My portable satellite station


I have always been interested in putting together a portable satellite station which would be easy to take with me on holidays.

My current portable setup:

  • Icom IC-R20 multimode receiver (100 kHz - 3.3 GHz)
  • Yaesu FT-817ND
  • Arrow antenna 2m/70cm
  • K5GNA AIDC3731 13cm->2m downconverter
  • home-made 13cm hybrid quad antenna
  • Yuasa NP7-12 12V 7Ah lead-acid battery

  • Icom IC-R20 I tested the Icom IC-R20 communications receiver with the arrow antenna for receiving AO-7, FO-29, AO-27, AO-51 and VO-52 and with the downconverter and the hybrid quad for AO-51 mode V/S and was very pleased with the results.

    Some features of the IC-R20:
  • AM, FM, WFM, LSB, USB, CW
  • LSB, USB, CW only below 470 MHz!
  • 150 kHz - 3.3 GHz
  • internal 32MB audio recorder
  • 1000 memory channels

  • With the internal audio recorder up to 10 tracks with a total duration of 4 hours (depending on quality) can be recorded. This is a very usefull feature when working satellites!
    You can listen to a recorded track later on using the IC-R20 or download the audio file to your PC. You will need a conversion utility however to be able to listen to the recorded audio on your PC.

    Icom IC-R20 all mode receiver  

    FT-817ND and IC-R20
       The basic portable setup in one picture.

    Arrow portable satellite antenna
       Arrow antenna, 2m 3 elements, 70cm 7 elements, built-in duplexer


    IC-R20, K5GNA downconverter, hybrid quad antenna
       IC-R20 receiver, K5GNA 13cm downconverter, 13cm hybrid quad antenna