Yagis vs. HT Antennas
Last time I checked in with Alan, N5AFV, he logged over 9,200 contacts using just his HT and antenna improvement (In his case, an Icom IC-W32a and Pryme AL-800 antenna).... Is the performance of the commercial Yagis (like the Elk or Arrow) going to be that much better than the Smiley 270A?
SO ... It CERTAINLY can be done with just an HT and antenna improvement - like the Smiley 270A.
But there is a tremendous difference when you can use a Yagi built for sat work. You can work the birds at lower elevations, and your TX and RX signals are much better.
You can inexpensively build a "tape measure" Yagi for the downlink to experience the difference that its 7-12db gain will offer. Links on ...