[amsat-bb] Re: Ham HT and SkyCommand

Eric Christensen eric at christensenplace.us
Sun Feb 25 16:47:59 PST 2007

Can you use the TS-2000 in satellite mode and use it for satellite contacts?

Eric W4OTN

Robert Bruninga wrote:
>> ...the only new HT I can recommend is the Kenwood 
>> TH-D7A[G]...which can still operate in full-duplex 
>> [which] is essential in mode J-FM [satellites].
> Sort of related:  I am using my D7 in SkyCommand remote control
> of my TS-2000 as a remote base and making it useble to everyone
> in the club.  This way, everyone with a D7 or D700 in the local
> area, can be in SkyCOmmand mode and see on their radio front
> panel, what the remote-base TS-2000 is doing.
> See http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/USNAremoteHF.html
> It is working great in this "Group Operations" mode, except for
> one thing.  I simply cannot get it to remotely change bands.  If
> anyone on the AMSAT-BB has played with SkyCOmmand and has some
> answers, I welcome them.  Here is what I have learned so far in
> this Groups Operations Mode:
> * Does the VHF link ever time out? [Yes, after 10 min)
> * What does #1 ON/OFF command do?  (I see no change.)
> * Can others share the TS2000?     [Yes! Use CMDR call!}
> * Can we chat on UHF for coord?    [YES, w different PL]
> * Can all D7/700's see HF freq?    [yes!]
> * what is safe TS2000 VHF TX pwr?  [5w is mildly warm]
> * How to remotely band change?     ????? <=my main prob
> * How to delete char in callsign?  [CLEAR key on TS2000]
> * What about PATH?                 [must be direct]
> In otherwords, multiple D7 HT's and Mobile D700's in SkyCommand
> mode can all see the front panel of what they are hearing on the
> VHF audio link.  Coordination of who transmitts is a separate
> issue, but I am addressing that with some additional APRS
> packets to display who is commanding at any one time.
> Sorry for the dual post, since I have asked this question on the
> APRSSIG too for over a week, but it appears that none of the
> thousands of D700 users there has ever seemed to have used
> SkyCommand either, or run across this problem.
> Bob, WB4APR
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