submitted by KI4JVK on Sat, 2012-10-20 14:56.


Hi Dave,

I'm just using a vertical antenna for the moment with a TMD700.

73's de F0ESV Willy

Submitted by F4ESV on Wed, 2012-10-17 16:57.

RE: What aerial do you use?

Hi Dave,

Almost the same setup here: a Diamomd X200-n and my Kenwood TM-V7e
I have used a horizontal yagi (16jxx2), Kenwood TS-430s + 28<->144 tranverter + 400Watt SSPA for my QSO with André Kuipers PI9ISS on March 3rd and April 19th this year.
(Due to wrong BIAS setting in my SSPA, output was just below 200Watt)

73', André PE1PQX

Submitted by PE1PQX on Thu, 2012-10-18 17:17.

Thanks to all those that took

Thanks to all those that took the trouble to inform us of your setup.

Cheers Dave G7UZN

Submitted by Dave Dawson on Fri, 2014-01-17 05:33.

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