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Meteor back scatter radio antenna

I wish to become involved with meteor back scatter radio observing setting up two stations;one for myself and another with my15 year old nephew.

Can anybody provide details of  suitable commercially available antenna - I don't have the time or inclination to make them-a good project though it may be.

Thanks,

Eric

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wavelength?

Hi Eric,

Is this specifically using the Graves transmitter on 143MHz ? If so a small 2m amateur band yagi could be a good choice. Like these perhaps

https://www.radioworld.co.uk/hygain-2m-3-el-beam-500w---vb-23fm

https://hamradiostore.co.uk/cushcraft-a148-3s.html

Cheers

Robin

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Hi Robin,

yes it would be for the Graves transmitter.  I came across a US site about 18 months ago, but can't find it again where they provided similar antenna which the supplier would tune to the exact frequency.  Is this necessary?

Yes these do appear to be what I'm looking for.

Eric

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Tuning

Hi Eric,

If you were transmitting you might want to tune it more precisely to provide a better match to the transmitter but  a 3 element yagi antenna tuned for 144-148MHz  should work ok at 143MHz for receiving. (It would be difficult to retune in any case as you would need to increase the length of the elements slightly). For example there is an article on  the BAA  radio astronomy website showing a 7 element yagi centred on 143 MHz  with a flat response over +-7MHz bandwidth, fig 2.9 on page 8 here

https://www.britastro.org/radio/projects/Antennas_for_meteor_radar.pdf

Robin

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Thanks Robin for the info and advice. Now I know where to get the antenna from and that they are suitable can read a bit more to source the rest of the equipment. I read physics, but hated electronics and avoided it.

Eric

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Radio Astronomy group

Have a look at the Radio Astronomy Group's meteor-scatter forum, on

https://radio-spave.co.uk/forum/

There are plenty of comments on using the GRAVES source for recording meteors.

John Cook.

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Sorry, that should be https:/

Sorry, that should be https://radio-space.co.uk/forum/

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John,

a very useful link, cheers.

Eric