I hear some stations on Oscar 100 using comercial parabolic grid antenna for the uplink. It is linear polarized not circular.
With 2 Watt you are good enough for qso´s but not so loud as the telemetrie beacon.
I am also using this antenna. It has a low wind loading. But is the reflector a compromise or not? The distances of the grid is not very low. I tested with aluminium foil and had success. But to much wind load and solar reflection. I decided to try fly screen. It works as good as with the aluminium foil. I fullfil the surface of the backside of the antenna with this fly screen.
3dB louder signal on the satellite. You can leave an amplifier. Try it, it works!
73 de Frank, DL2GRF