[amsat-bb] Re: Kenwood TH-F6a

Greg D. ko6th_greg at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 21 22:04:40 PDT 2008

Also consider that the performance on non-ham frequencies is limited, especially shortwave.  I can't even pick up WWV from northern California without an external antenna, and the AM/FM receiver is mediocre.  Selectivity and image rejection is also not that great, but it hasn't been a big problem in practice.  

But, I'm glad I have the F6.  Besides the all-mode, all band reception, it is very compact and has good battery life.  The receive coverage is very broad, including some parts of the vhf band that none of the other HTs seem to have.  It came in very handy a few years ago when my daughter was staring in the high school play, and the wireless mikes (180 mhz band) kept going out.  I was able to listen in and alert the audio crew if there was a problem, before each cast member went live.

Definitely get a better antenna (there are several taller tri-band ones on the market), and enjoy.

My only other wish (besides the Rx sensitivity) is that they could figure out how to transmit in SSB/CW.  That would make it complete.

Greg  KO6TH

> From: clintbrad4d at earthlink.net
> Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2008 11:23:21 -0700
> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Kenwood TH-F6a
>> .. is the TH-F6A my best choce for HT? for sats, ... or at least in  
>> the top two?? Before I go down thr street to HRO and plunk down the  
>> money...
> The TH-F6a is an excellent performer. It is NOT, however, a true full- 
> duplex unit. It is a tri-band, dual receive unit. Full power output  
> on all three bands (2M, 220, and 440).
> If you want/need dual-receive, it's a great unit. Minor drawback:  
> Using its optional AA Alkaline pack, you're only operating at 1/2 W.
> Clint Bradford,K6LCS
> 909-241-7666
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