220 Mhz Sat-Comm Antenna

Here is my  220 mhz sat-comm antenna that I recently put together so I could monitor Navy fleet satellite communication birds.  The antenna is a Arrow II hand-held portable model 220-3 yagi that I use to work my club’s local 220 repeater. I was in the Dollar store with my wife when I noticed this neat little blue wire mesh colander (two for a dollar) when the light bulb went off. Not only can I strain my pasta with it but it makes a perfect reflector for my 220 yagi. While testing it I picked up some Brazilian pirates on FLTSACOM 8 255.550 mhz using it as their own private CB. The coordinates for FLTSACOM 8 (USA 46) is as follows if you want to listen in:

 

NORAD ID: 20253
Int’l Code: 1989-077A
Perigee: 35,756.9 km
Apogee: 35,831.6 km
Inclination: 12.9 °
Period: 1,436.1 minutes
Semi major axis: 42165 km
Launch date: September 25, 1989
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: AIR FORCE EASTERN TEST RANGE
Track the satellite in real time

 

KK4LTQ Radio Room

KK4LTQ Radio Room

Equipment includes Yeasu FT-840, Yeasu FT-2900, Icom IC-502A, Yeasu 817ND, Amertron ATR-20 tuner, MFJ-923 VHF/UHF tuner, MFJ-945A tuner, Mirage A 1015G 150 watt 6 meter amplifier, Z817 auto tuner, Baofeng GT-3TP HT and TYT UV8000SE HT.