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hams use coax to transfer high frequency electromagnetic energy between antennae and receivers and transmitters
Jan 19, 2009
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coax phasing diagram
I still get requests for this ..
This first appeared on my website in 2001.

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Back in the day, we really enjoyed Oscar13 ...

Once upon a time, in a not-so-distant memory,
I had built the satellite array of my dreams . . .
- and was using it regularly to QSO around the world using the AO-13 satellite.
former satellite antenna array
I had started accumulating the pieces before leaving Denver in 1990, and had it together as shown above in 1994. Shortly after this I added the ARR RF-sensing/switching preamps, installed just under the rotor in the pointy part of the tower. This was perched upon 30 feet of Rohn 25G, and was fed with a 9913-style air-dialectric coax made by International Wire & Cable (IWC-9086).  I had found a very rigid (1/4" wall) piece of fiberglass round tube that fit inside the Yaesu/Kenpro rotor, and painted it white to help fend off the UV it was sure to receive. Apparently Google never forgets some things, as I once had a diagram and description of these phasing cables on this website - and every now and then I get an email from someone asking if it is still available. Here is my original description to go with the diagram posted above.
(The website in the original link requires a password now, but is a free registration.
This looks to be the most relevant link on the site as it is now : )

There are better places than this, that explain how this works . . .  So I won't.

  With my array, I had two KLM-14C for 145 MHz & two KLM-18C for 435 MHz.  The Yaesu/Kenpro rotator allowed a long boom, with one of each on either side.  I used RG-11 (75 Ohm) coax for the matching sections.  With a velocity factor of .66, the 2m sections were 2.25 wavelengths (9/4) or 360.6 cm (~11.8 ft) long.  The .7m sections were 3.25 wavelengths (13/4) or 174.8 cm (~5.7 ft) long.  This allowed for a little slack in adjusting the physical spacing between each side of the pairs.  I compared the 2m beam spacing at 1.05, 1.25, and 1.39 wavelength - and found lowest SWR at 1.25 wavelength (101 in).  The SWR for the 435 band was influenced by the 2m antennae spacing, but was generally lower and broader, the further apart they could go.  I settled for 2 wavelengths (54 in).

  Then bringing each pair together with a standard coax "tee" connector, I used 50 Ohm cable (9913) to make the rotor loops, and deliver to the tower mounted preamps.  For these relatively short pieces, I used multiples of half-wavelength, to ensure 50 Ohm.  For the 2m side, this was 1 wavelength (2/2) - 172.6 cm or about 5.6 ft.  The .7m piece was 3.5 wavelength (7/2) - 202.7 cm or about 6.6 ft.

I have since moved a few times, and sold/traded-off/given away most of that system.
Hopefully someday soon, we will again have such a wonderful satellite as was AO-13.
 - Just might have to build up another such antenna system when that comes about.
73 for now ...   /;^)
AO-13 project was managed by AMSAT Germany
AO-13 (Phase3C) was an International project
of AMSAT-DL and was launched in 1988.

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AO-13 satellite
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