Years ago, Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, talked about a “good” antenna for APRS SATCOM applications. It was a 19-inch vertical antenna that would function on both the 2m and 70cm bands, and had lobes that were up around the 30-degree mark. Looking for information on that antenna last night I found a page Bob had written expanding on the idea. This page provides designs for i-gate antennas on 2m and includes the 19-inch antenna as well as a new design, a 3/4-wave 2m antenna.
I’m seriously considering building one or both of these antennas this weekend to test out these antenna designs.
Ten days ago I reported on my blog that the ARRL wouldn’t recognize QSOs taking place via the ISS for DXCC or WAS. I got the response I was looking for today from Norm Fusaro, W3IZ. Thank you ARRL for letting this happen. Now I have QSOs to upload to the LoTW when I get home.
After review, ARRL will be permit contacts through the ISS (Earth – ISS – Earth) to be counted towards satellite endorsement for WAS and DXCC.
This applies to contacts made via the onboard repeater equipment provided that the equipment does not hold and re-transmit information.
Contacts with the ISS do not receive any award credit.
Further information will be available on the LoTW website.
Thank you for bringing this to light.
Norm Fusaro, W3IZ
Membership & Volunteer Programs Department
ARRL – The national association for Amateur Radio
225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06011