What type of antenna do you mainly use for ISS operations?

57% (176 votes)
Eggbeater or similar fixed horizon to horizon antenna
7% (23 votes)
Beam (Yagi) at a fixed elevation
13% (39 votes)
Beam (Yagi) with Azimuth and Elevation tracking
15% (45 votes)
Other (list type/description below in comments)
8% (25 votes)
Total votes: 308
N5VHO – Mon, 2006 – 04 – 10 09:51

Antenna Type

I tried without success to contact the ISS using a discone antenna and 50 watts power. ISS signal got to over S9.

Submitted by dcrife on Sun, 2006-04-16 10:27.

J-Pole for ISS Contact

I've constructed a J-Pole antena and it works very good. 5-9 signal.
You can see the antena in the next URL:


My J-Pole Antenna Picture.

Submitted by XQ7UP on Sat, 2006-04-15 10:10.

Arrow Dual Band Yagi

I use the arrow dual band yagi (2M side only) and a kenwood TH-D7Ag ht to make APRS contacts via ISS. It even works from inside my house on overhead passes above say 30 degrees elevation. It is great for visual passes as well because you can see the ISS right down the boom while you're holding it. From the mobile I use a kenwood TM-D700A and a simple 1/4 wave verticle on the roof. This works ok but only on lower elevation passes because of the low angle of radiation from the verticle. See you on ISS. 73 de W2CO

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2006-04-14 13:30.

ISS contact

I have used my 11 element beam and Yeasu 897-d with no success
Tryed the Icom w-32 a , the Yeasu Ft 50 r HT's and an Icom 2100 with a 17" whip on the truck with no luck.So I really have no antenna I use for talking to the ISS only at the ISS.If only Bill knew how hard we tried he would probably come have lunch with us HI HI.Welcome home Bill , Valery and Marcos

Submitted by kc0oko on Thu, 2006-04-13 20:41.

6 element Quad beam (fed

6 element Quad beam (fed for vertical polarization) fixed horizon with azimuth control only via TV antenna rotor.

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2006-04-13 13:11.

K3PF 5-el yagi as described in QST

A good, cheap homebrew option (RadioShack now charges $25 for the "raw material," which is an outdoor mast mount antenna for FM broadcast band. Successful QSO on first attempt on a high pass in February, it can also receive aprs packet on passes as low as 2 degrees. Can be hand-held, but does not break down for storage.

Submitted by AD5TF on Tue, 2006-04-11 19:09.

verticle antennas for ISS from home

i use V2R on top of the house with ar 147+ 7-65 watts and also i have used 1/4 wave mag mount on 5 watt HT !!!

Submitted by kb0zuu on Tue, 2006-04-11 17:55.

Both times that I have

Both times that I have worked the ISS, I was using a Yaesu FT-50R (5 watts) with an arrow 2 antenna. The first contact was a 8 degrees max elevation pass.


Submitted by KB3NDS on Tue, 2006-04-11 10:51.


VHF x-Quad 12 elements and UHF x-Quad 18 elements both made by Wimo and using a Az/El rotor system.


On the car I have just a 1/4Lambda wipe.
73's de HB9OAY

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2006-04-11 08:26.

I use the Hy-Gain Oscar pair

I use the Hy-Gain Oscar pair (circular polarized 30 el on 70cm and 16 el on 2M) with mast mounted Mirage preamps and auto-track az/el rotors. I don't really need that much for ISS but I work many of the other satellites too. With this set I routinely work ISS to less than 2 degrees elevation.

Submitted by W4AEJ on Tue, 2006-04-11 08:20.


My antenna since today is an doublecrossdipole, circular right, and the antenna is 1,3 mtr high and O = 1,10 mtr and i have mounted on my area mount on the top. The doublecrossdipole has 4 dipol elements and 2 reflectors.

At the moment i am mounting the antenna on my area mount. I am happy when it is mounted and when i can listen with the antenna.

So this is my new antenna.

N5VHO it is a good idea to make this voting. So we all can see which antennas will use. TNX

73de SWL-CHMY.

Submitted by SWL-CHMY on Tue, 2006-04-11 05:51.



Dou you have the project or link info about this antenna?


Submitted by py2zx on Sat, 2006-04-15 13:57.

Link info for the Doublerossdipole!

Hello PY2ZX!
Hello Mr. Ark!

All informations about this antenna you find undertitle>

The whole name of this antenna is Sat-Crossdipole TA1-Turnstile.

I hope you can need this info. And excuse me that i have today write back. But the last days QRL was strong, Hi. A time later i can write you my experience values with this antenna in the forum.

I wish you a lot of contacts with the ISS and the new Crew 13, and a nice week.


Submitted by SWL-CHMY on Tue, 2006-04-18 12:09.


When I made contact with NA1SS I was using an IC-T2H (6 W) and and Arrow Antenna beam with the 70 cm elements taken off. Az-el tracking without a rotor!

Submitted by KE7EYQ on Mon, 2006-04-10 20:33.

Re: What type of antenna do you mainly use for ISS operations?

Submitted by ke4idw on Mon, 2006-04-10 19:21.

Iss antennae

I have had several successful contacts with the ISS mainly during Field Day. I have used yagi's with AZ/EL rotators and verticals but the best and easyest ive used was a PAR omni angle with a groung plane under it. It's small and doesn't require a rotator.

Submitted by ke4idw on Mon, 2006-04-10 19:31.

Antenna for ISS operations

Crossed dipoles
73 HP1AC, Cam

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 2006-04-10 16:29.

WD9EWK's antennas for ISS work

I've used a Maldol AH-510R 6m/2m/70cm telescoping whip for my first voice QSO in December 2005, then my Arrow Antennas 2m/70cm handheld Yagi for my two voice QSOs in March (21st and 27th). All contacts were made using an Icom IC-T7H HT (about 6W output). I suppose I could have used the "Yagi with Azimuth and Elevation Tracking", since I'm holding the Yagi with my right hand as I work the ISS or other satellites, but I didn't think that answer was intended for those with handheld antennas.



Submitted by WD9EWK on Mon, 2006-04-10 14:07.


J-Pole leaning on balcony of 1st floor apartment.

Dave K

Submitted by kb8pxv on Mon, 2006-04-10 13:43.

J-Pole Antenna

I use a J-pole also but would consider the antenna a enhanced vertical.

Submitted by KI4JVK on Tue, 2006-04-11 02:11.

arrow antenna

I use an arrow antenna and Kenwood th-d7 handheld with "armstrong" tracking. I just point it in the general direction of the satellite. I keep it right next to the bed and since I'm on the top floor with no attic, sometimes for the late nite passes i don't even have to get outta bed. I just point the antenna thru the roof. Works really well surprisingly...

Vince - KB9SJT

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 2006-04-11 01:50.

Antenna for ISS.

Hello All,

To talk with ISS crew (in voice) I use a 9 elements cross-yagi -
installed with + position in my mast.
I also have a coax switch to switch from horizontal to
vertical polarisation (ISS polarisation chances often).
Also I have installed the antenna with 30 degrees elevation so
I can work the ISS very well on low and high angle.
At 25 march (weekend) we had a school event and we could
work Bill (long time) in all three passes on the normal Region 1 shift!!!
The ISS signals where most of the time 5/9+.
For packet I'm a bit lazy to rotate, so I use my vertical GP antenna.
My friend PD0SDO used in the past a (good solid) 12 elements Maspro
circulair yagi (with LHPC & RHPC switch) and he said circulair does not
work good on ISS signals.
There was nothing wrong with his antenna cause I used it
here for SUITSAT and I heard the weak SUITSAT very well!

73's Cor PD0RKC

Submitted by pd0rkc on Sat, 2006-04-15 05:34.

I've only ever worked APRS to

I've only ever worked APRS to the ISS.
This was done using a homebrew 7 element yagi with no alt/az control other than turning the stand it was on by hand.

Submitted by Prometheus on Wed, 2010-12-15 13:54.


I use a vertical at approx 25ft from the ground and 10w.
Though in the future, hope to get an arrow for outdoors work.


Submitted by m3pog on Tue, 2010-12-14 08:43.

I used 50 watts from a Yaesu

I used 50 watts from a Yaesu FT1802 and a 1/4-wave whip in the middle of the car roof. QSO was established when I was driving at 100km/hr down the highway...

Keith VA3QF

Submitted by Keithb on Fri, 2010-12-17 14:02.

This is a very interesting

This is a very interesting topic. I've learned a lot of interesting from here. I was inspired by the comments to make the antenna on my own. I guess I found a good book about antenna's design. Maybe some of you also have such idea, so I'll better give the link http://bytesland.com/view/ARRL-Antenna-Book-21st-Edition/2 . If you have any pieces of advice, please share them!

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Submitted by radlacongprec1970 on Tue, 2011-12-20 09:51.

Bad Luck I Guess

I have tried to contact the ISS as it passed over head numerous times this evening using a Yaesu FT-1802 up and a Yeasu FT270 HT down and vice versa using a 2M whip in the center of my jeep while in a static location. To the life of me I cannot figure out why my contact attempts are not getting up there. Anyone have any idea's? If people are making it on HT's then why am I not making the trip on 75 Wats?

Submitted by N7CJT on Tue, 2012-06-12 02:47.

Recent info

A recent posting will probably answer your question. Take a look at http://www.issfanclub.com/node/34074

Submitted by N5VHO on Tue, 2012-06-12 09:58.


I use a vertical polorised Moxon situated 25ft from the ground but have had some success with a rubber duck on a window sill and 10 watts.


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