In using the Arrow WBP portable antenna, I found I just do not have enough hands for portable SAT OPs.
I created a poor-mans-rotor system using a 4' ladder w/PVC.
(Can be seen in the HAM-SATs Group PHOTO area.)
That was good for azimuth bearings but what about elevation angle? For this I modified the ARROW by slipping off the foam grip and over-drilled the existing hole and added another to accommodate 14"x20 'U' mast clamp. (remove the duplexer from the antenna before drilling) I drilled into the WBP the same hole pattern in both axis - allowing me to put the antenna in any configuration desired (I usually put 2m horizontal so I can lower the ARROW closer to the ladder top). I had a Roof Mount bracket collecting dust, this bracket has a unique 0-90degree capability to become a poor-mans elevation rotor, I adopted it for this function....http://www.ebay.com/itm/RCA-Antenna-Roof-Mount-Bracket-/221030400882?pt=US_Anten\nas_Dishes&hash=item3376704372
Now I can end mount my WBP to the PVC (azimuth rotor) and easily tilt-n-hold the WBP at any elevation desired. See PHOTO area.
Notice the ample use of 1/4"-20 wing nuts!
I'm still looking for a easy to read protractor to rig an attached poor-mans inclinometer plumb-bob to measure elevation angles. Yes, I could mount my iPod but sun screen glare and sunglasses do not mix (plus I use the Touch for my tracking program APP). I just found a nice
'Angel Slope Level Meter Finder Tool Gradient Balancer for Car Vehicle Inclinometer' 5deg increments on eBay for $8 that will work well and its all plastic to minimize near field RFI for direct ARROW boom attachment. http://www.ebay.com/itm/190699958142?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
SAT Ops does not have to be expensive but you do need a few helpers to aid your successful OPs.
My poor-mans portable SAT station consists of:
....Wouxon KG-UV3 (a true SAT Friendly 5W HT)
....Arrow-II 146/437-10WBP w/4' ladder rotor system (above)
....iPpod-Touch using "HamSat" APP (or Acer1 NB with NOVA) for SAT Tracking
....Yamaha CM-500 headset w/boom mic
....Olympus VN-90 DVR (I record the pass w/my efforts - to log later)
What do you use?