[amsat-bb] Re: Best HT's for sats?

Jeff Mock jeff at mock.com
Thu Apr 3 17:15:10 PST 2008

I used my old W32A with an Arrow-II on vacation last month and I was 
able to hear to the AO-51 downlink while transmitting really well. I can 
do the same with a local 70cm/2m repeater.  It's pretty good for such an 
old HT.

I don't know how much a used W32A goes for, but I think it's a pretty 
good radio for portable FM satellites.  The only extra features that I 
would like are smaller tuning steps and AFC to track doppler on the 
downlink, but I don't think any HT can do that.


Bill Dzurilla wrote:
> I've made many sat contacts with my VX-2R but am
> thinking about upgrading to something with 5 watts
> output.  I used a borrowed IC-W32A and Swan Island and
> it worked fine, although I could not hear my downlink
> in full duplex mode, too much desensing.  Not sure
> full duplex is even worth the extra money, as it seems
> that most duplex HTs have a similar desensing problem.
> I was thinking about trading in the VX-2R for an FT-60
> or a VX-6R, any comments on these or other
> sat-friendly HTs?
> 73, Bill NZ5N  
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