Which mobile rig should I get with a Satcom antenna?

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bleaches

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Hi sorry if this is a newbie question. Did some research and didn't seem like anyone has tried to set up a mobile car platform multiband Ham radio that can also pick up Milcom Satcom frequencies.

I have a Trivec Avant satcom antenna I purchased not too long ago and have been looking for a good radio rig I can wire into my truck for two way use and the occasional Milair band monitoring use. Because of this antenna I am trying to find a good mobile rig that covers 225-400mhz as well as the usual bands. Most seem to skip the military band.

My idea is when I get bored and am just sitting around I will just disconnect regular antenna and deploy the Satcom antenna on the roof and monitor traffic.

Is there any good recommendations?

This is the antenna I have. Will prob get a pre-amp for it too.
 

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depend where you life there is a language barrier.
I dont speak Spanish, Italian or Russian. So Satcom is a very boring thing.
 

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When I was visiting Brazil last year a friend and ham had a common Icom VHF/UHF dual band radio in his car with a small dual band Comet antenna and he listened to UHF satcom all the time. I don't remember the model of the radio but I will look for it in a video I made of him receiving some Brazilian pirates on the car radio.
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Hi sorry if this is a newbie question. Did some research and didn't seem like anyone has tried to set up a mobile car platform multiband Ham radio that can also pick up Milcom Satcom frequencies.

I have a Trivec Avant satcom antenna I purchased not too long ago and have been looking for a good radio rig I can wire into my truck for two way use and the occasional Milair band monitoring use. Because of this antenna I am trying to find a good mobile rig that covers 225-400mhz as well as the usual bands. Most seem to skip the military band.

My idea is when I get bored and am just sitting around I will just disconnect regular antenna and deploy the Satcom antenna on the roof and monitor traffic.

Is there any good recommendations?

This is the antenna I have. Will prob get a pre-amp for it too.
 

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You do realize that 225-400 is a Military Aircraft (AM) band, not a Ham band. Mostly Aircraft to aircraft and aircraft to ground traffic.

Other than Mil surplus aircraft/ground radios, not much else is usable in that block.

$.02
 

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You do realize that 225-400 is a Military Aircraft (AM) band, not a Ham band. Mostly Aircraft to aircraft and aircraft to ground traffic.

Other than Mil surplus aircraft/ground radios, not much else is usable in that block.

$.02

I think you're a bit confused. You're in the SATCOM sub. OP is trying to listen to birds, not planes. He is trying to listen to FM, not AM.


 

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I am in Europe so in Theorie I could get F-3.
What kind of Freq does the use? And hot to aim to?
 

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OT but look at the link below. It is in German, but Google translate should convert to your language.

Satellitenwelt - UHF Militär-Satelliten im GEO, HEO und LEO

Antenna pointing info here:

Satellite Finder / Dish Alignment Calculator with Google Maps | DishPointer.com

While the MILSATs aren't listed, just pick a satellite from the drop down list that is at or near the Longitude of the MILSAT you are interested in.

Example: put in your location, then for (say) UFO F2 at 29.1 degrees East, pick XTAR-EUR at 29 degrees East for the azimuth and elevation data calculation.
 

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Satellite Finder / Dish Alignment Calculator with Google Maps | DishPointer.com
i know it but the dont explan what
Elevation: 23.6°
Azimuth (true): 226.7°
Azimuth (magn.): 222.7°
mean.
OT but look at the link below. It is in German, but Google translate should convert to your language.
Thanks i know it but i dont need to translate it.
And I get only some Romanian Pirates.
 

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i know it but the dont explan what
Elevation: 23.6°
Azimuth (true): 226.7°
Azimuth (magn.): 222.7°
mean.Thanks i know it but i dont need to translate it.
And I get only some Romanian Pirates.


Elevation is how high up you point your antenna. 0 is horizontal, 90 is straight up.

Azimuth (true) 0/360 is pointing towards the North Pole, 180 points towards the South Pole, actual angle is circle right(clockwise) from 0 until you get to a bearing of 226.7.

Azimuth (magnetic) 0/360 is pointing at the magnetic North Pole, 180 points at the south magnetic pole. Actual angle is clockwise(circle right) from 0 until you get a bearing of 222.7.

It appears that your magnetic declination is about +4 degrees where you live(assuming these values are for where you live for that particular sat.
 
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